APSE's latest research reveals that innovation and entrepreneurship is alive and well in local authorities the length and breadth of the UK.
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 that elected members and entrepreneurial managers are fostering a commercial culture among council staff.
The research report has been produced by APSE in partnership with 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.
My view is that local authorities have been unfairly characterised as lacking the spirit of innovation by those with alternative agendas. 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. Hopefully the 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: