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Extra funding for Cambridge community transport service to help secure its future

The Combined Authority and Cambridge City Council have stepped in with funding to help a Cambridge community transport service keep running and develop a plan for future sustainability. The not-for-profit Cambridge Dial-a-Ride provides accessible minibus services in Cambridge and some surrounding villages via a membership scheme for people and community groups who have difficulty in […]

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Mayor welcomes King’s Speech focus on empowering regions to drive growth

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said today’s commitment in the King’s Speech to give more powers to mayors is crucial for a better future for the region. At the State Opening of Parliament today, His Majesty The King said the government believed that greater devolution of decision making was at the heart of a modern and […]

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Mayor welcomes Government commitment to empowering local growth after meeting with Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer

Prime Minister Keir Starmer hosts Metro Mayors from across the United Kingdom in 10 Downing Street. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street. Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, is front left.  Mayor Dr Nik Johnson has welcomed a commitment from new Prime Minster Sir Keir Starmer and Deputy Prime Minister Angela Rayner to work […]

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Combined Authority’s unified pitch draws UKREiiF crowds

Picture: johnhoulihan.com The Combined Authority’s ‘Team Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’ pitch at the UK’s biggest trade and investment conference, UKREiiF, saw hundreds of delegates from over 200 organisations visit its pavilion. Working with local authorities, the Combined Authority developed a unified approach to showcase the region on the national stage, with the aim of attracting investment, […]

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Praise for Peterborough’s first AI Summit

ARU Peterborough played host to the city’s first ever AI Summit which explored the burgeoning technology’s impact on business, careers and people’s lives. From tools like ChatGPT to Bing AI, to the chatbots people interact with daily, the march of AI in people’s everyday lives continues. Supported by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, there […]

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Under 25s can now apply for ‘Tiger’ pass offering bus fares for just £1

Under 25s in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can now apply for a special ‘Tiger’ bus pass offering £1 fares as part of the Combined Authority’s work to revamp public transport in the region. The lower fares are aimed at helping young people get around the region more affordably, to places of education and training, jobs, shopping, […]

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US Trade and Investment Envoy welcomed to region by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson

Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, welcomed to the region the Rt Hon Sir Conor Burns MP, The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Regional US Trade and Investment. They discussed the region’s international reputation and plans to build on this in the future. The Mayor and Sir Conor Burns discussed the benefits of […]

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AI Summit to make Peterborough debut, helping people and businesses stay ahead

The AI summit organisers have held successful events in Norwich, pictured.  Peterborough’s first public AI summit will explore how the rapidly advancing technology is changing both businesses and our lives. Supported by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and Anglia Ruskin University, the event will be held at the city’s new university, ARU Peterborough, on […]

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Combined Authority leads region’s unified pitch for investment on national stage

A unified ‘Team Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’ approach will be at the heart of the Combined Authority’s first appearance showcasing the region at UKREiiF, the UK’s biggest trade and investment conference. The collective pitch has been developed in close collaboration with authorities in the region, and attendance at the event is part of the commitment to […]

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Relocated Chatteris museum opens as part of Combined Authority market towns improvement

There were celebrations in Chatteris to mark the opening of the town’s relocated museum, supported with funding from the Combined Authority and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. On Saturday Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson and Deputy Mayor Cllr Anna Smith joined the Mayor of Chatteris Cllr Anne Hay, Combined Authority Business Board […]

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From QI to ARU Peterborough: Sandi Toksvig opens cutting edge centre

Broadcaster delivers inspiring guest lecture during her visit to ARU Peterborough XRP eXtended Reality Peterborough has been officially opened by writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig OBE. The new facilities at ARU Peterborough, which combine elements of the virtual and the real world to create an immersive educational experience, have been opened thanks to £5.7 million […]

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Three new members appointed to Combined Authority Business Board

From left, new Business Board members Dr Araminta Ledger, Emma Garfield and Tim Jones.  New skills and experience have been added to the Combined Authority’s Business Board with the appointment of three new members. The Business Board provides a business voice in the work of the Combined Authority to support greater prosperity and reduced inequality […]

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Combined Authority welcomes experienced leaders to its corporate management team

