Author: John Guinn

Cranfield’s Business Programme supports thousands of businesses during COVID-19

Cranfield School of Management’s Business Growth Response Programme has now supported its 2,000th participant since it began just after lockdown started at the end of March.

The programme supports small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in helping them recover from the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the UK economy. SME’s account for 24% of UK private sector businesses, for 43% of UK employment and 45% of GDP.

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New urgent eye care service now available in Bedfordshire

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the availability of a number of routine health services. As part of the local NHS recovery plan Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have launched the new service to ensure the public can access urgent eye care.

Patients who have a new minor eye complaint can call a dedicated Freephone number, without the need for a referral from a GP or other healthcare professional.

After an initial assessment, patients will then be called by a clinician who will provide a telephone or video consultation and recommend treatment.

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Aerospace fuel expert celebrates his 100th birthday with lecture to Cranfield students

Dr Eric Goodger has been a Cranfield University lecturer for many years following his career as a Cranfield academic. To celebrate his 100th birthday this week he will be presenting a lecture on his favourite topic, fuels and combustion.

As COVID-19 is preventing him from appearing in person, Eric will deliver his first live lecture using TEAMS on 9 July 2020. Cranfield University said that Eric may well be the oldest person to conduct a lecture using the technology.

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Network Rail engineering work will affect Thameslink and East Midlands services this weekend

Network Rail is continuing with work on a £1.5 billion upgrade of the Midland Main Line which will improve journeys for all those using the route.

On 4/5 and 11/12 July, work will take place to commission and test two new substations on the route between Bedford and Ampthill.

This work is part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade and will provide the power needed to allow more trains to run in the future.

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The Stables: Planning Inspector decides in favour of Abbey Homes

The Stables has been notified by Milton Keynes Council that the appeal by Abbey Homes against the decision by Milton Keynes Council to impose a deed of easement condition on the western part of the development site next to The Stables has been granted.

The Government Planning Inspector has decided in favour of Abbey Homes on the grounds that the decision to impose the deed of easement should have been dealt with at outline planning stage, not at the later reserved matters stage. He further judged that the western part of the site was sufficiently far from The Stables that noise would not be an issue for future residents.

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Interim findings into Bedford Borough COVID-19 Deep Dive published

New local data from Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre, working with Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative have been released as part of a ‘deep dive’ in Bedford Borough, shows that while Coronavirus infections are still high in the Borough, they are “starting to decline”.

The interim findings of the deep dive, which was issued today (6 July 2020), outlines that women between 30-59 have been the most affected in the borough.

While there were no ‘hot spots’ in the general population the interim findings identified the highest number of cases in areas around the town centre.

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RSPCA braces for summer surge in abandonments after 138 calls in Bedfordshire last year

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals and fears the fallout from the COVID crisis could see more owners struggling to keep their pets.

Typically, the charity sees abandonment peak in the summer months. Between June and August 2019, 16,519 animals were reported abandoned to the RSPCA which accounts for 30% of all animals reported abandoned that year.

During the summer months the charity received 138 reports about dumped animals in Bedfordshire.

The RSPCA is braced for an even bigger impact this summer following the easing of lockdown and the financial impact on the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cranfield students part of all-female crew at the Mars Research Station

Two Cranfield University students will be part of an all-female crew at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah next year, aiming to fill the data gap on women’s performance in space exploration.

Six engineers, geologists and scientists, all under 28-years-old, will be going to the Mars simulation centre for a two-week mission in February 2021.

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