LB Connect guest speaker

Four exciting initiatives launched to stimulate business success

Our next Guest Speaker is Caron Kendall, Business Engagement and Marketing Officer for Central Bedfordshire Council. Caron is also involved with business investment & marketing and economic growth & regeneration.

Caron will give a brief overview of her responsibilities before talking in some detail about four Council initiatives:

• Business Timebank: A “bank” of mainly local professional service providers who are prepared to offer consultation, mentoring, training or coaching sessions on a range of business related areas such as financial planning, sales and marketing, cash flow forecasting, property and human resources.

• The Soft Landing Service (TimeBank Plus): Packages together highly attractive incentives and information. As with the TimeBank , this service will be provided at no cost to the end user. The service is targeted at companies that are looking at setting up or relocating to Central Bedfordshire and high growth businesses.

• Pilot 10: This involves 10 local companies with potential for high growth taking part in Central Bedfordshire’s High Growth programme. The idea is that these businesses will help create sustainable job growth in the area.

• “Lets talk business” Newsfeed: Businesses sign up to recieve Central Bedfordshire’s business news which keeps them in touch with the latest business opportunities on topics such as financing and funding opportunities, contracts and tenders, information on free seminars, workshops and opportunities for one to one advice, updates on key infrastructure, networking events and business news.

Don’t miss this important topic! Non-members can book this session for only £10 (which includes a full English or Continental breakfast) by emailing Will Lloyd: or Bob Chandler:

Hurry – spaces will be limited!

24 FEBRUARY @ 6.45am • The Ship, 90 Wing Road, LU7 2NN


HSE going ahead with Charging

The HSE is still proceeding with their fee for intervention and is expected to come into force in April. They have modified their original proposal by reducing the hourly rate from £133 per hour down to £124 per hour. They will publish a breakdown of how this figure is calculated based upon corporate services costs including information services, accommodation and payroll.

Guidance as to what a “material breach” is will also be issued.

They have also changed the appeal process for disputes over fees. This will now involve an independent adjudicator drawn from business as well as representatives from the HSE.

Local Authorities will still be excluded from the charging scheme, so can it be seen as a level playing field for businesses if it’s down to which enforcement authority you fall under?