Bedford Business Newsletter September 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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High Street Historic Fund


Bedford has secured a £2 million share of a total £95 million, which is being used to help revive historic high streets across the UK.  The successful bid will help transform disused and historic buildings into shops, houses and community centres, with the help of Historic England and local partners.


The funding will mainly be used to reveal the historic features of buildings across the high street, a reduction in traffic and bringing the wider community back into the area, helping to create a more vibrant, thriving town centre and restoring confidence in the future of the High Street.


With the increase of online shopping putting added pressure onto high street retailers, this project will go a long way to help retailers adapt to changing consumer habits and support the wider regeneration and attract future commercial investment.





The Bedfordshire Asian Business Association, (BABA) is a business support group formed by Bedfordshire based Asian businesses. The aim of the group is to provide support to members and colleagues on issues affecting this community but is open to all to attend. They engage their collective power to improve business growth and sustainability and help to provide financial incentives for their members. 


BABA believe in working in partnership with their key stakeholders and their local and regional business communities to make positive improvements, which support their shared objectives. 


BABA also work to use their business platform and personal influence, to raise money for local and international charities and good causes.


For more information, visit:


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Yellow Submarine Ltd


Bedford i-Lab tenant Yellow Submarine, they are one of 7 British FinTech companies chosen to attend the third trade mission to Finnosummit, the largest FinTech conference in the Latin America and Caribbean region. 


The conference being held this September in Mexico City will see entrepreneurs, financial services innovators, financial executives and international investors all coming together in a city which is now home to the largest FinTech ecosystem, including hundreds of businesses in the region.


Yellow Submarine Ltd uses box algorithms that identify patterns in data in order to make machine learning accessible for everyone, including companies that will use the data to outline market trends. Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss said: “The companies chosen for this year’s mission to Mexico showcase the best in class of our world leading FinTech industry, which continues to attract the highest levels of capital in Europe.”


For more information on Yellow Submarine, visit:


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Unit 5 Bedford Link Logistics Park


This modern development from Graftongate & London Metric Property is less than 20 minutes away from Bedford Town Centre. Set in a perfect location between the M1 and A1, the site provides great accessibility via dual carriageway links, whatever the road conditions. 


Bedford Link Logistics Park offers build-to-suit opportunities with an unrivalled specification including electric charging points and roofs designed to accommodate PVS. Employees benefit from landscaped open space, water features, integrated pedestrian and cycle routes surrounding each building. 


Unit 5 is complete and ready for occupation, consisting of 43,949 sqft of warehouse space and 5,167 sqft of office space.


Please visit for more information.



Managing Energy and Reducing Carbon Emissions Seminar


Green Business Network are staging a seminar on Monday 07th October 2019 at the Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine from

08.00 - 10.30 am.


Jack Waring of Energise Consulting will be covering ways in which businesses can manage its energy use to minimise carbon emissions.


The seminar will focus on:


·         low and no cost ways of cutting energy use

·         how to analyse your bills

·         building management systems

·         lighting and heating

·         renewables and carbon offsetting


A formal presentation will be followed by a workshop where members can share best practice. The seminar is free to GBN members. Others are welcome to attend at a cost of £30 +VAT, which includes all course materials and refreshments.

To book a place, visit the GBN website at:  or call us on 07792 480986.


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