Category: Business

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Central Bedfordshire Council to launch third Additional Restrictions Grant scheme

More businesses will be able to access further grant funding from tomorrow (25 March 2021) as Central Bedfordshire Council is set to launch its latest Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG3) scheme.

Having reviewed its ARG policy, the Council has made more changes to enable additional businesses to apply for grants.

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