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

Wyboston Lakes Resort completes comprehensive transformation of The Willows Training Centre

The Willows Training Centre at Wyboston Lakes Resort has been refurbished to meet the current and future needs of learning & development professionals and those being trained with a comprehensive restyling of its interiors.

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Uni connect aspire higher meet the employer virtual student webinar

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, schools across the UK have been unable to meet the requirement to provide students with at least one meaningful encounter with an employer per year,

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How to create a great onboarding process for remote employees

Now is a strange time to be starting a new job. Any new hire about to start in your company will most likely have never stepped foot in your office. Nor will they have had the opportunity to meet their manager or co-workers in person.

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AA identifies top five breakdown issues

Research by the AA has revealed the five most common causes of callouts for their patrols.

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5 steps for managing a safe return to work after Covid-19

Templers Safety and Security Ltd provide advice and guidance to SMEs to help them meet their health and safety responsibilities. The company was co-founded by Adam Schwalm, who has over fourteen years’ experience in the health and safety industry within a wide range of working environments, from government departments and local authorities to construction, excavation and utilities.

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Hands off - Touchless Access Control Security

Returning from furlough to the “new normal” raises the question of how buildings can stay secure while people remain safe in an attempt to mitigate the threat of Covid-19?

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Top tips on tyres - staying safe and compliant

Figures from the DfT show that between 2013 and 2018, illegal, defective or underinflated tyres contributed to nearly 3,500 accidents nationwide, while in mid-February a vehicle was seized by Lothian Police with tyres so worn down, the inside wires were showing through.

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Privacy Helper secures exclusive contract to  bring even more data protection to UK businesses

Bedford/UK based data protection experts Privacy Helper have secured an exclusive contract to supply the UK with Spy-Fy privacy products.

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) - it's not too late

If you're still considering taking out a bounce back loan, it's not too late.

Far more affordable and flexible than any loan you normally get from a private sector lender, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) is a great option for many SMEs who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Charging ahead: AA issues top tips on getting the most out of vehicle batteries

Issues with batteries are consistently in the top five causes of vehicle breakdowns in the UK and, with electric vehicle 

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4 business IT tips for working safely from home

Working from home has become the new normal for many businesses across the country. But although much of our daily lives have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, cyber threats and phishing scams haven’t. They remain as much of a threat to businesses as ever. In fact, there is some evidence of an increase in phishing and other cybercrime activity now people are working at home.

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BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Summer Statement schemes fall short in protecting firms and jobs

Results from the latest BCC Coronavirus Business Tracker reveal that businesses are still facing significant cashflow challenges

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No more Transition at the UK Border

By Liam Smyth, ChamberCustoms
@chambercustoms www.chambercustoms.co.uk

The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020, and the transition period comes to an end in December this year. It is vital that businesses take action now to get ready for a new border operating environment from 1st January 2021.

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Ensure drivers are accident management aware, says AA

Many drivers have been off the roads for several weeks or more, it’s important they take it carefully when they return to more regular driving.

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Wyboston Lakes Resort achieves triple accreditation to reassure event planners

Wyboston Lakes Resort has been recognised by three prestigious organisations for its first-class event facilities and commitment to health, hygiene and safety standards, which have become paramount following Covid-19. 

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Peli BioThermal Survey Reveals Biopharma Companies’ Focus on Sustainability in Cold Chain Partnerships

Sustainability is moving from a nice-to-have to a must-have, putting sustainable temperature-controlled shippers in high demand

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From furlough to un-furlough and beyond; important tips for employers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is due to end on October 31, and is already being tapered out to help get the economy back on track. So for many businesses, if they haven’t already, now is the time to start considering if, when and how they can bring back their furloughed employees.

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How to protect your trade mark in overseas markets

Rob White is a Senior Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at Groom Wilkes & Wright. Based in Hitchin, GWW was established fifteen years ago to provide businesses in the local area with trade mark services at competitive, non-London prices.

