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Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce Unveil International Trade Support Programme

Written by Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce | 28 Nov 2023

Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Central Bedfordshire Council, is proud to announce the launch of a targeted support programme aimed at assisting businesses engaged in, or aspiring to engage in, international trade. This initiative is a key component of a broader business UK Shared Prosperity Fund support project and a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up Agenda, designed to assist Central Bedfordshire-based companies with their current growth plans.  

The global trade services package is tailored to facilitate success of businesses navigating the complexities of international trade. Central Bedfordshire Council and the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce are committed to providing essential tools and resources to propel local businesses onto the global stage.

The comprehensive package includes support for businesses at various stages of their international trade journey:

•    Exploring New Markets: Companies looking to expand their reach and explore new international markets will benefit from strategic insights and resources to identify and capitalise on emerging opportunities.

•    New to Export: Tailored guidance and resources will be offered to businesses venturing into international trade for the first time, ensuring a smooth and informed entry into global markets.

•    Increasing your Export Capability: Get your team export ready with a wide range of training course and practical assistance to address the challenges that businesses may encounter in the course of international trade.

Commencing in November, businesses in Central Bedfordshire can access practical advice and support through this programme, regardless of whether they are novices in the export realm or seasoned exporters seeking new markets. 

Cllr Mary Walsh, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Member for Planning and Development, said: 
“Businesses in Central Bedfordshire, including those in rural areas, have tremendous potential for growth. We’re in a key location nationally, and are already an attractive area for start-ups, growing businesses, and established industry. This new support, worth £2m will give a further boost to the local economy, attracting inward investment and creating jobs for local people.”

Justin Richardson, Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, added:
"We are excited to once again collaborate with Central Bedfordshire Council in providing international trade support to local businesses.  Exporting presents a wealth of opportunities for our local businesses and through this support programme, we aim to equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to thrive in the global marketplace" 
Contact details to access this support package:  Businesses interested in finding out more about the programme should visit  Alternatively, you can contact the Global Trade Service team on 01582 522448 or email

Topics: Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, International Trade, Central Bedfordshire Council

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