12 March 2015

Council wins Driving Growth award

Brighton & Hove City Council picked up the Driving Growth award at last night's Local Government Chronicle Awards

Over 900 of the most senior figures in British local government gathered yesterday at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to celebrate achievements and best practice across the sector.

It is the 19th year of the LGC Awards, one of the most prestigious events in the local government calendar.

After review by a panel of judges, made up of senior and influential figures from the public sector, Brighton & Hove City Council was presented with the Driving Growth award, for its work with wider partners on the Greater Brighton Investment Programme.

The judges commented, “This presentation really stood out and demonstrated clear evidence of direct impact. The project was ambitious and shows that skills and innovation are central to its success.“

Councillor Jason Kitcat, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said:  "A huge amount of work has been going on to build and sustain a vibrant economy in the Greater Brighton City Region and we are delighted our achievements have been recognised with this Driving Growth award.

“Between 2010 and 2013 -the latest figures we have available - Brighton & Hove created more than 9,400 new jobs, one of the highest growth rates in the country. Our creative and digital cluster is one of the fasting growing in the UK, we have the second highest number of business start-ups per head of anywhere in the UK, and Brighton & Hove’s private sector job creation rate is higher than London and seven times the national rate.

“Working with partners in the Greater Brighton Investment Programme we have secured funding for projects such as the New England House creative digital growth centre, and the regeneration of the Preston Barracks and Circus Street market sites.

“We are not complacent, and we will continue to work closely with partners to ensure we keep driving the economy forward to create more jobs and businesses, and secure more investment.”

Nick Golding, LGC’s editor, said of the award winners:“It is vital that we celebrate the best of local government, not least as the talent and innovation of council officers and councillors is often not recognised to the extent it should be.

“The recipients of the awards are the people doing the most to improve services at a time resources are constrained. We should thank them for their great work.”

LGC would like to congratulate all the winners and thank all those who entered. If you would like to be recognised for your best practice at the 2016 LGC Awards, then please go to www.lgcawards.co.uk to register your interest and be kept updated.

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The LGC Awards 2015 are organised by LGC and is part of EMAP. For more details about LGC see www.LGC-plus.co.uk . The full list of winners can be found by visiting www.LGCAwards.co.uk.

For more information on the LGC Awards go to www.LGCAwards.co.uk

EMAP media contact: Sarah Kemp on 07738 740831 or sarah.kemp@EMAP.com

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