Mayor of Bedford Welcomes New Wedding Venue Set To Boost Economy
Cambridgeshire’s and Bedfordshire’s economies are set for a boost as new wedding venue, Bassmead Manor Barns, has officially begun trading. Located near the town of St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, the 170 year old venue is set to create 40 new jobs for locals as well as provide a boost for local businesses following the completion of its 18-month transformation.
This week the Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson paid a visit to the venue to view its transformation, along with Justine Ives from the local Economic Development Team and Ian Johnson, Historic Development Team Leader.
The venue has already begun making an impact on the area, as all construction work for the renovation has been locally sourced. This contribution is set to continue, as estimates by specialist wedding company Country House Wedding Venues – who will be working closely with Bassmead Manor Barns – put the average spend in the local economy at £3-4 million per annum.
Rebecca McNeillie, Bassmead Manor Barns Venue Manager, says: “The venue’s transformation has given people in the area a great opportunity to enter the hospitality industry and learn new skills. We’ve had a really positive response and already employed 20 full-time and part-time locals in a wide range of roles from head chefs to venue assistants.
“To keep everything local, our Galloping Gourmet catering team only use regional ingredients and suppliers, as we firmly believe you can taste the difference in quality and Cambridgeshire produce is among the country’s finest. It gives me a lot of pride to be part of such a great team.”
Richard Squire, venue owner, says: “Bassmead Manor Barns has been our family farm since 1845 and having always been locals, we’re delighted to be making a difference to the region. To show the Mayor the transformation and get the chance to talk about the impact our business will have on our local economy was a real honour.”
For further information about the venue, call 01234 860006.