Free business support programme for businesses based in Bedford Borough

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A new business support programme to support businesses based in Bedford Borough has been launched by Bedford Borough Council via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

This funding has enabled a collaboration between Bedford Borough Council and Deyton Bell, who have been commissioned to deliver a programme for new and existing businesses.

The ‘Bedford Borough Business Boost’ programme is now open to businesses who are looking to start, and those looking to develop and grow. 

The programme offers free business support, helping people to develop their ideas, increase business growth and survivability, access experts and peer group support covering topics including set-up, business finances, marketing skills, sales techniques and more.   

Delivered by one to one and specialist workshops, this is a comprehensive initiative designed to empower businesses and entrepreneurs.

Cllr Andrea Spice, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Planning and Prosperity (inc. Town Centres) said; “We’re pleased to appoint Deyton Bell in this collaboration to empower and support new and existing businesses to thrive in Bedford Borough. This programme offers invaluable support and will help to grow an even more prosperous business community within our area.”

Anne Pape, UKSPF Project Co-ordinator at Bedford Borough Council said; I’m looking forward to supporting our residents choosing to start their own business.  In any start-up, it’s vital to have a strong support available and our aim is to foster a thriving business community and with long-lasting connections and success.” 

Robert Smith, Corporate Services Manager at Deyton Bell added; “We are extremely excited to be partnering with Bedford Borough Council to provide this support for entrepreneurs and businesses in the Bedford area. 

Deploying our highly successful business support programme that tailors support precisely to the needs of entrepreneurs and existing businesses we can’t wait to get started helping businesses to ‘Grow & Flourish’

The project is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is now open.  For more information about the programme, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit www.


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