Rushcliffe Borough Council has been shortlisted for Council of the Year at the forthcoming prestigious Municipal Journal awards to be announced in London in June.
The authority is the only district or borough council in the UK to have made the final five for the award and will now go head to head with some of the best unitary and London boroughs in the country.
The news comes after the Council scooped two industry accolades in just three months last year when named the Commercial Council of the Year at the 2018 awards and the Local Government Chronicle’s Entrepreneurial Council of the Year.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Chief Executive Allen Graham said a team will now present and take part in a question and answer session on behalf of the Council to a panel of judges in London on May 9.
He said: “This is wonderful news not just for Rushcliffe but the whole of Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands with the industry recognising how the Council is punching above its weight to deliver economic growth combined with reliable local services, whilst being self-sufficient and commercially minded.
“It is an achievement to reach this stage, to be acknowledged in the same breath as other successful Councils with much larger populations and infrastructure. We are so proud of our staff and honoured to represent the community we serve.
“However, we feel we fully deserve our chance and will present why our ambitions in recent years have been so effective.”
They face the London Boroughs of Redbridge and Waltham Forest in the last five together with North East Lincolnshire and Thurrock in the final assessment.
The winner will be announced on June 26 at a ceremony at the Hilton London that recognises local government success and innovation across a wide range of council services.
The MJ Editor, Heather Jameson said: “The MJ Awards is a chance to recognise the extraordinary work of local councils across the country.
“Despite facing huge cuts to their budgets over the last decade, frontline staff are still working tirelessly to improve their communities and provide vital services to some of the most vulnerable people in the country and that is to be celebrated.
“Being shortlisted for The MJ awards is a major achievement and all our shortlisted entrants should be very proud.”