St Neots-based mechanic scoops two top awards
A St Neots-based mechanic has scooped two top awards.
Chloe Cutter completed her motor vehicle apprenticeship with Vanquish Motors, in St Neots and has subsequently been named as Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year and Overall Apprentice of the Year for her " hard work, determination, and dedication to the profession".
Chloe, who is a student at Cambridge Regional College, was nominated in the Apprenticeship Awards which celebrated eight employers and eight apprentice winners from across the eastern region.
EDGE reboot provides post-Covid support to jobseekers and businesses
Having supported local businesses and jobseekers throughout the lockdown via telephone and virtual meetings, the EDGE shop in Huntingdon has been given a reboot to welcome people back for one-to-one support.
EDGE is a unique partnership that brings together local businesses, training providers, schools and jobseekers to match and develop the right people and the right skills to local businesses, building partnerships and developing bespoke solutions for the companies and individuals the team works with.
With a new shop window and display wall for all the latest jobs, training and courses available in the local area, the EDGE team says it is looking forward to being able to help people in person again.
Prism Electronics in St Ives is celebrating three decades in the electronics industry
The electronics experts produce printed circuit board assemblies which are used in products ranging from instrumentation and telecommunications to transportation and security.
“It’s fantastic to think of the breadth and depth of products for which we’ve produced electronics. Great leaps have been made, not only in electronics, but in the technology and processes we use to manufacture them” said David Aspinall, managing director and co-founder of the company.
Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce: How is 2021 treating you so far?
The latest update from ABC Life Support
In their final survey of the series, the Cambs Chamber would really like to understand more about how people are feeling as we come out of lockdown and the impact of the past 18 months. If you could spare five minutes to help with their research, they would be most grateful. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=GYi_kU4PpEOIRno63L1hJT_71-6WoeBOvN2jEjXjGidUQjFUTVEzV0U5UTBWQ0dDMThRVU1ZRkRPMC4u
2 Day MHFA England course, 14-15 July
The Cambs Chamber is now able to offer Face to Face MHFA England training in July, but only have a few spaces available on a two day MHFA England First Aid course at the beautiful Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre. The dates are 14-15 July, facilitated by Danielle Bridge. The two Day MHFA course is the most comprehensive of the MHFA England training packages and leaves the learner with a clear understanding of how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental ill health as well as how to deal with a crisis.
Over the past six months, Danielle has been busy talking to a variety of organisations about the mental health and wellbeing of their employees and colleagues as they return to the office and adapt to the new normal. If you would like our support in hosting a webinar or seminar about Mental Health in 2021, please do get in touch to discuss how they can help.
Craft Beer Shop opening this weekend
A new craft beer shop called the Filling Station will be opening in St Ives this weekend. Founder, Matt Kelly, from Houghton, has worked for a large brewery for 23 years and the business venture is a response to the lock-down.
Matt said: “The lockdown has inspired the Filling Station, and I want to build a business that supports local. We will primarily stock the fantastic local breweries across the surrounding area of Cambridgeshire and adjoining counties. Small breweries need our support more than ever at the moment, and the demand for good quality craft beer is exploding, and so we aim to help the local community discover some incredible beers."
'Great news' for St Neots after 12.8 million high street fund is confirmed
On Wednesday 19 May, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) confirmed that St Neots is set to benefit from investment from the government’s Future High Streets Fund, alongside only 71 other high streets from across England.
Last month we confirmed that the total £12.8 million investment into the district’s largest market town, St Neots, was made up of £5.9 million from the District Council directly, £3.1 million from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and £3,748,815 from the MHCLG’s Future High Streets Fund. We will be leading on the project, with valued input from local stakeholders though widespread consultation. The funding enables us to deliver the full £12.8 million scheme which comprises six projects:
- regeneration of the Old Falcon Inn
- redevelopment of the Priory Centre/Priory Quarter
- improvements to the Market Square
- improvements to the High Street
- improvements to the St Neots Road Bridge
- a new waterfront route.
Executive Leader of the council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: "This welcome confirmation of the funding from MHCLG is the final step before we move to widespread local consultation throughout the summer.
"We can now focus on delivering this exciting project, and I am looking forward to the consultation where we will work with local residents and stakeholders to develop the detail of the overall investment, creating a prosperous future for St Neots town centre."
Jonathan Djanogly, Member of Parliament for Huntingdon, said: "This is great news that the £3.75 million government funding for St Neots town centre has been confirmed. Thanks to Huntingdonshire District Council for putting together such a compelling bid for St Neots and investing further funds to deliver the full £12.8 million project, and to the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government for its commitment to St Neots."
New Asian theme restaurant has opened in Huntingdon
A new 'Asian inspired' restaurant has opened at the Towerfields Leisure Park, in Huntingdon, Chi has taken over the former Chiquito outlet at the Huntingdon leisure park, which is also home to Cineworld.
It will join other pubs and restaurants going back into business this week following the relaxation of the Covid-19 regulations. Aidan Tjinakiet, is a joint owner, along with Lamen and Wendy Reddy and has said this is his third establishment.
Aidan said: “We had two different concepts where we started in the Grafton Centre, with a small unit called ‘Chi Street Food’ so the idea behind that was it is a little more fast paced that what is coming to Huntingdon. Everything is fresh and we make everything ourselves.
Work begins to make Huntingdonshire towns 'fit for the future'
Last week’s announcement that St Neots is one of only a few towns across the country to receive Government funding to regenerate its town centre was very welcome.
This £3.75m will support HDC in delivering an exciting £12.8m regeneration plan for St Neots. Buoyed by our success in securing this funding and the transformative improvements that will be delivered, HDC has now begun work on similar regeneration schemes for Huntingdon, St Ives and Ramsey to help make all of our town centres fit for the future.
It’s no exaggeration to say that these businesses power our economy and our communities. Therefore, as our high streets have now re-opened, supporting local shops and businesses by buying local has never been more necessary. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that some local businesses have experienced a shift towards customers buying from them during the pandemic and it would be great if we could sustain that pattern.