Area Category: Cambridge City

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Mayor and Business Board chair tour Cambridge’s state-of-the-art West Hub

Visiting the West Hub in one of their meeting rooms, from left Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Al Kingsley, Chair of the Business Board, and Louisa Leitao Events Co-ordinator, West Hub.  Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson and Chair of the Combined Authority Business Board Al Kingsley toured the West […]

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Mayor and Cambridge City leader tour sites earmarked for £4.5 million arts and culture funding

Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, visited a number of sites in central Cambridge earmarked to benefit from just over £4.5 million arts and culture funding from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. Joined by Cllr Mike Davey, Leader of Cambridge City Council, and Cllr Anna Smith, Deputy Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough […]

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She’s got a ticket to ride – celebrate Women’s Day by e-scooting for FREE

Women in Cambridge can hop aboard an e-scooter and take a free ride this month, as the Combined Authority’s partner Voi marks International Women’s Day by giving first-time female riders a taste of the get-up-and-go scooting provides.  Voi is offering new women riders 15 minutes of free riding on Voi e-scooters or e-bikes from 5 […]

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Inward investment service attracts health tech pioneer to set up its global HQ in Cambridgeshire

Pictured from left, Cogniss’s Joseph Barry (CCO), Leon Young (CEO) and Dr Lloyd Humphreys, (UK Managing Director). Supplied. An Australian-founded health tech company opened its global HQ in Cambridgeshire due to the support provided by the Combined Authority’s dedicated inward investment service branded as Locate Cambridge. Cogniss is now based at the Barclays Eagle Labs […]

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Hop on board Multiply bus to learn about courses to improve number skills

People are being encouraged find out more about free maths courses on board a specially adapted bus when it stops in Cambridge and Peterborough. Multiply is a £4 million initiative run by the Combined Authority helping to improve people’s maths skills and number confidence. People are already benefitting from support for things like budgeting and […]

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Mayoral statement on Gov’s Long Term Plan for Housing

Residents often speak with me about the unaffordability of homes in Cambridge. Indeed, Cambridge City is frequently listed within the least affordable places to live in the UK. Additionally, businesses are increasingly providing the feedback that the limited housing supply and it’s unaffordability is stifling their ability to recruit talent and limits the productivity of […]

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Mayor Statement: Marshall Land Systems

Statement by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson on the recent announcement by Marshall Land Systems. Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said: “It’s great news that Marshall has chosen Alconbury Weald to locate its Land Systems business after an extensive search. “It is also very welcome that Marshall confirmed that they will continue to employ about 450 people […]

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Utah Trade Mission calls Cambridgeshire highlight of UK and France tour

Pictured above from left: First Lady Abby Cox (State of Utah), Governor Spencer Cox (State of Utah), Mayor Dr. Nik Johnson, Rebecca Bekkenutte, Managing Director for Inward Investment, Growth Works, Richard Cuda, Programme Director, Growth Works There was high praise from members of a trade mission from the US state of Utah for their visit […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson’s statement regarding East-West Rail announcement

The news that the government has given the green light to the next stage of the East-West Rail project, which will connect Cambridge, and the whole of Cambridgeshire, with Oxford is most welcome. We’ve been waiting a long while for this announcement. I whole heartedly agree, we do need better east-west rail links for the region. It […]

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Excitement sparked at launch of 30 new electric vehicles for Cambridge

People will soon be able to travel on 30 new electric buses as part of the largest investment in Cambridge’s bus network in a decade to help tackle air pollution and encourage more people to travel by bus. Residents will be able to travel on the zero-emission, double decker buses as they are introduced into […]

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Launch of 30 new electric vehicles for Cambridge as part of multi-million pound investment to take place in May

Multi-million pound investment in green travel for Cambridge 30 new electric buses to enter service in May 2023 Funded by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Department for Transport, Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and Stagecoach East The launch of 30 new electric vehicles for Cambridge will be taking place in May. The zero-emission, double decker […]

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Dr Nik Johnson begins phased return to Mayoral work

Dr Nik Johnson has begun a phased return to work as Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough following a three month leave of absence to receive medical treatment. The Mayor, who formally returned on Monday 6th March, will be following his doctor’s advice and returning to his role gradually as he continues his recovery.   Mayor […]

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Combined Authority pledges £1.1m to help sustainable meanwhile project in new North East Cambridge district move a step closer to delivery

