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Bedford businesses reminded to register for new Test and Trace App

The government has released new legislation as part of its efforts to drive down the rate of coronavirus infection and support the test and trace system.

On Friday 18 September, it became law for hospitality venues to enforce the rule of six or face a fine of up to £4,000. They also have to log contact details for customer, visitors and staff as part of NHS Test and Trace.

From today, Thursday 24 September 2020, this has been extended so that it will be a legal requirement to display an official NHS QR code poster to help people check in to venues.

Cranfield University’s research finds targets bring more women on boards, but they still don’t reach the top

Voluntary targets have boosted gender diversity on UK boards. However, new research by Cranfield University’s School of Management warns that there are still too few women in senior leadership positions, such as CEO and Chair, to drive long-term change.

The annual Female FTSE Board Report, sponsored this year by EY, finds that although the FTSE 350 looks on track to reach the target of 33% of women on boards by December 2020, a lack of representation at the top could be impacting the number of women in the executive pipeline.

Bedford Borough businesses warned to behave responsibly

Bedford Borough Council is warning pubs, restaurants and other local businesses to support measures to control the spread of coronavirus, or enforcement action will be carried out against them.

Businesses must ensure that when they are open, they have the appropriate measures in place to keep their customers and the wider population safe.

Cranfield Live Online powers future executive development

Remote professional development has taken a step forward with Cranfield School of Management’s Cranfield Live Online, an extensive suite of digital executive development programmes.

Cranfield Live Online is the largest online collection of Cranfield Executive Development programmes to date.

Online Executive Development programmes are flourishing, as businesses find positives from online learning and invest in staff development. Home-working has brought more flexibility in the level of delegates that can attend from across the business and there are cost savings from not needing to pay for travel and accommodation.

Cranfield University webinar: Learning from Lockdown

Former Business Minister and new visiting professor at Cranfield School of Management Jo Swinson will be discussing the future of work after COVID-19 on a webinar with Cranfield’s head of the Changing World of Work Group, Professor Emma Parry.

Cranfield Vice-Chancellor appointed to UK R&D task force

Cranfield University’s chief executive and vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, has been appointed to a business and universities task force to examine the future of UK research and development.

Community Grant programme available for local training and employment schemes

To help support the community during this time, local organisations can apply for up to £20,000 grant funding to help people to get into work.

The Community Grant programme, re-opens for funding applications today (17 August 2020). The programme has already awarded over £600,000, which is supporting 666 people to date.

The programme is for voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE) to deliver bespoke projects that help currently unemployed individuals in the hardest to reach communities to take up training or get back into work.

More Bedford Borough businesses eligible for support during Coronavirus

Bedford Borough Council is urging any businesses that may be eligible for support through a discretionary business support grant to get in touch by Friday 28 August.

The Government has allocated £1.6 million to Bedford Borough Council for the discretionary grants scheme.

Wootton Post Office finalist in Post Office awards

Wootton Post Office was a finalist in the Local Hero category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for the Midlands region.

Marston Moreteyne Post Office finalist in ‘We’re Stronger Together’ awards for service during COVID-19 pandemic

Marston Moreteyne Post Office was a finalist in the Community Engagement category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for the Midlands region.

The awards recognise the efforts made by postmasters across the region to keep branches open during the Covid-19 pandemic and serving their local community.

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