Bedford Business Newsletter October 2019

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This newsletter features highlights from Bedford's business world, gives you a sneak preview of upcoming events and contains important snippets of information for local businesses.

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Get Ready for Brexit


Date:    Wednesday 16th October 2019 – 16:00 – 18:00pm


Venue: Aspen Room, Exchange Building, Colworth Science Park, Sharnbrook, MK44 1ET


SEMLEP’s Growth Hub has teamed up with Bedford Borough Council, The Department for International Trade, Grant Thornton and HR Solutions to bring local businesses a bitesize Brexit readiness event, where they can speak to local business support and expertise.

This Get Ready for Brexit event will include a panel of speakers providing information and answering questions, including:

  • Grant Thornton: Cash flow, costs removal & talent retention & recruitment.
  • DIT:  Export.
  • Bedford Borough Council: Local preparedness to Brexit e.g. H&S, regulatory   issues.

For details to register for this event, see the link:


For all other Brexit related matters, please visit the UK government's Brexit web pages for further information or complete the checker from the following link on how to be best informed, prepare and receive updates:


food and drink


Brexit Readiness Event – Food and Drink Sector


Date:    Monday 14th October 2019 - 10.00 – 13.00pm


Venue: Food and Drink Innovation Centre, Moulton College, West Street, Northampton, NN3 7RR.



The Government continues to prepare for the UK's exit from the European Union. To help your Food & Drink business to prepare for Brexit, SEMLEP have collaborated with Defra, Made in Northamptonshire, the Mallows Company and Moulton College to host a free Brexit Readiness event.The event will provide food and drink sector-specific information, advice and support to businesses looking to get prepared.  The morning will consist of a presentation from Defra with a Q&A session and the chance to network with other businesses to share ideas and best practice around this topic.


During the networking, you will have the chance to speak to Defra, SEMLEP's Growth Hub and the Mallows Company about your individual business needs.

To book a space see the link:

green business


Environmental Law Update Seminar


Date:    Tuesday 29th October 2019 – 8:00 – 10:30am


Venue: The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine, Bedford, MK43 0PR


The Green Business Network (GBN) are holding a seminar at The Forest Centre in Marston.  With the penalties for causing environmental damage or breaching environmental regulations becoming increasingly tough, make sure you are fully up to date with your companies’ responsibilities by attending this session.


The Environment Agency will be providing information on your responsibilities relating to Duty of Care and waste regulations.  Delegates can also ask in advance, for any subject they wish to have covered in detail, added to the agenda.

The formal presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and a quiz.

To book a place see the link:

or call on 07792 480986.


business meeting


SEMLEP Building a Bulletproof Business Workshop


Date:    Bedford i-Lab, Priory Business Park, Stannard Way, Bedford, MK44 3RZ


Venue: Thursday 7th November 2019 - 09.30 – 12.30pm


SEMLEP’s Growth Hub in partnership with Sandler Training are delighted to offer this 3 hour workshop.  It is as applicable to newer, growing businesses as it is to well established organisations that have reached either a plateau or looking to sell within the next 2 to 5 years.


This lively, immersive 3 Hour workshop valued at £395.00+VAT is being provided free of charge by SEMLEP.  Learn from the experts and gain access to the information that will help you make your organisation robust, protected from external & internal ‘surprises’ and free up the time for Leaders who find themselves spending way too much time in the business rather than on the business or simply resenting the amount of time away from family.


To book you place and for further details see the link:



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