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How to pivot your business after coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic flipped the business world on its head. As the nation was forced into lockdown, businesses had to think on their feet to find ways to continue to meet the needs of their customers. We saw restaurants transform into takeaways, bricks and mortar stores move to online, and events businesses turn to webinars.

Read More

How to manage the return to work after coronavirus

The UK government are encouraging people to get back to the office in a bid to spur economic recovery. This comes as shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants have successfully re-opened and this weekend we’ll see gyms, swimming pools and beauty salons also opening their doors once more.

Read More

SIGNATURE FLATBREADS CONTINUES TO INVEST AND CREATE JOBS DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Signature Flatbreads has sent a message of optimism amidst the economic uncertainty resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, by committing significant investment to increase production capacity at its Dunstable factory, creating 75-100 new jobs. 

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The future of flexible working - insights from an HR expert

Bina Briggs is Director of Plain Talking HR, a Luton-based company that provides human resources services to small and medium-sized business owners in a variety of sectors. Bina has built her success on delivering simple and straightforward HR advice to support busy business owners with people-related matters.

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How to rebuild your small business after COVID-19

Few businesses were prepared for what 2020 would bring. A global pandemic? It certainly wasn’t what anyone expected as we approached the turn of the new decade. But the COVID-19 crisis has wreaked financial havoc, leaving many small business owners struggling to stay afloat.

Read More

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Local Business Supporter

 

Whipsnade is the  UK’s largest wildlife conservation park but as result of Covid-19 we were closed

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8 of the best podcasts for small business owners

Every small business owner knows that the learning never stops. If you want to stay ahead of the competition you need to be aware of the latest news, trends and ideas in areas from leadership to marketing to the economy.

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BCC responds to Prime Minister’s announcement on further easing of lockdown restrictions

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement of further easing of Coronavirus restrictions from July 4 in England, including the reopening of culture, tourism and leisure venues

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Creative agency eyes up expansion with new premises

A full-service creative agency in Luton is targeting 20 per cent revenue growth following an office expansion and a brand overhaul.

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Wyboston Lakes Resort shortlisted as Best Conference Centre at this year’s Conference Awards

Award winning conference, training and leisure venue Wyboston Lakes Resort has again been recognised as one of the best conference venues in the country.

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The state of the high street after COVID-19

As shops in England re-opened last week, thousands of people flocked to high streets up and down the country. The images of people queuing outside shops are a welcome sight for retailers and prove that the high street certainly isn’t dead - despite many reports to the contrary.

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HM The Queen praises Chambers’ contribution to business communities during Coronavirus as more firms reopen

Her Majesty The Queen has offered support to businesses as they reopen, and praised the contribution Chambers of Commerce across the UK

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Wyboston Lakes Resort completes comprehensive transformation of The Willows Training Centre

The Willows Training Centre at Wyboston Lakes Resort has been refurbished to meet the current and future needs of learning & development professionals and those being trained with a comprehensive restyling of its interiors.

Read More

Uni connect aspire higher meet the employer virtual student webinar

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, schools across the UK have been unable to meet the requirement to provide students with at least one meaningful encounter with an employer per year,

Read More

How to create a great onboarding process for remote employees

Now is a strange time to be starting a new job. Any new hire about to start in your company will most likely have never stepped foot in your office. Nor will they have had the opportunity to meet their manager or co-workers in person.

Read More

AA identifies top five breakdown issues

Research by the AA has revealed the five most common causes of callouts for their patrols.

Read More

5 steps for managing a safe return to work after Covid-19

Templers Safety and Security Ltd provide advice and guidance to SMEs to help them meet their health and safety responsibilities. The company was co-founded by Adam Schwalm, who has over fourteen years’ experience in the health and safety industry within a wide range of working environments, from government departments and local authorities to construction, excavation and utilities.

