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Celebrate the joys of Spring alfresco at The Swan, Salford

The Swan at Salford has opened its doors again and given a warm welcome back to guests who have been celebrating being able to get back to the pub.

Customers “must play their part for safe reopening”

The British Retail Consortium and its members believe the public has a key part to play to creating a safe and enjoyable retail environment for shoppers and shopworkers.

Retailers have put measures in place that are designed to prevent the transmission of COVID. Including safety glass, queue management systems, social distancing signage, better ventilation, and more frequent cleaning.

Recovery Loan Scheme for businesses launched

With non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality reopening next week, ministers have ensured that support is still available to businesses to protect jobs.

From today (6 April 2021), businesses, ranging from coffee shops and restaurants, to hairdressers and gyms, can access loans varying in size from £25,000, up to a maximum of £10 million. Invoice and asset finance is available from £1,000.

Central Bedfordshire businesses urged to apply for Restart Grants

Central Bedfordshire Council said that more businesses will be able to access further grant funding following the launch of its Restart Grant Scheme.

The Restart Grant Scheme enables rate-paying businesses, trading on 1 April 2021, to apply for a one-off payments to help them to reopen safely.

Top business leaders share lessons from the COVID crisis in new report

Most businesses were ill-prepared to deal with the pandemic and muddled though the challenges stemming from it, according to a report published on Tuesday (30 March 2021).

Resilience reimagined: a practical guide for organisations was produced by Cranfield University, in partnership with the National Preparedness Commission (NPC) and Deloitte.

The report presents insights from business leaders from a range of sectors and makes seven recommendations for organisations on how to become more resilient, drawing on lessons from past 12 months.

Cranfield University’s business links among best in UK reveals Knowledge Exchange Framework

Cranfield University has been ranked as one of the leading specialist science and technology (STEM) universities in England in the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) published by Research England.

Unite launches hotline and campaign to get a ‘new deal’ for Amazon workers in Ridgmont

Unite, the largest trade union in the UK and Ireland, has opened a confidential whistle-blowing hotline for Amazon workers in Marston Gate, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire (LTN1 Milton Keynes Fulfilment Centre).

This is part of a national newspaper and digital Facebook advertising campaign to make Amazon workers aware that they can blow the whistle and expose poor treatment, free from reprisals, by calling 08000 141 461 or by visiting the Amazon Hotline.

In a statement, Amazon said it already offers employees excellent pay, excellent benefits and excellent opportunities for career growth, all while working in a safe, modern work environment.

Fresh wave of grant funding launched as councils are called on to do their bit to continue supporting businesses

New Restart Grants scheme launched today, providing funding of up to £18,000 to eligible businesses. Also a call was issued to all 314 local authorities across England to deliver new COVID grants to businesses in good time and take a flexible approach to updated restrictions.

Grant Funding for Bedford Borough businesses

Home-based and mobile businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply for an initial £500 grant.

Eligible businesses can now apply for the grant online via Bedford Borough Council’s (BBC) website.

Grants will be awarded to local businesses and home-based and mobile businesses that have fixed business costs and have experienced a significant reduction in income due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions part of UK consortium to deliver hydrogen fuel cell technology aircraft

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) – the UK SME leading the Project Fresson consortium, has announced it will exploit recent advances in hydrogen fuel cell technology to develop a commercially viable, retrofit powertrain solution for the nine-passenger Britten-Norman Islander aircraft.

Following a rigorous assessment, CAeS said it is delighted to welcome Ricardo UK Ltd and Innovatus Technologies Ltd to the Fresson consortium.

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