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Central Bedfordshire the place for business


The place for business

Center Parcs, Woburn Forest

Central Bedfordshire is at the very heart of the UK, its outstanding transport links and world leading innovation facilities at Cranfield University and Millbrook Proving Ground make it an ideal place to locate your business. And the beautiful countryside and historic market towns make it a great place to live. Building on our thriving economy, we have ambitious plans for housing and employment growth, and our positive approach to development guarantees a fast, straightforward process for investors. All this at less than half of London’s commercial rents.

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Be connected Locate your business where road, rail and air networks meet. Our infrastructure provides quick and easy access to Britain’s major cities and ports, which is good news for your supply chains and workforce. •• •• ••

M1, A1, A5 and A6 corridors, less than 15 miles to the M25. New £200million A5-M1 link Luton-Dunstable Busway takes you to London Luton Airport in 15 minutes, offering flights to more than 100 destinations.

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Stansted and Heathrow Airports are less than an hour’s drive. Cranfield Airport offers bespoke business travel Central London is 32 minutes by train with direct onward travel to mainland Europe. Fast, convenient travel across the UK from our six mainline stations at the heart of the planned East-West rail route

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The place for business

Center Parcs, Woburn Forest

Central Bedfordshire is at the very heart of the UK, its outstanding transport links and world leading innovation facilities at Cranfield University and Millbrook Proving Ground make it an ideal place to locate your business. And the beautiful countryside and historic market towns make it a great place to live. Building on our thriving economy, we have ambitious plans for housing and employment growth, and our positive approach to development guarantees a fast, straightforward process for investors. All this at less than half of London’s commercial rents.

03 Assets Map - Abstract 07.09.2015

Be connected Locate your business where road, rail and air networks meet. Our infrastructure provides quick and easy access to Britain’s major cities and ports, which is good news for your supply chains and workforce. •• •• ••

M1, A1, A5 and A6 corridors, less than 15 miles to the M25. New £200million A5-M1 link Luton-Dunstable Busway takes you to London Luton Airport in 15 minutes, offering flights to more than 100 destinations.

•• •• •• ••

Stansted and Heathrow Airports are less than an hour’s drive. Cranfield Airport offers bespoke business travel Central London is 32 minutes by train with direct onward travel to mainland Europe. Fast, convenient travel across the UK from our six mainline stations at the heart of the planned East-West rail route

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Be Central Bedfordshire 3 Map produced by Urban Graphics


The place to be

Central Bedfordshire College

Central Bedfordshire is attracting massive investment to deliver new infrastructure and strategic development sites. We can boast a high performing economy, and we are home to established, global brands, high tech industries and innovative SMEs. The area is characterised by a growing and highly skilled workforce, with over half working in managerial/professional roles. Businesses value our attractive surroundings and natural environment, continually rating it as one of the best aspects of operating here.

Parrish’s Farm

Be ambitious We have the facilities and support on tap to provide the skills you need for your business. Our colleges and universities provide a wide range of courses, with specialisms in engineering and design and land-based industries. Central Bedfordshire has: •• 50,000 people qualified at degree level or above. •• 120,000 people with NVQ level 2 qualifications. •• 2.5 million skilled people within 30 minutes’ commute Combined with the dedicated support on offer to harness this potential and increase skills levels in your business, we have the talent to help you achieve your goals. We know that the availability of the right skills is critical for a successful business.

You’ll be in great company

Go Ape, Woburn Safari Park

Central Bedfordshire is thriving, there is no doubt about that. We contribute over £5 billion to the UK economy, and businesses particularly excel in these sectors: •• High Performance Technologies, R&D, •• Visitor Economy •• Transport and Logistics •• Agriculture and Food Why not join the many international brands which have made Central Bedfordshire their base?

Home to the world-leading Cranfield University, plus facilities at The University of Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire College, Shuttleworth College and Central Bedfordshire University Technical College, you can grow your business with all the skills and support you need.

Be inspired Our wonderful serene setting belies the hive of activity of thousands of researchers, designers, testers and innovators, working on globally-significant projects that will make our world a cleaner, safer and better place. Make the most of world class R&D facilities at Cranfield University and Millbrook Proving Ground supported by local innovation centres and serviced offices at Cranfield, Wrest Park Enterprise and the Central Bedfordshire College Incuba centre in Dunstable. 4 Be Central Bedfordshire

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The place to be

Central Bedfordshire College

Central Bedfordshire is attracting massive investment to deliver new infrastructure and strategic development sites. We can boast a high performing economy, and we are home to established, global brands, high tech industries and innovative SMEs. The area is characterised by a growing and highly skilled workforce, with over half working in managerial/professional roles. Businesses value our attractive surroundings and natural environment, continually rating it as one of the best aspects of operating here.

