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APSE Annual Seminar 2018 Edinburgh, Scotland Wednesday 12 September - Thursday 13 September. Book online


Advocacy and media

Rip Off Britain

APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien was interviewed on BBC One’s Rip Off Britain on 25 June defending the right of councils to introduce charges for garden waste. Following his appearance on Rip Off Britain, Paul was interviewed on nine BBC local radio stations to discuss green waste charges. You can watch Paul’s appearance on Rip Off Britain and listen to a selection of APSE interviews on our website.


New research

The New Municipalism: Taking back entrepreneurship

APSE’s latest research examines the initiatives and the emerging practices of municipal entrepreneurialism. The report explores genuinely innovative ways of working to demonstrate how local authorities are intervening in markets to deliver outcomes that go beyond financial benefits. The report is available to download for free from our website. Simply click on this link.


Latest briefings

Free school meals, energy efficiency, code of practice on litter…

You can view our latest membership briefings including developments on free school meals in Wales, energy efficiency and the new code of practice on litter in Scotland. To view the briefings click here.


APSE are recruiting

Energy Research and Project Officer

APSE Energy is seeking to appoint a research and project officer to boost the work of APSE Energy, expand the membership and offer support to help councils move forward with the energy agenda. This is an excellent opportunity to build a career with a growing organisation, to expand experience of local government and, specifically, to develop expertise within the energy sector. Closing date for the receipt of applications is 4pm on Monday 23 July 2018. Click to apply online.


Apprentice of the Year - call to entries

Environmental Health and Housing

Apprentice of the Year applications are now being taken for both the Housing and Environmental Health seminars. Submit your interest online by clicking on the link and completing the signup form.



Taking a commercial approach: A guide for local councils in Scotland to income generation, trading and charging

APSE Scotland is delighted to announce it has commissioned a new guide for member local councils to explore the dynamics of commercialisation in local government. The guide explores the ways local councils in Scotland can add value to services that they provide; bringing added value to citizens and local economies. The guide can be downloaded for free from our website using this link.



Free Central Region Seminar and AGM: Boldness in the face of austerity – Commercialisation and income Generation

Thursday 19 July 2018

Holiday Inn, Leicester Express

The Seminar will explore practical and operational issues looking at exemplar case study councils and wholly owned companies, which showcase income generation through frontline service delivery in a range of areas. Following the Seminar, the APSE Central Region AGM will take place which will be your opportunity to vote for the APSE Central Region chair, secretary and delegates to APSE’s national council.

Click here to book your place


Northern Ireland

The Local Government Awards Northern Ireland

APSE is once again supporting NILGA in the Local Government Awards Northern Ireland 2018. The awards are now open for submission and completed submission should be made by the 11 July to Mo Baines on mbaines@apse.org.uk . You can view the award details and download an application form using this link. The award winners will be announced on the 11 October after the NILGA annual seminar. The APSE Northern Ireland AGM will take place on the 3 August at Belfast Castle. Contact Mo or details.



When Dragons do Business: Looking at the benefits for local authorities of commercialisation

This seminar looks at some of those local authorities who have taken the initiative themselves to manage demand for services and seek opportunities to leverage their existing services and expertise to generate income. The session will be led by Head of APSE Solutions, Andy Mudd, who brings his engaging style combined with live examples to bring the subject to life for both elected members and councillors. Click here to book online.



Promoting excellence in public services

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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