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Driving efficiency through technology

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sponsored by EY

Winner: Orkney Islands Council – BIG HIT

The building innovative green hydrogen systems in isolated territories (BIG HIT) project will show Orkney is a replicable hydrogen territory, using curtailed renewable energy to produce, transport and consume green hydrogen locally. The project showed sustainable production as well as cross-cutting supply for the heat, power and transport sectors. The project develops innovation, efficiently making use of the ‘quadruple helix’ model of cooperation by involving public, private, university and community.

Highly Commended: Swindon BC – Digital register for voter ID pilot

Judges’ comments: A fantastic example of cutting edge collaboration through world-leading technology, solving a local problem with positive global consequences. Very impressive, pioneering technology – absolutely world-leading – with the council playing a strong facilitation role. Orkney is building on 5,000 years of innovation, and leading ground-breaking solutions.


A word from the award’s sponsor

The UK government is determined to transform the country and its standing. EY proactively supports the government to deliver it’s social reform agenda, create and grow an inclusive economy, strengthen the UK’s global standing, and support the public sector and businesses to build a better and safer working Britain.

Within our local public sector sphere, our mix of care professionals, clinicians and consulting staff are working to address the challenges that local public services face whilst navigating some key questions, around devolution, cost reduction and performance improvement.

EY has helped local authorities and their partners to deliver a real and sustainable step change. We demonstrate our commitment to successful sector transformation through the innovative commercial arrangements we offer and by supporting our clients to improve their local communities and the lives of their service users.


Bromley LBC: FixMyStreet

City of London Corporation: Desktop transformation

Durham CC: Electronic waste permitting scheme

East Sussex CC: Orbis

Hertfordshire CC with ADASS (East): Regional collaboration to improve social care delivery

Leicestershire CC: Developing a customer-centric adult social care digital service

Wealden DC: Drive to digital


Ian Davis, chief executive, Enfield LBC

Tony Hunter, chief executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Mark Read, service director for customer access and digital services, Cornwall Council

Neil Sartorio, partner lead for local public services, EY

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