The Combined Authority has strengthened its corporate management team with the permanent appointments of two experienced leaders as the organisation continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the region. Janice Gotts (pictured) will join as Executive Director Resources, becoming the authority’s most senior finance officer – the Section 73 Officer – responsible for […]

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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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Proposals for green energy innovation centre at ARU Peterborough presented at Parliamentary event

An early-stage proposal to create a new research and development institute for sustainable energy at the city’s new university, ARU Peterborough, was launched at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons yesterday (Monday, March 18). Outline plans for The Global Innovation Centre for Energy Transition were presented by TWI, the Granta Park-based engineering consultancy […]

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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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Joint statement: In response to the ‘Case for Cambridge’ in the Spring budget

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and Cambridgeshire County Council have issued the below joint statement in response to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget announced on Wednesday 6th March 2024: Cambridgeshire remains one of the fastest growing areas in the UK. As a net contributor to the Exchequer, if our region thrives, the whole country benefits. But we […]

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National Careers Week: Dan proves it’s never too late to reinvent your career

During National Careers Week the Combined Authority is looking at inspiring stories and sharing ways you can advance or change your career. 43-year-old Dan Arrowsmith from Peterborough had his academic ambitions dampened when he left school without any GCSEs and was told he should look for a vocational trade. Struggling with his dyslexia, Dan spent […]

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Call for volunteers to help young people on their career journeys

With National Careers Week kicking off this week the Combined Authority is calling for help from a wide range of industry volunteers to further boost its work supporting local schools to deliver outstanding careers education. The Combined Authority’s Careers Hub launched in 2022 and works with 77 schools and colleges across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to […]

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Peterborough university partnership shortlisted in prestigious local government awards

The three partner organisations behind ARU Peterborough, the city’s new university, have been shortlisted in the prestigious Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards 2024. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) are in the running for the Public/Public Partnership prize, which recognises where partnership working has been successful. The […]

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Call for views on electric vehicles and planning for more charging points

With more and more electric cars on our roads, the Combined Authority is asking people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for their views on what has been described as the next transport revolution. Working with Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, the Combined Authority wants local opinions to help plan for more electric vehicle (EV) […]

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Building an ‘apprentice community’ with support from Combined Authority skills service

A fast-growing Peterborough business has said unlocking young talent through apprenticeships has been crucial to its success and highlighted how a dedicated Combined Authority skills service is supporting its goal to build an ‘apprentice community’. Ahead of National Apprenticeships Week (February 5-11), Evolving Networks, which provides pioneering internet connectivity services to other businesses, has described […]

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Celebrations raise the roof at ARU Peterborough’s newest building

Another high point in the rapid development of the ARU Peterborough university campus was marked with a ‘topping out’ ceremony of the second teaching building incorporating the ‘Living Lab’ public science and technology space. On Tuesday (January 16) representatives of the three project partners, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin […]

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Nature Recovery Strategy takes significant strides towards doubling nature

Cambridgeshire, recognised as one of the most nature-depleted counties in England, is making substantial progress in its commitment to “Doubling Nature” through the development of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS). With an ambitious economic growth agenda, the strategy aims to place nature at the forefront, addressing the existing deficit of rich […]

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ARU Peterborough is Civic Trust regional finalist

Picture: Richard Fraser Photography, www.richardfraserphotography.co.uk ARU Peterborough could follow in the footsteps of some of the UK’s most celebrated construction projects after being named as a 2024 Civic Trust Awards regional finalist. Established in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards are the longest running awards of their kind in Europe and recognise “outstanding architecture, planning and […]

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New Skills Bootcamp to help people into careers in engineering

The Combined Authority has worked with two engineering companies in Peterborough and a local college to develop an intensive Skills Bootcamp course giving learners the skills they need for a career in the industry. Working with Howden Turbo and Baker Perkins, a technology brand of Schenck Process Food and Performance Materials, the Introduction to Engineering […]

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Still time for creative businesses to apply for support to boost growth

Creative businesses and business leaders are being urged not to miss out on free support to accelerate their growth and win investment though a programme launching very soon in Peterborough. The Create Growth Programme will give creative businesses a tailored and free package of advice, mentoring and industry introductions to help unlock new opportunities to […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson celebrates completion of 94 affordable homes at Alconbury Weald

