Tuesday 28 February 2017

East Midlands Local Authority Challenge 2017

The Challenge

On 16 November 2017 East Midlands Councils will once again bring the Local Authority Challenge to the East Midlands. In 2016 South Kesteven District Council became the first Local Authority Challenge Winner for the East Midlands, taking part in the interactive, high pressure exciting development focused competition.

Plans for the 21017 Challenge are well underway, with new scenarios and exciting twists being developed. 2017 will see the introduction of a new award to the Challenge, the Best Partnership Working award, recognising the vital part that partnership working plays in local government.

Local Authority Challenges are taking place across the country with winners in 2016 coming from; City of Wolverhampton Council in the West Midlands, Dorset County Council in the South West and South Norfolk District Council in the East of England.

How it all works…...

The challenge is open to teams of six people. Delegates will spend the day as the management team of a fictional local authority, encountering many of the tasks that a real corporate team would deal with. They will have to work as a team, with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council.

They will have to choose which areas to prioritise, deal with politically sensitive issues and still keep their focus on how to give the public the best services with limited resources.

The interactive format ensures an opportunity to learn by doing with the Challenge offering participants the opportunity to:

  • The chance to test and hone many skills including interpersonal, communication and time management skills
  • Discover strengths and weaknesses and how to develop them in a safe environment.
  • Use the days experience as an opportunity to help progress to the next level career-wise.
  • An opportunity to be part of an extraordinary (and highly enjoyable) event
  • To work with a wide range of colleagues from across our region 

What others said about last years Local Authority Challenge… 

I think it’s a really worthwhile event for those aspiring to management positions and great practice to be clinical with quick and decisive thinking, decision making and prioritisation of tasks”. 

“Many thanks to you and the team for putting on a great event last week, the group really enjoyed the experience and would without doubt recommend it to others”.

“I certainly would recommend the Local Authority Challenge to others”.

“It has given me a confidence boost that I can deliver under a highly pressurised environment”.

“I personally felt that I gained some knowledge of senior management and the pressures that can be put on management within a short space of time. I also thought that we as a Council benefited from cross section team members working together for the day”.

“Really enjoyed the day, the challenge and loved all the phone calls, emails etc.  Great fun”.

And their proud Chief Executives:-

“They are a fantastic group, and we are very proud of their achievement. It is a great event, please pass on thanks to the organising team”.

“It was a fantastic result - the team really are a talented group of people- our future stars and we are very proud of them. I understand it was a very well run, high energy event so the organising team certainly need a mention and a big thank you”.

 Awards for 2017

  • New to 2017 - Best Partnership Working Award, recognising the vital role collaboration plays in local government
  • East Midlands Challenge Winner
  • Runner up
  • Best Chief Executive
  • Best Media and Customer Interaction
  • Best Presentation
  • Best Recovery Plan

How to enter the Challenge

Local Authority Teams are invited to register online via the link below, with any changes to team members being made by email by 1 November 2017.

Payment to be made by invoice, Purchase Order numbers are required to confirm a team place.

To register a team click on the link below and book a team via our website <<insert link>>

The Cost

The cost to register a team of 6 is just £1,500 plus VAT.

At just £250 per team member the Local Authority Challenge makes for great value.

The Date

16 November 2016

The closing date for registering a team is 1 November 2017.


Registration will start from 8:45, with instructions to the event at 9:30 ready to for the lights to go down at 9:45.

The competition element will conclude at 17:00, with dinner and awards to follow, carriages at 21:00.

What you will need when registering a team

  • Lead contact person for the booking
  • 6 Team members
  • Email Address and Job titles of team members
  • Purchase Order Number



Upcoming Dates for this event

  • 16/11/2017 - 16/11/2017
  • 08:45 - 21:00
  • Tue 01 Nov 2016
  • Donington Park Race Track, Castle Donington, Derbyshire