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Businesses who have previously received an Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) 1, 2 and 3 will receive a top up payment from Central Bedfordshire Council.

Since the first ARG was launched in December, the Council said it has continued to expand the scope of the scheme in order to provide the most support for businesses.

Adding that now it has ‘certainty’ around the number of eligible businesses, it is able to make additional funds available to help local businesses as they reopen.

It said that businesses do not need to do anything. If they have applied for a previous ARG grant, they do not need to make a new application

Executive member of corporate resources, councillor David Shelvey, said:

“So far we have successfully delivered almost £4m in financial support for local businesses. By topping up businesses who received an Additional Restrictions Grant we are able to further support some of those sectors who are beginning to reopen with an extra cash boost.”

The Council expects to receive further funding from Government in July. It said it will be opening another application window then in order to provide further opportunities for businesses to apply for financial support. This, it said, will enable it to support as many businesses as possible.