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Mayor James Palmer and Coun John Holdich

World-leading consultants appointed in key step forward for University of Peterborough's delivery

26 July 2019

A big step forward for a new university for Peterborough has been taken with the appointment of a world-leading project management consultancy to support the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority in its delivery.Globally-renowned consultants Mace have been selected to deliver on the Combined Authority's Action Plan for the new university.

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Urgent call for bidders to £50 million Local Growth Fund pot

22 July 2019

Following the launch of the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, an urgent call has been made for organisations to apply to a £50 million pot of growth funding before time runs out.The Business Board, the Local Enterprise Partnership accountable to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, is calling for applications to the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF) Major Projects stream.

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Statement on the launch of the Local Industrial Strategy by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mayor James Palmer

19 July 2019

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority today launched its first  Local Industrial Strategy, a plan to support industry in delivering growth and  prosperity across the region.Statement on the launch of the Local Industrial Strategy by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mayor James PalmerThis is a fantastic roadmap to help businesses in the region realise their full potential.  This first ever Local Industrial Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is all about creating the conditions required to achieve our ambition of doubling economic output here while also targeting inclusive growth, so that prosperity is felt by more people.It’s a bold strategy and it sets out clear actions to get things moving, help firms to grow, become more productive, and increase their reach.

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New economic plan to boost innovation and maximise opportunities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

19 July 2019

Area aims to become a global leader in the region's life sciences, food production, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing sectors Locally-developed plan sets out how the area will take full advantage of its global assets and maximise the economic opportunity of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Business Minister Lord Henley meets Cambridgeshire and Peterborough leaders today to discuss how plans will boost productivity and shape new opportunities  A new economic blueprint for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is unveiled today, designed to maximise productivity and innovation in the area’s leading life sciences, food production, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing sectors.The new Local Industrial Strategy aims to harness the full potential of innovation in the region and features a Skills and Apprenticeships Hub to support the local community.Developed in collaboration with local leaders, government and businesses, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Industrial Strategy sets out how the area will contribute towards delivering the national Industrial Strategy’s aim to raise productivity levels and create high-quality, well paid jobs across the country.Business Secretary Greg Clark said:“Cambridgeshire and Peterborough alone contribute £22billilon a year to the UK economy.   Today’s Local Industrial Strategy – one of four published across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc – will help boost this even further.

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Local businesses have their say on skills curriculum for new university for Peterborough

17 July 2019

Almost 80 businesses operating in Peterborough have given feedback in a survey asking what kinds of courses and skills they would like to see delivered at the new University of Peterborough.

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Mayor James Palmer calls for Combined Authority oversight over new rail franchise contracts amid frustration at Fenland services improvement bid

21 June 2019

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer is calling on Government to allow the Combined Authority to have sign-off rights in the awarding of any new rail franchises covering the area. The Mayor's call comes after being continually frustrated in attempts to bring forward a package of improvement to rail services at Fenland stations.Mayor Palmer is writing to the Government's Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP to set up a meeting including train operator CrossCountry and Network Rail, as part of continuing attempts to secure a breakthrough in delivering better services to Fenland stations at Manea, March and Whittlesey.The Mayor has long been pushing for CrossCountry's Stansted to Birmingham service, which runs trains between Peterborough, Fenland and Cambridge, and on to Stansted, to be expanded to give people in Fenland greater opportunity to access jobs in Cambridge and London via rail.

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Mayor James Palmer sees first-hand new shared ownership housing scheme unlocked by Combined Authority in Melbourn

18 June 2019

Mayor James Palmer today (Friday 14th) visited new homes in Melbourn, South Cambridgeshire, which were unlocked through the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority's £100 million Affordable Housing Fund.The eight homes are part of a new phase at Victoria Heights being built by local company Granary Developments.

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Events annouced across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for public to have say on area's transport future

13 June 2019

A series of consultation events have been announced across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for members of the public to have their say on the future of the area's transport network to 2050. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority's Local Transport Plan (LTP) will set out an ambitious, challenging and exciting strategy for a world-class, integrated transport network, which addresses current and anticipated future pressures on infrastructure, while also supporting housing and economic growth.

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Combined Authority grant funding success for Medesham Homes

10 June 2019

Medesham Homes, an equal Joint Venture between partners Cross Keys Homes and Peterborough City Council, has been successful in its bid for grant funding from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to help build desperately needed affordable homes in Peterborough.As part of the Combined Authority's commitment to seek to accelerate the delivery of affordable housing, Medesham Homes has been successful in its bid for £735,000 for their Belle Vue development in Stanground which will see 30 new homes completed this year.Clair Higgins, Chief Executive of Cross Keys Homes and a Board Member of Medesham Homes said: "Building new affordable homes for the city is a priority of ours, so to receive this funding which will help to accelerate a sustain even more new homes for affordable rent and meeting local need, is fantastic news."Medesham Homes' Board Member, Howard Bright, added: "We are determined to make a positive difference by building as many new affordable homes as we can.

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A new era for adult education in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough set for launch

6 June 2019

A refocusing of how adult education funding is spent in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to give lower paid, lower skilled people the qualifications they need to secure better jobs will launch this summer.The £11.5 million budget for Adult Education was devolved to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority earlier this year.

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