An opportunity to celebrate your success on the national stage

Last week entries opened for the COSLA Excellence Awards and I’m sure the five categories will spark lots of interest within Aberdeen City Council.

I’d encourage everyone to consider where your success stories may sit in the COSLA awards with a view to taking that forward through your line manager and Chief Officer.

Chief Officers will liaise with communications colleagues to ensure a joined-up approach before entries are submitted. As a management team we’re always keen to recognise and celebrate success.

The categories for the 2018 awards are:

  • Service innovation and improvement;
  • Achieving better outcomes in partnership;
  • Tackling inequalities and improving health;
  • Strong and sustainable communities;
  • Local matters, focusing on the unique impact of local services and local democracy.

I know there are many Aberdeen City Council projects that could be strong contenders and it would be fantastic to be represented when the shortlists are announced later in the year. The deadline for entries is June 1.

External awards are a good way of putting our own innovation to the test, with feedback from judging panels always useful, and to showcase the great work being done throughout the Council. Good luck to all who do go ahead with submissions.

The countdown is also continuing to our own Star Awards, which will be presented on June 14 at the Beach Ballroom. The finalists in each of the categories will be announced shortly.

The response has been excellent this year, both in terms of nominations from within the Council but also from the public for the People’s Champion where there have been more entries than ever before.

A touch of tartan is this year’s theme and preparations are well underway for what promises to be great event celebrating achievements of staff over the past year. My thanks go to the team organising the Star Awards for the energy and commitment they have shown.