Friday, 5 June 2020
We're launching a Discretionary Grant Fund for small businesses
After a special meeting of our Executive, we're announcing that we'll be launching a Discretionary Grant Scheme on Monday June 8.
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Extended applications window for small business grants
The application deadline for our government-funded Small Business Discretionary Grant Scheme has been extended to Monday June 29.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
We've set out our carbon neutral sustainability plan
A major step forward in making us carbon neutral by 2030 was agreed by our Executive Committee (Monday 14 September) when it recommended the next full Council meeting adopt a new sustainability plan.
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
We'd like your views on our economic strategy
We're developing an economic strategy that recognises the short-term impacts of COVID-19, but focuses on the longer-term direction for our local economy. We need your help!
Friday, 25 September 2020
Council Leader's guide to spotting Covid-secure venues
Following stark warnings from the Chief Medical Officer and Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor that we face at least six more months of COVID-19 restrictions.
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Oxford to Cambridge Arc: a global asset and national investment priority
The Oxford to Cambridge Arc has unveiled its bold vision in a prospectus that has been submitted to government.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
New COVID-19 business support grant open for applications
Applications for the first of two new COVID-19 business support grants are now open.
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Applications open for new business grant scheme
Online applications are now open for the new discretionary business support scheme (the Additional Restrictions Grant) aimed to support local businesses unable to access previous funding.
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
Economic strategy takes another step forward
Our Executive Committee has unanimously agreed to recommend the draft economic strategy to Full Council for adoption and to underpin it with an annual intervention plan and progress report.
Thursday, 10 December 2020
We've objected to removal of 28 BT payphones
Following the latest BT payphone consultation, we received 95 responses regarding BT’s proposals to remove 29 public payphones, that they have identified as unnecessary.
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
New business grant scheme approved by Central Bedfordshire Council
Struggling businesses will be able to access further grants following approval of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG2) and the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open).
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Changes to Additional Restrictions Grant criteria
We've amended the eligibility criteria of our Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG2) to enable more businesses to apply for higher values of grant funding.
Monday, 12 April 2021
Leader urges residents to support local businesses, but safely
As the high streets and towns across our area start to reopen, Councillor Richard Wenham, the Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, is calling on residents with a message to ‘shop local’.
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Biggleswade company fined more than £100K after worker seriously injured
A company based in Biggleswade has been fined over £100K after one of their warehouse workers was seriously injured.
Thursday, 20 May 2021
We're supporting English Tourism Week this month
We're backing national tourism board Visit England’s latest campaign – English Tourism Week – which starts on Saturday, by highlighting the range of visitor attractions people can enjoy.
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
Welcome Back Fund boost for local high streets
As part of the government’s £56 million Welcome Back Fund being issued to councils nationwide, we're being allocated £255,873 to help local high streets re-open and attract shoppers and tourists.
Friday, 11 June 2021
We've launched a business survey to review Stratton Business Park Local Development Order
We've launched a survey to capture the thoughts of local businesses on the Stratton Business Park in Biggleswade to feed into the review of the Stratton Business Park Local Development Order.
Tuesday, 20 July 2021
New programme to help local businesses embrace sustainability
We're providing funding to The Green Business Network to help businesses manage overall environmental impact and have a sound knowledge of a range of sustainability-related issues.
Tuesday, 3 August 2021
We're working with businesses to raise awareness of exploitation and domestic abuse
We've spent time visiting local businesses to raise awareness of drug dealing, its associated exploitation and domestic violence.
Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Central Bedfordshire Council to launch further Additional Restrictions Grant scheme
We will be launching a further round of Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) this September, enabling more businesses to access grant funding.
Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Boosting Central Bedfordshire’s businesses
We're working with Cranfield School of Management to create an innovative scholarship programme to support the growth of local businesses.
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Local groups celebrate after grant success
Our grant scheme, which encourages local voluntary and community groups to apply for grants of up to £25K, has awarded £200,000 to twelve groups, following its latest bidding round.
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Applications open for latest business grants scheme
Applications are open for Central Bedfordshire businesses to apply for the latest round of Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding.
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
We're launching a support programme to aid internationally trading businesses, with Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce
As part of a wider business support programme, we're partnering with the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce to support businesses trading or wanting to trade internationally.
Thursday, 30 September 2021
We've partnered with the University of Bedfordshire to support local businesses
We've partnered with The University of Bedfordshire to support the Central Bedfordshire Productivity Programme, which aims to help local businesses.
Monday, 4 October 2021
Calling Central Bedfordshire businesses! We're working with the Green Business Network to launch green business collaboration
We're partnering with the Green Business Network (GBN) to launch a new green business collaboration for our businesses.