At the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board Meeting in January, £1.1 million in Combined Authority funding was approved towards plans to develop a ‘meanwhile’ project focusing on tackling the climate emergency, food sustainability and green business initiatives within North East Cambridge. The initiative would be a collaboration between U+I and TOWN, the appointed master […]

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Combined Authority Board approves funding for the approved ZEBRA business case

At the Combined Authority Board meeting on 25 January 2023, a recommendation that capital expenditure of £2,994,000 of funds be allocated to the approved ZEBRA business case was approved.  30 new zero emission electric double decker buses are due to join Cambridge’s ever expanding fleet of cleaner vehicles by the end of April as part […]

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A herd of ZEBRAs heads for Cambridge

Reindeer will be making a magical visit to the region this week but a ‘herd of ZEBRA’ will soon be travelling around the streets of Cambridge – with new electric buses arriving soon.   The 30 zero emission electric double decker buses are due to join the city’s ever expanding fleet of cleaner vehicles early next […]

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Update on Voi eScooters outside of Cambridge City

The Combined Authority is continuing to work closely with Voi and the Department for Transport (DfT) to reinstate the eScooter trial services in Impington, Histon, Girton and Milton. The services in these areas were suspended after it became clear that the area of Cambridge covered by the eScooter trial did not cover these locations. The […]

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Combined Authority Board approves funding to support Greater Cambridge Chalk Streams

At the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board Meeting in November, the proposal to approve a grant of £420k for projects supporting action to tackle impacts on chalk streams was unanimously approved. Cambridge City Council will manage a series of projects to protect and enhance rare chalk stream habitats. Projects will be informed by the […]

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eScooter trial services temporarily suspended in areas just outside of Cambridge City

The Combined Authority has worked with Voi and the Department for Transport (DfT) to temporarily suspend eScooter trial services which serve Impington, Histon, Girton and Milton. The area of Cambridge covered by the eScooter trial does not cover these locations, and the extension of these services was made in error, which has only become apparent […]

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Cambridge bridge to get new name to reflect cultural heritage

A riverside bridge in Cambridge is due to get a new name to commemorate a local man who was a leader in the anti-slave movement. The bridge formerly known as Riverside Bridge has been renamed after writer and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) who was enslaved as a child and after purchasing his freedom, was an […]

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DETAILS RELEASED OF BUS OPERATORS AND TIMETABLES FOR WITHDRAWN STAGECOACH ROUTES FROM OCTOBER 30

The names of bus operators and new timetables for the services withdrawn by Stagecoach East from October 30 can now be released. On September 20, Stagecoach East announced they were pulling out of 18 bus services completely and reducing a further 5 significantly. The Combined Authority went out to urgent tender the following day with […]

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COMBINED AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES £100,000 FOR COMMUNITY LED HOUSING

At the Combined Authority Board meeting on the 19th October 2022, it was unanimously agreed that a further £100,000 of funding would be made available to support community-led housing initiatives across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.   Community-led housing involves local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities. […]

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Details released of bus operators and timetables for withdrawn Stagecoach routes from October 30

The names of bus operators and new timetables for the services withdrawn by Stagecoach East from October 30 can now be released. On September 20, Stagecoach East announced they were pulling out of 18 bus services completely and reducing a further 5 significantly. The Combined Authority went out to urgent tender the following day with […]

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E-scooters and E-bikes

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CPCA BOARD APPROVE BUSINESS CASES AND FUNDS FOR DOUBLING NATURE IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH!

Over £1.3 million was awarded to Natural Cambridgeshire and partners for measures that will enable the acceleration and delivery of sustainable nature projects across our nature depleted county.

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Council secures funding for community biodiversity project and city portrait

The Combined Authority funding for the Logan’s Meadow project, along with a Heritage Lottery Green Recovery Grant secured through the Cambridge Nature Network Partnership, will enable the creation of significant new open water and reedbed habitats on riverside land in East Chesterton and Abbey wards.

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Business Growth Service

The Business Growth Service is a key intervention designed to accelerate start-ups, scale-ups & set-ups.

