Category: Business

Local business innovation is helping shape the South East Midlands’ post-COVID future

South East Midlands businesses are crucial to help the area and the whole country to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, and government support is available to help them do it.

This is the message from the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK and the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), which will showcase some of the great South East Midlands success stories they are supporting in a virtual conference and exhibition on 26-28 January

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Taking flight: Cranfield University amongst tech leaders coming together to develop the future of UK aviation

Nine UK organisations have today announced The Airspace of the Future (AoF) Consortium. It comprises of Thales, Cranfield University, Cranfield Airport Operations, Inmarsat, Altitude Angel, Ocado Group, Blue Bear, Satellite Applications Catapult, and Connected Places Catapult.

The group will work to integrate drone services within the wider UK transport ecosystem. It was formed in response to UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Future Flight Challenge (FFC).

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More EU Exit support for businesses

A new fully-funded programme of in-depth virtual training sessions is available for South East Midlands businesses to understand the new processes and paperwork requirements when working within the EU.

As of 1 January 2021, new rules affecting business operations apply. While the trade-deal relieves the impact on businesses, work to understand and use the new paperwork, processes and regulations begins to keep businesses moving in 2021.

SEMLEP’s Growth Hub, Bedfordshire Chambers of Commerce, Milton Keynes Chambers and Northamptonshire Chambers have teamed up to offer 20 free virtual workshops over February and March, sharing their wealth of expertise in export and import documentation and processes.

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£6.5million paid to support Bedford Borough businesses

Bedford Borough Council is automatically paying £6.5million to businesses that have had to close during lockdown.

These grants are to support businesses with their premises costs. They are available for businesses that are ratepayers or have other mortgage or rent costs for their business premises and are required to close.

These grants are set and funded by the Government at a national level and administered by the local council.

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New Recovery and Resilience grants of up to £50,000 available to South East Midlands businesses

New match funding is available for businesses to invest in new technologies, plant equipment, machinery or premises growth, helping businesses create employment opportunities.

The £1.44million of funding will support businesses in the South East Midlands looking for ways to recover from the economic impact of lockdown and strengthen business performance through capital funding.

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Cranfield School of Management in Financial Times UK business schools top ten

Cranfield School of Management has been named one of the UK’s top ten business schools in the ‘Financial Times European Business Schools 2020’ rankings released on Monday (7 December 2020).

The rankings also reveal that Cranfield is the highest ranked business school in the UK to offer an Executive MBA via the apprenticeship levy.

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FSB issues ‘shop small at Christmas’ rallying cry to Bedfordshire residents

Shoppers in Bedfordshire are being urged to buy from, and celebrate, their local and independent businesses in a pre-Christmas campaign led by Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The business representation group said the unprecedented pressure on small businesses in the county throughout 2020 means that they desperately need a boost from their local communities in the run-up to Christmas.

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