August 2019

Welcome to the latest Fenland for Business newsletter.

We aim to keep you updated on issues and developments within the business sector that may be relevant to your business through this newsletter. If you have an interesting article you'd like to share, or even a positive story relating to your business or you would like us to cover other areas of interest, please do let us know!

We hope that our regular readers continue to find these newsletters useful, and we'd like to extend a warm welcome to our new readers as well!

And finally, don't forget to check out our website here and follow us on Twitter: @FenlandBusiness

Brexit Basics - Deal or No Deal
Fri, 6 September 2019
08:30 – 13:00 BST
Burgess Hall
Westwood Rd
St Ives
PE27 6WU

Build a Better Business

Come and find out more about post Brexit regulations and support to meet any challenges you may face. With representatives from your local growth hub, Health and Safety Executive, Small Business Commissioner, Regulatory Standards for trading, food and many more, to ease the strain of planning for the future.

This is a great opportunity to meet, listen, learn and engage with FREE business support right for your business. Worried about new rules and regulations? Find out more here.

STARTING UP A BUSINESS? Come and find out about the fantastic support you can find locally on things such as Business Planning, market research, finding the right premises, grants, logistics and how to comply with the regulations applicable to your business

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS? Your small business is thriving and you are ready to take the next step. Perhaps you are thinking of moving to bigger premises, moving into online sales, expanding your workforce or investing in new products lines? Come and hear about the support that is available locally which will help guide you through this process and help you realise your vision.

RUNNING A WELL-ESTABLISHED, SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS? Perhaps you think there is no more support you need? But as business support organisations and regulators we help major businesses on a daily basis. For instance, Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Licensing teams offer Primary Authority advice services, with clients including B&M Home, Decathlon, John West, John Adams, Subway, Middletons, Hotel Chocolat and Thomas Cook. Growth Hub have £300,000 in capital grant funding to offer to SME’s to increase capacity, improve productivity and create new jobs together with a wealth of business experience to share. There are many more options, come and find out.

Register for the event
Free Fraud Prevention Event for Businesses
Wednesday 11 September 2019, 08:00 - 10:15 
Lakeside Lodge Golf Centre Fen Road Pidley, Cambs PE28 3DF

Host: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership, together with Barclays, would like to invite you to join them for a free fraud prevention event for small and medium-sized businesses. 

This free breakfast event will provide valuable insight into cyber-crime and how you can protect your business from the growing threat of ransomware, invoice fraud etc. There is plenty of free parking available on site (sat nav postcode as above).

08:00 Registration and free breakfast with tea and coffee
08:30 Welcome from Ray Bisby, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
08:40 Joe Cooksey, Head of Digital, Barclays – Introduction to Cyber Security
09:30 Nigel Sutton, Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor, Cambridgeshire Constabulary – Scams and Cyber Fraud The Local Picture
10:00 Elaine Matthews, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) – the partnership’s aims and how businesses can support
10.10 Closing remarks by Cllr Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council
10:15 Questions and networking opportunity

Booking To book your place, or for further information, contact Karen Reid: Email: Telephone: 01223 706355

Places are limited, so please book early. Please advise when booking if you have any special dietary requirements or access requests. .
Wednesday 25 September 2019, 10.00am-4.00pm, Cambridge Regional College
Wednesday 25 September 2019, 10.00am-4.00pm, Cambridge Regional College
30 October 2019, 9.00am— 3.00pm · KingsGate Conference Centre
Have your say and help the council to further improve services and to make more informed plans and decisions

Fenland District Council currently have two consultations underway that they are inviting feedback to:

Draft Gambling Policy

- help shape the Draft Gambling Policy. Comments are welcomed until 6 September. 

The review of a Statement of Fenland District Council's Gambling Act Policy is a requirement under Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005. In preparing the statement, we have given full regard to the requirement of the Act and revised guidelines issued by the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), Gambling Commission, and relevant Council strategies (such as crime and disorder). 

The policy will form the basis of any decision taken in respect of applications or enforcement under the Gambling Act 2005 by Officers or any Committee or Sub-Committee involved in licensing decisions. 

Cumulative Impact Policy

- help shape the cumulative impact policy. Comments are welcomed until 13 September.

The current cumulative impact policy within section 1.69 of the overarching Statement of Licensing Policy is now subject to review and consultation for determination.

The current cumulative impact assessment policy covers an area of Wisbech Town Centre to include parts of Medworth, Clarkson, Hill and Peckover wards. Applicants for all new and variation applications in this area must be able to show they will not add to the existing problems identified in the policy.

FDC invite your views and comments to understand if our current policy is still relevant to the current situation in this area. This is your opportunity to tell FDC if you are affected positively or negatively by licensed premises in this area.

Businesses in the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough area to benefit from a £3.7m skills training fund.

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Rutland.

SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. This means you can access a wide range of training at no cost* to your business. 
*subject to eligibility

Businesses can benefit from:

  • A training needs analysis for your business, identifying the skills you need to support your business ambitions
  • Flexible training – pick full qualifications or mix and match individual units to suit your business
  • On-the-job vocational training to meet individual and business needs including taught learning, workplace assessment, distance learning and online learning
  • Learning pathways for your employees enabling them to progress within your organisation onto higher level qualifications or apprenticeships
  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to enhance your employees’ skills

For further details please contact Howard Cordingley Partnership Coordinator :  or 07738894879


Fenland for Business has access to GRANTfinder which can search for funding sources to meet a variety of business requirements. We would be delighted to share with you the latest round of local funding.

Please contact us here to discuss your funding requirements.

Starting or expanding your business? Looking for offices or factory units? Our Business Centres and factory units offer fantastic facilities - with flexible lease arrangements and competitive rents.

To see our current availability click here

About Fenland for Business

Fenland for Business is the local network responsible for supporting economic development and business growth in Fenland. We're part of Fenland District Council and we're here to support local businesses from new start up businesses, existing businesses wishing to grow, to attracting new companies to move to the area.

Whether you've got a great business idea, are looking to grow your existing company or are interested in establishing a presence in Fenland, we're here to help you with free and independent support.

With our network of partner organisations and a deep knowledge of the local economy, we can help with any business-related enquiry. Our particular specialisms lie in:

• Finance and grant funding

• International trade

• Property and development

• Recruitment and skills

• Resource efficiency

• Supporting inward investors

We also manage a range of light industrial units and offices, including The Boathouse and the South Fens Business Centre, and organise a variety of networking and training sessions.

For more information on how we can help you, please get in touch:

Email us here

Call: 01354 622506


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Fenland for Business is the local network responsible for supporting economic development, inward investment and business growth in Fenland, and is part of Fenland District Council. 

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