Luton’s Best Awards

The Luton’s Best Awards in partnership with Love Luton, celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable individuals and organisations who make Luton a better place. This year marks our 10th Anniversary and our awards evening is set to be something rather spectacular including fireworks, a disco and some other surprises thrown in!

Nominated by the public, the winners are from all walks of life, of all ages, and from all over the town. Their achievements are awe-inspiring and a lesson to us all. They say they are ordinary people, but quite their acts are truly extraordinary.

Since the first Luton’s Best Awards in 2009 many of our local businesses and leading local figures from show-business, sport, politics and the arts have all taken part. Hosted by Andrew Castle, the Awards attract an audience of 300 and has previously been live-screened to enable others to be part of the event.
Our winners come from hundreds of public nominations and stories of remarkable individuals put forward by local voluntary and charities. They are whittled down to a shortlist from which our judging panel, made up of sponsors who all have a stake in the future and success of our town.

Our nominees are honoured at the glittering Luton’s Best Awards ceremony at the Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa. This year’s event is being held on Friday 29th November 2019.

2019 Award Categories

To nominate someone for an award, please click on the relevant category and then click on the ‘Nominate’ button. (The nomination facility will be open to the public from 4th July until 6th October 2019).

Barnfield College Logo Carousel

This award will seek to recognise an outstanding effort and levels of achievement by a young person aged 20 or under, either in their school lives, work lives, in a sporting context or within the wider community.

University of Bedfordshire Logo Carousel

This award will seek to recognise an individual over the age of 21 who continues to achieve great things at work, in their profession, through arts and culture, in the field of education, sport, or a hobby or pastime.

The Mall Luton Logo Carousel

This award is looking for an individual or team employed either in the public, private or voluntary sector that goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service. Their effort and enthusiasm should have a positive effect on its customers and the business/organisation.

This award is looking for an individual or team employed either in the public, private or voluntary sector that goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service. Their effort and enthusiasm should have a positive effect on its customers and the business/organisation.

FCC Environment Logo Carousel

Judges will seek to recognise any young person up to the age of 18 who has put themselves in danger to help or save the life of another or has battled against the odds and has overcome adversity in their personal life or made a stand to improve the lot of themselves or others.

Volker Highways Logo Carousel

This award is for an individual or group from either a professional or voluntary capacity. Those eligible include relatives (including children), friends, doctors, nurses or care workers who care for someone or a group of people. We are looking for an individual or group who have really gone that extra mile to care for our most vulnerable often showing incredible patience and understanding. Judges are looking for those who have cared for others sometimes over many years without giving thought to themselves.

London Luton Airport Limited

An award to an individual or organisation demonstrating a commitment to enhancing and protecting our environment or a heritage site, introducing environmentally sustainable products or services and, in doing so, make a contribution to Luton’s environment or conservation areas. Examples could include an environmental community project; a school initiative involving children and parents or improving a conservation area to kick-start regeneration.

Signature Flight Support Logo Carousel

This award will recognise a volunteer(s) of any age who has made an outstanding contribution through giving up their own time to volunteer to help others, charities or initiatives across the town. We ask that entries are for individuals still active in their role but you can list all activities they have taken part in prior to 2016/2017.


An individual of any age working for an organisation or studying in the town who has shown a commitment and involvement with the local community and can demonstrate excellence in business which in turn enhances the image of the business community and Luton, locally or on a wider scale or someone who has provided superior service to business and the community as a whole.

Luton Hoo Logo Carousel

The judges will be looking to award an individual or organisation which has excelled and inspired either as a professional or amateur in the areas of sport, arts, leisure, culture and heritage. The individual or organisation will need to demonstrate the support, commitment and success they have provided to the development and promotion of these areas within the boundaries of Luton.

Luton Town FC Logo Carousel

We are looking for an individual over the age of 18 who is a true sporting inspiration who has either excelled at their sport and/or helped others and is a positive role model. The entry should include: A sports man or woman who has excelled in their chosen sport, rankings and achievements made during the eligibility period must be given, have demonstrated considerable commitment, are an inspiration and positive role model to others, have used their achievements and experiences to make a positive impact on their community and/or club and special qualities that set them apart from others.

The Luton News Logo Carousel

The readers of the Luton News and Herald & Post will have the opportunity to pick the winner they feel is most deserving. On the week of 30th October the  newspaper will announce the shortlisted candidates. You will have until Thursday 23rd November to pick your worthy winner. You can do this by clicking here.

This award seeks to recognise an outstanding citizen of any age group or walk of life who has shown loyalty and support to the town, or promoted and enhanced our reputation locally and nationally. For example this person could be a member of the business community, sporting, or community sector, anyone who has benefited the people of Luton, this could be in a professional capacity, volunteering or local charity work. It could be a neighbour a relative or anyone who, in your view, typifies the very best of Luton. This will be a highly contested award that seeks to recognise Luton’s Most Outstanding Citizen in 2018.