Monday, 11 October 2021
We're working with South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) to deliver robust business support programme to support recovery and resilience
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding from the government has enabled us to engage with SEMLEP to deliver business support and business mentoring to local companies, impacted by coronavirus.
Friday, 19 November 2021
Free business support webinar for Central Bedfordshire businesses
We're hosting a free webinar for businesses (Tuesday 30 November, 2:30pm to 3:30pm).
Tuesday, 23 November 2021
We're announcing £600,000 funding for business support programmes with Cranfield University and SEMLEP
We're committing a further £600,000 to deliver additional business support programmes.
Thursday, 3 March 2022
Luton and Dunstable set for Full Fibre boost as CityFibre announces £45m rollout
CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, has named Luton and Dunstable as the next UK towns in line for a multi-million-pound investment in their digital infrastructure.
Monday, 28 March 2022
Are you a solar panel installer?
We're looking for installers interested in delivering high-quality residential installations in ours and neighbouring areas.
Friday, 8 April 2022
Central Bedfordshire businesses encouraged to enter SME Luton and Bedfordshire Business Awards 2022
After 2 of the most challenging years for businesses, we're encouraging local businesses to enter the fourth SME Luton and Bedfordshire Business Awards, to celebrate their success and achievements.
Thursday, 14 April 2022
Shared Prosperity Fund to help create a prosperous Central Bedfordshire
We've been allocated £4.9 million from the government to help local communities grow and thrive.
Friday, 24 June 2022
Join us for Dunstable Fun Day on 16 July to thank local people and businesses
We're holding a free family fun day on Saturday 16 July 2022 from 10am to 3pm.
Tuesday, 28 June 2022
VentureDay 2022 sets businesses up for the future
Over 150 businesses, investors and entrepreneurs from across the wider region returned to Cranfield University campus for a day of learning, networking and business lead generation.
Monday, 4 July 2022
Delivery robots coming to Central Bedfordshire
Delivery robots will soon be seen on the pavements and streets in Central Bedfordshire.
Wednesday, 6 July 2022
Biggleswade self-storage company fined for breaking planning rules
A landowner and 2 directors of self-storage company ‘Contain-it-4U Ltd’ in Biggleswade have been fined more than £2,100.
Tuesday, 26 July 2022
Central Bedfordshire businesses up for top Sustainability Award
Teaching Talons and Willow Tree Distilling are the finalists for the ‘Sustainability Award’ at the SME Luton and Bedfordshire Business Awards 2022, sponsored by us and Green Business Network
Thursday, 28 July 2022
Landowners fined for breaking planning rules
Owners of land in Haynes who failed to comply with our enforcement notice after erecting a large building and new access on their land without planning permission have been fined over £5,000
Tuesday, 11 October 2022
Cheers! Local Gin Distillery wins Gold in Business Awards
Sandy based gin distillery Willow Tree Gin has won Gold for the Sustainability Award at the 2022 SME Luton and Bedfordshire Business Awards.
Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Encouraging healthy workplaces in Central Bedfordshire
We, in partnership with Bedford Borough Council and Milton Keynes City Council, have launched a new set of health and wellbeing standards for local workplaces.
Thursday, 5 January 2023
£3.6million of funding to build prosperity in Central Bedfordshire
The government has signed off our plans to use £3.6million of UK Shared Prosperity Funding over the next two years to help local communities flourish and thrive.
Monday, 30 January 2023
Recognising the Best Bar None in Central Bedfordshire
Some of Central Bedfordshire’s most popular pubs, clubs, and bars were celebrated at an awards ceremony held at The Rufus Centre in Flitwick on Thursday evening (26 January).
Thursday, 9 March 2023
Women’s tour set to become biggest sporting event ever in Ampthill
The Women’s Tour, the UK’s leading international women’s cycle race, will become the biggest sporting event ever to visit Ampthill when the free-to-attend spectacle heads there in June.
Friday, 10 March 2023
Have your say on proposals to transform part of Leighton Buzzard town centre
We're consulting on exciting plans designed to transform an area south of the High Street in Leighton Buzzard which will help to ensure the town continues to be a thriving, bustling and vibrant place.
Friday, 24 March 2023
Clifton builder receives two community orders for shoddy work
A local builder has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty in court to sub-standard work.
Tuesday, 28 March 2023
Illegally collecting fares in Dunstable has cost a former taxi driver nearly £3,000
On 21 March at Luton Magistrates Court, Mr Mohammed Saleem of John Street, Luton, was found guilty of illegally driving a previously licensed taxi without the required taxi driver's badge.