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Cambridge COP

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Voi hits a key milestone

Voi e-scooters and bikes, which have been running in Cambridge since October 2020, have reached a key milestone of one million rides since launch. In fact, over 1.15 million rides have taken place with over 2.7 million kilometres travelled. Allowing users to get around the city quickly, these modes of transport have become a popular […]

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Mayor and Connecting Cambridgeshire welcome Openreach investment and news that 17 areas will benefit from full fibre

Over 100,000 more homes and businesses across Cambridgeshire are set to benefit from a major broadband boost thanks to a £30m1 investment by Openreach – the UK’s largest digital network provider, used by the likes of BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen.   When this new engineering work is finished, most people living and working in Cambridge, […]

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Life sciences firm invests in Cambridge with help from Growth Works

A leading Spanish-owned life sciences company has chosen Cambridge for its first expansion to the UK following support from the Combined Authority and Business Board’s dedicated business growth service Growth Works and other partners. Quibim, a global leader in whole-body medical imaging, has located to the Bradfield Centre at Cambridge Science Park, with a commitment […]

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Keep pedalling! E-scooter trial extension recommended for Cambridge and Peterborough

Voi e-scooters have been recommended for approval by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Transport and Infrastructure Committee (14th March) to keep operating in Cambridge until November 30th, at its Board meeting (30th March). The scheme was expected to come to an end in March 2022, however, the Department for Transport (DfT) has requested commissioning authorities to […]

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Mayor finds out how fastest full fibre-enabled internet is being brought to Cambridge

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson went on a ‘dig walk’ to find out more about how state-of-the-art full fibre network technology will make faster and more reliable internet services available to more communities and businesses in Cambridge. CityFibre is carrying out network rollout works in a £20 million investment programme. It means thousands of homes and […]

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Voi places ‘golden ticket’ scooters to support inclusive cycling charity, Cycling Projects this Christmas

Voi launches golden ticket Christmas campaign in Cambridge to support Cycling Projects charity, encouraging active travel for all. The campaign will also be launched in 8 other towns and cities across the UK where Voi operates. Users encouraged to seek out ‘golden wrapped’ e-scooters to automatically unlock a donation. Voi employees to offer voluntary services […]

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Great leap forward for walking and cycling as Combined Authority Board signs over long-awaited Government cash

Following the Combined Authority’s successful bid for half a million pounds in Government funding for ‘active travel’, today’s meeting of the Combined Authority Board unanimously approved release of the grant to Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. Chairing the Board, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson, asked members to release the […]

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New digital connectivity for all to put county at leading edge

Many communities, businesses, and public services relied on digital connectivity as a lifeline during Covid. They will now benefit from Combined Authority plans to make digital technology and access more inclusive. This will facilitate increased contact with healthcare, education and jobs.  The Combined Authority has set out a new Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Strategy for the next four years […]

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Cambridge gets green ticket for zebras

Cambridge residents will soon start to see the benefits of 30 new zero emission buses to be rolled out across the city. The announcement was made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of the Budget and Spending Review in Parliament yesterday (27 October). Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) received […]

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Electric bike ride held to highlight landmark heating retrofit scheme ahead of COP26

An electric bike ride from Cambridge to Swaffham Prior to highlight a landmark retrofit scheme has taken place to mark the global climate change conference, COP26. The event organised by Cambridgeshire County Council and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority saw riders saddle up in Cambridge yesterday (Thursday) before heading off to Swaffham Prior, nine […]

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Extension to e-bike and e-scooter trials reinforce mayor’s active travel commitment.

Plans to extend electric scooter (e-scooter) and electric bike (e-bike) trials across Cambridge and Peterborough received the green light from members from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority board today (29 September). Recommendations to extend the ongoing e-scooter trial in Cambridge until March 2022, to continue learnings received approval, as did recommendations to expand the e-bike […]

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Combined Authority throws its weight behind Cambridge South

The Board of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority today threw its weight behind the development of Cambridge South rail station with a unanimous vote to allow Network Rail to hang on to savings made on planning to put toward future work. Development of the Cambridge South station remains on time and on budget, with a […]

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Land made available at Granta Park to expand key life sciences sector

A significant plot of land at Granta Park, south of Cambridge, will be made available to help grow the region’s thriving life sciences sector, forming part of plans to create thousands of skilled local jobs. Research and technology company TWI, which spearheaded the creation of Granta Park, decided to release 27 acres of land, with […]

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WATCH: Business Board’s Prof Aamir Khalid visits TeraView to see a new wave of growth