The Teaching Award provides a unique opportunity for us to celebrate those who, tirelessly and often selflessly, dedicate their lives to securing a future for the next generation. The judges are looking for entries from students, parents and peers across Luton who feel their teacher deserves to be thanked and rewarded for their contributions. The person will still need to be teaching within the years 2016/2017.

Luton Airport

Judges will be looking to recognise a community based or environmental project which has been initiated by local authorities, charities, community groups, schools or others. The project must demonstrate a tangible community benefit, whether it be the establishment of a new service or a substantial improvement to previously available facilities and services. The project should have been completed within the last 18 to 24 months.

Ryebridge Logo Carousel

To recognise an individual whose achievements have been far-reaching in the community. Examples can include a volunteer who has given up their time for many years, a local carer or a business person who has given many years to improving the lives of people in Luton.

Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue

The judges will be looking for individual members of the public or groups who have put themselves at risk and acted with bravery and courage to help save the life or protect the well being of another. This could include tackling crime, disorder or anti social behaviour. Another example could include individuals or groups which have made a positive community contribution in terms of improving the environment they live or work which improves the safety of others.

Basepoint Business Centres

This award will recognise a tireless charity fundraiser(s) of any age who has made an outstanding contribution either through their fundraising initiatives, voluntary work or other support. We ask that entries are for individuals still active in their role but you can list all activities they have taken part in prior to 2017/2018.

An individual or organisation who has proactively promoted community cohesion and celebrated diversity in the town through their initiatives which have helped to improve the public image of Luton.

Active Luton Logo

Is your neighbour one in a million? Do they make a difference to your life or the lives of the people in your community? We’re looking for nominations for this new award in 2019. This is a chance for neighbours to say ‘thank you’ to their neighbour who goes out of their way to help others, someone who shows kindness and consideration. Your neighbour must be at least 16 years of age.

JB Interior Logo

This special award celebrates all of our winners and will give you the chance to vote for the most deserving successful entrant from the past 10 years. Details on how to vote to follow soon…

2018 Luton’s Best Winners

Adult Achiever

Sponsored by
University of Bedfordshire

Aimee Clarke

Runners up:
Raqab Khan & Attiq Malik

Best Fundraiser

Sponsored by
Basepoint Ltd

Louise Coleman

Runners up:
Pamela Brown & Mohammed Tariq

Best Volunteer

Sponsored by
Signature Flight Support

David Ainsbury

Runners up:
Aimee Aghaz & Raqab Khan

Care in the Community

Sponsored by
Volker Highways

Children’s Community Team
Keech Hospice Care

Runners up:
Age Concern Luton & Tonia Joyce

Child of Courage

Sponsored by
FCC Environment

Jack Marshall

Runners up:
Sumaya Khan & Courtney Powdrill

Community Business Person

Sponsored by

Helen Barnett

Runners up:
Furhaad Ahmed & Gill Peck

Community Company

Sponsored by
The Mall

Luton Foodbank

Runners up:
Meaningful Education & Next Generation Youth Theatre

Community Project

Sponsored by
London Luton Airport

ASR Project

Runners up:
Bushmead Community Hub & Imagine Luton

Environmental Achievement

Sponsored by

The Hat District

Runners up:
Keeping Luton Safe, Keeping Luton Tidy & LBC Parks Team

Keeping Luton Safe

Sponsored by
Beds Fire & Rescue

Priority anti-social behaviour team

Runners up:
Alan Gunney & Courtney Powdrill

Leisure & Culture

Sponsored by
Luton Hoo

Next Generation Youth Theatre

Runners up:
David Ainsbury & Perry Louis

Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by
Ryebridge Ltd

Chris Nicholls

Runners up:
Zafar Khan & Eileen McMahon

Luton in Harmony

Sponsored by

Klaudia Kulakiewicz

Runners up:
Ryad Khodabocus & The Culture Chest

Woman of the Year

Sponsored by

Hazel Simmons MBE

Runners up:
Naseem Ayub & Lucia Melilo

Outstanding Citizen of the Year

Sponsored by
Strawberry Star

Courtney Powdrill

Runners up:
Fred Herring & Zafar Khan

Outstanding Teacher

Sponsored by
Bartham Press

Christina Pearce

Runners up:
Aimee Aghaz & Lovill Henry

Service with a Smile

Sponsored by

Richard Mosey

Runners up:
Gemma King & John Miller and LTFC

Sporting Inspiration

Sponsored by

Jordan Thomas

Runners up:
Daniel Douglas & Abdus Salaam

Young Achiever

Sponsored by
Active Luton

Alyson Bridgland

Runners up:
Elaine Cimatu & Klaudia Kulakiewicz

People’s Choice

Sponsored by
Luton News

Klaudia Kulakiewicz

Our Luton’s Best Sponsors