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson marked the completion of 94 Combined Authority-funded affordable homes at Alconbury Weald with a tour of the site on Friday (December 1). The site, at The Boulevard, Alconbury Weald, has 65 affordable rented and 29 shared ownership homes, mainly for key workers, and was funded with a […]

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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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The Princess Royal opens Combined Authority-funded state of the art training centre in Chatteris

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened the North Cambridgeshire Training Centre (NCTC) in Chatteris on Wednesday (November 29) The centre, funded by £3.16 million in Local Growth Funds from the Combined Authority Business Board, is run by the Eastern Education Group and was set up to support people of all ages to gain […]

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Green light for plan to transform Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s transport future

A long-term strategy to make transport better, faster, greener, and more accessible for everyone in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been approved. The Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) will be the guiding strategy for transport projects and policies across the region after it was approved today (November 29) by the Combined Authority Board. Read the […]

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Still time for agri-food tech businesses to apply for growth-boosting grants of up to £300,000

There is still time for businesses in the agri-tech, agri-biotech and food-tech sectors to apply for grants and support to boost innovation and growth. A partnership of four counties across Eastern England, including the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, launched a programme with Government to grow the sector with funding and support packages ranging from […]

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Statement from Mayor Dr Nik Johnson on the Autumn Statement

The following is a statement by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson following today’s Autumn Statement: I, along with so many in our region, have been eagerly awaiting today’s Autumn Statement, especially with regard to further Government commitments to Government’s previous pledges on Cambridge 2040 and Network North.  But firstly devolution, I whole heartedly welcome today’s commitment […]

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Combined Authority Business Board appoints five members

The Business Board has been strengthened with the appointment of five private sector members with a wide range of experience and expertise. The Business Board supports the Combined Authority in its work to grow the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough economy sustainably, ensuring that the voice of business is heard in decision-making. After the appointment in the […]

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Give your maths skills a boost in Number Confidence Week

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson is encouraging people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to find out more about improving their confidence with numbers in a special awareness week this week. Number Confidence Week, which runs November 6-10, run by national charity National Numeracy, is aimed at helping people get the support they need to improve their number […]

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‘It made my return to education possible’- Combined Authority’s 100th Care Leaver Bursary milestone reached

Pictured above: AJ who has benefitted from the Care Leavers Bursary established by the Combined Authority One hundred young people leaving the care system have now benefitted from a bursary set up by the Combined Authority to fund education and training to support their futures. The Combined Authority has also reaffirmed its support for care […]

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Lift-off for £7.5m Launchpad to drive innovation in agri-food businesses

A partnership of four counties across Eastern England, including the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, has launched a programme with Government funding to drive innovation and business growth in agri-tech, agri-biotech, and food-tech. New Innovate UK funding and support for innovation and business growth in local cluster Focuses on Eastern England’s strengths in agri-tech, agri-biotech […]

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Carbon Net Zero Training Centre to deliver hundreds of green skills opportunities

A project to build a training centre in Fenland supporting a range of courses in the green skills demanded for a net zero carbon future continues to move forward. The Carbon Net Zero Skills Centre has been given £2 million in funding by the Combined Authority to enable the College of West Anglia (CWA) to […]

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Peterborough’s new university recognised as ARU scoops social mobility award

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) was awarded the University of the Year title at last night’s prestigious UK Social Mobility Awards, in recognition of the role ARU Peterborough is playing in advancing social mobility across the city and the wider region. The UK Social Mobility Awards, known as the SOMOs, are organised by the charity Making […]

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Statement by Chair of the Business Board on Network North proposals

The following is a statement by Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business Board, Al Kingsley. The Business Board has noted the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday of the Network North plan for transport infrastructure investment. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region is a key transport and economic hub. It links the East with the Midlands […]

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Start of works on XR Centre of Excellence at ARU Peterborough

Image: Igloo Vision Work has started on XRP eXtended Reality Peterborough, a new Centre of Excellence on the ground floor of the Peterborough Innovation and Research Centre at the ARU Peterborough campus, which will deliver cutting-edge teaching and training facilities for both ARU Peterborough students and local employers. Last December it was announced that ARU […]

