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:
- Argos (Distribution)
- Asda (Distribution)
- Asteel Flash
- Bedfordia Group
- Capita Children’s Services
- Charles Wells / Wells & Young’s
- Danfoss Randall
- Fujifilm UK
- Sainsbury’s (Distribution)
- Unilever (Research)
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 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.
06:45 – 08:40
Stagsden Golf Centre, Spring Lane, Stagsden, Bedford, MK43 8SR
£15/ week. One member per profession
First Wednesday of the month
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
11.45am – 2pm
The Barns Hotel, Bedford
Business Breakfast Beacon
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
7.15 – 9.00am
The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford, MK41 9PX
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
2nd Wednesday of the month
12:00pm – 2:00pm
The Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford, MK44 3SA
£28 per meeting. Book online