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Five years after its dramatic renovation and re-launch, the D'Parys pub has revamped its bar and menu in time for Christmas. Owner, Bedford-based family brewer Charles Wells, has created a bar area in front of the...
The Internet
Bedfordshire will get a broadband boost as one of the pilot areas that will be connected to the UK’s next generation broadband network. This will require full replacement of Openreach’s outdated copper network across the county. North...
Shop Local
As the news that 14 shops are shutting every day on the UK's High Streets, we are partnering with Explore Bedford to launch the Shop Local Bedford campaign. This is a call to action for us all...
Bedford’s Eagle Travel has been shortlisted in the Luxury Travel Agency of the Year category in the TTG Luxury Travel Awards. The awards set out to recognise the very best in luxury travel and act as...
Helen Davies
Helen Davies, a top local butcher in Bedfordshire has reached the finals of the National Women in Meat Awards. The director of Woburn Country Foods which runs the Butcher's Counter at The Barn, Cardington, has been shortlisted in the Food Service Category by Meat Management Magazine. The winners will be...
Budget Bedford High Street
https://youtu.be/haNgx0sLXL0 Chancellor, Philip Hammond announced his final pre-Brexit Budget on Monday 29 October, including: £30bn for motorway and pothole repairs Additional £2bn for mental health A further £650m for councils struggling to cope with rising social...
Debenhams Bedford
Debenhams has increased the number of stores it will close across the UK as it seeks to turn around record losses. The company will not say which stores are earmarked for closure so we don’t...
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Gourmet Burger Kitchen has confirmed it will close 17 restaurants as Famous Brands, the company that owns Gourmet Burger King, files for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA). While the plan still needs approval, the company has...
The Arcade
If you’ve visited the Arcade, connecting Bedford High Street and Harpur Street, over the last few months you can’t help but notice the amount of building and development work going on. And while the work is...
A judicial review and a resubmitted planning application for the Fairhill Site, just off the A6 in Bedford, may delay the opening of Charles Wells' new brewery until 2020. A neighbouring land...
https://youtu.be/3KomX_jv7Qc The third BABA (Bedfordshire Asian Business Association) Business Excellence Awards 2018 took place in front of a packed Bedford Corn Exchange on Saturday 13 October. The event recognises the brightest and best businesses across Bedfordshire...
Soupfest
Following the success of last year’s inaugural SoupFest Bedford, the charity take-over of Harpur Square will back on Tuesday 27 November – serving up amazing soups to raise money for homeless charities. Once again, Bedford’s chefs will be...