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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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Launch of new wave of short courses to accelerate careers and opportunity

A new range of short, intensive courses, free for individuals and aimed at boosting incomes and advancing careers, are now available. Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses lasting no more than 16 weeks, developing skills demanded by local employers. They offer support in finding job interviews and cover a range of sectors. They include everything from […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson statement on the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan

The below is a statement from Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson after the recommendation to approve the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan failed to pass at the meeting of the Combined Authority Board today.  Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said:  “I want to say huge thank you to officers who’ve worked tirelessly to […]

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City counting the benefits of new university a year after opening

It was just a year ago that ARU Peterborough, the city’s new university, opened its doors for the first time, but the benefits are already being felt. When the first students arrived on campus on September 20, 2022, it was the realisation of a decades-long ambition in Peterborough to build a university. Devolution and the […]

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ARU Peterborough shortlisted for prestigious architecture award

Picture credit: Richard Fraser Photography  richardfraserphotography.co.uk  University House, the first phase of ARU Peterborough, has been shortlisted for the prestigious AJ Architecture Awards 2023, aimed at “celebrating and rewarding design excellence in UK architecture”. The annual awards, organised by the Architects’ Journal, sees ARU Peterborough feature in an eight-strong Higher Education category alongside entries from Jesus […]

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Free events to help employers find out more about hiring an apprentice

Many employers are interested in apprenticeships but don’t know where to start. But those who want to find out more are already signing up for two free events in Cambridgeshire aimed at helping businesses discover the how and why of taking on an apprentice. The in-person, Love2Learn Apprenticeships event at the Marriot Hotel in Huntingdon, […]

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ARU Peterborough receives Higher Education award

Picture credit: Richard Fraser Photography  richardfraserphotography.co.uk  University Alliance recognises city’s new university for its successful collaboration ARU Peterborough has won an award for successful collaboration at the 2023 University Alliance Awards. The city’s new university, which is a partnership of Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, and Peterborough City Council, opened its doors […]

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First findings into review aiming to improve bus network

Interim findings of a review of the publicly funded bus network, undertaken by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, has found that most bus services are performing well and will continue. Of the 77 bus services currently under review, it will be recommended at the September 13 Combined Authority Transport and Infrastructure Committee that 51 […]

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Businesses to benefit from changes to the 37 bus route

Following feedback from local businesses that many workers were arriving to work late due to the 37 bus timings, the Combined Authority has worked with Stagecoach East to change the timetabling of the bus to arrive at Peterborough’s Queensgate 15 minutes earlier, enabling workers to get to work on time. The move came after Councillor […]

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New St Neots centre connecting people with jobs and training already making a difference

Picture: Deputy Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Cllr Anna Smith helps open the Citizen Hub. Picture: Harry Pauley. A newly launched centre helping people in St Neots to find better jobs, access qualifications and training, and start and grow small businesses, has hit the ground running. St Neots Initiative, a voluntary group, worked with the […]

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New chair appointed to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business Board

A new chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business Board has been appointed. Al Kingsley, who has served as a Board member since January 2020, was appointed following an extensive recruitment process. The Business Board is Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Local Enterprise Partnership and is part of the Combined Authority. Mr Kingsley, who lives in Peterborough, […]

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ARU shortlisted for national prize thanks to new Peterborough university

Photo by Richard Fraser: www.richardfraserphotography.co.uk Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has been shortlisted for the University of the Year prize at the prestigious UK Social Mobility Awards, thanks to the role ARU Peterborough, a major Combined Authority project, is playing in advancing social mobility in both the city and the wider region. The UK Social Mobility Awards, […]

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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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Overseas investment in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough strengthens

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough continues to be an attractive place for investment from overseas companies, despite tough economic times, latest figures show. The Government’s Department for Business and Trade has published statistics for foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK. Those figures show that across the 29 investment projects attracted into Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in the […]

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Bus promoting maths skills in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is back for two summer dates

A bus promoting free maths courses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is once again welcoming people aboard to find out more. Multiply is a £4 million initiative run by the Combined Authority and which offers everything from basic maths skills for budgeting and parents wanting to help with homework, through to professional qualifications to help 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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Micro businesses celebrate success at House of Lords thanks to ARU Peterborough courses

