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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.

King's Award for Enterprise logo
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...
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The UK’s fourth-biggest supermarket, Aldi, has launched a campaign to pinpoint where in Bedfordshire it should open future stores. Aldi has been on a rapid expansion drive in recent years due...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Bedfordian Vicky Flint is one of the new faces of Collection Cosmetics. Image: Collection Cosmetics
A woman from Bedford has been chosen from over 300 applicants to become one of 14 'new faces' of a cosmetics brand that champions everyday beauty. Bedfordian Vicky Flint said it was a "dream...
Sophie Turner of the herstory consultancy. Image: Sophie Turner
A Bedford business owner has called on the government to do more to support the upskilling of female entrepreneurs and business owners to help boost the UK economy. Sophie Turner, CEO...
Universal Theme Park & Resorts' president of new ventures, Page Thompson, (right) addresses Bedfordians at Kimberley College during their first public theme park event 23 April 2024
Page Thompson, the president of new ventures at Universal Theme Parks & Resorts has told the Bedford Independent that Bedford is a "great place to build a theme park". Queues up to an hour-long...
Silver Street Craft Market at Christmas 2023. Image: Bedford Borough Council
A brand new Bedford Craft Market will launch this Saturday (13 April), taking over Silver Street and Silver Square once a month. It will feature 14 local makers and craft traders and will run on the second...
A record number of Bedford Borough businesses are in the running for an award and it's now down to a public vote to see if they will win. The Muddy Stilettos awards run up and down the UK with...
From this weekend, Bedford will become a must-visit destination for houseplant enthusiasts, with the much-anticipated opening of Not Another Jungle joining Castle Road favourites Nelly Mosa...