They have voiced concern that schemes like the planned science park at Colworth – which would create a significant number of jobs – could be under threat due to planning decisions.
Colworth Science Park is a joint venture between Goodman and Unilever and would include research centres of excellence, opportunities for open collaboration between businesses and institutions and incubation units for high-tech start-ups.
The scheme has sparked significant interest with two top university business schools considering locating at the site.
Richard Lacy (pictured), chief executive of the Chamber, said: â€œThis is a fantastic opportunity for Bedfordshire and Luton and one which we simply cannot allow to pass us by. Apart from the high-quality jobs promised, the scheme also puts our area firmly on the map in terms of cutting-edge research and development.
â€œIn an increasingly global economy, the UKâ€™s pre-eminence in research and development is an important advantage. This scheme could put Bedfordshire and Luton at the centre of the countryâ€™s knowledge economy and make us a magnet for much needed inward investment and the jobs that follow.â€