Published Friday, 4th November 2016

The Council has been recognised for its entrepreneurial approach to delivering services in the prestigious LGC Awards.

The Council has been shortlisted in the Entrepreneurial Council category for a second year running for the way it generates income to assist in providing services to customers in the face of ever-decreasing government funding.

The national awards recognise the best performing councils in the country. The Council is up against nine other councils for the accolade: Newham, Harrow, Ealing, Sevenoaks, Broxbourne, Aylesbury Vale, Liverpool, North Yorkshire and Wychavon councils.

Becoming financially self-sufficient

Cllr Victor Broad, Council Leader, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve been shortlisted for this award again. The LGC Awards is one of the highest profile accolades in the country for local councils. The nomination closely follows Reigate & Banstead’s shortlisting for Local Authority of the Year in the MJ Awards earlier this year and demonstrates again that we are among the best performing council’s in the country.   

“It reinforces the work we are doing to become more commercially minded so that we are financially self-sufficient by 2018, despite the cessation of our government funding. This is vital to ensure that we can continue to improve the quality of life for our residents and provide the high quality services and facilities that our residents want and deserve, now and in the future.

“This nomination is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, councillors and partners.”

The Entrepreneurial Council category highlights success not just in one department but right across the organisation. Nominees must demonstrate innovation and ambition, a commercial mind-set, evidence of customer satisfaction and enthusiasm for the entrepreneurial work among staff and customers. 

The competition was open to all councils in the UK. Over 160 finalists have been selected from the hundreds of entries in 19 categories that make up The LGC Awards 2017. You can see the shortlist at 

The winners will be announced on 8 March 2017.