Area Category: South Cambridgeshire

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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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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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Cambridge South a concrete reality as Minister announces full funding

Years of campaigning by the Combined Authority and others for a new station at Cambridge South paid off today when the rail minister, Huw Merriman, visited the site to announce £211 million from the Government to get the station into service by 2025. Work is already well under way on the Cambridge South Infrastructure Enhancements […]

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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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Handover of 15 new Almshouses in Girton takes place

A Community-Led Housing initiative at Dovehouse Court in Girton has formally completed 20th March,  providing 15 new homes in the form of Almshouses for over 55s who are living in or have a close connection to Girton. The project was funded by Girton Town Charity (GTC) and a £675,000 grant from the Combined Authority, and delivered by Barnes […]

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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 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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Combined Authority Board approves proposal to provide funding for the Waterbeach Renewal Energy Network project

At the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board Meeting in November, the proposal to approve £2.7m of funding for the delivery of the Waterbeach Renewable Energy Network (WREN) project was unanimously approved. The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service for Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council has made a firm policy commitment to decarbonise […]

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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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Cambridge South Station

Improving traffic between Alwalton and Lynch Wood Business Park

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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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New mobility technology accelerator launches in Combined Authority joint venture

GoAscendal, the strategic advisory mobility firm, has launched a new mobility technology accelerator, GoAscendal Labs. The Cambridgeshire-based programme, co-located with local bus operator, Whippet, aims to develop innovative new technologies targeted at improving mobility, including public transport, cycling and walking in the region. Sponsored by Ascendal Accelerator Limited, a joint venture between Ascendal Group and […]

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Investment into local housing development proves positive as Combined Authority loan is repaid ahead of plan

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has today confirmed it has received repayment of a £5.78 million loan made to local house builder, Laragh Homes. Repayment of the loan, which was originally made to the Cambridgeshire based developer in November 2019 to support the building of 15 units, seven of which as affordable homes, at their […]

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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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Business Board grant funding helping vineyard meet growing taste for English wine

A south Cambridgeshire vineyard whose primary revenue stream was reduced to zero when the Covid-19 pandemic hit is bouncing back thanks to support from the Business Board. Chilford Hall Vineyard derived at least 90 per cent of its income to public tours which included a meal and wine sales. But for 18 months from the […]

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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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A505 Royston to Granta Park Strategic Growth and Transport Study

Members of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority transport and infrastructure committee today heard how cooperation between the county council, the Greater Cambridge Partnership and the Combined Authority will be vital in taking the A505 Royston to Granta Park scheme to the next stage.  Members were briefed on the progress of the first stage of […]

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Business Board chair visits upgraded Soham centre nurturing pioneering agri-tech companies

Chair of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board Austen Adams visited a newly upgraded business innovation centre to find out how it is supporting more commercial and job opportunities in agricultural technology and science. Mr Adams was shown around the new £1.25 million facilities at the Eastern AgriTech Innovation Hub in Soham, to […]

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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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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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Residents to receive start-up grants of £5,000 and support from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to set up Community-led housing project in Oakington.

Today, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Housing and Communities Committee gave approval on the first of what it hopes will be many start-up grants to support community-led housing projects across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Combined Authority will provide a start-up grant of £5,000 along-side technical support to the community-led housing groups in Oakington to […]

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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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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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Mare Fen, Northstowe

243 homes in South Cambs

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Willingham

15 homes in South Cambs

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All Angels Park, Caldecote

5 homes in South Cambs

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Whaddon Road, Meldreth

5 homes in South Cambs

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Alexander House, Ely

£100K Homes in East Cambridgeshire

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Linton Road, Great Abington

£100K Homes in South Cambridgeshire

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More’s Meadow Community Led Housing

Community led housing from Great Shelford Community Land Trust

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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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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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Work begins on new £100K homes

Work has begun on four new £100K Homes in South Cambridgeshire, which will be available to local working people for £100,000 by the end of this year.   The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority led by Mayor James Palmer is working with Laragh Homes to bring forward four new £100K Homes on the land to the North of Linton Road, Great Abington.  […]

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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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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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Fieldwork Robotics Awarded £50,000 to Further Develop Fruit Picking Robot

Fieldwork Robotics have been awarded a grant of more than £50,000 towards a £100,000 project to further develop its autonomous robot. The Histon-based business has been supported with a grant from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative, an initiative run by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. Fieldwork Robotics have already developed an autonomous robot that […]

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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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More people helped out of cars and into healthier modes of travel with Mayor’s multi-million bike-lane fund

In a bid to improve the health of the region, ease congestion and improve air quality, Mayor James Palmer is funding over 80 new improvements to cycle lanes, walkways, roundabouts, and changes to traffic flow to get more people out of their car and walking and cycling. The work is to be delivered by Cambridgeshire […]

