Local businesses supporting the local and national effort to tackle coronavirus

Bedford Borough Council said that firms across the Borough have stepped up in a wide variety of ways in support of the local and national effort to tackle coronavirus, protect the NHS and keep people safe.

This ranges from local initiatives to provide everyday support to NHS and other key workers, to the hi-tech development of COVID-19 testing kits for the national government.

Examples of the ongoing efforts of Bedford Borough businesses include:

  • Thurleigh-based Mologic is developing a point-of-need diagnostic test for COVID-19 for the UK government
  • FujiFilm, whose UK headquarters are in Bedford’s St. Martins Business Park, has built and delivered home reporting stations for consultant radiologists and installed radiography equipment in hospitals
  • Background screening company Verifile is waiving its admin fees for a possible 500,000 DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks to support the emergency recruitment of health and social care employees and volunteers
  • Interfoam of Woburn Road Industrial Estate in Kempston is now solely producing healthcare products, including moulded face and body support pillows which are feeding into the NHS supply chain

The Council’s work in supporting the vulnerable has been assisted by businesses such as wholesalers A1 Foods and Bookers and schools meals supplier Caterlink sourcing food, and United Paper Products donating toilet paper products, for inclusion in emergency packs.

Offers for NHS staff and key workers

Local businesses are helping keep key workers on the road to and from work, such as bike shop Flamme Rouge’s offer of a free adjustment service and free collection/delivery for NHS and key workers.

Bedford Borough’s food businesses and takeaways are complying with the COVID-19 legislation while providing takeaway and food deliveries,. They also have offers for NHS and key workers such as a third off collections at Thali & Tandoor in Bedford (subject to stock).

Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

“Despite facing huge challenges themselves, local firms are using their expertise, skills and resources to help fight the virus and protect our NHS.

“That should make us all proud, and I want to say a huge thanks to all Bedford Borough businesses for their efforts at this difficult time.”

If you know of a local business which is going above and beyond in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, please let Bedford Borough Council know via covid19business@bedford.gov.uk.

Government support grants are available to small business ratepayers and retail, leisure or hospitality business ratepayers, subject to eligibility.

For more information on the grant scheme and other coronavirus guidance for business visit www.bedford.gov.uk/covid19business.