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Area Spotlight

Spotlight on Bedford

Minster Cleaning provides office and commercial cleaning services throughout the UK, not only to the major cities but also to many of the smaller towns & villages. It is a long-established brand that delivers reliable, high quality and great value cleaning to over 5000 organisations.

We are so proud of our local cleaning heritage, including office cleaning in Bedford, that we are running a series of articles on some of these localities to spotlight business areas and local places of interest.

Bedford is a market town situated in the county of Bedfordshire to the north of Luton. It is Bedfordshire’s county town. The river Great Ouse runs through the town.

Nearby locations to Bedford include Bromham, Stevington, Oakley, Clapham, Ravensden, Renhold, Great Barford, Willington, Couple, Cardington, Shortstown, Wixams and Kempston Hardwick.

Areas of Bedford include Dearne Walk, Brickhill, Putnoe, Fenlake, Goldington and Devon Park.

Bedford has a diverse economy supported by various sectors. Some key areas contributing to economic activity in Bedford include:

  1. Manufacturing and Engineering: Bedford has a long history of manufacturing and engineering, particularly in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, and technology.
  2. Logistics and Distribution: Bedford’s strategic location with excellent transport links, including proximity to major road networks like the M1 and A1, makes it an ideal location for logistics and distribution companies. The town hosts several industrial estates and distribution centres, attracting businesses involved in warehousing, transportation, and logistics management.
  3. Retail and Commerce: Bedford boasts a vibrant retail sector, with a mix of independent shops, high street stores, and shopping centres. The town centre, particularly areas like the Harpur Centre and Riverside Square, attracts shoppers from across Bedfordshire and beyond, contributing to retail sales and commercial activity.
  4. Healthcare and Education: Bedford is home to healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics, and medical practices, which provide essential services to residents and contribute to the local economy. Additionally, the town hosts educational institutions such as the University of Bedfordshire, which supports research, education, and workforce development.
  5. Professional Services: Bedford serves as a regional hub for various professional services, including accounting, legal, consulting, and financial services firms. These firms provide essential support to businesses in Bedford and the wider region, contributing to economic activity and employment.
  6. Technology and Innovation: Bedford has a growing technology sector, with companies specialising in software development, IT services, and digital media. The town’s proximity to London and its skilled workforce make it an attractive location for technology businesses, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Overall, these sectors, among others, contribute to Bedford’s economic vitality and make it a dynamic and diverse town within Bedfordshire.