Still clocking up the awards

I don’t know about you but I can’t quite get used to the clocks going back after the weekend. Putting the clock back always provides an interesting debate. And with public and central government support seemingly more in favour of not losing an hour of daylight over the winter, despite Scotland’s traditional opposition, it’s something that we may see change over the next couple of years. For now, I’ll probably just get used to the change when the clocks change again in March – we’ll see!

I know it’s not long since I blogged about the awards county council staff are clocking up (no pun intended!) but I couldn’t write today’s entry without saying a huge congratulations to all the annual All about you winners that were recently announced. We had a prize giving ceremony in the Oak Room in County Buildings which myself and the Leader Philip Atkins attended. There was a great atmosphere at the event and it was fantastic to see people’s faces when they found out they’d become overall winners. They really were worthy winners. You can read more about who scooped the prizes here.   

 On the story of awards, our very own Management Development Team recently won a regional training award for their manager training course (called The Staffordshire Manager). The team beat off huge opposition to win – little surprise to my mind when evidence has shown that managers who have been through the course were making changes in their areas which resulted in on average £20,000 worth of cost savings in their areas. That to me demonstrates exactly what we’re trying to achieve – innovative working resulting in savings to the bottom line as a result of us working more effectively.

 Next Monday, I’m doing another Your Voice session in Cannock where staff can come along to meet members of the Senior Leadership Team to find out more about what’s happening in the county council and to ask any questions you have. There are still places available, so if you would like to come along, please register as soon as possible. Other sessions are also available across the county, find out more here.

 We had the first meeting of the Stoke & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on Monday evening.  We were thrilled to be given the ‘green light’ by government as one of the 24 LEPs in the country to be approved to go ahead, reflecting on months of hard work from colleagues in economic development.  The meeting involved senior people from key businesses across the County and Stoke, including JCB, Michelin, Alton Towers and the M6 expressway, as  well as representatives from the universities and colleges.  It gives us a phenomenal opportunity to make a real difference to the economy of Staffordshire and everyone was determined not to waste that opportunity.  Indeed, as one of the business reps said, the clock is ticking.  I’ll keep you updated in future blogs.

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