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board member Professor Aamir Khalid visited a world-first, homegrown Cambridge business to find out how loan support is helping them to take their growth to the next level. TeraView is a company reflective of the unique business ecosystem which exists in the region. Born as a ‘spin-out’ from Toshiba […]

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Zebras take one step closer to becoming a reality in Cambridge

Zebras quietly moving around central Cambridge is certainly the ambition of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority as it delivered its business case for funding to support a new Zero Emission Buses Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme for Cambridge to the Department for Transport (DfT) on 20 August.  Following an expression of interest to DfT earlier this year, the Combined Authority has been invited to submit a business case to support its bid for funds as part of the ZEBRA scheme for 2021-2022.  If successful, it will help fund 30 […]

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Mayor’s ‘Net Zero’ call to action puts the Bus into Business

Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson, in collaboration with Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council, this week steps up with a team of ‘carbon zero heroes’ to call on Cambridgeshire businesses to learn from each other how to work smarter in cutting their carbon output.   Joining a distinguished line-up of some of […]

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Mayor welcomes Andy Burnham to Cambridge

On Saturday (17th July) Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson, welcomed Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester to Cambridge to take a sunny tour of the city and to discuss how active travel and bus franchising are playing a role in Mayor Dr Nik Johnson’s transport plans for the region. The tour commenced […]

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Business Board vice chair sees how Haverhill innovation centre investment is paying dividends for local economy

Investment into a flexible, modern business centre for entrepreneurs and growing enterprises is already supporting growth and jobs in the local economy just nine months after its launch. Vice chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board, Professor Andy Neely, visited The EpiCentre in Haverhill to take a tour of the modern, flexible […]

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East West Rail challenged on environment, economy, electrification and community impact in consultation reply

Electrification of the line from day one, more evidence on the preferred approach into Cambridge, more ambition on the environment, and minimising impacts on communities have formed part of the Combined Authority’s East West Rail (EWR) consultation response. The Combined Authority Board approved the response at its meeting on Wednesday (June 30). As part of […]

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Construction work starts on the long awaited 21 almshouses in Great Shelford

Work has finally started on-site to build 21 almshouses at the edge of the village Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire. The community-led housing project by Great Shelford Parochial Charities, a local almshouse charity, plans to provide 21 homes at 50% of market rates in the village. Completion of the site, known as Mores Meadow, is scheduled for […]

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Cambridge South station takes a step towards reality

Network Rail has submitted a Transport and Works Act order (TWAO) application to seek deemed planning permission to build the new station and associated infrastructure which will serve the southern fringe of Cambridge and the biomedical campus.  Following two rounds of consultation in 2020 to select the location of the station and seek views on […]

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New £100,000 homes to be available in Cambridge City

Work starts to build the first three new £100K Homes in Cambridge City. Mayor James Palmer announced today that the Laragh Homes site on Histon Road has been chosen as the first location in Cambridge on which £100K Homes will be built. Because of the housing crisis, too many people are locked out of the […]

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Low Carbon Innovation Fund makes another investment in Cambridgeshire Business

8power (www.8power.com) based in Cambridge, recently benefited from investment from LCIF. 8power is an innovative technology company specialising in self-powered wireless sensor solutions for industrial plant applications. They are enabling machine condition monitoring at lower cost and easy installation for water/waste treatment, manufacturing industries and oil and gas industries. Paul Egan, CEO of 8power commented: […]

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Combined Authority awarded £1 Million to deliver free Level 3 courses for adult learners

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority have been awarded £1 Million to deliver free Level 3 courses for adults across the region. The funding from the Department for Education (DfE) has been delegated to Mayoral Combined Authorities as part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and will deliver free first Level 3 courses for adults […]

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Mayor Welcomes Housing Committee’s Housing Programme Decision

Mayor Palmer welcomed today the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Housing & Infrastructure Committee’s approval to complete the Government’s Housing Programme. MHCLG recently confirmed that they would fund all housing projects, subject to confirmation of additionality and value for money, that would start on site by March 2022, allaying concerns that the programme might be […]

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Pioneering MedTech company to create Global Headquarters in Cambridge creating 18 new jobs

An animal health MedTech company behind pioneering wireless animal monitoring technology has announced it will expand its UK operation and established a new Global Headquarters in Cambridge. Alpha Vet Technology, who already have a global team spanning across Australia, Switzerland, the United States, will be creating 18 new jobs in the region over the next […]

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Digital technology grants for hundreds of regional businesses

