Economic Support - LGC Awards 2021
This award is open to a single council or where appropriate a partnership of councils, or a council-owned company. Private sector partners can enter on a council’s behalf, with the permission of the council itself.
Councils have a major role in supporting their local economy, both in their own right and as partners alongside other local bodies, including local enterprise partnerships and (in some cases) as members of combined authorities.
This award is intended to highlight the key role that councils play in supporting their local economy. It is open to projects that secure economic growth locally or, equally important at this present time, to projects that help support or revive existing employers, businesses or sectors by reducing the impact of recession and Covid upon them. It is also open to projects intended to bring about long-term economic recovery. Entries can be in relation to either the response to Covid-19, or be entirely separate to the pandemic.
Among the support in question could be pandemic response measures, infrastructure, regulatory work, their role as employers and purchasers of services, as well as countless other areas.
Submissions should focus on:
- The council’s actions, and their impact, with a particular focus on evidenced achievements and data to prove the scale and success of the authority’s actions;
- Explaining how the council is working with local partners, potentially including businesses, sectors, a LEP or combined authority;
- Setting out the specific local nature of the challenge to which the council is responding;
- The council’s use of business intelligence/data to inform its activities;
- How all relevant council services respond to the needs of business;
- The key programmes and initiatives the council is pursuing;
- Summarising the council’s ambitions for the future of its economy/the sector in question and its priorities for achieving that ambition
Award entries will be judged on:
- The nature of the council’s ambition and the steps it has put in place to achieve it;
- Evidence of the impact of the council’s activities on the economy/sector in question;
- The quality of the council’s relationship with business and its partners and impact of those relationships on action support the economy in its area;
- The quality of the council’s use of business intelligence;
- The relationship between the council’s growth ambitions and the council’s wider strategic objectives;
- Evidence of the responsiveness of the council as whole to the needs of business.