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Branch Background

BCS Bedford Branch has about 950 members registered, about 400 are based in the Bedford area and another 360 in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. We also have members as far afield as Auckland, Texas, Singapore, Karachi and Lagos.

The geographical area is largely rural with concentrations of business and professional employment in Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes. A sizable body of professionals commute to work in London. There are four universities in our patch and a number of FE colleges.

We have meetings most months. The main series of meetings is in the Park Inn Hotel in Bedford. These meetings are opened to non-BCS members and have been well supported by local business and students.

BCS Bedford Branch has two strategic initiatives in our local area. Since the 2013 academic year, we have been running an annual school competition to encourage Key Stage 3 students (11-13 years old) to develop coding skills and take up Computing as one of their GCSE subjects. The Branch has also been working with the Bedfordshire Police Cyber Hub since its launch in 2015 to help in their Prevent agenda, promoting knowledge to avoid citizens and businesses becoming victims of cybercrime

We works with the local IET branch, Royal Aeronautical Society as well as the Federation of Small Business to coordinate meetings.

Student prizes are awarded to all four local universities.

The branch has a LinkedIn Group open to all members and those interested

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