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View from the villages: It’s vital that all of us support the town centre...

The now finally confirmed closure of all Debenhams stores, as it goes purely on-line, further damages Bedford town centre. Until now Bedford has, despite the losses of several major retailers, been doing better than many comparable towns...

Shop local: How some Bedford indies are hoping others follow their lead

Bedford's non-essential shops, plus hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons and gyms, are throwing open their doors again today, a month...

Eat, drink and shop local with Bedford’s indies

Many of Bedford's independent restaurants and cafes are still able to open for takeaways and deliveries - and they'd love to hear from you...

Opinion: Shop local this Christmas to support vital independent Bedford businesses

As news of lockdown 2.0 emerged on Halloween, many of Bedford's bricks and mortar businesses were once again preparing to shut up shop, just as the busy Christmas trading season was...
Amazon Indies

Shop local with Bedford indies this Christmas and help save the Amazon

Three independent Bedford businesses are teaming up to help your gift go further this Christmas by donating to the Rainforest Trust.
Rogan's Books

Shop local campaign brought customers into Bedford

We launched our Shop Local Bedford campaign at the end of November to encourage Bedfordians to support our town-centre businesses. Find out if the festive spirit has been felt in Bedford's shops...
Epanoui

Give Bedford a Christmas present: shop local

There's just one week to go until Christmas Day. For retailers, of all sizes, this is not just the most wonderful time of the year, but also the most crucial. You can give them the...
Old Arcade Christmas

Shop Local: Five top tips to put Bedford shops on the map

As we head toward Christmas and Bedford shops prepared for the busiest shopping period of the year they'll be doing their best to attract shoppers through their doors. But what can they do to make the most of this busy time and make sure other times of year are as good as they can be?
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Shop local: Retailers caught in middle of argument over Bedford’s parking charges

https://youtu.be/b36y6jWK7c0 Bedford and Kempston Conservatives have hit out at Mayor Dave Hodgson's claim that parking charges are a good deal for Bedford shoppers, saying they...
Ladbrokes

Shop Local Bedford: Ladbrokes promises to improve its High Street shop front

Following a request from the Bedford Independent, Ladbrokes on Bedford High Street has confirmed it will improve the exterior of its premises, replacing its existing shop...
Shop Local

Support our Shop Local Bedford campaign

As the news that 14 shops are shutting every day on the UK's High Streets, we are partnering with Explore Bedford to launch the Shop...

Shops, bars and businesses in Bedford look forward to reopening on 12 April

Bedford's shopkeepers and business owners are counting down the hours until they can welcome customers back once lockdown restrictions lift on Monday 12 April...
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