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Bedford’s diverse economy includes manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and service industries. The town has a highly skilled and educated workforce, with a strong focus on science and technology.

Excellent transport links to major cities like London, Cambridge, and Milton Keynes, and the town’s growing population, have helped Bedford’s develop a diverse economy. The successful businesses in the area range from healthcare services, hospitality, and retail to businesses that capitalise on Bedford’s strengths in science and technology, such as biotech or software development.

In recent years, businesses that rely on logistics, fulfilment & distribution have been making use of Bedford’s location.

The former Debenhams building. Image: Bedford Independent
Bedford Borough Council has just announced that they have signed a deal to buy the former Debenhams building in the town centre. A council spokesperson says it makes "marking"...
The former Post Office chief, Paula Vennells, has handed back her CBE following increasing scrutiny of the Post Office/Horizon IT scandal. In 2021, Ms Vennells, who lives in a Grade II listed property in...
A business owner is using a calculator and notepad to work out their business growth.
Bedford Borough business owners and entrepreneurs still have time to sign up for support from the Growing Innovation Fund, with applications closing on Saturday, 1 June. The scheme makes government...
Creams Bedford owner Tariq Mahmood personally welcomed each and every one of the hundreds of Bedfordians who came to his dessert parlour today. Image: Bedford Independent
The sound of children laughing filled the air this Friday (17 May) as Creams, the dessert parlour chain, celebrated their 16th birthday with a free scoop of ice cream for every customer at the...
Some of the found family photos. Image: Felicity Guy
A chance purchase at a car boot sale has led a local vintage trader on a mission to find the owner of some family photos, perfectly preserved in an old clutch bag. Felicity Guy, who owns Curated Violet...
Creams Cafe, Bedford. Image: Facebook
This Friday (17 May) an ice cream parlour in Bedford is inviting Bedford Independent readers to have an ice cream on the house to celebrate their 16th anniversary. The giveaway will be held from 12pm to 6pm...
Universal Studios Parks & Resorts logo
Excitement has been building in and around Bedford over the last 24 hours after a respected theme park website reported on evidence suggesting Universal Studios could be expanding its theme park empire into the...
Estrella Damm conditioning tanks at the El Prat Brewery, Barcelona. Image: S.A. Damm
Almost 18 months after they bought Bedford's Eagle Brewery in Queen's Park, Spanish brewer S.A. Damm says they'll be now using the site to brew their world-famous Estrella Damm beer from scratch...
Universal Globe at theme park. Image: Universal Destinations & Experiences
Culture, media and sport secretary, Lucy Frazer KC MP has dodged a question from North Bedfordshire MP Richard Fuller (Conservative) asking if the government will respond to the Universal Studios UK...
Leisure destination, Twinwoods Adventure, has ceased trading, leaving many disappointed customers with outstanding vouchers, gym memberships and party bookings and little prospect...
Brewhouse and Kitchen on Bedford High Street. Image: Google Image capture 2021 © Google 2024
Amber Taverns has confirmed that it is investing in Bedford town centre, taking over the former Brewhouse and Kitchen on Bedford High Street. The Blackpool-based pub chain was contacted by the...
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Two tech companies in Bedfordshire have received royal recognition for their work by receiving a King's Award for Enterprise, the highest official UK award for British businesses. The King’s Awards...