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Central Bedfordshire Council’s Investment, Employment & Skills Team is to host a free webinar for businesses later this month (Tuesday 30 November 2021, 14:30-15:30).

The Council said the webinar will explain the current support programmes available to businesses via funding from the government’s Additional Restrictions Grant scheme in response to COVID-19.

Adding that it will also support the Council’s Vision 2050 ambitions and economic strategy priorities, which includes building local prosperity.

The Council is working with four local partners to deliver a package of wider business support programme until March 2022:

  • The University of BedfordshireCentral Bedfordshire Productivity Programme aimed at companies thinking strategically about productivity as a route to long-term growth
  • Cranfield School of ManagementReady for Scale Programme supports micro and small enterprises with a 12-week growth plan to develop the skills to help their business to take the leap on its growth trajectory
  • SEMLEP12 hours of Mentoring, Business Support, and access to a Grant. This support is targeted for businesses to continue trading, adapt and diversity and support job creation towards sectors, groups and places disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
  • Bedfordshire Chamber of CommerceInternational Markets and Supply Chain, providing a package of global trade services

Councillor David Shelvey, executive member for corporate resources, said:

“We are delighted to be able to continue offering free support for our businesses.

“I encourage businesses to attend the webinar to see what course would best suit their needs, whether a start-up or long-established there is support on hand for everyone.

“By partnering up with four innovative organisations, we are able to provide unique and high-quality support to businesses as they navigate through continually changing times.”

Businesses can register for the event via Eventbrite.