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Central Bedfordshire Council said that Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding from the Government has enabled it to engage with South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) to deliver business support and business mentoring to local companies impacted by Coronavirus restrictions.

SEMLEP will support local businesses to identify and connect with the right guidance and funding to maximise potential and overcome challenges.

The targeted support for Central Bedfordshire-based companies will be delivered by SEMLEP via a staggered 12-hour business support and mentoring programme to help businesses to continue to trade, adapt, diversify and grow.

There will also be an opportunity to access a grant of between £1,000 to £3,000 that businesses on the programme can spend on specialist professional support from the local business community.

Councillor Kevin Collins, executive member for planning and regeneration, said:

“In alignment with our economic strategy, our aim is to prioritise support and job creation activity towards sectors, population groups and places who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, which this SEMLEP programme delivers. Businesses from all sectors should access this support to benefit recovery and resilience.”

Vicky Hlomuka, SEMLEP’s growth hub manager, said:

“SEMLEP’s whole reason for being is to help local businesses remain resilient and give them the tools, knowledge, and funding they need to thrive and grow.

“As a result, we relish this opportunity to further support businesses in Central Bedfordshire, and look forward to working closely with Central Bedfordshire Council to deliver this programme.”

For further details and to register please visit Central Bedfordshire Business Support.