Barnsley Council TechTown project named winner at national local government awards

Barnsley Council was named the winner of the Future Places category at last night’s 2019 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

The council won the award, sponsored by Future Cities Catapult, for their TechTown project, which brings together local people to drive forward Barnsley’s ambitious plans to develop more digital jobs and businesses and to develop a digital first culture and infrastructure.

The group, formed as part of the URBACT funded TechTown Action Planning Network, has been led by Barnsley Council via their Digital Media Centre and Enterprising Barnsley team for the last three years. This network comprises 11 small and medium-sized towns and cities across the EU, led by Barnsley, to explore how to grow digital jobs and businesses.

The council also reached the final in these categories:

  • Public Health - recognised for their work on creating a smoke free generation through Smoke Free Schools.

  • Rising Star – IT Manager, Ian Faulkner was recognised for his drive, commitment and leadership to delivering the best services possible to the council and Code Green UK.

Diana Terris, Barnsley Council’s Chief Executive, said: “The LGC Awards are one of the most prestigious in the local government’s calendar, so it’s great to see Barnsley winning the future places category for our TechTown project.

“To be a winner, alongside reaching the final for our smoke free schools work and our rising star, Ian Faulkner, is down to the passion and drive our teams have for delivering the very best services. This national recognition reinforces our commitment to making Barnsley an excellent place to live, work and visit.”

The 2019 LGC awards were presented on 13 March 2019 in London.

View the full list of winners.

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