Bedford Borough Council now has 99% of its
commercial premises either let or under offer with only two
premises vacant in the town centre. Commercial property in Bedford
is in high demand.
The Council owns in the region of 350
commercial properties which are let out to a range of commercial
and voluntary organisations. The properties include industrial
units, offices, shops in the town centre and on housing estates.
Rental income from these properties totals approximately £3.5
million, which contributes toward the cost of running Council
Cllr Michael Headley, Portfolio Holder for
Finance at Bedford Borough Council said: “More and more people are
viewing our vibrant town as an ideal setting for their business.
This is partly due to the strength of the local economy, but also
because the Council has built a reputation a fair landlord and is
signed up to the Commercial Landlords
Accreditation Scheme. Many world-class companies are already
based here, like Unilever, 3M and Fujifilm, and I am sure many more
will come in the future.”
Other benefits gained from the commercial
Economic Development in the borough.
· Assisting the
voluntary sector with premises.
· Providing leisure
and sporting facilities for use by the community.
When properties do become available, they are