A digital technology grant scheme inviting businesses in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough to apply for a share of over £1million funding to boost growth has been inundated with over 300 responses. Within a week of being launched (15 February), the Connecting Cambridgeshire Digital Technology Grants for Business scheme was oversubscribed with over 180 eligible expressions of […]

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Transport committee hail Network Rail partnership for Wisbech-Cambridge

Transport committee members hail Network Rail partnership to bring Wisbech-Cambridge rail nearer    James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, has secured a powerful new partnership with Network Rail which can push Wisbech rail plans forward on the back of work to free up the Ely rail bottleneck. Steve Barclay, Member of Parliament for North […]

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Alternative Vehicle Fuel Strategy given the green light

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough take one step closer in the roll out of electric charging points across the region that will take into account the different requirements likely to be needed across city, market town and rural community locations to meet the growing demand. Today (10 March 2021), the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Transport Committee […]

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IT and Life Science firms in Cambridge outperforming UK

Information technology and the life sciences are the largest and most dynamic of the KI sectors Medium term data on the growth of the Cambridge economy, right up to the start of the 2020 Covid lockdown, shows persistently much higher annual growth rates than the national economy, particularly amongst knowledge-intensive (KI) firms. This confirms Cambridge’s […]

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New Business Growth Service to deliver 5200 new jobs

Transformational Business Growth Service to deliver at least 5200 new jobs across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough just when we need it most to grow back jobs Growth Works will deliver 5278 new jobs, 1400 new apprenticeships and generate significant inward investment in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough over the next three years. Made up of five service lines, […]

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Histon Road

10 homes in Cambridge City

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Skills Support Workforce

Training and upskilling employees with small and medium employers

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My Future

Supporting young people into employment and independence

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SSU 5003

Provide access to employment for job seekers and inactive people

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New Horizons

Financial education, digital training and getting back to work

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Community Connections South

Tackling social isolation by supporting participants to engage more with their communities and overcome work barriers

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Independent Commission in Climate

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority are helping to accelerate the delivery of clean local energy projects.

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Case Study: KisanHub Ltd

Agritech funding for Cambridge start-up KisanHub Ltd

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Cambridge South Station

Creating a new railway station to serve Cambridge Biomedical Campus

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Mayor and Business Board Chairman react to the Government’s Skills for Jobs White Paper

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has welcomed the Government’s “bold and ambitious” Skills for Jobs White Paper and the Chairman of the Business Board has said he is delighted the paper puts “the needs of businesses at the heart of further education”. The Skills for Jobs White Paper sets out landmark reforms that will […]

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Independent Commission on Public Service Reform (CPICPSR) report published recommending health is put at the heart of every decision in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

An independent report, commissioned by the Mayor James Palmer, argues that post-Covid, the area’s health and care system must change to provide a more joined-up, local system that invests in prevention and brings services closer to the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The report has been made public as the result of a Freedom of […]

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£4.5m funding for 113 affordable homes in East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough

Today the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority housing committee gave approval on 4.5 million of grant funding to help create 113 new affordable homes across East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, and Peterborough. The housing committee gave approval for: A grant from the Combined Authority’s £100m Affordable Housing Programme of £1,576,000 was approved for 38 homes, 28 at […]

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Mayor backs An Hour to Skill campaign

A new campaign which aims to boost the nation’s skills and job prospects by inspiring people to set aside just one hour a week for online learning, by taking a free course from The Skills Toolkit, has been backed by Mayor James Palmer. The Skills Toolkit is an online platform giving access to free, high-quality digital, […]

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Business Bulletin: Issue Number 46

£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs The Chancellor has announced additional support to help businesses impacted by new lockdown restrictions get through until spring. Support includes one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. […]

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Mayor’s statement on Covid vaccinations and the new national lockdown

“Despite news of the Covid vaccinations and increasing numbers of people being vaccinated,  the spread of the new variant Covid 19 has already led to rapidly escalating case numbers across our region and I recognise and  understand the Government’s concerns and the need for this inevitable nationwide lockdown. I am asking for a clear timetable […]

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Fenland market town scoops millions for high street regeneration, helped by Combined Authority

March has been awarded £6.4million from the Government to help implement a “once in a generation” transformation of the town centre. Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, announced on Boxing Day that March is among the areas in England which will receive a share of £830 million from the […]

