Thursday, 09 July 2020 11:39

Valuing Nature and Open Space Survey

Natural Cambridgeshire has put together this simple and quick survey to gather evidence about how people used natural open space, parks and the countryside during lockdown. We are interested in whether people’s attitudes to the natural world have changed as a result of lockdown and what more needs to be done now to encourage more people to enjoy and value the natural world.

Guidance on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 4 July 2020.


A campaign to support businesses in the district’s five market towns as further lockdown easing measures are announced has been launched this week.


These are uncertain and worrying times for businesses, but everyone at the Hunts Post still believe in the importance of celebrating local businesses' achievements over the past year. These awards programmes have been running for many years and although the current crisis is unprecedented in its scale, it's important to still have something positive to look forward to.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 13:30

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

About the awards

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development
  • promoting opportunity through social mobility


A discretionary fund has been allocated to assist certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grants funds scheme.


Tuesday, 19 May 2020 09:40

The Future Fund: Scheme Overview

Announced by the Chancellor on 20 April, the Future Fund issues convertible loans to innovative UK companies with good potential, that typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19. The scheme, will help these companies through the current period of economic disruption and the recovery, so they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential. The scheme is designed by government and delivered by the British Business Bank.


Gigabit broadband Vouchers are helping hundreds of businesses and nearby homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to install faster, more reliable connections – capable of up to 1000 Mbs. The first wave of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which launched in March 2018 with £67m of funding for small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and residents, closes to new applications on 14 May 2020. The second wave, which launched in May 2019, to support connections for groups of SMEs and homes in rural areas, as part of the £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) programme remains open for new applications until 31 March 2021 (or until the funding runs out).


Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday 10th May, the Government have published a 60-page document titled, 'Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy'. The purpose of the document is to set out the progress the UK has made to so far in tackling the coronavirus outbreak, and the plans for moving to the next phase of its response.


View the document here.

Thursday, 07 May 2020 08:10

Discretionary Grant Scheme: Update

We are aware of the newly announced Discretionary Grant Scheme that will allow many businesses that have not been covered by Government support up to this point to access funding to help combat the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. New guidance for this scheme is expected in the coming days and as soon as this is announced we will be able to share how you and your business could be supported by the new fund.