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 firstname.lastname@example.org
List Updated: 24 June 2020
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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.
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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
- ADC Films – Video production
- The Bedford Assistant – Admin services, social media management and personal assistant services.
- Comms Specialist – Business telecommunications
- Copybox Document Systems – Sales & technical support of photocopiers and printers. Remote support available
- DAMM Solutions – Local data protection specialists with a Support Service for SMEs
- DSV Accounting – Full Virtual Finance Director and Accountancy services provided – working remotely
- Elizabeth Toogood Business Mentor – Business Mentor
- Everyone Needs a Cathy – Virtual assistant to help with your admin if you are short staffed.
- Evolve Asset Management – working from home but can take your calls.
- Fidelity – Branding, design and print
- Joda Services – Accountancy and bookkeeping
- Julia V Design – Graphic design services via email, phone and Zoom
- MAR Accountants – 15 years of experience helping the SME sector, 01234 984684
- The Right Formula Training – Financial training for non financial managers and business owners
- Ryan Devine Videographer – Wedding videography and creative/cinematic films for businesses, groups and individuals.
- Springfield Business Supplies – stationery, furniture, seating plus PPE. Free local delivery
- Storm Nine – Design, print, creative, branding / marketing and social media work
- Tailwind Group – Video design and content including free of charge videos for charities during this time
- Tone Control AV – AV installation service for ‘safe’ visits and video calls
- Cleaning Bedford – Cleaning services
- Reemist Cleaners – Professional cleaning services inclduing regular & one-off cleans.
Clothing and Jewellery:
- Anorak – Ladies’ wear online
- Barovic Jewellers – Online
- Boutique Planet – Ladies’ wear online
- Boyds of Bedford – Independent menswear shop – online orders
- Castle Road Laundrette – Open 6am – 9pm daily. Tel 07833 168530
- Howorths Shoes – Shoe shop online
- Jwllry by Jade – Jewellery repairs, handmade wedding and engagement jewellery and unique selection of made to order collections
- Little Mouse – online baby clothes and gifts
- Dreamwear – Clothing online and e-giftcards
- Epanoui – Home, gifts and jewellery available online
- 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
- Absolute Estate Agents – working from home but taking your calls
- Bevloir – working from home but taking your calls and emails
- Cooper Beard – email enquiries only; email@example.com
- Goodacres Residential – Working from home but taking your calls
- Jayne Beard Associates – email enquiries only; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lane and Holmes Estate Agents – Working from home and taking calls and online enquiries
- Price Wallace – Working remotely for calls on 01234 210120
- TaylorMade – Calls 01234 302043 & bedford@taylormadeproperties.
- Thomas Charles Lettings – Remote work plus video viewing available
- Town & Country Management – working from home but taking calls & emails
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.
- AB Fruits – Food box service. Delivery and collection
- Arcadia Sweet Shop – online only
- The Barn, Cardington – Shop, deli and butchers (cafe is closed)
- Bedford Market – open for food and essential household items
- Black Cat Farm Shop – Deliveries only
- Blue Glass – Wine home delivery service
- Browns of Stagsden – Farm shop is open and delivery also available
- DP Clarke Butchers – Church Arcade, Bedford
- Companions Real Bread – Bread delivery
- The Embankment Pub – Pre-orders, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday with essential goods, takeaway, ready meals, wine, beer and softs. You can also donate to raise funds for frontline workers and those in need
- Eric the Butchers – The Fairway, Goldington
- F Harris & Son – Butchers on Castle Road.
- GCH Fishmongers – free delivery and no minimum order.
- Gunns Bakery – Free delivery on orders over £10.
- Herrings Green Farm Shop – Wilstead. Collections and deliveries
- Hill Farm Shop – Sharnbrook
- Langford’s Butchers – Butchers on Library Walk.
- La Rondine – Cake shop
- Lingers Butchers – St Cuthbert’s Steet. Open as normal
- Nothing But Tea – Tea available to order online.
- Pells Farm Shop – Wilden
- Ready Steady Roll – Homemade cake (and games) deliivered
- The Store – refill store based in St Cuthbert’s Street
Health, Fitness and Beauty:
- Adam Cochrane Fitness – Online personal training
- Bodyfirst Personal Training – 1-2-1 Personal Training online
- Bostock Healthcare – Medical products ordered online
- The Fitness Collective – Online fitness classes, 1-2-1 PT sessions
- Flamme Rouge – Bike servicing and repair including collection and delivery. With the support of our supplier, Madison, we’re giving key workers over £100 of free items to help them commute by bike.
