13/11/18: Breckland Council shortlisted for prestigious national Innovation award
13 November 2018
Breckland Council is in the running to scoop a prestigious national prize after being shortlisted in the 2019 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.
Breckland Training Services (BTS), Breckland Council's external training team, has been shortlisted in the awards' Innovation category, which seeks to recognise examples of services which have been re-designed in order to achieve better outcomes.
Announcing the shortlist, representatives from LGC said the quality of entries this year was extremely high, with entrants demonstrating outstanding practice as well as cutting-edge innovations.
Breckland Training Services was originally set up in 2012 to provide training and consultancy services to other local authorities, public sector bodies and the private sector, in response to regular requests submitted to Breckland Council for this type of support as the team had an excellent reputation.
BTS has grown from 13 customers in 2012 to 45 active customers in 2017-18 and has delivered training to 108 local authorities, three Central Government departments, six regional Employers' Associations, and 20 SMEs.
The LGC judges were impressed by BTS's successes to date and plans to innovate further and generate income for the council. The training team has recently embarked on a new five year plan which will see it operate more efficiently by reducing unnecessary costs, developing the services on offer, investing in marketing, and developing their successful Local Authority Challenge - which gives junior public sector staff a chance to step up to manage a council for a day.
Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Corporate Strategy and Investment, said: "I'm delighted BTS have been shortlisted. The team has a fantastic reputation locally and they fully deserve to be recognised on a national stage too."
Richard Wills, Breckland Training Service's Managing Director, added: "I'm very proud of the whole team who have been working incredibly hard to implement our plan. It has been a real pleasure to deliver training to thousands of people over the last few years and I look forward to speaking with the judges about our plans to develop further in the future."
Representatives from Breckland Council and its BTS team, along with the other shortlisted organisations, will deliver a presentation to the judging panel made up of senior and influential figures within local government. The winners of the LGC Awards will be announced on 13 March 2019, at an event which will be attended by more than 1,100 people from local government and its partner organisations.
LGC editor Nick Golding said: "The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative - and their innovation is providing the best services for residents, despite local government facing enormous budget cuts. The officers and councillors deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive in the era of austerity."
For more about our BTS team, visit their website at www.breckland-training.co.uk
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