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Issue 22: Connectivity Special

14 May 2020

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'Going virtual' to keep March transport consultation going despite coronavirus

13 May 2020

A public consultation on how best to improve the future vitality of March will be ‘going virtual’ thanks to an innovation being used by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to adapt to coronavirus safety measures.Local people are being invited to step into an online virtual consultation room to take part in the March Area Transport Study (MATS).

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Issue 21: Chancellor extends furlough scheme to October 2020

12 May 2020

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Mayor James Palmer hails rapid impact of Combined Authority's coronavirus business grant scheme

12 May 2020

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s rapid response to the coronavirus has so far seen £4.48 million in cash grants awarded to support local businesses.The newly created Covid-19 Capital Grant Scheme has now awarded money to 106 businesses across the region to fund investments which are forecast to protect 479 jobs and create a further 238.Mayor James Palmer has said the scheme has so far succeeded in awarding grant funding to businesses quickly.

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Issue 20: Updated Guidelines on working safely during coronavirus

12 May 2020

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Issue 19: Prime Minister's Recovery Strategy

12 May 2020

Tell us about the impact on your businessCovid-19 Recovery Strategy - updated 11 May 2020 In his address to the nation yesterday, the Prime Minister outlines a roadmap for reopening society. Full details of the address can be found here. Today, we are pleased to share further details of the recovery strategy, which...

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Thomas Cook Taskforce is concluded after employees receive £59 million redundancy pay and many helped back into work

12 May 2020

A cross-government Taskforce featuring Mayor James Palmer has officially concluded, having issued £59 million in redundancy pay to 8,281 ex-employees of former travel agency Thomas Cook, after it announced liquidation in September 2019.The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department of Work and Pensions, who chaired the Taskforce, wrote to its members including Mayor James Palmer and Chair of the Business Board Austen Adams to thank them for their work in helping to mitigate the impact of Thomas Cook’s insolvency for over 9,000 former employees and on local economies including Peterborough, where many ex-employees were based.The Taskforce was made up of Local Authorities, Trade Associations, Unions, Government Ministers, Government Departments and MPs.

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Issue 18: Bid for Bounce Back Loans, HMRC to contact self-employed about support

12 May 2020

If you are a Business Membership Organisation, please share this widely amongst your member companies and networks.Tell us about the impact on your businessCovid-19: support for businesses - updated 6 May 2020 

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Mayor's Blog: The Home Front

7 May 2020

Blackout, lockdown.I won’t be alone in seeing parallels between the war in Europe that ended this week 75 years ago and the national emergency we’re facing today – a common enemy, a community-first attitude, compliance with irksome but life-saving rules, death and self-sacrifice on all Fronts, and many heroes emerging. 

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Open Letter: Challenge to Business from Mayor James Palmer and Business Board Chair, Austen Adams

6 May 2020

This Sunday, the Government is expected to announce a staggered lifting of lockdown.

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