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BedBID Swan Bridge leading to Bedford crossing the Ouse River
BedBID people walking along Riverside precinct with cafes
Clocktower entrance to Harpur Centre from Harpur Square
BedBID black street sign with gold writing showing areas to visit
BedBID silver faces on High Street

What is Bedford BID?

A Business Improvement District, or BID, is an arrangement under which businesses plan how to improve their own trading environment. BedfordBID is funded by those in the area paying a levy of 2% of the rateable value of their business. The levy is ring-fenced and spent by BedfordBID on projects and services agreed by the businesses in the scheme.

BedfordBID’s projects and services range from creating a cleaner and safer environment to marketing and promotion to attract new visitors to the town. BedfordBID Champions – Champs – help make the town centre a safer and friendlier place to be for shoppers and workers alike. The BID works in partnership with Bedford Borough Council and Bedford Police, and run the Retail Radiolink scheme to help businesses train their staff in radio operation and crime prevention.

The BedfordBID’s promotional campaigns, town centre events and entertainment make it fun and easy for everyone to experience Bedford. BedfordBID also manages and co-ordinates the town centre’s voucher scheme, comprehensive events listings, and sister site

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