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Fenland for Business

Fenland for Business

Fenland for Business is responsible for supporting economic development and business growth in Fenland. Delivered by Fenland District Council, we are here to support new businesses to start, help local firms to grow and attract new investors to settle in the area.

We're experts on our region's economy with an excellent knowledge of our local businesses - what they do, how they work and what they need to continue being successful.

Supporting local economic growth

Our services support the activity of Fenland's businesses by proactively developing networks so organisations can make the most of new opportunities and tackle local business issues collaboratively.

Helping companies to get established and flourish

We're also here to help businesses thinking of establishing a presence in Fenland by supplying them with business critical information and helping them to develop strategic local connections. With our knowledge of the local economy, Fenland for Business is perfectly placed to provide unique and detailed insight that can inform strategic decision making by companies that call Fenland home and businesses that are new to or interested in the area.

Do you want to do business in Fenland?

If you need support developing your business or are thinking of bringing your company to the Fenland area, talk to us. We provide a professional, impartial and free service to any organisation. Once we have an understanding of your company's needs, we will provide you with the intelligence you need and connect you directly to the organisations and experts best equipped to help you succeed.

To find out more about what Fenland for Business can do for you, take a look here or get in touch.

Whether you have a great business idea, are looking to grow your existing business or are interested in establishing a presence in Fenland, we're here to help you with independent and free support. With our network of partner organisations and 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
  • Product Development and Research

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.

To hear about the latest national and local business support initiatives and upcoming events and webinars click here to join our mailing list.

 

An important message from Jyoti Atri Director of Public Health, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Taking the right steps forward for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - continuing to do the right thing.

Dear Sir / Madam

On Monday evening the Prime Minister announced that we would be moving to Stage 4 on the roadmap from July 19th – with most restrictions being relaxed, the Government itself is continuing to promote all the practical ways people can keep themselves safe, recognising rates will continue to rise. As the new Director of Public Health for both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough I wanted to share with you some key public health advice which I hope will help to keep your business operating safely, and your employees well and at work.

THE PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER. Cases are currently rising in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and expected to continue to do so for some while. A significantly lower proportion of our population is vaccinated compared to the East of England and National averages. Most important is encouraging all your staff to get vaccinated. Vaccines are significantly reducing the link between infections and severe disease and death. You can check the most up to date list of places vaccinations are taking place at https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-nationalvaccination-programme/ 

The recent spread of the now dominant Delta variant is estimated to be 40- 80% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha variant. So I would encourage you to continue to ask your staff to take twice weekly rapid lateral flow tests, and get a PCR test if this rapid test shows positive, or if they have symptoms. And to isolate if they are positive or a close contact of someone who is. There are also clear benefits to continuing to do the right thing by following the following public health guidelines:

• Meeting in well-ventilated areas where possible, such as outdoors or indoors with windows open.  • Wearing a face covering where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces. • Washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day. • Covering your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze. • Staying at home if unwell, to reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community. • Considering the individual risks of employees or customers, such as clinical vulnerabilities and vaccination status.

Businesses should follow the principles set out in the working safety guidance (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19). Employers still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. This includes guidance for employees who may be clinically extremely vulnerable. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take 15th July 2021reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify. While the government is no longer instructing people to work from home, a return to the workplace should be gradual and businesses should follow the published guidance. You can use PHE Guide (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-employers) and Employer toolkit (https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccine/resources/employer-toolkit/) to help support your staff and promote the vaccination programme. Finally, it is really important to respect and be considerate of those (for example clinically vulnerable groups) who may wish to take a more cautious approach as restrictions are lifted. Thank you

Jyoti Atri Director of Public Health Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Fenland Open For Business - Support Local Businesses

In the current crisis many businesses in Fenland have been able to adapt how they can provide goods and services now and for the future. The majority of local businesses are owned and run by local people, local members of the Fenland community. Please support your local business community by buying from them whenever possible. Take a look at who can provide you with what you're looking for by clicking here:

https://www.fenlandforbusiness.co.uk/coronavirus

 

 

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