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Beat the Streets Awards Presentation Day

When: Saturday 25 May from 12pm – 2pm

Where: Walled Garden, Rushden Hall Park, Rushden, NN10 9NG

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About

The celebration of the success of Beat the Street, East Northants.

The six-week interactive initiative that turned the district into a live game, Beat the Street East Northants, ended on 8 May. More than 8,000 local residents, businesses, community groups and schools travelled more than 73,000 miles together for Beat the Street.

Local schools and organisations created teams and competed against each other to see who could travel the furthest to win some fantastic prizes.

At a celebration event at Rushden Hall Park Wall Garden on Saturday 25 May, representatives from the winning teams will pick up their prizes and celebrate the end of the six-week game.

The winning schools will be awarded at special celebration assemblies following by activity sessions, and community groups will be awarded for their efforts at the event. There’ll be a chance to speak to the winners, participants and organisers of the initiative -Intelligent Health, Freedom Leisure and East Northamptonshire Council.

The Plan for the Afternoon

12:00pm – 12:10pm: Welcome from Hannah Smith, Engagement Coordinator East Northamptonshire

12:10pm – 12:20pm: Speeches from Cllr Dudley Hughes, Chairman of ENC, and Joe Bailey, Healthy & Active Lifestyles Officer at ENC

12:20pm – 12.40pm: Prize giving

12:40pm – 12.45pm: Closing speeches and picnic / games begin

12:45pm – 1:00pm: Photo opportunities and press interviews

Background:

  • Took place from 27 March to 8 May
  • More than 50 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ appeared from Rushden to Thrapston
  • Players tapped the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team
  • Schools and community groups competed against each other to see if they can travel the furthest
  • There were leader boards with prizes to win including sports, crafts and book vouchers
  • Families encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams
  • In addition to the leader board prizes, registered players could win weekly ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including vouchers and experience days
  • Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by The National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, and East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure, which manage leisure facilities across the district on behalf of the council

East Midlands Law Firm Opens Corby Office

East Midlands law firm Bray & Bray has opened an office in Corby, the next step in its strategy for expansion across the East Midlands region.

Bray & Bray new office May 19 Corby Enterprise Centre crop

Bray & Bray new office May 19 Corby Enterprise Centre

The firm’s new office is at the flagship development, Corby Enterprise Centre, and launches in response to sustained demand for Bray & Bray’s corporate, property and private client legal services.

 

Bray & Bray already has offices in Leicester, Market Harborough and Hinckley, with 11 partners, and more than 100 staff.

 

The new office will enable the firm’s corporate, property and private client legal teams to service Corby and Northamptonshire based clients.

 

Tim Gladdle, Senior Partner and Head of Corporate & Commercial law says: “The local Corby market presents a significant opportunity for our corporate and private client teams, and it is particularly exciting to be at the forefront of this latest step in the firm’s wider expansion plans.

 

“Corby is experiencing a period of sustained growth, boosted by investment from central government, businesses and the local council. The area has some fantastic businesses and is also an important logistics and storage hub for the whole of the UK which is an area in which our firm has significant expertise.

 

“With its excellent transport links to London – the number of trains from Corby to London is set to double from 2020 – demand for housing is also growing, with several new housing estates in and around Corby, and ongoing regeneration of the town centre. Corby is set to play a significant part in Bray & Bray’s ambitious plans for growth.”

 

Tim adds: “As demand for our services continues to rise, our new office will support the firm in delivering top level legal advice and excellent client service to our rapidly growing portfolio of businesses and individuals. The move is an important step in expanding Bray & Bray’s regional footprint, and supports our ambition and strategy to become the law firm of choice in Leicestershire and beyond.”

 

For more information, visit: www.braybray.co.uk

Cash Boost to Help Deliver Homes in North Northamptonshire

Councils in North Northamptonshire are benefitting from £1million worth of funding, which will support the delivery of mixed-use developments in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden, and the proposed Tresham Garden Village at Deenethorpe Airfield.

Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire Councils secured funding through their Joint Planning and Delivery Unit from the Government’s Garden Communities project. The scheme is helping ambitious councils get well-designed homes built on large sites. £9 million was made available this year for schemes across the country.

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP said:

We have not built enough homes in this country for the last three decades, and we are turning that around as we work towards our target to build 300,000 properties a year by the mid-2020s.

This £9 million funding boost is giving councils the support and cash injection they need so they can finish planning new developments and get diggers on site.

Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council and Chairman of the North Northamptonshire Joint Delivery Committee has welcomed this latest support:

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The urban extensions at our main towns will provide many of the new homes, jobs and facilities that we need over the next 20 years. It takes a lot of resources to ensure that these developments are properly planned, with high quality design and all the necessary infrastructure.

 

It is good that the Government is continuing to support us in this work. The capacity support helps pay for staff and will allow us to buy-in specialist advice on issues such as design, viability and legal issues. We are also be working with Government to ensure that North Northamptonshire gets the further investment in infrastructure and services that we need to make growth sustainable and to ensure that the benefits are shared by our existing communities”.

 

 

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council has welcomed the ongoing funding for the proposed Tresham Garden Village:

 

Tresham Garden Village is an exciting project for the Council. The latest Government funding has allowed us to continue to work closely with the Deene Estate and its development partner to design a distinctive new village, with excellent local facilities, sitting in an attractive landscape of forest and parkland.

 

The proposal, as outlined in the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy, is different to many large developments, being designed based on garden village principles and with a focus on small builders and opportunities for people to commission or build their own homes. There is still some way to go in testing the proposal before a planning application can be submitted.”

 

For more information regarding Tresham Garden Village, visit: https://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/majorplanningapps

 

Northamptonshire Firm Helps Millions Enhance their Workplace Skills

More than two million people have taken steps to “enhance their workplace abilities” over the last 12 months thanks to a Northamptonshire business development company.

 

‘First aid for pets’ and ‘making maths and English more user friendly for primary school age children’ are two of the emerging courses on offer by The CPD Accreditation Group.

 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities which professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities.

Rachel Clark, Accreditation Administrator with Mick Judge, Accreditation and Quality Manager

Rachel Clark, Accreditation Administrator with Mick Judge, Accreditation and Quality Manager

The CPD Accreditation Group, which has a base at Rockingham Speedway as well as a head office in London, certifies training courses offered by industries all over the UK and 21 countries across the world.

 

Offering a range of learning platforms, employees can successfully develop their skills and knowledge by completing training workshops, conferences and e-learning programs.

 

Mick Judge, accreditation and quality manager, said: “There are more than 1,000 institutes and professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.

“Accompanied by such growth is the acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or ‘practical’ learning. A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers across industries to keep key staff and develop the skills and knowledge in their organisation to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.

“Other ‘soft courses’ are emerging and being offered to the general public such as first aid for pets being offered by veterinary practices, which by having a third party accreditation, reassures users they are attending a quality course.

“There is an increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities.”

The CPD Accreditation Group helps organisations formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to meet the increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities. Formally certified CPD materials are more likely to become accepted and welcomed by audiences.

Mick added: “Organisations wishing to embrace CPD can display their commitment through membership of The CPD Accreditation Group. Member organisations are advised and encouraged to submit potentially qualifying CPD materials for formal and impartial CPD accreditation by our team of experienced CPD Assessors.”