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Below are details of the different collections we hold for businesses.  Where we have more in-depth lists or articles relating to the businesses we have included links to them.
Reference: AQ
Firm: W.H.ALLEN of Queen's Park, Bedford (manufacturers of steam, diesel and gas turbines)
Archive types:Designs for steam, diesel and gas turbine engines; Board of Directors minute books; Works Joint Production Consultative Committee minute books; publicity material; photographs; Company Magazines; staff records; material from Gwynnes Ltd and from J.P.White (Pyghtle Works) before their respective take-overs by Allens; Company History

Reference: BG
Firm: BAGSHAWE of Dunstable (Engineers and ironfounders 1891-1972)
Archive types: Historical details; general business records; catalogues; advertising literature; maps and plans of works and offices; photographs of works and founder; photographs of social activities; files on associated companies

Reference: BR
Firm: BRITANNIA IRONWORKS of Bedford (J & F Howard (1818-1932) then Britannia Ironworks Ltd. (part of George Fischer Steel & Iron Works Ltd.)
Archive types: Business records; photographs; works plans; press reports

Reference: CDE
Firm: CHARTER DESIGN PARTNERSHIP (Successors of Usher & Anthony - see ST/U - an architects firm)
Archive type: Plans of buildings
Places included:
Bedfordshire: Ampthill; Arlesey; Aspley Guise; Aspley Heath; Bedford; Beeston; Biddenham; Biggleswade; Bletsoe; Blunham; Bolnhurst; Bromham; Caldecote; Cardington; Carlton; Clapham; Colmworth; Cople; Cranfield; Dean; Dunstable; Eaton Socon; Elstow; Everton; Felmersham; Flitton; Flitwick; Girtford; Goldington; Gravenhurst; Great Barford; Harrold; Henlow; Houghton Conquest; Houghton Regis; Ickwell; Leighton Buzzard; Lidlington; Luton; Maulden; Milton Ernest; Mogerhanger; Northill; Oakley; Odell; Pavenham; Pertenhall; Potton; Pulloxhill; Ravensden; Renhold; Riseley; Roxton; Sandy; Sharnbrook; Shefford; Shelton; Silsoe; Souldrop; Southill; Steppingley; Stevington; Studham; Tempsford; Thurleigh; Toddington; Totternhoe; Turvey; Wilden; Willington; Wilstead; Wootton;

Buckinghamshire: Chicheley; Emberton; Lavendon; Little Woolstone; Newport Pagnell; Olney; Ravenstone; Sherington; Stony Stratford; Tingewick; Water Eaton; Woburn Sands;
Cambridgeshire: Cambridge; Caxton; Gamlingay;
Cornwall: Portreath;
Derbyshire: Belper;
Devon: Torquay;
Essex: Wendens Ambo;
Hampshire: Farnham;
Hertfordshire: Great Gaddesden; Hemel Hempstead; Hitchin; Ludgrove; Welwyn;
Huntingdonshire: Hemingford Abbots; St.Neots;
Kent: Ashford; Ramsgate;
Middlesex: Wembley;
Northamptonshire: Brackley; Chelveston; Kettering; Northampton; Peterborough; Rushden; Wellingborough;
Oxfordshire: Islip; Kidlington; Tiddington;
Surrey: Claygate;
Warwickshire: Coventry;
Worcestershire: Malvern;
Canada: Egremont;
USA: Pennsylvania

Reference: GK
Firm: GREENE KING (Brewery and including the following firms taken over by Greene King: Wells & Co., Wells & Winch, Newland & Nash, Higgins & Co., Henlow Brewery, Baldock Brewery, Page of Ashwell, Day of St.Neots, Barclay Perkins & Co., Hudson's Cambridge & Pampisford Brewery and Wickham's Brewery of Hertford)
Archive types: Business records; administration of brewery lands; Brewery and public house deeds to land
Places included:
Bedfordshire: Ampthill; Arlesey; Aspley Guise; Bedford; Beeston; Biggleswade; Blunham; Bolnhurst; Bromham; Campton; Cardington; Clapham; Clifton; Clophill; Colmworth; Cople; Cranfield; Duloe; Eaton Socon; Elstow; Felmersham; Girtford; Goldington; Gravenhurst; Great Barford; Harrold; Henlow; Houghton Conquest; Kempston; Langford; Lidlington; Luton; Marston Moretaine; Maulden; Melchbourne; Meppershall; Milton Ernest; Northill; Odell; Pavenham; Potton; Pulloxhill; Ravensden; Renhold; Ridgmont; Riseley; Roxton; Sandy; Shefford; Shillington; Silsoe; Southill; Stevington; Stondon; Stotfold; Toddington; Turvey; Wilden; Wilstead; Woburn; Wootton; Wrestlingworth; Wyboston; Wymington;
Buckinghamshire: North Crawley; Woburn Sands;
Cambridgeshire: Balsham; Barrington; Barton; Bassingbourn; Cambridge; Gamlingay; Grantchester; Great Shelford; Guilden Morden; Hardwick; Harston; Ickleton; Little Shelford; Melbourn; Pampisford; Sawston; Shepreth; Steeple Morden; Trumpington;
Essex: Duxford; Great Chesterford; Saffron Walden;
Hertfordshire: Baldock; Bengeo; Buntingford; Hertford; Hitchin; Ickleford; Ippollitts; Norton; Pirton; St.Albans; Stevenage; Weston;
Huntingdonshire: Abbotsley; Eaton Ford; Eynesbury; Great Paxton; Offord Darcy; St.Ives; St.Neots; Toseland;
Surrey: Battersea; Southwark
Reference: IG
Firm: IGRANIC Works of Bedford (founded as Igranic Electric Company, then becoming Brookhirst Igranic, then Cutler Hammer Europa)
Archive types: Patents; contracts and agreements; trade marks; advertising; employee handbooks; catalogues

