Buy local or bye local: let’s get behind Bedford businesses

Buy local

Thousands of businesses in Bedford are facing an uncertain future as the coronavirus crisis continues.

While many have temporarily closed, others have adapted their services to keep providing what they can to people across the Borough.

We’ve pulled together a list of all the businesses that are remaining open within government guidelines, so we can all support each other in this difficult and unprecedented time.

Before you shop anywhere else, please consider using one of the local businesses below, after all, it’s ‘buy local or bye local’.

All businesses appear here for free. If your business is still operating, please send your business name, a brief description and one online link for people to find out more, this can be to a website or a social media page. Send details to

List Updated: 24 June 2020

Arts and Crafts Business Services Cleaners Clothing and Jewellery
Electrical Goods Estate Agents Garages and Mechanics Groceries
Health, Fitness and Beauty Home and Garden Legal and Insurance Music and School Tuition
Pets Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Food & Drink Takeaways Travel Agents
Weddings Others

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Unfortunately, our advertisers have been hugely affected financially which has an inevitable knock-on effect to us.

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That therefore brings with it the challenge of us being able to pay our own suppliers so we can continue providing a much-needed source of news in Bedford.

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Bedford businesses still operating during the coronavirus lockdown

This information will be checked up updated daily. All details supplied by the businesses and correct at the time of publishing. The Bedford Independent is not responsible for content on third party websites.

Please mention the Bedford Independent when contacting these businesses.

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Arts and Crafts:

  • Arlo Arts – online shop for crepe paper, craft supplies, kits and bespoke paper flowers
  • The Art Centre – Deliveries including art packs
  • Daisy Designs – Handmade event stationery, home prints and personalised Easter buckets
  • Talia Giles Art – Original prints and greetings cards delivered. Free UK delivery

Business Services:


Clothing and Jewellery:

Electrical goods:

  • Michael R Peters – Online sales and telephone support, 01234 352107
  • Power Computing – Computer Repairs PCs & Apple. Built to order custom PCs.  Remote support services
  • We Fix Bedford – Computer / Iphone pepairs, onlin fixing workshops and safe collection and delivery

Estate Agents:

Garages and Mechanics:

  • Bedford Battery – 8:30am – 4pm weekdays, closed weekends. Open for car parts, car batteries etc
  • Buckdale Recovery – 24/7 for all vehicle recovery needs 01234 272737
  • Nuagane Car Paints – telephone orders and safe collection
  • Park Road Garage – Car repairs and MOT.  Social distancing measures in place
  • Russell Autocentre – Queens Drive, Bedford. Vehicle repairs to ensure key workers can keep moving
  • TJ Autos – Vehicle repair shop in Bedford. 01234 344533


Supermarkets and food shops remain open however please check their websites for opening times and any times for the exclusive use of NHS workers and the elderly.

Health, Fitness and Beauty:

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Home and Garden:

Music and School Tuition:


Plumbing, Heating and Electrical:


Chip Shops
Italian and Mediterranean:

Travel Agents:


  • White Emporium – Wedding and party styling (post Coronavirus) plus hand drawn positive messages with £5 from each going to the Bedford Foodbank


Please make sure that when interacting with these businesses, and indeed anyone, you follow the social distancing guidelines.

If your business is still operating, please let us know and we will include you in the list above.

We need your business name, a brief description and one online link for people to find out more, this can be to a website or a social media page. Send details to

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