Read More

Hands off - Touchless Access Control Security

Returning from furlough to the “new normal” raises the question of how buildings can stay secure while people remain safe in an attempt to mitigate the threat of Covid-19?

Read More

Top tips on tyres - staying safe and compliant

Figures from the DfT show that between 2013 and 2018, illegal, defective or underinflated tyres contributed to nearly 3,500 accidents nationwide, while in mid-February a vehicle was seized by Lothian Police with tyres so worn down, the inside wires were showing through.

Read More

Privacy Helper secures exclusive contract to  bring even more data protection to UK businesses

Bedford/UK based data protection experts Privacy Helper have secured an exclusive contract to supply the UK with Spy-Fy privacy products.

Read More

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) - it's not too late

If you're still considering taking out a bounce back loan, it's not too late.

Far more affordable and flexible than any loan you normally get from a private sector lender, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) is a great option for many SMEs who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Read More

Charging ahead: AA issues top tips on getting the most out of vehicle batteries

Issues with batteries are consistently in the top five causes of vehicle breakdowns in the UK and, with electric vehicle 

Read More

Ensure drivers are accident management aware, says AA

Many drivers have been off the roads for several weeks or more, it’s important they take it carefully when they return to more regular driving.

Read More

Wyboston Lakes Resort achieves triple accreditation to reassure event planners

Wyboston Lakes Resort has been recognised by three prestigious organisations for its first-class event facilities and commitment to health, hygiene and safety standards, which have become paramount following Covid-19. 

Read More

Peli BioThermal Survey Reveals Biopharma Companies’ Focus on Sustainability in Cold Chain Partnerships

Sustainability is moving from a nice-to-have to a must-have, putting sustainable temperature-controlled shippers in high demand

Read More

From furlough to un-furlough and beyond; important tips for employers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is due to end on October 31, and is already being tapered out to help get the economy back on track. So for many businesses, if they haven’t already, now is the time to start considering if, when and how they can bring back their furloughed employees.

Read More

How to protect your trade mark in overseas markets

Rob White is a Senior Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at Groom Wilkes & Wright. Based in Hitchin, GWW was established fifteen years ago to provide businesses in the local area with trade mark services at competitive, non-London prices.

Read More

How to pivot your business after coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic flipped the business world on its head. As the nation was forced into lockdown, businesses had to think on their feet to find ways to continue to meet the needs of their customers. We saw restaurants transform into takeaways, bricks and mortar stores move to online, and events businesses turn to webinars.

Read More

How to manage the return to work after coronavirus

The UK government are encouraging people to get back to the office in a bid to spur economic recovery. This comes as shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants have successfully re-opened and this weekend we’ll see gyms, swimming pools and beauty salons also opening their doors once more.

Read More

SIGNATURE FLATBREADS CONTINUES TO INVEST AND CREATE JOBS DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Signature Flatbreads has sent a message of optimism amidst the economic uncertainty resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, by committing significant investment to increase production capacity at its Dunstable factory, creating 75-100 new jobs. 

Read More

The future of flexible working - insights from an HR expert

Bina Briggs is Director of Plain Talking HR, a Luton-based company that provides human resources services to small and medium-sized business owners in a variety of sectors. Bina has built her success on delivering simple and straightforward HR advice to support busy business owners with people-related matters.

Read More

How to rebuild your small business after COVID-19

Few businesses were prepared for what 2020 would bring. A global pandemic? It certainly wasn’t what anyone expected as we approached the turn of the new decade. But the COVID-19 crisis has wreaked financial havoc, leaving many small business owners struggling to stay afloat.

Read More

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Local Business Supporter

 

Whipsnade is the  UK’s largest wildlife conservation park but as result of Covid-19 we were closed

Read More

8 of the best podcasts for small business owners

Every small business owner knows that the learning never stops. If you want to stay ahead of the competition you need to be aware of the latest news, trends and ideas in areas from leadership to marketing to the economy.

Read More

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