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New bus service linking Bedford to Cambridge through Cambourne carried over a thousand passengers in first two weeks of operation

The new 905 bus service commissioned by Mayor James Palmer, which provides a long needed public transport option to those commuting between Cambourne and Cambridge Science Park, has carried over a thousand passengers in its first two weeks of operation. Almost half of these boarding’s (475) were in Cambourne, demonstrating why it was important for […]

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We must use our public transport networks – or risk losing them

As we usher in a new season, it is great to see so many of us have returned to the office and children to school. In my office we are mostly back and enjoying a new kind of normal, catching up after a long period of working primarily from home. It is also encouraging to […]

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Mayor delivers on promise of new bus routes to link Cambourne to Cambridge

Earlier this year, James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough gave a commitment to provide new bus services from Cambourne to major traffic generators such as the Science Park and the BioMedical Campus. Following on from this decision and in close collaboration with local councillors, two new bus services have been procured to improve bus […]

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Mayor welcomes public consultation for Ely North upgrade plans

Following regular discussions and lobbying from Mayor James Palmer and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Network Rail has announced it will begin the first phase of public consultation for proposals to upgrade the railway in and around Ely on 21 September. Phase 1 will run for six weeks. The Ely Area Capacity Enhancement programme […]

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Fenland towns set to bid for millions of pounds of Combined Authority investment

Preparations are under way in Fenland to win millions of pounds worth of Combined Authority investment for the district’s four market towns. The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, last month agreed to more than double the amount of investment for its Market Towns Programme – with £13.1million now available to […]

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Mayor’s Blog: Showing Covid a Clean Pair of Wheels…

One of the greatest conveniences of the modern world is public transport – and making it more available, more accessible, more reliable, more climate-friendly, more joined-up, and more affordable is high on my agenda as leader of the Combined Authority. Disappointing, then, that one of many casualties of Covid-19 is actually the public’s use of […]

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Mayor James Palmer tours Cambridge City and St Ives with Stagecoach to see extra steps in place to ensure safe bus travel

Mayor James Palmer tours Cambridge City and St Ives with Stagecoach to see extra steps in place to ensure safe bus travel Bus travel continues to be a safe and convenient way to travel to work and for leisure Customers urged to follow the new government regulations on face coverings, which are mandatory on all public […]

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New £30 million university for Peterborough is officially launched by Universities Minister

Minister of State for Universities Michelle Donelan has today (14 July) announced Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) as the official higher education partner for a new employment-focused university in Peterborough, an initiative by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) in collaboration with Peterborough City Council (PCC). ARU will deliver the curriculum for the new university, […]

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Mayor’s Blog: The Urban Spaceman

After months being cooped up and locked down, it was wonderful to be walking through the fresh air of Cambridge market this week, meeting traders, city ambassadors, and shoppers face-to-face – well, space-to-space –  to ask how they’re doing, what they want, and what we can all do to help them. Up close(ish) and personal. […]

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Mayor’s ‘road-trip’ shares A10 options with public despite Covid

Thanks to a ‘virtual road-trip’ which went live this week, people can have their say on the shortlist of options being considered to improve the Ely-Cambridge stretch of the A10, despite Covid-19 safeguards restricting public gatherings. Although the public consultation demanded by statute will not be held until much later this year, Mayor James Palmer […]

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Mayor’s Blog: A Tale of Two Cities – and Eleven Market Towns.

We could all do with a pandemic pick-me-up and June hit the ground running with terrific news from the Combined Authority Board. More than a pick-me-up, it’s a big step forward.  Board members gave unanimous and very enthusiastic approval for our region’s market towns to apply for a share of a whopping £13.1 million to […]

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Micro Grants boosting Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s smallest businesses during coronavirus

104 of the smallest businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been awarded grant funding to help them adapt to the economic shock of coronavirus via a new scheme launched in response to the pandemic. The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s Micro Grant Scheme is for businesses with five employees or fewer. It was launched quickly […]

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

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 […]

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Mayor sets up Covid-19 ‘think-tank’ for Cambridgeshire business resilience

Meeting for the first time today, a new Covid-19 leadership group set up by Mayor James Palmer laid out a hard-hitting agenda to help the region keep its businesses going until the emergency is passed. The Mayor’s aim in establishing the Mayor’s Forum – a single voice for business in Cambridgeshire – is to foster […]

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Mayor launches £2.3 million war chest

Mayor James Palmer today launches a region-wide campaign urging companies caught in the grip of the pandemic to apply for Covid-19 grants to help them ‘build muscle’ for better times. The Mayoral Combined Authority through its Business Board – which acts as Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s Local Enterprise Partnership – is urging small and medium sized […]

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