Everyone’s A Winner Says Community Awards Headline Sponsors Pictons

Another sensational Community Awards gala event celebrated a host of Luton’s unsung heroes, as 18 awards were received by the feted recipients at Venue Central last Friday October 10th.

The achievements of everyone who was nominated for an award was highlighted by Siobhan Rooney, a Partner at leading regional law firm and headline sponsors Pictons. Siobhan, who was born in Luton says “It was a great night and truly everyone who was shortlisted, or even nominated should consider themselves a winner.

“As a Lutonian myself I am so proud of this town and how so many diverse communities live and work together and support each other in their daily lives. The Community Awards have given us the opportunity to celebrate not only the extraordinary contributions of so called ‘ordinary people’ but also to show the world that Luton is a great place to live and work.

“This is the fourth year that Pictons are the headline sponsors and the fifth year that we have sponsored an individual award, the Our Luton Award. I simply do not know how the judges choose the winners. We struggle to select the winner of the Our Luton Award, let alone how to choose the Winner of Winners from all of the amazing people who receive a Community Award. Truly, everyone is outstanding.”

Mostaque Koyes of the Bartham Group and founder of the Community Awards says “I want to thank the support of Pictons and all of our sponsors and advertisers, without whom the Community Awards wouldn’t happen. We also wouldn’t be able to donate to a chosen charity each year. This year the Luton Food Bank received a cheque for £5,000, as well as food donations from the guests who came to enjoy the evening’s event.

“Since Community Interest Luton CIC set up the Community Awards, as well as Community Magazine we also have a monthly Curry Club for local businesses in which they network and do business with each other. When the Curry Club told us one of their priorities is tackling unemployment we set up our Skills and Employment Fair to put unemployed people directly in touch with employers and training providers. In the first year I am delighted to announce that 900 people signed off benefits as a direct result and they are now either in employment or training.

“I’d also like to thank the Community Awards judges who work so hard to choose the Awards winners – it’s almost an impossible task because everyone deserves an award for all of the great things they do to make Luton such a great town to live and work in. “