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Central Bedfordshire Council has partnered with The University of Bedfordshire to support the ‘Central Bedfordshire Productivity Programme’, which aims to help local businesses.

The Central Bedfordshire Productivity Programme is aimed at supporting businesses to think strategically about productivity as a route to long-term growth. Benefits of this programme include:

  • Upskilled staff
  • New product and process ideas
  • Routes to new funding and inward investment
  • Business growth and waste decline

Initially, 200 Central Bedfordshire based business participants will be recruited and upskilled in the Lean Six Sigma methodology.

The businesses most likely to benefit will progress through high-level bespoke workshops focusing on productivity themes which will then lead to signposting for the relevant business contributed grant schemes, with additional tailored productivity plans.

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

“The Central Bedfordshire Productivity Programme is aimed at scale up businesses who are the companies likely to create high-value jobs in the future and thus boosting the local economy.”

Dr Nicholas Lancaster, director of research & innovation at the University of Bedfordshire, said:

“Since March 2020, many businesses have turned for support to their local council for the first time and been surprised by the help they received.

“Now we want to move beyond the sticking-plaster of short-term aid and into the forward-looking growth creation opportunities.”

More details about the programme can be found via the Central Bedfordshire Productivity Programme webpage.

For more detailed information or to enquire email centralbeds.productivity@beds.ac.uk.