Bedford Intensive Business Support

Are you a business owner in Bedford whose business has been affected by the pandemic? Beginning in December 2021, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Bedford who have been affected by Covid-19 will have access to an in-depth business support programme, designed to give you the help and support you need to continue to trade, adapt, diversify and grow.

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAMME CONSIST OF?

SMEs who join the programme will receive three in-depth sessions with a SEMLEP’s Growth Hub business adviser; one at the beginning of the programme, one as a mid point review and one at the end of the programme.

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An in-depth assessment of the business’s current health, their challenges and their aspirations, formulating an action plan to be monitored and achieved over the six month programme.

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Business will receive an invitation to apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for use on minor equipment and specialist professional support from the local business community.

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A mid-point assessment to review the action plan and achievements so far and to identify priority actions for the remaining part of the programme.

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A final review will take place, identifying ongoing support opportunities and an action plan for the next 12 months.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within Bedford who have been impacted by the pandemic, and would like to receive in-depth support over a six-month period to aid their recovery and access some specialist expertise.

This programme is being delivered by SEMLEP’s Growth Hub on behalf of Bedford Borough Council, and funded by the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) scheme.

Please note that funding and places on the programme are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information and to speak to a business adviser, please contact us.

Register your interest in enrolling onto the programme today and access support this Autumn.

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