At a national ceremony held on 6 March in London, Broxbourne Council was named the winner of the iese 2018 Gold award for Reinventing Local Services.
Out of 32 entries the Council was one of three shortlisted for the prestigious accolade. The judges were looking for public sector organisations who could demonstrate that they had transformed the way their services worked in order to improve outcomes for residents and businesses, whilst reducing the overall cost of public services and ensuring long term sustainability.
It was the achievements of the Council’s sports facilities which secured the award. The service has gone from an operating loss to a significant trading surplus with a £1.5million (42%) increase in revenue and 144,000 (34%) additional visits per year. Partnerships with local GPs were also highlighted as a prime reason for new customers who have signed up to benefit from tailored physical activity programmes.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop, who collected the award on behalf of the Council, said: “I am delighted that the Council has received yet another prestigious award that recognises the magnificent and ongoing work being done to improve services for the Borough’s residents, ultimately promoting a happier and healthier local lifestyle for all.
“Like others we have won in recent times, this award will be displayed at the Council’s offices to serve as a reminder of all the milestones we have reached so far”.
It is the fourth time the Council has won an award in the space of a year, with awards from the Local Government Chronicle (LCG) for Entrepreneurial Council of the Year, iese 2017 Award for Remodelling Local Services and The Chief Constable’s Award for Problem Solving. In addition, five of the Borough’s parks and open spaces have retained their Green Flag Award status.