Ashford Borough Council picked up two awards at the national Engagement Excellence Awards.
The Engagement Excellence Awards seek to celebrate excellence in employee engagement. Ashford Borough Council was one of only a few local authorities to be nominated against national and global brands such as Vodafone, Vue Entertainment, London City Airport, AXA UK, Specsavers and the Royal Albert Hall. The awards took place at the Natural History Museum in London on 21 September.
The council won both ‘Best branding’ (up against Hertfordshire County Council, National Housing Federation, Transport for London and The Oasis Partnership) and ‘Most strategic communications for public sector/charity organisation’ (up against Arriva, Coleman and Company, London City Airport and STYLE.COM). They were also shortlisted for Engagement Team of the Year, a category won by Samsung.
Ashford Borough Council was commended for its work around staff engagement, specifically how it interacts and communicates with its workforce. This is the second year the council has been successful at the event and this year was the only organisation to be shortlisted for three awards. The judging panel consisted of 20 Human Resources and Reward leaders from companies all around the UK.
Cllr Callum Knowles, ABC’s portfolio holder for Information, Technology and Communications, said:
“We’re delighted to be recognised for our hard work and focus on staff engagement. To be nominated for three awards is a reflection of our commitment to nurture a motivated and productive workforce, which we believe contributes to achieving the council’s aspirations on behalf of the borough and our residents.”