Team gains national recognition 

Environmental Services Departmental Management Team
The Environmental Services Departmental Management Team

The council’s Environmental Services management team has triumphed at a national award ceremony.

The prestigious Local Government Chronicle awards, held last week, recognise excellence and best practice across a range of different categories.

The team, brought together in 2008, was selected as the Management Team of the Year for the way they have handled a range of challenges, such as reversing a departmental overspend while delivering more than £6m of savings and efficiencies.

At the same time, the team has completed a number of complex projects including: the introduction of a £1 school meal promotion; winning a successful £4m Heritage Lottery bid for the redevelopment of Queens Park; and the launch of the Love Bolton, Hate Litter Campaign.

The team were also instrumental in Bolton Market being voted the best indoor market in the country last year by the National Association of British Market Authorities.

All costs of the team attending the awards were met by external sponsors – the National Market Traders Federation and Fujitsu – and all members of the team took leave to attend the event, avoiding any impact on the organisation.

Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Executive Member for Cleaner Greener and Safer, said: "We are really pleased that the dedication and commitment of the Environmental Services Management Team has been recognised in this way."

Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Executive Member for Environmental Services added: "We would like to thank our sponsors who made the team’s attendance at the awards possible."

Joe Harrison, chief executive of the National Market Traders Federation, said: “We are really pleased that Bolton Council and the Environmental Services Department have won this prestigious award.

“The council's commitment to its fantastic market deserves recognition and we were delighted to sponsor them at the event.”

Ian Lumley, Fujitsu’s north of England regional manager, said: “We are delighted that the team has received this national recognition, it is very well deserved and we are really excited about continuing to work with the team in the future.”

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