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ARG business support programme - register now!


As part of our longer term plan to deliver on our Inclusive Economy ambitions, we're using a proportion of our ARG funding to deliver a range of business support activities to assist the business community in:

  • recovery
  • resilience
  • growth
  • ultimately prosperity

These programmes are now live.

Find out more about the ARG business support programme

Please click here to view a recording of our information event webinar held on 3 November 2021 including presentations on all the business support programmes available.

Ready for Scale Aviation Programme - online seminar delivered by Cranfield University

  • Targeted support for both smaller and established businesses in the aviation sector and their associated supply chain businesses
  • Designed to help aviation businesses scale up with:
    • 12 week training programme to upskill staff
    • one to one mentoring support
    • live aviation masterclasses highlighting future opportunities to grow and innovate
  • More information about scholarships

Business start up – delivered by Wenta

  • Specialist support from a qualified adviser with bespoke business and action plans, training and webinars
  • A small grant voucher scheme of up to £2,000 per business
  • Digital grants also available of £5,000 each with mentoring support from an another business, to support young people in the digital sector

Additional black, Asian and minority ethnic specific start up support programme

  • With one to one support and training, referrals and sign posting.

Tourism and visitor economy – delivered by Experience Bedfordshire, the destination management organisation for Bedfordshire.

  • Businesses that rely on visitors and tourists can promote their services via Experience Bedfordshire, email: [email protected] to connect to this service and take advantage of this offer.

Global trade – delivered by the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce

  • One to one practical support and advice for:
    • businesses looking to export for the first time
    • those already trading internationally but looking to access new markets or looking to overcome trade barriers
  • Webinars and training courses with up-to-date legislations on:
    • exporting
    • EU exit implications
    • VAT implications
    • global supply chains
  • Networking opportunities connecting businesses with global trade networks and matching local business strengths to international market needs

High Street adaptation and resilience – delivered by Hub 109

  • Support for high street businesses who are looking to diversify to help their long term future
  • Direct one to one business support, workshops and webinars covering:
    • Luton Future High Streets Programme
    • sales
    • marketing
    • e-commerce and digitisation
    • social media
    • food handling
    • website development
    • HR
    • leadership
    • visual display
    • retail
    • consumer law

Luton Productivity Programme – delivered by the University of Bedfordshire

  • Aimed at high growth businesses, this programme provides productivity training to upskill staff and businesses
  • Direct one to one business and academic support from subject experts to:
    • provide advice, guidance and development of new products
    • process ideas
    • develop routes to new funding and inward investment
    • business growth
    • waste decline
  • Website:
  • Email: [email protected]

Intensive business support – delivered by SEMLEP Growth Hub

  • Direct one to one business engagement and action planning for businesses looking to expand
  • Regular interactive check-in sessions and live business development webinars
  • Voucher scheme of up to £3,000 per business

Sustainability and Net Zero – delivered by Wenta

  • Experienced advisers to support businesses to reduce environmental impact through online learning via interactive workshops and webinars
  • Delivering Net Zero in Luton

To register and to be sent further details please email [email protected].

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