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Innovation Awards 2020: Celebrating innovation in local government highways, street lighting and winter maintenance services

APSE is pleased to present the 2020 Innovation Awards for highways, street lighting and winter maintenance services. These awards celebrate outstanding local councils that use innovative ideas and solutions to tackle the current challenges facing their frontline services. The awards provide participating authorities with an opportunity to showcase their expertise, alongside the results that they have achieved.

The Innovation Awards are split into three categories:

  • Winter maintenance and winter resilience services
  • Street lighting
  • Highways maintenance services

The ideal submission will contain a description of the problem or challenge faced, and the innovative approach taken to remedy it. This could be, for example, a service redesign, new training techniques, use of new materials or equipment, or new methods of responding to/communicating with the public. The submission should also include the outcomes that have been achieved. As a helpful guide, a brochure featuring the successful submissions for the 2017 and 2018 Innovation Awards is available to download.

Download Brochure (pdf)


Member and non-member authorities are welcome to submit an application. 

Entries will be assessed on a submission basis by an independent judging panel. The awards timetable is as follows:

  • Send us your expressions of interest using this link no later than Friday 17 January 2020.
  • You will receive your submission pack by email on Monday 20 January 2020.
  • Complete your submission and send this back to APSE no later than Friday 31 January 2020.
  • The judging panel will meet and finalists will be announced by Friday 7 February 2020.
  • Winners will be announced during the APSE Highways, Street Lighting and Winter Maintenance Seminar 19-20 March 2020, which will be held at the Grand Hotel, Blackpool.



Expression of interest for the APSE Highways Innovation Awards 2020

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 Winter maintenance and winter resilience services


 Street lighting
Highways maintenance services


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APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.





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