There’s never been a better time to Think Luton and our FREE Red Carpet Service will ensure your business is given all the tools, benefits and support you need to hit the ground running and prosper in one of the UK’s most exciting and fastest growing economies.

Through a single point of contact you will receive a personalised package of support tailored to your business needs.

Personalised Red Carpet Services:

  • Finding the ideal location for your business
  • Links to funding and finance incentives to grow your business
  • Market and business intelligence through access to local research and economic data
  • Connecting you with specialist services and business support
  • Recruitment support
  • Establishing your business in Luton through local networks
  • Marketing support to raise your profile locally
  • Speedy building development process through a personal planning officer

Luton has so much to offer and our professional team can help your staff with relocation advice, information on schools, housing, healthcare, leisure and other local facilities.


Think Luton Economic Development Team

01582 547227

Business Support & Funding

Business information packs

Whether you are looking to start up a business or trying to grow and develop an existing business, our support information can be a great resource to help you prosper.

Our business support information pack will provide your  businesses with a single source of information on support service options available to you.

The pack includes two booklets:

A guide to business regulations provides you with information to make business regulations easier to understand and access. 

Starting • Running • Growing your business • contains information on support services available locally and nationally including sources of funding and finance for business.

Velocity Growth Hub

Velocity Growth Hub is a free business support programme for businesses in the South-East Midlands to help your business unleash its full potential. Take advantage of first class information via the website, advice from business advisers, support through the telephone helpdesk and access to grant funding that equips ambitious businesses like yours to grow successfully.

For more information visit or call the helpline on 0300 0123435

Business Funding Opportunities

Looking for business funding? Try the Council’s business funding locator. This web-based search engine is free of charge and easy to use. Click on the link below to go straight to the locator. To save or print the results of your search you will need to register your details on the site.

Assisted Area Status

What are Assisted Areas?

Areas recognised in European state aid guidelines as less economically advantaged and which would benefit from additional support or development. The 2014-2020 UK Assisted Areas Map came into force on 1 July 2014.

You can search for an area of interest by place name, postcode, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), local authority or Westminster constituency. You can also zoom and pan on the interactive map. Clicking on individual wards will bring up additional information about the ward.
To search if your business is in an 'Assisted Area' click here

Premises Information

To view a list of commercial property agents click here

Business Support Resource Centre

Are you a new business or have a business idea? Visit the Council’s new Business Support Resource Centre, which brings you a wealth of free online resources to help you in business. The resource contains information on helping you start up, run and develop your business.

For more information click here or follow the links below:

Business Rate Relief

Business Growth Incentive scheme
Empty property rate relief 

Luton Traded Services

Luton Traded Services is an exciting new organisation delivering services for clients across both public and private sectors. Our experienced and dedicated teams offer a range of professional and cost effective services, with a proven track record of delivery.


South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) is private sector lead partnership working with Luton Borough Council and 10 other local authorities aspiring to be one of the most innovative, successful and high performing local enterprise partnerships in England.

SEMLEP has more information about National and European funding covering business development, transport, housing and skills.

The SEMLEP area has a £39 billion economy, 70,000 businesses and 1.8 million population.
Luton is sited south of South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership 20 mins from London.

Visit SEMLEP for more information.