Luton Rising is a business and social enterprise that works in, for and is owned by the community – our sole shareholder is Luton Council. Our largest asset is London Luton Airport, and we are proud that we are owners of by far the most socially impactful airport in the country, supporting and improving lives across the communities we serve. We make a major economic contribution to our local region, and aim to be one of the greenest airports.
We are tremendously proud of our track record of success and capital investment in the fabric of our local communities. As a direct result of our public ownership, since 1998 we have provided more than £257m to support vital local front-line services, together with an additional £155m for community investment projects that have transformed the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable people. Indeed, this level of local social impact is on a scale well beyond that of any other UK airport operator – more than 20 times.
This unique community investment programme now has an annual budget of approximately £8.5m. We also have a Community Engagement Programme to thank the people of Luton for their support of the airport. This supports community festivals such as the Luton Carnival, the Luton Mela, the Luton Fireworks and number of other annual events.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, a number of our community festivals couldn’t take place. To celebrate a return to our full events programme and building on the desire for hyper-local neighbourhood activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Luton Rising has established an event community award fund for 2022 to support hyper-local neighbourhood activity such as street parties, community wards events, fetes etc.