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10 Bedford Business Commandments

Friday 29th October 2010

A wide cross-section of Bedford’s businesses identified their top priorities at the ‘Shaping Bedford’s Economy’ event, held at the Corn Exchange, on Friday 22nd October.

 

The session, hosted by Bedford Borough Council, provided an opportunity to identify local businesses’ priorities. Outcomes of the event will be used in the planning of future economic and business support activity.

 

The council, along with other organisations that support local businesses and the local economy, are keen to further understand what will really help make Bedford a better place for business. The businesses that attended the event awarded top priority to ‘raising the profile/image of Bedford’, ‘attracting business investors and visitors.’

 

The top ten priorities for action were:

 

1.   Marketing the Borough as a business location

 

2.   Promoting the Borough’s villages and countryside as great places to live

 

3.   Developing and promoting Bedford as a distinctive place to shop

 

4.   Identifying, providing and promoting new business sites and premises

 

5.   Improving riverside access and facilities along the river

 

6.   Improving existing business parks and industrial estates

 

7.   Town Centre West – new bus station, shops etc

 

8.   Traffic management improvements to reduce congestion and improve air quality

 

9.   Supporting the development of the cultural sector

 

10. Support for marketing and helping businesses grow

 

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “There was a real feel of engagement at this important opportunity for Bedford’s businesses to influence the Council’s and others’ business support activity. I would like to thank the businesses that helped us gather further intelligence surrounding our business landscape, at this critical time for local and national economies. We are already making use of what came out of the event.”

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