Hyperlocal News Website
The Bedford Independent is an innovative online news organisation with a simple goal: to provide relevant, hyperlocal news that serves the local community. The website employs a mobile-first design & structure, to exploit traffic social platforms. Although we have built much bigger, more complex sites, the Bedford Independent is one of those we are most proud to be involved with. In addition to the local news you would expect, the Bedford Independent has an advertising platform, local properties for sale, classified listings and a raft of new features planned for the coming months.
Genuinely local news helps strengthen & bind communities and Narrative are extremely proud to be chosen as the Bedford Independent‘s web agency. We have been admirers of the team behind Bedford Independent for a long time. They have been conceiving & organising community events in Bedford, from Pop-Up shops & markets to Fun Palaces, live music events, film festivals and food fairs for around 8 years. Their pop-up shops drew attention to properties that had previously sat empty for years, leading to some of the shops being re-opened by successful businesses. Their locally-focussed activities have inspired others and they have been catalysts for reinvigorating a sense of community in the town.
Over the years, Narrative have been privileged to contribute, in our own small way, to some of their other projects including Bedpop, The Bedford Clanger & Explore Bedford, bringing our expertise as a web agency to help them achieve their goals.
Bedford Independent is their most ambitious and important initiative so far. It is a new model, specifically creating hyperlocal news that is relevant to its community and we believe they are the perfect people to make it a success.