Innovation and entrepreneurship is alive and well in local authorities the length and breadth of the UK, latest research from the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) reveals.
APSE's new report, Municipal Entrepreneurship, challenges the myth that local government is monolithic, bureaucratic and incapable of change. It demonstrates that commercial skills and business acumen are flourishing in local government and entrepreneurial managers are fostering a commercial culture among council staff.
The research report has been produced by APSE in partnership De Montfort University as part of a knowledge transfer programme. It highlights lessons, challenges and opportunities for local authorities taking an entrepreneurial approach to delivering services.
APSE's chief executive, Paul O'Brien, said: 'Local authorities have been unfairly characterised as lacking the spirit of innovation. This report challenges such preconceptions by providing clear evidence that municipal entrepreneurship is alive and well in councils across the UK. This is increasingly important in delivering high quality public services as budget cuts bite. We hope examples from local authorities, highlighted in our study, will inspire others to take managed risks that will benefit their local communities and economies.'
Case studies in the publication show what is being achieved by municipal entrepreneurs, including:
For further information please contact Mo Baines, principal advisor at APSE on tel: 0161 772 1810 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
APSE is the Association for Public Service Excellence, a not for profit body working with over 300 local authorities throughout the UK.