Bedford Borough

Living in Bedford

Bedford Borough Council provides a vast range of services for over 171,623 residents and 65,000 homes in Bedford, Kempston and 45 parishes.

The historic town of Bedford is one of the largest urban areas in the county of Bedfordshire. It’s home to a cosmopolitan community. 75% of the borough’s population live in the Bedford Urban Area and the large villages which surround it, which makes up slightly less than 6% of the total land area of the Borough. There are many restaurants and shops inspired by the many cultures that inhabit the area.

There are many amenities, such as The Embankment or Bedford Park, the town’s largest park. Bedford sits just 50 miles north of London. In the heart of the town there is the River Great Ouse, which offers the opportunity to explore by boat, kayak or canoe. In the summer, rowing regattas and the biennial River Festival draw large crowds. There are events venues, including the Corn Exchange and the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Twice a week, market traders set up shop in the town centre. There are monthly gourmet food and farmers’ markets, as well as home and garden and ‘handmade in Bedford’ markets. There are many visitor attractions available including swimming pools, Kempston Outdoor Center, Athletics Stadium, Oasis Beach pool.

Working in Bedford

There are ambitious plans for investing in the future local economy.  The bus station has recently been renovated thanks to a multi-million-pound investment, and the High Street is being restored with new cafés, shops and drinking holes. Construction on Riverside North is also under way. This development will introduce new restaurants, a hotel, cinema and public square to the town.

Bedford Borough Council has an aim to be the employer of choice, with a representative workforce that reflects the community it serves.  It recruits ambitious and committed individuals with the right skills to help us deliver its services.  The Council offers many career opportunities in an environment which values, supports and encourages the development of its employees.

Bedford Hospital offers front line NHS roles and support teams, all playing a part in helping to improve the health of local people.

The Hospital offer full and part-time jobs in everything from catering and cleaning to clerical and maintenance roles and radiography and physiotherapy.  Bedford hospital prioritise having a happy workforce so do encourage discussing flexible hours to make it as easy as possible to maintain a work life balance.