Shopkeepers in Putnoe were given news about a job creation scheme during a visit from Conservative Party chairman Grant Schapps and MP Richard Fuller.
The businesses on Putnoe Street were told on Friday, April 25, that they could get up to £2,000 off their National Insurance Contributions in an attempt to boost jobs.
Mr Schapps MP said: “Visiting the local shops here in Putnoe you can see how Bedford businesses can benefit from an extra £2,000. Every business will get the money - they can save it, spend it, invest it, they can employ someone else - it’s a great boost to Bedford and the country in general.
“This will benefit Bedford businesses massively. I know Bedford has a history of being a market town but I know it also has lots of concerns about the ‘High Street’ and there’s a lot of competition from ‘out of town’ retailers and the internet - which is why the businesses I’ve seen today that supply things you can’t easily buy easily online are doing such a great job - and that £2,000 is designed to help.”
Amongst the Putnoe businesses Mr Schapps and Bedford and Kempston MP Richard Fuller visited were Langford’s Butchers and The Cake Shop.
Paul Langford, owner of Langford’s Butchers, said: “To be honest it’s the first I’ve heard about the scheme but I shall be looking into it.
“We provide quality meat for local people and we are surviving but anything that can give small businessses a bit of help is a good thing as we need all the help we can get.”
The politicians also visited The Cake Shop run by Angela Deverell.
She said: “Anything that can help small businesses is a good thing - I only wish it was more!”
Mr Schapps also paid tribute to MP Mr Fuller saying: “He’s a real gem, a brilliant local MP, a proper local champion, campaigner and a voice for local people.”