The two largest built-up areas in Bedfordshire are Luton and Bedford and a number of national and international businesses are based in the county. Luton is home to Vauxhall Motors, Thomson Airways and Monarch Airlines, as well as EasyJet,
The Alexon Group (retail) and Blue Arrow (employment and recruitment). Dunstable is home to Whitbread, including Costa Coffee, and Leighton Buzzard provides a base for UltraVision, the contact lens manufacturer.
Moto Hospitality, operator of 58 UK motorway service stations, is based at Toddington service station, approximately half a mile from junction 12 on the M1 motorway. Among the visitor attractions are Woburn Safari Park and Whipsnade Wildlife Park.