UKSPF: Central Bedfordshire business growth & innovation support

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Building on the previous success of delivering business innovation and covid recovery support, the University of Bedfordshire has renewed its partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council to deliver business innovation and growth support initiatives within the Central Bedfordshire region under the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)

UKSPF is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. This programme will give a boost to local businesses who operate within the Central Bedfordshire footprint.

Identifying and solving challenges faced by your business is key to its growth - whether your goals involve venturing into new markets, embarking on new product development, cost reduction, skilled employee recruitment, or gaining insights into the impact of environmental issues. This UKSPF programme will provide that much needed support, enabling you to strategically move your business forwards while effectively managing the day-to-day issues.

Who is the support for?

  • Established businesses of any size - registered in the Central Bedfordshire region
  • Businesses looking for innovation and growth support

What you can expect?

Fully-funded 12 hours of support from our academic experts to help your business innovate and grow including:

  • 1-2-1 consultancy
  • Academic-led student projects
  • Subsidised graduate employment
  • Access to grant funding (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Peer to peer networking
  • Access to workshops and short courses:




Your next steps?

Ready to get started? If you are interested in taking part in this programme, please fill in form below.

Alternatively, if you are looking for something else, or have any questions about the UKSPF initiative - please get in touch with us via a short form and one of our Business Advisers will be able to help.

Central Beds UKSPF Enquiry Form

About you

About the company

About your company*

Legal status of your business*

Company registration number

What help do you need? (Please provide as much information as you can, including the name and date of the workshops you prefer to attend, if applicable)*

Equality information


Do you have a disability?

Please tell us if there are any reasonable adjustments that we need to make in order for you to access our services


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Where did you hear about us?

The information submitted on this form will be used by the University of Bedfordshire and our partners at Central Bedfordshire Council. We need to assess whether your business meets the eligibility criteria under the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The University of Bedfordshire will be the data controller in respect of all personal information submitted via this form.

The University and the Central Bedfordshire Council would also like to update you on other relevant business support opportunities, including grants and events. By submitting this form you agree to this communication.

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