Parrish’s Farm

Be ambitious We have the facilities and support on tap to provide the skills you need for your business. Our colleges and universities provide a wide range of courses, with specialisms in engineering and design and land-based industries. Central Bedfordshire has: •• 50,000 people qualified at degree level or above. •• 120,000 people with NVQ level 2 qualifications. •• 2.5 million skilled people within 30 minutes’ commute Combined with the dedicated support on offer to harness this potential and increase skills levels in your business, we have the talent to help you achieve your goals. We know that the availability of the right skills is critical for a successful business.

You’ll be in great company

Go Ape, Woburn Safari Park

Central Bedfordshire is thriving, there is no doubt about that. We contribute over £5 billion to the UK economy, and businesses particularly excel in these sectors: •• High Performance Technologies, R&D, •• Visitor Economy •• Transport and Logistics •• Agriculture and Food Why not join the many international brands which have made Central Bedfordshire their base?

Home to the world-leading Cranfield University, plus facilities at The University of Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire College, Shuttleworth College and Central Bedfordshire University Technical College, you can grow your business with all the skills and support you need.

Be inspired Our wonderful serene setting belies the hive of activity of thousands of researchers, designers, testers and innovators, working on globally-significant projects that will make our world a cleaner, safer and better place. Make the most of world class R&D facilities at Cranfield University and Millbrook Proving Ground supported by local innovation centres and serviced offices at Cranfield, Wrest Park Enterprise and the Central Bedfordshire College Incuba centre in Dunstable. 4 Be Central Bedfordshire

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The place to grow Central Bedfordshire is home to more than 11,500 businesses. Our business support organisations assist hundreds of companies through a programme of activity tailored to individual needs. We support sustainable development through a range of services; including simplified planning zones at the Woodside Industrial Estate in Dunstable and the Food Enterprise Zone at Stratton Business Park, Biggleswade.

Finding the perfect property

Support when you are here

Central Bedfordshire has a wide range of commercial property to buy or rent in purpose built business developments, technology parks and thriving local towns – as well as employment land for development and build potential.

We will continue to work with you through our account management process to ensure that as you thrive and grow here, you get the right services and support, when you need them.

Support for your business case We can help you with research to inform your business plan - including local industry and sector profiling, market analysis, local demographics and the labour market.

Developing your business We can help you to co-ordinate your recruitment programme. We will listen and learn about your company’s recruitment, skills and training needs and consider the options. •• Lead the partnership between you and the local employment, skills and training sector.

Help with the practical side

•• Resource recruitment initiatives to meet your business needs.

We’ll put you in touch with all the services you need for a seamless move.

•• Facilitate apprenticeships and traineeship programmes

•• Early access to planning expertise

•• Secure Government and European funding to support training and up-skilling.

•• Specialist environmental health, and health and safety advice as required •• Business rates advice •• Local business networks

•• Tailor courses for specific sectors and skills, supporting people into work.

Call us on

0300 300 8272 6 Be Central Bedfordshire


The place to grow Central Bedfordshire is home to more than 11,500 businesses. Our business support organisations assist hundreds of companies through a programme of activity tailored to individual needs. We support sustainable development through a range of services; including simplified planning zones at the Woodside Industrial Estate in Dunstable and the Food Enterprise Zone at Stratton Business Park, Biggleswade.

Finding the perfect property

Support when you are here

Central Bedfordshire has a wide range of commercial property to buy or rent in purpose built business developments, technology parks and thriving local towns – as well as employment land for development and build potential.

We will continue to work with you through our account management process to ensure that as you thrive and grow here, you get the right services and support, when you need them.

Support for your business case We can help you with research to inform your business plan - including local industry and sector profiling, market analysis, local demographics and the labour market.

Developing your business We can help you to co-ordinate your recruitment programme. We will listen and learn about your company’s recruitment, skills and training needs and consider the options. •• Lead the partnership between you and the local employment, skills and training sector.

Help with the practical side

•• Resource recruitment initiatives to meet your business needs.

We’ll put you in touch with all the services you need for a seamless move.

•• Facilitate apprenticeships and traineeship programmes

•• Early access to planning expertise

•• Secure Government and European funding to support training and up-skilling.

•• Specialist environmental health, and health and safety advice as required •• Business rates advice •• Local business networks

•• Tailor courses for specific sectors and skills, supporting people into work.

Call us on

0300 300 8272 6 Be Central Bedfordshire


Millbrook Proving Ground

Contact us www.becentralbedfordshire.co.uk 0300 300 8272 info@becentralbedfordshire.co.uk

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