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Mayor Blog overview of the year 2020

Few will be sad to see the back of 2020, but I want to finish this year by highlighting those things of which I am so proud. Covid-19 has had a hideous impact on so many lives, but what the team at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has achieved this year has been incredible. […]

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Major milestone for Community Land Trust as keys handed over to final four affordable homes for local people

A pioneering East Cambridgeshire Community Land Trust (CLT) set up by local people to build more affordable homes in their community, has passed a major milestone with the final four of its 23 properties now completed and occupied. The affordable homes at the Stretham and Wilburton Community Land Trust’s (SWCLT) Manor Farm development in Stretham are allocated to those with strong connections to the […]

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A look inside the first £100K Homes

For the first time, the public get to look inside the first £100K Homes as James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough releases exclusive photos of the recently completed properties in Fordham. Despite construction setbacks this year due to Covid-19, the eight £100K homes have been delivered by Hill development in time for Christmas and […]

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March station to be revamped for passengers, thanks to Combined Authority funding

March rail station is to be remodelled, following public consultation, and with continued funding support for the scheme from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. The work will see Greater Anglia create an open-plan ticket hall and waiting area, accessible modern toilet facilities, retail outlets, and an upgraded and extended car park at the station. The […]

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Mayor James Palmer welcomes 400 free courses for adult leaders

James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has welcomed an announcement from the Department for Education confirming that tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year. The fully-funded courses are the first major development in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, which was first announced by Central Government […]

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to launch Electric bikes in Cambridge and Peterborough from January

From early January onwards, people in Cambridge and Peterborough city centres will be able to publicly hire electric bikes as they are rolled out by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in collaboration with Voi Technology, the U.K.’s leading micro-mobility operator.   From the 12th of January 2021, the public will be able to enjoy greener and healthier journeys on e-bikes, while remaining […]

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Combined Authority invest £710,000 to support the recovery of Cambridge city centre

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority have awarded a £710,000 Local Growth Fund grant to a partnership led by Cambridge City Council to support the recovery of Cambridge city centre from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership bid involving the city council, Cambridge Business Improvement District, Fitzwilliam Museum (Enterprises) Ltd and Cambridgeshire County […]

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Business Board Chairman Reacts to Spending Review

Reacting to the Spending Review held on Wednesday, November 25th Austen Adams the Chairman of the Business Board said: “The Chancellor made some very exciting announcements in the spending review, which will help to accelerate and strength our recovery from COVID-19 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. “It has been a tough year for business leaders, workers […]

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Fenland and East Cambridgeshire proposals win market town funding

The Combined Authority Board has today approved Combined Authority funding for a raft of imaginative projects for market towns in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. On the table was some £1.5 million for Chatteris, Ely, Soham and Whittlesey, all seeking to increase their pull for residents, visitors, and businesses. Future-proofing and history featured high on the […]

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Mayor backs Fenland and East Cambridgeshire proposals for market town funding

Mayor James Palmer will this week ask the Combined Authority Board to approve Combined Authority funding for a raft of imaginative projects for market towns in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. On the table, some £1.5 million for Chatteris, Ely, Soham and Whittlesey, all seeking to increase their pull for residents, visitors, and businesses. Future-proofing and […]

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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority mastermind ‘Trojan Bus’ to help police catch bus vandals

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, worked with Stagecoach and Cambridgeshire police to bring about the arrests of people vandalising buses in Cambridge, by masterminding the idea of a ‘Trojan Bus’, a normal bus running not in service containing plain clothes police offers, able to draw up alongside people unnoticed.   After reports […]

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Combined Authority progress report reaffirms commitment to economic recovery

In a confident report on the progress into its Devolution Deal with government, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority provides strong evidence to the November Board that it is delivering on its twenty five year mission to double to region’s economy and is working for economic recovery following the Covid pandemic.  The report, requested by the Combined Authority leaders back in October, provides an assessment on the 2017 Devolution Deal with the government. It shows significant progress on its ambitious long-term plans to deliver growth and public […]

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Mill SciTech Park pre-planning application submitted

A pre-planning application for the development of the Mill SciTech Park, on the Hauxton Mill site in South Cambridgeshire has been submitted by o2h Group. The Cambridge-based business behind the project believes this marks an important step in the delivery of their exciting proposals which would see the creation of a state-of-the-art office and laboratory […]

