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Council wins national award for best commercialisation and entrepreneurship

Last night (Thursday 7 September), the Council was presented with the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) national award for the 'Best Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship Initiative'.

The award recognises our Asset Investment Strategy and associated work. The strategy aims to increase income generated from our property assets and to stimulate and encourage business growth by investing in key sites in the borough. The income generated from the property investments assists in supporting other Council services and activities in these challenging financial times.    

The APSE awards, designed to recognise excellence in local government frontline services across the UK, are open to all local authorities and their public sector partners. This year, the awards included 22 categories, covering the vast majority of local services. They attracted over 310 submissions with 100 organisations taking part from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, said: "I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to all staff who helped contribute to winning this prestigious national award. It recognises how our entrepreneurial investment policy is achieving positive results that are of benefit to residents and businesses across the borough."

James Whiteman, Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council, said: "I am delighted that our outstanding teamwork has been recognised by the Association for Public Service Excellence. Winning this award reflects the dedicated professionalism and hard work of our Asset Development Team in implementing the Council's Asset Investment Strategy."    

APSE Chief Executive Paul O'Brien said: "Despite local government currently facing many challenges, these winning councils have demonstrated their ability to offer their communities excellent local services through implementing exciting, innovative projects and new ways of working. They are a credit to their communities, and should be proud of their excellent achievements."

Published on Friday 8 September.