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Economic Development Unit

The Borough Council contributes to and supports the development of the local economy directly through the Economic Development Unit (EDU) and through a range of services such as Planning, Land & Property and Environmental Services. The Economic Development team provides both strategic and project-based work in order to deliver services for individuals, communities and businesses across Bedford Borough.

 

Objectives:

1) Marketing & promotion - to increase the Borough's profile and image by marketing it as a prime location and investment opportunity;

2) Business support & development -  to support business by encouraging high value added inward investment, the retention and development of local businesses and the establishment of new enterprises;

3) Town Centre Renaissance - to improve the town centre by delivering new investment and maximising its townscape and heritage quality;

4) Quality & competitive workforce - to increase economic participation and develop a quality and competitive workforce through education, skills development and removing barriers to employment;

5) Competitive Infrastructure & business environment - to improve infrastructure in order to foster enterprise, encourage investment and sustain economic growth

 

Meet the Management Team...

   
head of ed   

Mark Oakley, Head of Economic Development

Overall responsibility for EDU, Growth Plan & ED Strategy

Mark.oakley@bedford.gov.uk; 01234 276251

edm pr  

Sian Hughes, Economic Development Manager (Projects & Research)

Responsible for Bedford High Street THI project, town centre projects and ED corporate work

sian.hughes@bedford.gov.uk; 01234 276257

Inward Investment Manager  

Patrick Lyons, Inward Investment Manager

Responsible for business investment enquiries & conversions

patrick.lyons@bedford.gov.uk; 01234 276255

edm bs  

Justine Ives, Business Growth Manager

Responsible for business engagement & support to existing businesses & start up support as well as the broadband project

justine.ives@bedford.gov.uk; 01234 276254

EDM (E & S)

Eleanor Marcham, Economic Development Manager (Employment & Skills)

Responsible for supporting local residents & businesses to increase employment opportunities and skills

eleanor.marcham@bedford.gov.uk 01234 276918

Paul Jamieson  

Paul Jamieson, Markets Manager

Responsible for Bedford's Charter & specialist markets, car boot sales and fairs & circuses

paul.jamieson@bedford.gov.uk; 01234 718676

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Simon Dunning, Innovation Centre Manager

Responsible for Bedford i-Lab, Bedford i-Kan and contract management of Bedford i-Create

simon.dunning@bedfordi-lab.com ; 01234 834567

 

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