Working in Bedford
Bedford was a market town for the surrounding agricultural region from the early Middle Ages. From the 16th century it became one of the main centres of England’s lace industry. Lace continued to be an important industry in Bedford until the early 20th century.
Today the towns largest employment sectors are the wholesale and retail trade with ASDA, Argos and Unilever being some of the largest employers in the area.
Health and social work occupations also employ many of Bedford’s residents and its research and development facilities offer a wide range of job opportunities. Although salaries are lower than those of big cities, the cost of living is lower.
Things to do in Bedford
Famed for its unique location along the River Ouse, one of the largest rivers in the whole of the UK, Bedford offers a number of cruises, including trips to The Anchor at Great Barford, one of the town’s best pubs serving up the best of British cuisine and plenty of opportunities to grab a cream tea.
The Bedford Corn Exchange often hosts a number of live events from top class performers in the fields of comedy, theatre and music. A brand new theatre has opened at St Lukes which showcases the latest theatre, dance, music and art work of local Bedford students during term time.
For culture vultures and family days out, Bedford is also home to a large number of museums and art galleries, including the Higgins, the South Bank, and the John Bunyan Museum which tells the story of John Bunyan, the renowned author, pastor and preacher and showcases some of his best works.
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