An accountancy firm is launching Made in Bedfordshire to celebrate the county’s reputation for innovation and engineering.
Streets Chartered Accountants, which has a base at Wyboston among 11 nationwide, is running the event with Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, to highlight manufacturing from small artisan producers to large businesses selling overseas.
James Pinchbeck, marketing partner at Streets Chartered Accountants, said: “As a well established accountancy practice looking after businesses, and more specifically manufacturers in the county of Bedfordshire, we recognise the importance of the sector not only to our local economy but the national one too. We also provide support to manufacturing businesses that are seeking specialist tax advice, looking to grow, develop and improve their financial performance.
“Whether it is modesty or simply lack of awareness, the profile of what is produced and by whom in Bedfordshire doesn’t seem to receive the recognition it deserves. We are delighted to be working with the chamber and Business 2 Business magazine to have developed the idea of Made in Bedfordshire. We are really looking forward to showcasing and celebrating the county’s manufacturing capabilities.”
Cheryl Smart, CEO at Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Made in Bedfordshire promises to showcase all the fantastic goods that are created and made here on home soil. Little is known about the true number of local innovative goods manufactured here in Bedfordshire and this is going to be a great opportunity to spread the word and recognise our great business achievements.”
The organisers encourage all those that make something in Bedfordshire to consider entering and also consumers or users of Bedfordshire-made products and services to nominate entrants.
The categories for entry are:
Made in Bedfordshire sold locally
Made in Bedfordshire sold nationwide
Made in Bedfordshire sold overseas
Made in Bedfordshire for many generations
To Be Made in Bedfordshire (for a new product idea)
To nominate an entrant or to self nominate, complete the online entry form at
www.madeinbedfordshire.com. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 1.
The judging panel will include representation from Streets Chartered Accountants, Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, UKTI and Business 2 Business magazine.
The nominees and overall celebrants will be announced at the Made in Bedfordshire celebration on Thursday, June 11 at Woodland Manor in Clapham.
For further information and to register your interest to attend email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter @streetsacc and use #madeinbeds to join in the conversation.