Sunday 26 January 2020

Local Authority Challenge 2016 - East Midlands

East Midlands Councils is bringing the Local Authority Challenge to the East Midlands for the first time in 2016. 

2016 Teams Registered so far...

Bassetlaw District Council

Boston Borough Council 

Charnwood Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

City of Lincoln Council

Corby Borough Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

East Northamptonshire Council

Gedling Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council 

Mansfield District Council/Ashfield District Council

Melton Borough Council 

North Kesteven District Council 

North East Derbyshire District Council/Bolsover District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council 

South Holland District Council

South Kesteven District Council 

The Challenge

Local government is facing a time of unprecedented change like never seen before. Councils are being forced to find new ways to deliver more for less due to severe constraints on funding. 

There is a need to produce services that offer people greater choice and control over their daily lives and to engage actively with the public to develop them. Tackling these issues can only be done in conjunction with re-training and re-motivating staff to cope with the challenge this presents.

The workforce also needs to be able to adapt not just to any immediate changes, but to be flexible enough to continually adapt to any roles that may be required in the future.

“Our two teams were unanimous in saying what an amazing development opportunity the challenge proved to be. One team member commented “after all the training the council has put me through including my MBA, this has been by far the most challenging, realistic and hence most valuable single day course I have ever done”.

Simon Walters, Assistant Director, City of Lincoln Council 

How it all works...

The challenge will offer a rare opportunity for aspiring managers across local government to gain exposure to issues outside of their normal working lives and give them a taste of what senior management is like.

The challenge is open to teams of six people from any area of local authority work. 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 priortise, deal with politically sensitive issues and still keep their focus on how to give the public the best services with limited resources.

The Venue

The Local Authority Challenge 2016 East Midlands will be held at the prestigious Donington Park in the Paddock Suite.

Our Partneravarto

The Local Authority Challenge 2016 East Midlands is supported by our sponsors Arvato.

Arvato is a trusted global business outsourcing provider to the public and private sectors in the UK and Ireland. arvato holds a number of long-term, successful partnerships with local authorities across the UK including Chesterfield Borough Council, delivering a range of key services including revenues, benefits, customer services, human resources, payroll, ICT, accounts payable and invoice processing, ‘Security as a Service’ (SECaas) and administrative support services.

Arvato strongly believes in collaborative working. In the East Midlands region this includes the Chesterfield OJEU framework which means that councils in the East Midlands region (including the Peak District National Park Authority) are able to access arvato’s services quickly, without having to go through a lengthy and costly procurement process. Derbyshire Dales District Council has joined and is already benefiting from the guaranteed annual savings, improved service resilience and increased management capacity that arvato can deliver.

Supporting local communities is also important to arvato; the company runs an apprenticeship programme, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and supports Destination Chesterfield, The Prince’s Trust and Bluebell Wood charity.

The event is being supported by Whitefoot Photography.

Whitefoot Photography

Reasons to attend...

  • Gain an understanding of issues beyond a delegates normal role to see the bigger picture of how local authorities operate.
  • For delegates to develop the skills needed to deliver more for less in a tighter fiscal climate.
  • The interactive format ensures an opportunity to learn by doing.
  • Dsicover 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.

Important Outcomes from the Challenge

  • Gain a practical insight into how a local authority management team works.
  • Work with colleagues from across the organisation to improve joint working on return to the office.
  • To think about their own councils transformational agenda and develop innovative ideas to take back to your organisation.
  • Develop ways of managing the current financial constraints.
  • Engage in partnership working and political communication to gain a better understanding of the benefits this can bring.

What others have said about last years Local Authority Challenge...

“Passionate, invigorated, ambitious and energised are four words to describe my Luton Team after they returned from Local Government Challenge event. This was a truely outstanding and challenging event that all local authorities should participate in”

Trevor Holden, CEO, Luton Borough Council

“The Local Authority Challenge was a unique and enriching experience; and by far the best day of professional development I have ever done. The simulation was uncanny in that the stress, politics, disagreements and decision making all felt so real.”  

Adam Deeney, Cornwall Council

“It was an honour to work alongside with such ambitious and hardworking colleagues representing different councils from our region. We combined our talents to meet a range of financial, political and managerial challenges throughout the day. By winning the challenge, we have not only enhanced  the reputation of our council, it has also given me the confidence and drive to take on a more senior role in the next twelve months.”

Amy Gilbert, East Devon Council

“My team had a great day and each of them felt they got a lot out of the experience” 

Antoinette Jackson, CEO Cambridge City Council

The challenge is planned and executed wonderfully, most importantly I could see first-hand how much learning participants were getting out of it”

Cecilia Tredget, MD, EoE LGA

How to enter the Challenge

Local Authority Teams are invited to register online via the link below. We ask that you confirm team members name, job titles and email address, with any changes to team members being made by email by 10 November 2016.

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

24 November 2016 - Local Authority Challenge Flyer

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

24 November 2016

The closing date for registering a team is 10 November 2016.

The Venue

Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74

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

 Timetable for the day...

  • 09:00 - Registration
  • 10:00 - Introduction
  • 10:15 - Challenge Start
  • 17:00 - Challenge Concludes
  • 17:05 -Tour of the Museum
  • 19:00 - Dinner
  • 20:30 - Awards
  • 21:30 - Depart

For more information and to register a team contact Kirsty Lowe -

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