Intensive Business Support Scheme

Are you a business owner in the SEMLEP area whose business has been affected by the pandemic? Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who have been affected by Covid-19 may now be eligible for funding and business support via their local authorities as part of the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme, designed to give them the help they need to continue to trade, adapt, diversify and grow.

SEMLEP’s Growth Hub is working alongside some of the local authorities to deliver intensive business support programmes that will combine ARG funding with one-to-one sessions with an experienced business adviser to maximise the value you and your business gain.

Depending on which local authority you fall under, the details and availability of support may vary. As we continue to announce our Intensive Business Support schemes in partnership with local authorities, we strongly recommend following us on social media to get the latest information about the support available to you. If there isn’t currently an Intensive Business Support scheme running in your area, other business support may be available, so please get in touch to speak with one of our business advisers.

Click on the map below to find out about the Additional Restrictions Grant support in your area.

We currently have a scheme live with Bedford Borough Council.

The schemes with Central Bedfordshire Council, Luton Borough Council and North Northamptonshire Council, and the Milton Keynes Diamond Resilience Programme which we were supporting are currently no longer open to new expressions of interest.


Corby Kettering Thrapston Rushden Wellingborough Sandy Flitwick Dunstable HoughtonRegis LeightonBuzzard Biggleswade Towcester Brackley Daventry NORTHAMPTON MILTONKEYNES LUTON Bedford


Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the SEMLEP area who have been trading for at least 1 year and 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 the various Local Authorities, and funded by the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) scheme.

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