Small companies came together at the House of Lords to celebrate their completion of a course designed to help grow their business with the help of expert advice and mentoring. The six-week Small & Mighty Enterprise Programme – run by Small Business Britain in partnership with ARU Peterborough and global small business platform Xero – […]

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Celebration for start of building works for second teaching building with ‘Living Lab’ at ARU Peterborough

A ceremonial spade was dug into the ground to mark the start of works to build a second teaching building incorporating a ‘Living Lab’ science facility at ARU Peterborough, the city’s new university. On Wednesday (June 21) representatives from the partners developing the university, the Combined Authority, Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University, were […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson: ‘Our work to reform buses is vital for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’

The below is a statement by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson on the future of buses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the work the Combined Authority is doing with partners to reform the network.  Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said: “Changing how buses operate in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is vital to our transport future. Doing nothing is […]

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Independent Improvement Board Chair confirmed

Richard Carr has been confirmed as Chair of the Independent Improvement Board (IIB) for the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. Following the resignation of Lord Kerslake as Chair of the IIB earlier this year due to ill health, a search has taken place for a replacement Chair to support the Combined Authority in its journey […]

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Statement by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson on the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan

The following is a statement by Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson following today’s (May 31) Combined Authority Board meeting. “In today’s Combined Authority Board meeting, it was agreed to defer a report recommending approval of a plan to transform our transport future. “The Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) sets the vision, […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson statement: GCP Making Connections consultation findings

The following is a statement by Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson on the publication of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Making Connections Consultation. I welcome the publication today (Friday, May 26) of the final report into the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP) Making Connections consultation. The quantity of feedback to the consultation – over […]

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Mayor’s Statement: Local Transport and Connectivity Plan

The below is a statement by Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson on the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP). Read the LTCP Read the report to the board and further LTCP documents (scroll down the page to agenda item 6) This week a plan for a better transport future for everyone in […]

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Peterborough students get a taste of construction careers at city’s new university

ARU Peterborough, the city’s new university, hosted 75 Year 12 students from seven local schools for some hands-on activities designed to change perceptions about a career in the construction industry. Construction company Morgan Sindall Construction organised an interschool competition, supported by ARU Peterborough and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Careers Hub which is delivered by Growth […]

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On the road again! Multiply bus tour promoting free courses to improve number confidence

The Multiply Bus Roadshow is back, aiming to help even more people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to become more number confident. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority was awarded £4 million by Government to help improve numeracy across the region as part of the national Multiply programme. The Mutiply Bus Roadshow toured the region at […]

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Turning Point beats targets in innovative skills and jobs support scheme across Fenland and Peterborough

A scheme to help those in Peterborough and Fenland into good jobs or training at key periods of change in their lives has exceeded its targets for the number of people helped. The Combined Authority bid successfully for Community Renewal Fund money from Government to deliver Turning Point – a project aimed at helping people […]

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Cambourne to Cambridge Guided Busway – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business Board Statement of Support

The Business Board, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has issued the below statement of support for the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Cambourne to Cambridge Guided Busway scheme. The Business Board has a responsibility for supporting the sustainable economic growth of the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. In 2022 the Business Board approved its […]

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More funding for Skills Bootcamps to accelerate people’s careers and earnings potential

A new wave of Skills Bootcamps – short, intensive courses to help advance people’s careers and boost their income – is coming to the region. The Combined Authority has secured £2.8 million in new Government funding for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to deliver the flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, teaching a variety of in-demand […]

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Multiply Roadshow puts free courses to boost maths skills on the map

The Multiply Bus Roadshow toured towns across the region aiming to showcase to the public free courses to help adults improve their maths skills. Multiply offers skills for everything from household budgeting and helping children with homework, to qualifications to help advance people’s careers. A special promotional bus toured the region to raise awareness with […]

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Multiply bus rolling into towns to help people become more number confident

A bus roadshow is touring across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help people become more number confident. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority was awarded £4 million by Government to help improve numeracy across the region as part of the national Multiply programme. Colleges and training providers across the region are providing ways people can sharpen […]

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Transformative Careers Hub formally launches with conference at region’s newest University

