Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of the i-Worx in Bedford Borough Image Bedford Borough Council

Cluster offers twelve office and industrial units

Bedford i-Worx is officially open following a ribbon cutting by Mayor Dave Hodgson and Peter Horrocks CBE, SEMLEP’s chair.

The i-Worx features a Technology and Engineering Workshop Cluster offering twelve office and industrial units. It forms part of the new Bedford Commercial Park.

Bedford Commercial Park is a 45-acre mixed use development owned and managed by global property firm Goodman, adjacent to the A421.

i-Worx joins the suite of i-Brand premises, including i-Lab, i-Kan and i-Hub, owned and run by Bedford Borough Council.

One of the twelve bespoke technology and engineering workshop units will be dedicated as an education and training facility. The Council says that this will help to inspire the next generation of students and help prepare people with the technical skills for these kinds of businesses.

The facility will be available for local schools and educational institutions when it becomes operational later this year.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

“Businesses are already signed up and set to move into a number of these spaces, and it’s fantastic to see this site now open and ready for business.

“Bedford Borough Council and our partners are committed to investing in our local economy, infrastructure, and training to ensure we continue to grow and create jobs here.”

The Council’s vision for i-Worx is to enable and support entrepreneurs and small businesses to thrive within a high-quality premises cluster.

With the emerging Oxford-Cambridge Arc, Bedford Borough Council is targeting and supporting businesses ready to build and grow in the area.

During the event, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) also launched their new Growth Curve Initiative. This is a fully-funded programme for high growth businesses in the area.

Peter Horrocks CBE, Chair of SEMLEP said:

“I’m delighted to take this opportunity today to officially launch our new business support offer designed specifically to meet the needs of fast-growing businesses in the area. Through ‘Growth Curve’, companies can work directly with business specialists from three of our area’s universities, tapping into expertise to help shape their long-term future.”

To find out more about moving into the i-Worx or other Bedford Borough Council i-Brand serviced buildings please visit www.bedfordi-lab.com.