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Mayor welcomes Minister’s public support for £500 million Ely rail upgrade

Mayor James Palmer today welcomed the backing of minister Chris Heaton-Harris for the £500 million upgrade to railway infrastructure in the Ely area. Confirmation of the rail minister’s support for accelerating the project, despite its rising cost, was communicated to the Combined Authority at a meeting six weeks ago,  and has now been shared publicly with industry specialists at the Rail Industry Association annual conference.  The Ely area capacity enhancement  – EACE – programme should […]

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Mayor to deliver over 450 new affordable homes for residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority led by Mayor James Palmer has today approved the spend of £19.1 million to create 453 new affordable homes over 13 sites for people right across the region.   In 2017, the Combined Authority negotiated £100m of government funding to create 2,000 new affordable homes for people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by March 2022.  The 453 affordable homes announced today bring the Combined Authority significantly closer to this target.   […]

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority work with Voi to provide 24/7 free scooter rides to NHS staff and Emergency Service workers

All NHS staff and Emergency Service workers can now make Voi scooter journeys in Cambridge, free of charge, 24/7 hours a day during the period of new national restrictions, set to be in place until 2nd December 2020. The Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, is also expanding the e-scooter operational zone in Cambridge to […]

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Peterborough A605 improvements completed to benefit all road users

Improvements to a busy section of road in Peterborough have now been completed, benefiting motorists and pedestrians. Work to widen and enhance a stretch of the A605 between the A1 Alwalton junction and Lynch Wood got under way earlier this year and were completed this week., including a new environmentally-friendly footpath made of recycled rubber. […]

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Public to have say on climate change action across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate, set up by James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has today launched a public survey on the most pressing issues of climate change across the region and what action should be taken. The survey can be accessed here and will run for three weeks from 26th October […]

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E-scooters in Cambridge City Centre – new carbon-neutral and socially distanced way to travel launched by Mayor James Palmer and Voi Technology

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, along with Voi Technology, the U.K.’s leading e-scooter operator, will launch its e-scooter trial in Cambridge City Centre this Thursday, 15 October.   For the next 12 months, residents and visitors will be able to take a ride on a Voi e-scooter whether they […]

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Free CambWifi going live in Huntingdonshire market towns

Free public access Wifi is going live in market towns across Huntingdonshire to help residents keep connected and bolster local businesses through the dark days of Covid. CambWifi has just gone live in St Neots and will be available in St Ives, Ramsey and Huntingdon town centres this autumn, bringing users safe internet access when they […]

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Cambridge Business Awarded £40,000 Grant Towards Developing Agricultural Robots

A Cambridge-based business has been awarded over £40,000 from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative to develop two mobile agriculture robot prototypes. Antobot Ltd is a robotics technology company, focused on the control hardware and software development for intelligent mobile robots, tailored for the application in the agriculture industry. With the […]

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Café culture dreams for Peterborough receive an £800,000 boost thanks to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Plans for a European café culture in Peterborough have received a welcome boost, after a successful application to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.   A grant for £800,000 has now been approved as part of the Growth Deal funding (Local Growth Fund, LGF) which is provided by Government to local areas to invest in projects […]

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Combined Authority pledges to work with Greater Cambridge Partnership

The Greater Cambridge Partnership and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority have pledged to work together to tackle the transport issues facing the area and implement the policies set out in the Combined Authority’s Local Transport Plan. James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough accepted the GCP Executive Board’s offer to join the Board as […]

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Combined Authority Board approve £500,000 spend to support young people struggling to find work

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board have agreed to allocate £486,297 to two schemes to support young people and adults. The money, which the Combined Authority received from the Department of Education, will be used to improve employment prospects of people aged 16-to-24, who will be leaving education this summer having been unable to […]

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Report reveals the impacts of Covid-19 on business and employment across the region

A report commissioned by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has highlighted the impacts of Covid-19 on business and employment across the region. The report was commissioned jointly by the Combined Authority Board and the Business Board and is based on analysis conducted in August 2020. The report aims to provide an up to date […]

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Round 2 consultation brings Cambridge South station nearer

The much-needed Cambridge South station has taken another step forward as Network Rail says it will launch the second round of public consultation in October. Following June’s announcement of the preferred site, the latest phase of the consultation is scheduled to start on 19 October, welcoming people’s views on the next stages of the railway […]

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