Category: Business

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.

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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

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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.

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£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.

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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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Funding for community skills projects available for Bedfordshire

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) launches the second round of Community Grants. SEMLEP’s Community Grants programme offers voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations grant funding between £10,000 to £20,000 to provide local support to people who are unemployed, helping them to take up training, volunteering or get back into work.

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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.

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