Latest updates and stories from Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and its Members

Productivity hacks from the world's greatest leaders

Some of the world’s greatest leaders, entrepreneurs and thinkers are known to be masters of productivity.

Hearing of their work ethics and the subtle hacks they implemented into their days can teach us a lot about how to manage our own time for maximum productivity.

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George Hay Chartered Accountants host 26th Annual Quiz

On Tuesday 19th March, George Hay Chartered Accountants hosted their 26th Annual Quiz at the John O’Gaunt Golf Club Nr. Potton.

A number of local businesses, including solicitors, banks and professional networking groups, came together to compete for the sought-after George Hay Jubilee Shield.
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High Sheriff Plants trees to mark opening of new woodland


The Forest of Marston Vale recently hosted the planting of 10 trees to celebrate and commemorate the year of public service given by the outgoing High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Julian Polhill. Joining the celebration were Meryl Dolling, the High Sheriff in nomination and Nick Webb, Chief Executive of the Forest of Marston Vale Trust.

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SME businesses encouraged to take advantage of final stages of grant scheme

Businesses across the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership region are being encouraged to take advantage of the final stages of a grant programme run by Cranfield University, in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Robotic assistance in the workplace: a feared or welcomed inevitability?

It may well have seemed the stuff of science fiction when we were growing up, but increasingly we are exposed to robotic technology, machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI) in some form or another in our work and personal lives.

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BCC comments on inflation figures

Commenting on the inflation statistics for February 2019, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Inflation picked-up for the first time since August 2018, with rising prices across a range of items including
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Aviation industry’s digital future gets underway

Cranfield University marked the official start of construction of the new £67m Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) to be built at the Cranfield campus, with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday 15 March.

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BCC Forecast: UK economy to falter further as Brexit uncertainty bites

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting growth of just 1.2% in 2019 (down from 1.3%), which if realised would be the weakest growth in a decade. 
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Successes from this year's Meet the Buyer event

A Meet the Buyer event is an unmissable opportunity for your business. Our most recent event, held on the 27th February at Putterridge Bury in Luton is a testament to that statement. 

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