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Cranfield and Network Rail launch supply chain and logistics educational partnership

Network Rail and Cranfield School of Management have agreed an educational partnership between the two organisations.

Network Rail is offering employees in its supply chain operations function a suite of development opportunities provided by Cranfield, including course content relevant to the railway supply chain.

While the placement programme provides the students with real-life supply chain challenges to develop their experience, Cranfield’s courses are developing the knowledge and expertise of Network Rail’s supply chain operations employees, professionalising the team’s capability.

Cranfield MBA ranked number one in the UK for increase in salary

Cranfield School of Management’s MBA has been named as number one in the UK for percentage increase in post-MBA salary in the Which MBA? Full-time MBA ranking 2019, published by The Economist.

This year’s ranking represents an increase in Cranfield’s position by 15 places.

Cranfield’s full-time one-year MBA programme was also ranked second in the UK for Potential to Network and fifth in the UK for overall performance

E-shopping and sending parcels made easy for Thameslink rail users

Passengers using Bedford Train Station will soon be able to pick up, drop off and return their parcels as they hop on and off trains. This is thanks to a partnership between Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and InPost.

New automated lockers are being installed at Bedford Station and at ten other stations across the GTR network.

Co-op launches first ever Christmas Toybox Appeal in Bedfordshire

Central England Co-op is launching its first ever Christmas Toybox Appeal to make sure as many children in Bedfordshire as possible have a gift to open this festive season.

Running throughout the month of November, customers and members are being urged to donate a present or stocking filler at special donation points located in all stores in the area.

Jemz Caribbean wins the regional award for Best World Cuisine at The Food Awards England

Bedford take-away, Jemz Caribbean, scooped the coveted award at the recent ceremony for the Food Awards England 2019. They were named the Best World Cuisine for the southern region.

Jemz Caribbean is run by husband and wife duo, Sandra and Patrick Harris who opened up shop on Ampthill Road back in 2015. Sandra is also the chef, whose mouth-watering cuisine has been popular within the local community for many years.

Cranfield University launches Brexit-readiness training

Cranfield University is partnering with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport to provide free Brexit-readiness training to businesses ahead of the UK’s potential exit from the European Union later this month.

With less than four weeks to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, CILT (UK) – the professional membership body for those involved in the movement of goods and people – has launched a series of workshops and television training sessions to ensure small and medium-sized businesses are equipped with crucial guidance on cross-border customs and how best to prepare for the impact Brexit is likely to have on importing and exporting with EU countries.

The training sessions, delivered via the brand new CILT-TV, will be hosted in Cranfield’s in-house television studios and be available for participants to view via laptops and handheld devices. Interactive broadcasts will focus on two main areas

Caribbean café in Ampthill Road named as Food Awards England finalists

Ampthill Road based cafe Jemz Caribbean has been announced as finalists in the Food Awards England 2019. They are finalists in the Best World Cuisine category for the southern region.

Support for community ventures caring for people in their local area

Central Bedfordshire Council, with partners Community Catalysts, is looking to help local people to start up small businesses or community ventures designed to care for and support other people in their local area.

Community Catalysts, which is a social enterprise already delivering successful schemes across the UK, offers advice, support and direction for people who want to set up a small business (or micro-enterprise) but perhaps don’t know where to start.

£1.2million boost for small firms developing future aviation technology

Cranfield University has been awarded £1.2million to create a UK Aviation Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship cluster, named AVIATE+, helping small businesses develop the technology of the future. One of 20 University Enterprise Zones (UEZ), Cranfield will use its world-renowned expertise in this area to support start-ups and SMEs with specialist facilities, programmes and collaborations.

UNO celebrates its first People against Ordinary Awards

Local bus company Uno recognised and rewarded the very best people and teams across its business with its inaugural People Against Ordinary Awards held on Thursday (5 September 2019)

Employees from Cranfield, Northampton and Hatfield came together to celebrate in style at the University of Hertfordshire’s Fielder Centre.

The scheme recognised thirty-six finalists across ten categories, including The Extraordinary Driver of the Year and The WOW Award.

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