It might once have been known as a bit of a sleepy town but people are waking up to the benefits that finding a job in Bedford can bring. Just 40 miles from London, it is prime commuter belt with its reasonably priced houses and good schools.
But there are benefits to living and working in Bedford and one of them is avoiding spending several hours a day on the train to and from the capital. The county town of Bedfordshire, Bedford has been a market town since the Middle Ages and its sense of history is something that sets it apart from some of the newer towns within striking distance of London.
These days the centre of Bedford has a healthy mix of national chains and independent family firms. Its most successful, and growing, industries include technology, freight, logistics and aviation although the automotive and retail sectors have performed well.
Unemployment in Bedford is low and with work well under way on the Western by-pass and the town set to get a brand new bus station, its economic future looks healthy. It’s also surrounded by beautiful countryside and has 20 golf courses, so anyone finding a job in Bedford is guaranteed some decent walking.
Then there’s its cosmopolitan feel. Bedford has the largest Italian population in the UK with around 30% of residents referring to themselves as at least partly Italian. This came about largely because of a recruitment drive in the 1950s by the London Brick Company in regions of southern Italy. Brickmaking and brewing were both once key industries in the town.
The Little Italy area of Bedford boasts a number of Italian bars, restaurants, church and shops. The town even had its own Italian vice-consulate until 2008. So if Bedford has enough charms to draw workers from those sunny Italian climes think what it can offer anyone else who’s looking for a job.
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