Find out who the lucky winners are in the Golden Ticket prize draw, including all the information you need on how to get involved in our #LutonChristmas social media campaign.
First Golden Ticket winners
A local grandmother and a great auntie have each won £500 of shopping vouchers in Luton BID's first festive Golden Ticket draw.
Gill King, 63 and Chris James, 66, both from Luton, were among four lucky local shoppers to win in this week's prize draw.
£2,000 of shopping vouchers has now been awarded with four more winners set to be drawn on Monday 12th December.
Gill said the win couldn't have come at a better time for the family and she is looking forward to treating her great nieces and nephews to some extra toys this Christmas. Chris will be following her usual Christmas tradition and inviting her daughter and two grandchildren over for Christmas dinner this year. M&S and Maxim Jewellery are among the shops she plans to spend her vouchers in.
Find out more about this week's winners and the businesses they are choosing to spend their winning vouchers in on our website SOON.
If you didn't win this week, don't fear, the second and final draw will take place on Monday 12th December.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is a national campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities.
It's taking place on Saturday 3rd December with lots of
#smallbizsatuk social media activity that promises to have a lasting impact on small businesses that get involved.
If you are planning an event, activity or even something as simple as a themed window display then let us know and we will push it out via our social media channels.
Tweet pictures and details to @LutonBID, message us on Facebook HERE or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find the Small Business Saturday website
Lighting Up Luton success
Crowds turned up to enjoy the Christmas lights switch-on in Luton town centre at the weekend and t
he personal appearances we had organised by Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol proved a big hit.
The canine duo met hundreds of families over the afternoon in the lead-up to the official switch-on.
Luton BID is committed to fostering a sense of pride in our town and one of our main aims is to entice more people into the town centre, especially over the busy festive period. We were delighted to be able to support Luton Borough Council to host such a fantastic event.
We sent our photographer to the lights switch-on, see all the photos for yourself on our Facebook album
Luton BID Linked Success
Our second Luton BID Linked event took place last week at Tokko Youth Centre and proved to be another success.
Luton town centre businesses attended to hear from speakers Eamonn Keenan, Head of CPD and Short Courses at the University of Bedfordshire and Luke Huntley, Associate Director of Blue Arrow.
The group also heard from a Blue Arrow apprentice, Kareem, who spoke about his apprenticeship programme.
The theme was effective recruitment and apprenticeships, and feedback from businesses about the venue and focus was positive.
We will let you know when the next Luton BID Linked will take place in the New Year.
Get involved in our #LutonChristmas social media campaign
This Christmas we are running a social media campaign and asking town centre businesses to share their festive photos and use the hashtag #LutonChristmas every time.
We will then share your images, tweets and messages - meaning your business will potentially reach thousands of new people and potential customers.
We have a step by step guide on how to get involved with our social media campaign
The Glutton Machine is here
The Glutton machine that has been purchased by Luton BID as part of our commitment to provide improved cleaning services to the town centre is here and is in use.
The powerful vacuuming machine arrived last week and is being used by Luton Borough Council to enhance the street cleaning services already in place.
One of the first jobs it was used for was to clean the hard-to-reach pavement cracks and kerbsides in George Street and St George's Square ahead of the Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday.
Calling Designers and Printers
We will be commissioning a business to design and print six A4 newsletters over 2017.
If you can help with this project and would like to quote, please email our Project Manager at
If you'd like to see some of our publications from 2016, then take a look at the news section of our website
Dates for your diary
Small Business Saturday: Saturday 3rd December
Christmas-themed Luton Live events: 10th and 17th December
Skating Rink: 16th December - 6th January (closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day)
Christmas carousel: 16th - 24th December
How to Get Involved
All businesses are encouraged to get involved by attending working groups to help steer projects.