- Forward Fitness – Online Pilates and FREE meditation
- Jade Roxanne Studios – Online pole dance, Burlesque and full body conditioning classes. Free to NHS workers during lockdown
- Kalabash – Handmade soaps to order online. Sharron Jenkins is also donating soap bars to the Bedford Foodbank
- Let’s talk BAME – Online or telephone counselling service.
- Medulla – Distance Reiki, online meditation sessions and Neal’s Yard online
- Move Fit Pilates – Pilates online either 1-2-1 or in a group
- No Limitz – Online. Running shoes, home gym accessories, kids
- Posture Fit – Online treatments for muscle/joint pain and physical performance
- Power Academy of Dance – Online dance classes
- Riverwood Counselling & Wellbeing – online and telephone
- The Strong Yogini – online yoga classes and 1-2-1 yoga too
- Tropic Skincare with Claire – Online skincare
- Vision Nutrution – Delivery
- VyMy Dance & Fitness – Online dance classes for children and adults
Home and Garden:
- AWU Electrical and Security – Available for emergencies with electrics or security systems
- Easyframe – Online picture frames and mounts
- Otter and Moose – Online shop for gift boxes
- Proven Salle – French-inspired furniture and home accessories, delivered
- Williams Antiques – small antique furniture restorers with safe collection and delivery
- Willington Garden & Leisure – Phone orders for delivery, 01234 838070
Legal and Insurance:
- Dominic Mills Solicitors – Wills, Probate, Conveyancing & Powers of Attorney
- DV Solicitors – Offering free 30 minute phone consultations re COVID-19
- HCB Solicitors – offering a full service remotely via telephone and email
- Mayfair Insurance – Working from home but taking your calls and emails
- Woodfines Solicitors – Also check their web for useful information relating to COVID-19
Music and School Tuition:
- Bedford Guitar Teacher – Guitar, piano and music theory lessons via Zoom
- Jo Jingles – Online music sessions for children
- KB Tuition – Online sessions via zoom for primary aged children
- Putnoe Preschool – Open for childcare for critical keyworkers. 6m to 5 yrs
- Rothsay Education Centre – Courses via Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype etc
- Sam Barrett Guitar Tutoring – Tuition over Skype
- Songbird Tuition – Online solution focused hypnotherapy sessions via zoom
- Tutor Doctor – Online tutoring for students
- Virdee Goju Karate – Online training sessions
- Scott Veterinary Clinic – Providing 24h hour on-site emergency pet care at their Goldington Road site
Plumbing, Heating and Electrical:
- Bliss Plumbing – Plumbing services
- Odell & Son – Plumbing and heating
- Premier Solicitors – Wills, conveyancing, matrimonial/family, employment law etc
- Rene Plumbing & Heating – Emergencies only, such as boiler issues, leaks etc
- SDG Services – Commercial and domestic heating, plumbing & electrical services
- Bears & Tales: Delicious takeaway cocktails
- Creme Brewlait – Afternoon tea, cakes and gingerbread
- Crumb de la Creme – Cake
- Gallone’s – Ice Cream
- Katiebelle Cakes – Brownies through the post
- Ready Steady Roll – Homemade cake (and games) deliivered
- King Cod, Kempston – Fish, chips, kebabs burgers. Pre order by calling Just Eat.
Italian and Mediterranean:
- Scrumdiddly Kitchen – Vegan
- Langford Hideaway – Cafe
- Serena Cafe – Cafe
- Quay – Steak and Seafood
- Tre Fratelli – Pub food including stone baked pizza and Sunday roast dinners
- The Woolpack, Wilstead – Pub food (delivery only to neighbouring areas)
- Cruise Select – working from home taking calls and emails
- Global Travel Experts – Taking calls and emails
- Select Travel Holidays – working from home taking calls and emails
- White Emporium – Wedding and party styling (post Coronavirus) plus hand drawn positive messages with £5 from each going to the Bedford Foodbank
- A1 Cars – Operating 24/7 throughout the pandemic
- Anglia Cars – Taxi service – discount to NHS and Keyworkers
- Anglian Fasteners – Delivery and safe collection
- Carmichael’s Vaping – Online
- Close Encounters – Online for comics, graphic novels and manga
- Hero Party Hire – Now offering character video messages and online superhero training
- Juicy Vapes – Delivery
- Never Forget – Online for gifts including personalised baby gifts
- Pegalicious – Balloon and gift boutique & hand Crocheted baby items
- Portraits by Victoria Rose – Charcoal portrait artist – family members, pets or admired celebrities.
- Raring to Go – Local magazine aimed at families
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 email@example.com
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