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Marston Moretaine’s new veterinary practice is to open 25 January 2021

A brand new purpose-built veterinary practice in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, is the latest to be opened by veterinary group, Medivet. This will be the only veterinary practice in Marston Moretaine.

Medivet Marston Moretaine is based in the Marston Business Park development on Lower Hazeldines.

Business Support Grants for Bedford Borough businesses

As Bedford Borough has entered Tier Three – Very High Alert Level today (Saturday 19 December), businesses that are required to close will be receiving a business support grant.

These grants are set and funded by the Government at a national level and administered by the local council.

New Recovery and Resilience grants of up to £50,000 available to South East Midlands businesses

New match funding is available for businesses to invest in new technologies, plant equipment, machinery or premises growth, helping businesses create employment opportunities.

The £1.44million of funding will support businesses in the South East Midlands looking for ways to recover from the economic impact of lockdown and strengthen business performance through capital funding.

Cranfield School of Management in Financial Times UK business schools top ten

Cranfield School of Management has been named one of the UK’s top ten business schools in the ‘Financial Times European Business Schools 2020’ rankings released on Monday (7 December 2020).

The rankings also reveal that Cranfield is the highest ranked business school in the UK to offer an Executive MBA via the apprenticeship levy.

FSB issues ‘shop small at Christmas’ rallying cry to Bedfordshire residents

Shoppers in Bedfordshire are being urged to buy from, and celebrate, their local and independent businesses in a pre-Christmas campaign led by Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The business representation group said the unprecedented pressure on small businesses in the county throughout 2020 means that they desperately need a boost from their local communities in the run-up to Christmas.

Central Bedfordshire Council: applications open for new business grant scheme

Online applications are now open for the new discretionary business support scheme (the Additional Restrictions Grant) aimed to support local businesses unable to access previous funding.

This scheme is to support businesses forced to close but who do not have a business rates reference number as they pay rates via their landlord or businesses which, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

648 Bedford Borough businesses have received Business Support Grants

Bedford Borough Council has automatically issued over £964,000 in support grants to 648 local businesses that have had to close during this period of national restrictions.

The council said that these businesses will have received the funding in their bank accounts earlier this week, with 497 businesses receiving £1,334 and 151 businesses receiving £2,000.

Quarterly Federation of Small Businesses Index posts a record ninth consecutive negative reading

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said that its quarterly index underlines the considerable challenges that small firms in the East of England are continuing to face as a consequence of the pandemic.

Adding that local businesses remain determined to make it through to the other side, but in many cases that might mean taking difficult decisions over the next few months.

Bedford Borough Council: New business support grants during National Lockdown

The Government has confirmed that businesses required to close from Thursday 5 November during this new national lockdown are expected to qualify for a support grant from the Council.

Any local business that received a business support grant from Bedford Borough Council earlier in the year and is required to close again for this lockdown does not need to get in touch with the Council.

The Council will be paying these support grants automatically where they can. If any further information is needed before a payment is made, the Council will get in touch with the business.

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