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Blue is the colour… and winning is the game at SME MK...

1st July 2022

THREE good reason to celebrate… and the team at Bluecube Technology Solutions are making the most of it.

The Central Milton Keynes-based firm, which has reported record growth this year and expects to hit its five-year growth strategy target, took centre stage at this year’s SME...

‘The jewel in the crown’: Developers unveil an...

1st July 2022

DEVELOPERS working on the new MK Gateway project in Central Milton Keynes have unveiled plans for an innovation hub offering workspace to start-ups and trailblazers.

The Shed pictured above is one of two distinct buildings within MK Gateway, the redevelopment of the former council...

Pioneer farm aims to boost UK food production: We want to be world leaders in innovation, says minister
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Pioneer farm aims to boost UK food production: We want to be...

29th June 2022

ONE of the largest vertical farming facilities in Europe has opened in Bedford.

Infarm’s first high-capacity Growing Centre, now operating on the Elms Industrial Estate, is set to play a major role in the UK’s food strategy and will be a boost to the local economy.

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Law firm marks 40th anniversary with donations to families...

28th June 2022

PALLETS with essential food and supplies worth a retail value of £20,000 have been donated to eight food banks across Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire by regional law firm Franklins Solicitors.

The pallets will provide food and essential items to hundreds of local families living in...

We’re ready: London Luton Airport set for summer peak after a ‘smooth’ Jubilee holiday
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We’re ready: London Luton Airport set for summer peak...

23rd June 2022

MORE than five million passengers are expected through London Luton Airport this summer.

The airport is gearing up for peak operations between now and September after welcoming 1.2 million passengers in May, with a further 200,000 travelling over the Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier...

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6th July 2022

VAUXHALL’S aftersales warehouse site next to Junction 11a of the M1 at Luton in is to be transformed into a 1.2 million sq ft industrial...

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6th July 2022

ITS MOVE to become a full service supplier of premium electric powertrains has led to a rebrand by Milton Keynes-based engineering company Integral Powertrain...

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4th July 2022

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‘Employer-driven’ centre opens to help businesses tackle digital skills shortage

‘Employer-driven’ centre opens to help...

A NEW resource for businesses in the city which are struggling with skills shortages has been launched at Milton Keynes College Group.  

The Chaffron Centre at the Chaffron Way campus is a new facility designed to help companies and educators work more closely together. The venue offers digital skills training and state-of-the-art artificial intelligence equipment for use by both learners and the business community. 

The development has been funded by a £3.5 million grant from the government and is one of the most advanced facilities in the region, with two floors incorporating meeting rooms, VR suites, individual classrooms, catering facilities and areas for refreshments and break-out meetings. 

Speaking at the opening event of the Chaffron Centre, Dr Julie Mills pictured, chief executive and group principal of Milton Keynes College Group, said: “We see the Chaffron Centre as an employer-driven facility to ensure that learners are being taught the digital skills that local businesses really need.”

Some of the UK’s newest AI technology will be available for learners and businesses to try out, including Tesla suits and Stratus Systems’ VR solution- a breakthrough in computer aided design. There is also a Cobotta programmable industrial robot as well as advanced workstations and teaching aids.

The Chaffron Centre offers space for companies to use to meet and work with the added benefit of plentiful free parking just a stone’s throw from the city centre and the railway station.  A range of courses will be available through SkillsHub:MK, designed to fill the skills gaps that have been identified locally through consultation with employers.  Subjects covered will include leadership and management, digital sales and marketing and digital and data strategy.  

The centre will be operated in partnership with the South Central Institute for Technology, Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and Milton Keynes Council, along with the city-wide artificial intelligence group, MKAI, the Biztech technology forum, the Open University and Cranfield University/MK:U.

Dr Mills said: “Being asked to pilot something that could become a truly significant national scheme shows the government’s confidence in the Milton Keynes College Group and we are very excited to take this forward and help to bring the worlds of business and further education together in innovative yet pragmatic and business-focused ways.”

Find out more about the Chaffron Centre at ChaffronCentre.co.uk

Firms of endearment: The secret to running a successful business

11th May 2022

Tony Byrne, managing director of Wealth & Tax Management, has been inspired by a book on why a group of ‘widely loved’ companies are outperforming their...

Employee loyalty, a tax windfall and a recruitment headache eased

1st April 2022

Employers are facing growing challenges in recruiting and retaining the right calibre of staff. But share schemes have tax benefits and are a great way to encourage...

‘A golden chance for a big reset’: Business now has a new set of priorities, says survey

30th March 2022

MILTON Keynes is ahead of the national average when it comes to economic growth and the wellbeing of its residents, says new research.

It is the fifth-...

Ukraine crisis increases cyber attack threat to UK business

1st March 2022

'There is a significant risk that Russia may seek to create instability within Western countries'

BUSINESSES could be at a heightened risk of cyber attacks...

Beware ‘no jab, no sick pay’ policy, lawyer warns employers

4th February 2022

EMPLOYERS considering stopping company sick pay for unvaccinated staff who need to isolate should seek professional advice before instigating any changes, a leading...

‘Effective hybrid working takes time and commitment’

29th January 2022

HYBRID working was being adopted by many mid- sized firms even before the pandemic, new research by professional services firm Grant Thornton has revealed.

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‘Employer-driven’ centre opens to help...

27th May 2022

A NEW resource for businesses in the city which are struggling with skills shortages has been launched at Milton Keynes College Group.  

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Technology reveals the true potential of green roofs

9th May 2022

Schemes can save millions and the UK can lead the way, says expert

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AN EXPERIMENT in Milton Keynes to measure the effect of living roofs on temperature...

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Marketing campaign highlights ‘amazing’...

30th May 2022

THERE is just one month left to enter Luton Business Improvement District’s Enjoy Luton Summer Draw and the chance for town shoppers to win £1,300 in prizes. 

Awards welcome designer Wayne Hemingway as guest speaker

7th February 2022

THE ORGANISERS of Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2022 have announced fashion designer and entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway as the guest speaker at the awards...

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‘Our clients know that we will deliver...

4th July 2022

A reputation for being reliable and reactive has enabled Plumbing & Gas Solutions Ltd to become one of the region’s leading commercial heating and plumbing...

Powertrain evolution prompts engineering firm to rebrand

6th July 2022

ITS MOVE to become a full service supplier of premium electric powertrains has led to a rebrand by Milton Keynes-based engineering company Integral Powertrain...

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