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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.

Bird Bros' Sunny Farm, Swineshead, Bedford Borough. Image: Animal Justice Project
Bird Bros, an egg 'mega farm' in Swineshead, Bedford has announced a multi-million-pound evolution of its business to phase out cage-farming and become a barn egg supplier. The move marks a major...
In celebration of International Women’s Day yesterday, Nat West Bank have revealed their  top 100 women in the region, featuring some prominent female business owners from Bedford...
The founder of Bedford-based background screening company, Verifile, Eyal Ben Cohen, has been named as Cranfield School of Management’s Entrepreneur Alumnus...
Love Bedford Bedford BID shop front
The mayor of Bedford Borough has expressed disappointment at Bedford BID, the organisation set up to promote Bedford Town Centre, after being told "virtually on a daily basis" to "scrap...
The owner of a new 'cat cafe' on Bedford High Street has been amazed by the response from customers since they opened this week. Owner, 19-year-old Willow Mayes, said she was inspired to open...
Father Christmas Harpur Centre
The main man himself, Father Christmas, has been speaking to the Bedford Independent ahead of opening his grotto in the Harpur Shopping Centre tomorrow...
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...
Data Privacy
Bedford based Privacy Helper have secured an exclusive international contract to supply the UK with privacy products from Netherlands based Spy-Fy. They say it will give UK...
Love Bedford New York
Steve and Wendy Ivins, owners of PDM Car Parts & Accessories in Kempston and Clapham, are about to take a bite of the big apple after winning Love Bedford's New York trip competition, run in conjunction with...
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...
To celebrate the launch of the new Mountain Warehouse store at Bedford's Interchange Retail Park, we have got two prizes up for grabs for Bedford Independent readers. The UK outdoor specialist retailer's...
homebase
Homebase has announced it will look to close its St. Johns store on Rope Walk. It's one of 42 stores being closed across the UK, putting at risk 1500 jobs. Bosses say it’s part of...