A trailblazing careers education initiative in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been formally launched with a conference organised by the Combined Authority and bringing together employers,  and the education and training sector. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Careers Hub launched formally in September 2022 following a soft launch the year before, with an aim to deliver careers […]

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Funding to help primary school children dream big about their future careers

The Combined Authority has been selected as one of four trailblazers to deliver an innovative pilot project to inspire primary school-age children in the kinds of jobs they could do in the future and the skills they will need. The funding has been awarded by the Careers and Enterprise Company and will extend the scope […]

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Transport plan for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough moves forward

The Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee has been updated on progress with the developing plan to deliver a better transport future for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP), when completed, will be the region’s statutory transport plan, and will set a vision, priorities and strategy to guide future investments into […]

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Call for more people to take up free health and care courses aimed at boosting income

There is still time for people on Universal Credit and looking to boost their income to take part in a skills project providing skills in demand by employers in the health and care sector. The Health and Care Sector Work Academy offers courses for those out of work or in low income jobs. The skills […]

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£10 million Government funding secured to support communities, jobs, skills and growth in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Funding for a package of projects worth almost £10 million to help boost growth and reduce inequality across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been confirmed by Government. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) has been brought in to replace EU funding for regional projects and aims to give local leaders a greater say in how money […]

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Making Connections consultation – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business Board response

The Business Board, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has submitted its response to the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Making Connections consultation. This can be read below. Alex Plant, Chair of the Business Board, said: “The Business Board is broadly supportive of the proposals set out in the GCP’s Making Connections consultation to improve […]

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Planning permission secured for second teaching building featuring ‘Living Lab’ at Peterborough’s new university

Plans for a second teaching building at Peterborough’s new university, which will incorporate a ‘Living Lab’ public science centre, have been approved. On Tuesday (December 13) Peterborough City Council’s Planning Committee approved the third phase of the ARU Peterborough university campus on the north of the Embankment site, off Bishop’s Road. The new development will […]

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Still time to have a say on Alternative Fuels Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

There is still time to have a say on a strategy to speed up the switch to electric, hydrogen and other renewable fuelled vehicles in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. A consultation, run by the Combined Authority, is currently underway on the East Anglia Alternative Fuels Strategy (AFS). The strategy aims to reduce carbon emissions and cut […]

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New app to help improve number 33 March town bus service

Bus route 33A, the March town centre service, is the latest bus route to benefit from a new app which features real-time bus location data and optional advance booking. Local community transport charity FACT Community Transport and nemi, an app supporting flexible bus services, are extending their partnership following a successful launch last month on […]

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North Cambridgeshire Training Centre welcomes Deputy Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Deputy Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, toured a purpose-built training centre in Chatteris to see how it is providing new and important skills opportunities in the heart of Fenland. With an aim to provide Level 2 to Level 5 Apprenticeships to 80-130 students a year, the North Cambridgeshire Training Centre (NCTC) […]

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Consultation to launch on Alternative Fuels Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A six-week consultation on a strategy to speed up the switch to electric, hydrogen and other renewable fuelled vehicles in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is set to launch. Run by the Combined Authority, the consultation is on the East Anglia Alternative Fuels Strategy (AFS) and launches on November 9. The strategy aims to help tackle climate […]

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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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UPDATED: Combined Authority Board approves outcomes of tendering process for withdrawn bus services

We incorrectly advised in the below post that the standstill period as part of the bus tendering process meant the names of operators and timetables could not be made public until October 24. In fact, October 24 is the last day of the standstill period and means we can only make those details public from […]

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Combined Authority Board to hear outcomes of tendering process for withdrawn bus services

The Board of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is set to be recommended to agree to new contracts with bus operators to continue services which Stagecoach East announced would be withdrawn from October 30. On September 20, Stagecoach East announced they were pulling out of 18 services completely and reducing a further 5 significantly. […]

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Combined Authority set to deliver Skills Bootcamps worth more than £4.8 million in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has been awarded more than £4.8 million from the Department for Education for the delivery of Skills Bootcamps across the region.   Skills Bootcamps are intensive, Level 2-5 or equivalent flexible training courses which last up to 16 weeks. They equip adults with the technical skills they need to enable […]

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New tech to help keep communities connected with public transport