Reference: RGH
Firm: RICHARDSON, GILL & HOUFE of London and Ampthill (an architect's firm)
Archive types: Business records; plans
Places included: The archive is largely non-Bedfordshire and due to this and the great bulk of records has not been catalogued, rudimentary finding aids exist, however.
Reference: SP
Firm: HAYWARD TYLER of Luton (pump manufacturers, taken over by Stone Platt Industries then by Indian Head Corporation)
Archive types: Minute books; financial records; production records; sales records; correspondence; staff records; patents; relationship with other firms; deeds to property in Luton

Reference: ST/U
Firm: USHER & ANTHONY of Bedford (architect's firm)
Archive types: Architects' and surveyors' notebooks; practice records

Reference: WL
Firm: CHARLES WELLS of Bedford (Brewery)
Archive types: Business records; staff records; architectural drawings; photographs; company magazine; deeds to brewery site; deeds to and sale particulars of public houses
Places included:
Bedfordshire: Ampthill; Arlesey; Aspley Guise; Barton-le-Clay; Bedford; Biggleswade; Blunham; Bromham; Campton; Cardington; Carlton; Chellington; Clapham; Cople; Cranfield; Dunstable; Eastcotts; Eaton Socon; Everton; Felmersham; Flitton; Flitwick; Goldington; Great Barford; Greenfield; Harrold; Harrowden; Haynes; Henlow; Houghton Conquest; Husborne Crawley; Ickwell; Kempston; Kempston Hardwick; Keysoe; Leighton Buzzard; Lidlington; Little Staughton; Lower Stondon; Luton; Marston Moretaine; Meppershall; Millbrook; Milton Ernest; Mogerhanger; Oakley; Old Warden; Podington; Potsgrove; Potton; Pulloxhill; Radwell; Ridgmont; Riseley; Roxton; Salford;Sharnbrook; Shefford; Stagsden; Steppingley; Stevington; Sundon; Swineshead; Tebworth; Tempsford; Thurleigh; Toddington; Westoning; Wilden; Wilstead; Wootton;

Buckinghamshire: Bletchley; Bow Brickhill; Bradwell; Cheddington; Fenny Stratford; Gayhurst; Great Brickhill; Haddenham; Lavendon; Long Crendon; Mentmore; Milton Keynes; New Bradwell; Newport Pagnell; North Crawley; Olney; Padbury; Pitstone; Poundon; Sherington; Simpson; Stoke Goldington; Wavendon; Wendover; Woburn Sands; Wolverton;

Cambridgeshire: Bassingbourn; Cambridge; Coates; Eye; Gamlingay; Great Eversden; Great Gransden; Harlton; Hartford; Haslingfield; Little Gransden; Stony Stratford; Thriplow;

Hertfordshire: Bushey; Harpenden; Hemel Hempstead; Hitchin; Pirton; St.Albans;

Huntingdonshire: Alconbury; Brampton; Buckden; Eynesbury; Fen Stanton; Glinton; Great Staughton; Hail Weston; Hemingford Grey; Huntingdon; Kimbolton; Offord Cluny; St.Ives; St.Neots; Southoe; Stilton; Stonely;

Lincolnshire: Stamford;

London: various parishes;

Middlesex: Euston; Marylebone;

Northamptonshire: Achurch Thorpe; Brackley; Brixworth; Chelveston; Clipston; Daventry; Deanshanger; Denton; Earls Barton; East Haddon; Farthinghoe; Great Addington; Great Houghton; Hargrave; Helmdon; Higham Ferrers; Kettering; Little Harrowden; Mears Ashby; Northampton; Rothwell; Rushden; Thrapston; Towcester; Wansford; Weedon; Wellingborough; Wollaston; Yardley Hastings;

Suffolk: Aldburgh
Reference: X853
Firm: MELTIS OF BEDFORD (Peak Frean & Co. of Bermondsey), confectioners
Archive Types: Production and packaging records; buildings and plant records; financial records; publicity records; staff records; licences and patents.
Reference: Z41
Firm: LONDON BRICK COMPANY, other Bedfordshire brick companies absorbed by the firm 
Archive Types: Minute books; financial records; production records; sales records; correspondence; staff records; patents; relationship with other firms; sports & social club records.