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.

View shortlisted nominees

2019 Award Categories

With special thanks to this year’s award category sponsors. Nominations have now closed and shortlisted nominees can be found below. This year’s winners will be announced at the gala event on Friday 29th November and will appear here soon after. Thank you to everybody who took the time to make a nomination.

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 14th October the  newspaper will announce the shortlisted candidates. You will have until Thursday 21st November to pick your worthy winner.

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.

Active Luton Logo

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.

Additional Sponsors

With thanks to our partners who are supporting this year’s event by sponsoring other aspects of the evening:

Luton Culture Logo


Team Beds & Luton Logo

Auction & Raffle


A Plan Logo

Award Prize

JNB Design, Print, Digital


2019 Luton’s Best Shortlisted Nominees

We are delighted to announce the following shortlisted nominees.  Congratulations to you all!

Notifications will have gone out via email to all shortlisted nominees. If you have not yet received an email please email Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any additional guests at the awards.

We look forward to seeing all shortlisted guests at the award ceremony.

Young Achiever Award

Sponsored by
Barnfield College

Geneva London

Roma Patsalides

Arriana Vararu

Adult Achiever Award

Sponsored by
University of Bedfordshire

Bilal Farooq

Sophie Greswell

Mohammed Tariq

Community Company of the Year Award

Sponsored by
The Mall Luton

Luton All Women’s Centre

Luton Business Forum

Next Generation Youth Theatre

Service with a Smile Award

Sponsored by

Phyl Rainey


Mr Minesh Sukhadiya

Child of Courage Award

Sponsored by
FCC Enviroment

Lily Champaneri

Kyle Richmond

Arriana Vararu

Care in the Community Award

Sponsored by
Volker Highways

Mary Seacole

Nela Mazilu

Ken Wattingham

Environmental Achievement Award

Sponsored by
London Luton Airport Ltd.
A Luton Council Company

Luton Heritage

Penrose Roots CBRS

Public Protection Unit, Luton Council

Best Volunteer Award

Sponsored by

Judith Chapman

Danny Kerr

Liz Ryan

Community Businessperson of the Year Award

Sponsored by

Maddy & Christian Iszchak

Lucy Nicholson

Emanuel Zimwara

Leisure and Culture Award

Sponsored by
Luton Hoo

Cultural History Community Interest Company

Matthew Cuthbertson

Sarfraz Manzoor

Sporting Inspiration Award

Sponsored by
Luton Town Football Club

Elroy Edwards

Kayamba Prosper

Frankie Storey

Luton’s Most Outstanding Citizen for 2019 Award

Sponsored by

Dr Joan Bailey MBE

Ryad Khodabocus

Mohammed Tariq

Outstanding Teacher Award

Sponsored by
Bartham Group

Dr Joan Bailey MBE

Clare Copleston

Penny Fisher

Community Project of the Year Award

Sponsored by
London Luton Airport

Bushmead Hub


People Power Passion

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by

Mick Harford

John Maddox

Dr Joan Bailey MBE

Keeping Luton Safe Award

Sponsored by
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Clare Copleston and Rigerta Ahmetaj

Nela Mazilu

The Safer Luton Partnership

Best Fundraiser Award

Sponsored by

Lianne Crisp

Danny Kerr

The Desi Ramblers

Luton in Harmony Award

Sponsored by
Active Luton

Shagufta Anwar

Culture Chest

Ryad Khodabocus

Our Luton’s Best Sponsors