Users of FACT Community Transport’s bus route 68 – connecting Horsefair bus station Wisbech with Tesco retail park – now have the option to view the real-time bus location and book a seat in advance to receive a notification of their exact pick-up time. Through GoAscendal Labs, FACT is partnering with digital platform nemi to […]

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Local Transport and Connectivity Plan update

This summer the Combined Authority consulted on a plan to make transport better in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The feedback from the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) consultation is being analysed and carefully considered. This is a summary of some of the findings so far, and some next steps for the LTCP. Please click here […]

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Plans put in for second teaching building featuring the ‘Living Lab’ at Peterborough’s new university

Plans have been put in for a second teaching building featuring a ‘Living Lab’ public science centre at Peterborough’s new university. The planning application, submitted to Peterborough City Council, is for the third phase of the ARU Peterborough university campus on the north of the Embankment site, off Bishop’s Road. The second teaching building is […]

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Ely Zipper and Wisbech 68 Tesco bus services secured until end of March 2023

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is providing further funding to keep two rural bus services operating in the short term. The Ely Zipper, run by Dews, and the Wisbech Tesco 68 Bus, run by community transport provider FACT, will be funded to continue until March 25, 2023. The Zipper service runs in a loop […]

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Community Day celebrates completion of first teaching building at Peterborough’s new university

A fun-filled Community Day with hands-on family activities and tours marked the completion of construction work to allow Peterborough’s new university to open to students in September. Around 2,000 people were welcomed to ARU Peterborough, on the Embankment site off Bishop’s Road, to find out more about what the new university will bring to the […]

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Stronger project assessment will help make sure Cambridgeshire and Peterborough transport projects measure up

A new measure of the potential benefits of transport improvements across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is being developed. All new transport projects must be assessed and tested against a consistent set of key criteria to ensure they will offer value for money and provide the kinds of benefits needed in the region. Called a transport model, […]

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Consultation on plans for second teaching building and public science centre at Peterborough’s new university

A consultation on plans for a second teaching building featuring a ‘Living Lab’ public science centre at Peterborough’s new university begins next week. The proposed development would form a third phase at the ARU Peterborough university campus, which is being built on the north of the Embankment site, off Bishop’s Road. People will be able […]

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Last chance to have a say on region’s plan for a better transport future

There are still a few weeks remaining for people to have their say on a plan to make transport in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough better. The draft Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) is the Combined Authority’s strategy for meeting the challenges and opportunities facing transport in the region, including specific investments in infrastructure needed to […]

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New chair appointed to Combined Authority Business Board

The newly appointed chair of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board has said collaborative working will be vital in addressing the major issues of climate change, the cost of living crisis and global instability. At its meeting on Monday (July 11) the Business Board approved the recommendation to appoint Alex Plant, who is […]

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Combined Authority-funded HGV training driving new careers

HGV training courses funded by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority are already helping people into new careers. In October 2021 the Combined Authority funded a new programme to provide HGV training in response to well-publicised shortages of drivers. The quick action was possible thanks to devolution of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Adult Education Budget programme to […]

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£4m funding plan to boost numeracy skills in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A plan will be submitted to Government detailing how £4 million in funding allocated to the Combined Authority will be used to raise numeracy skills across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Combined Authority was allocated the funding through Multiply, a £559m Government-funded initiative aiming to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of adults across the […]

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Careers education funding expands for young learners in the region

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Careers Hub has secured additional funding to continue for a further academic year. The funding received from the Careers & Enterprise Company, a national body for improving careers education for young people, will see the hub create two new roles and expand its network of secondary schools from 30 to 72 […]

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Still time to have a say on region’s transport future

There is still time for people, businesses and other groups in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to share their views in an ongoing consultation on the region’s future transport strategy. The draft Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) sets out the transport strategy to meet the challenges and opportunities facing the region and describes some of the […]

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National Numeracy Day 2022 – celebrating numbers in everyday life

National Numeracy Day, now in its fifth year, takes place today (18 May). Every year the event aims to raise awareness of numeracy across schools, businesses and the wider community. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is a Lead Delivery Partner for the campaign, championing the need to build confidence using numbers in everyday life.  One […]

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