Invest in Bedford Newsletter July 2019

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This newsletter features highlights from Bedford's business world, gives you a sneak preview of upcoming events and contains important snippets of information for local businesses.

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Bedford Commercial Park


Enjoying a stand-out location adjacent to the A421, Bedford Commercial Park is a 45-acre mixed-use development providing high quality industrial, logistics and business space in a landscaped park environment.  The development is only four miles from Bedford town centre, one of the most significant growth areas in the country and benefits from a large labour pool, excellent transport links and a thriving local economy.


Bedford Commercial Park provides a flexible range of high quality development and leasing opportunities, including:


Bedford 405 - 405,312 sq ft of cross-docked distribution warehouse space


New industrial / distribution units of 130,000, 50,000, 40,000 and 30,000 sq ft.


Serviced plots for industrial, warehouse, hi-tech and office uses.


A commercial roadside plot for the provision of park amenities.


The i-Worx - delivered in partnership with Bedford Borough Council, providing advanced technology and engineering workshop units from 1,186 sq ft and 1,704 sq ft. 


For further details go to

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Black Cat Roundabout


Updated plans have been released, showing a new 10-mile dual carriageway, linking the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire to the Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire, as part of the government’s £15 billion Road Investment Strategy.


Both roundabouts are to be upgraded into modern, free-flowing junctions and a new junction will be added at Cambridge Road near St Neots.  The project would also replace the only remaining section of single carriageway between Milton Keynes and Cambridge and tackle one of the region’s most notorious congestion hotspots. 


These new plans are now open to the public for consideration, before the final plans go forward for planning consent early next year. An eight-week consultation has been launched for drivers, business owners and local people to help shape the plans.  People can respond to this by using the link below with the consultation period ending at 11:59pm on Sunday 28 July 2019.


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SEMLEP’s Growth Hub


If you have a business and are looking for free, impartial business support, check out SEMLEP’s Growth Hub, a gateway to connect businesses to the relevant support and advice and a first stop shop providing in-depth information on all business matters and guidance.  The Growth Hub can help with many business skills such as Marketing, Finance, Legislation, Sustainability, Productivity, Innovation, Skills, Recruitment, Export and Business Planning.


There is also dedicated support to established businesses who want to scale up in terms of turnover and employees.  They also provide access to your own Growth Hub adviser who will work directly with businesses to identify business growth opportunities, overcome obstacles and develop achievable action plans.  If you're looking to develop into new markets assistance is available, to connect you to a range of local and national funding providers to help with products or services, resolve resource issues or even recruiting the right people.


The Growth Hub hold a number of interactive workshops on a regular basis around the region.  All the workshops are run by professional consultants and trainers, experienced in a range of industry sectors with a diverse range of business skills.


For further information please go to



New Co-working office space opens in Bedford Town Centre


At the corner of St. Peters and St. Cuthbert's Street, you will find the Foundry.  This quirky, open plan unit is a brand new co-working office space in Bedford offering an innovative and flexible workspace community.  They pride themselves on being more than just a business centre by offering community support, helping to build networks and having a lively and informative programme of events. 


For more information follow the link :


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