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The best in local government light up Blackpool

Published on Wednesday, 8th December 2021

The best in local government light up Blackpool

Prestigious awards ceremony for Public Service Excellence

North Warwickshire Borough Council were honoured to join councils from across the country and the APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) Performance Networks Awards held in Blackpool last week.

North Warwickshire Borough Council won not one, but two awards:


  • Best Performer in Refuse Services
  • Most Improved Performer in Transport Operations and Vehicle Maintenance


Leader of the Council, Cllr David Wright said, “I’m delighted for our Waste Management and Transport teams who thoroughly deserve this recognition for their continued hard work and commitment to excellent service. To walk away with two awards after an incredibly testing 18 months due to the pandemic is fantastic and they are a credit to the council.”

The awards ceremony took place at the Performance Networks Seminar at the Village Hotel, Blackpool on the evening of Thursday 2 December 2021. The charity awards dinner is a special event in the local government calendar and in recent years has raised over £50,000 for Parkinsons UK.

APSE Chief Executive, Paul O'Brien, said, "Performance information and benchmarking data is needed now more than ever. In the face of extraordinary external pressures, each finalist has demonstrated an astounding level of resilience and ingenuity. Right across local government, our member councils are successfully utilising APSE’s Performance Networks data to drive improvements in service delivery and deliver considerable benefits to the communities they serve. A massive congratulations and thank you to all those shortlisted."

APSE is a not-for-profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing, and building maintenance.

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Photo - Dave Taylor (Waste Services Supervisor), Adam Roper (Assistant Transport Manager) and John Rhodes (Waste & Transport Manager)