Rushcliffe Borough Council has been selected as a shortlisted finalist in the Entrepreneurial council category in the 2018 LGC Awards.
The awards, run by Local Government Chronicle, are the biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the local government sector.
Borough Council Chief Executive Allen Graham believes that the Councillors’ ambition and support for a business-like approach has enabled the whole organisation to adapt to innovative ways of working and is one of the reasons it has been acknowledged for the award.
He said: “We are proud of our entrepreneurial spirit which helps to shape what we do as a Council, delivering many commercial projects concurrently.
News that we are shortlisted for the award is excellent. It is recognition for our Councillors and staff who are among the pioneers for being an enterprising council that delivers great services.”
Nearly 100 organisations have been shortlisted as finalists in the coveted awards, which recognise the best of local government innovation and service delivery.
The high quality of this year’s entries demonstrates local government’s enthusiasm to innovate in an era in which councils’ budgets have been cut. The awards seek to identify and recognise local government’s greatest innovators, whose achievements are often under reported.
With budgets at the forefront of priorities, it is even more important this year to shine a spotlight on the achievements of those councils whose pioneering best practice can inspire other councils to improve services.
LGC editor Nick Golding said: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows a council service is among the country’s most innovative, and doing the most to support the needs of local residents as councils face continuing budget cuts. We should salute the council officers and councillors doing the most to ensure our vital public services thrive in the era of austerity.”
The winners will be announced in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House venue on 21 March next year and is set to be attended by 1,100 people from local government and its partner organisations.