Business in Bedford

Your first stop is Invest in Bedford; whether you have an existing Bedford business looking to grow, or are looking to relocate a business here.

Invest in Bedford is part of the Economic Development team at Bedford Borough Council and is available to offer plenty of useful help, support and advice to enable you to take full advantage of the town’s great infrastructure, skilled workforce and commercial property options. There are opportunities for inward investment and business growth all over the borough. Find out more to help your business by exploring this Invest in Bedford or calling (01234) 276255.

Bedford’s business community is made up of more than 7,000 companies, many of which are innovative local start-ups and Bedford-grown success stories, and many foreign owned companies have relocated and chosen to invest here.

Many large employers and worldwide names have chosen to locate here including:

  • 3M
  • Argos (Distribution)
  • Asda (Distribution)
  • Asteel Flash
  • Autoglass
  • Bedfordia Group
  • Capita Children’s Services
  • Charles Wells / Wells & Young’s
  • Danfoss Randall
  • Fujifilm UK
  • Movianto
  • Sainsbury’s (Distribution)
  • Unilever (Research)
  • URS

If you have already made the decision to relocate your business to Bedford, you are now part of one of the fastest growing, dynamic and world class business communities in the UK.
Invest in Bedford is committed to help you achieve your ongoing business objectives and to provide a direct route to advice on government funding and trade policies. This bespoke, confidential service is designed to contribute directly to the success of your relocation across many future years.
They offer many contacts within the Bedford business community so will be able to fast track you to a wide range of networking facilities and business support services and can also help with training and innovation services.

WENTA

Wenta is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1983 to provide support to SMEs locally. It provides invaluable help to start ups including advice and guidance, subsidised eduation and training courses, and virtual office facilities.

The Wenta Business Centre at the iLab in the Priory Business Park is just outside Bedford, easily accessible from the A421 bypass. The rental from the 100,000 square feet of state of the art office space provides the funding for WENTA’s social enterprise activities.

If you are a start up, a small business in Bedford, or are thinking of going it alone, then you may well benefit from Wenta’s business start-up advice and guidance delivered in person or online, training; development and education programmes; and most importantly the business incubation centre which provides office space, conferencing and meeting rooms, and access to expert advice – a must for new entrepreneurs.

Bedford BID – Business Improvement Districts

A Business Improvement District or BID is an arrangement under which you can plan how to improve your own trading environment. Local businesses will identify projects or services that can add value to their business and then agree how to manage it and how much they are prepared to pay for this. The funds collected are strictly only used to deliver a structured and guaranteed set of activities voted on by the businesses within the BID.

BedfordBID is a private, independent company run by a Board of Directors chosen from those businesses that pay the BID levy, including both small and large businesses.

The benefits to your business being part of the BedfordBID’s range from creating a cleaner and safer environment to marketing and promotion to attract new visitors to the town.

Business Networking Groups in Bedford

There are many networking groups which meet in and around Bedford, and there is bound to be one that meets your needs.

Breakfast meetings, lunch meetings or evening meetings; weekly, bi-weekly or monthly; all days of the week; member organisations and non-membner organisations. Check out our list below and find a networking group that suits you.

Enigma Networking

Every Tuesday

06:45 – 08:40

Stagsden Golf Centre, Spring Lane, Stagsden, Bedford, MK43 8SR

£15/ week. One member per profession

Bedford Buzz

First Wednesday of the month

10am-12pm

Auction Room, 1 Duke Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 3HR

£5 on the door. No booking required

Bedfordshire Business Women

Third Thursday of the month

11.45am – 2pm

The Embankment Hotel, The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3PD

£25. Book via the website

BNI Priory Chapter, Bedford

Every Thursday

11.45am – 2pm

The Barns Hotel, Bedford

£10.

Business Breakfast Beacon

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Park Inn Hotel, Bedford

Beds New Business Network

2nd Monday of every month

7:15pm – 9:30pm

Holiday Inn Express Bedford, Elstow Interchange A6/ A421, Bedford MK42 9BF

Low Joining Fee

Mum’s the Boss

2nd Tuesday of the month

10:00am – 12:00pm

The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine

Child friendly meetings

Network in Bedford

Every Thursday

7.15 – 9.00am

The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford, MK41 9PX

4 Networking

Every other Friday

8:00am – 10:00am

The Park, Kimbolton Road, Bedford

£12.00 per person

Women in Business Network

1st Wednesday of the month

11:45am – 2:00pm

Bedford Golf Club, Carnoustie Drive, Great Denham

£25 visitor fee.

Women in Rural Enterprise

Last Wednesday of the month

7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Hare & Hounds, Old Warden, SG18 9HQ

£5 per meeting. No booking required

Athena Neworking

2nd Wednesday of the month

12:00pm – 2:00pm

The Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford, MK44 3SA

£28 per meeting. Book online