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Driving growth

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Winner: Darlington BC

Darlington BC worked with local businesses and partners to create an economic strategy in 2012 that has been key to driving the town’s economy. The strategy sets the ambition for Darlington and has helped create the conditions that have led to it achieving the highest economic growth nationally outside of London in 2014.

Judges’ comments: “This council clearly evidenced a strong vision for collaborating with businesses and having a culture for driving economic growth. There are a range of impressive products that vary from large scale and innovative investments to smaller community projects.”

Highly commended: Southampton City Council


Burnley BC

Cornwall Council

Croydon LBC

Leicester City Council

Newcastle City Council

Rochdale MBC

Telford & Wrekin Council

Thurrock Council



A word from the award’s sponsor

Grant Thornton is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the LGC Awards and our congratulations go to those shortlisted for Driving Growth. Changes to local government funding means that driving growth will become ever more critical for the sustainability of service provision for all local authorities. The shortlisted councils demonstrate some great examples of where this is already happening. For more information on the growth agenda in England please see our Vibrant Economy Index.

Paul Dossett, head of local government, 020 7728 3180,



Paul Houghton, partner, Grant Thornton

Neil Taylor, chief executive, Bassetlaw DC

Diana Terris, chief executive, Barnsley MBC

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