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Saturday, 16 October 2021

Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce launch international trade support programme


As part of a wider business support programme, Central Bedfordshire Council has partnered with the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce to support businesses trading or wanting to trade internationally by delivering a package of global trade services.

The support package seeks to unlock the potential of Central Bedfordshire-based companies, following the lifting of COIVD restrictions.

Councillor Kevin Collins, Central Bedfordshire Council’s executive member for planning and regeneration said:

“Exports play an important role in our local economy and employment as well as the wider UK economy and we understand many businesses are seeking to make the most out of their opportunities overseas.

“As outlined in our economic strategy, the council is taking an active role in supporting our local businesses stay and grow in Central Bedfordshire as well as embracing new opportunities and exporting is vital to a business’s growth strategy.

“It is also recognised that businesses with access to global markets are better placed to accelerate their recovery from the impact of the pandemic.”

The package of global trade services will include:

  • Adopting a global mindset
  • Overcoming barriers to trade
  • Exploring new markets
  • Showcase and Connect (virtual trade mission & inward investment showcase)

Practical advice and assistance will be accessible from October for businesses who are planning to export for the first time as well as businesses who are expanding on existing activities.

Justin Richardson, chief executive of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, said:

“We’re thrilled to be again working in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council to deliver international trade support to local businesses.

“The team at Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce are dedicated to supporting companies realise their full potential when it comes to the global marketplace.”

Businesses interested in finding out more about the programme should visit Global CBC.

Alternatively, they can contact the Global Trade Service team on 01582 522448 or email export@chamber-business.com.

John Guinn
I am the editor of The Flitwick Chronicle. This is an independent, local news service based in Bedfordshire. The Chronicle provides local news that is investigative, inclusive and relevant to the residents of Flitwick.

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