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Luton coach boss banned for hiding fleet

Luton director banned for nine years after intentionally hiding company assets, including three coaches worth almost £40,000, from the liquidator

Cranfield HR expert warns peer-to-peer bonuses may have ‘unintended’ negative consequences

Responding to a report by the BBC’s ‘Wake up to Money’ on the practice, Dr Monica Franco-Santos, Reader in Organisational Governance at Cranfield School of Management and an expert in the design and implementation of executive compensation systems and other HR initiatives, argues that advocates of peer-to-peer bonuses make a number of assumptions about their effectiveness that can often prove to be unfounded in the long term.

Employers asked to ‘Give an Hour’ to inspire young people

Give an Hour calls for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to offer an hour of their time to help young people be prepared for the fast-changing world of work.

The initiative by The Careers & Enterprise Company and part of SEMLEP’s #GrowingTalent campaign highlights that in as little as one hour organisations can help to transform a young person’s future by bringing to life career opportunities and providing insight about the skills young people need to be work-ready and successful in the workplace.

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

Businesses across the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) 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.

Under the IMAGE (Innovation in Manufacturing, Aerospace and Green Economy) programme, businesses in the region can apply for a grant of up to £8,750 to receive part-funding for a research and development project to be carried out with universities.

Stonewater named as one of the UK’s best companies by the Sunday Times

The Sunday Times has announced Stonewater as one of this year’s 100 Best Companies to work for in the UK. The company, which recently opened a new office in Cranfield, was named as the 78th best not-for-profit organisation to work for.

Get involved with the first KickOff@3 local football tournament

Local companies and businesses are invited to sponsor Bedfordshire Police’s charity KickOff@3 football tournament, part of a national initiative organised by police forces across the country in a bid to engage with young people they wouldn’t normally reach.

Stonewater opens a new office in Cranfield

George Blunden, Stonewater’s chair joined locally based staff at the official opening of Stonewater’s new office at Cranfield University Technology Park in Cranfield, Bedfordshire on Thursday afternoon (7 February).

Marston Vale Gallery the area’s new art gallery

Marston Vale Gallery

If you thought art galleries were only built from bricks and mortar, think again. Online art galleries are becoming increasingly popular, and in June, Marston Vale Gallery became the latest to offer its unique art to cyberspace art lovers.

Marston Vale Gallery was set up to expose more people to original art and to get ‘real’ art into people’s homes and workplaces.

New bursary will open up management education to the third sector

A new bursary will open doors for employees working within charities and not-for-profit organisations to allow them to gain a world-class management education qualification.

Cranfield University and leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP have launched a Third Sector Bursary, aimed at enabling workers to more easily access Cranfield’s Executive MBA course.

From January, up to five £9,000 bursaries per cohort will be allocated to eligible applicants.

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