City of Lincoln Council is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted three times in the national Local Government Chronicle Awards for 2019.
We have been shortlisted in the Entrepreneurial Council category which focuses on how local government is innovating to generate income to assist it in its valuable work. The award recognises that councils increasingly operate with a private sector mentality, successfully trading their expertise while clearly demonstrating an understanding of the risks involved.
Our bid highlighted how we have responded to the challenging financial environment in which we currently operate, by embracing a forward thinking, ambitious and commercial approach in order to maintain a sound financial position.
Our strong track record of demonstrating a shift from traditional cost cutting exercises to more ambitious and forward thinking opportunities, approached with a commercial mind set, assisted us in being shortlisted.
Our entrepreneurial approach has benefitted the city on many occasions over the past year, including investing in infrastructure to deliver growth and income (Lincoln Transport Hub), investing in property (the purchase of Lincoln Travelodge and two NCP car parks), conducting asset reviews and rationalisation to raise finance, partnership working on shared services and developments on service income generation. The nomination acknowledges that, by embracing this entrepreneurial approach, we have been able to maintain our sound financial position while continuing to deliver against our strategic priorities.
In addition to this, we have not one but two members of staff shortlisted in the Rising Stars category. This new category aims to highlight young officers and professionals who are currently not in corporate management team roles but are making change happen and taking difficult decisions while at the same time preparing to deliver excellent local government in the future.
Angela Andrews, Chief Executive of City of Lincoln Council, said: “This is great news. I am incredibly proud that the city council is a finalist in such prestigious awards which recognise the best of local government innovation and service delivery.
“Being shortlisted in the Entrepreneurial Council category highlights the hard work, energy and commitment of our staff and identifies us as a modern, contemporary authority with a strong vision to deliver the services that our residents and visitors need.
“The fact two of our staff are finalists in the rising star category is a great acknowledgement of the fantastic, innovative work they have produced for the benefit of Lincoln. Both have been with us for more than eight years and them being shortlisted is a fabulous acknowledgement of the significant investment we make in our workforce.
Shortlisted councils will now have to be interviewed by judges in January before the winners are announced at a ceremony on 13 March 2019 held at Grosvenor House in London.