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Applied Resilience nominated for prestigious award

Applied Resilience, an emergency planning and business continuity company created by Runnymede and Spelthorne Councils, has been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious awards in local government.

Applied Resilience was the first Public Service Mutual for emergency planning and business resilience in the country.

In essence it has allowed local authorities to maintain a core team of emergency planning specialists to provide more resilience, exchange best practice, lobby powerfully for its local authority partners, and operate more commercially.

Applied Resilience's success has been so noteworthy the Local Government Awards shortlisted it as a 2018 finalist for the "Best Delivery Model" category.

The awards seek to identify and recognise local government's greatest innovators.

They are run by Local Government Chronicle (LGC) and the winners will be announced during a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House on 21 March 2018 in front of a 1,100-strong crowd.

Managing Director Nick Moon, said "We are thrilled to be recognised by the prestigious LGC Awards, especially under the Best Delivery Model category.

"Starting anything new is always a big challenge, but we've seen how the model allows us to support councils on a day-to- day basis, in a more cost effective manner, and they know that should a disaster happen, there will be a larger, stronger, team ready to support them."

Sarah Walsh, Runnymede Borough Council's corporate head of strategy and contract manager for Applied Resilience, said: "We are very proud of Applied Resilience being selected as a shortlisted finalist in the Best Delivery Model category for the Local Government Chronicle Awards. 

"It was the first Public Sector Mutual in the country for Emergency Planning and Business Continuity and under Nick Moon's leadership it has since gone from strength to strength in providing services that are not only more resilient for us, but can also act more commercially due to the model."  

Since forming, Applied Resilience has gone on to partner with other councils in Surrey as well as support schools and charities to better deal with emergencies.

With budgets at the forefront of priorities, it is even more important this year to shine a light on the achievements of pioneering councils that can inspire others to improve.

LGC editor Nick Golding said: "To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows a council service is among the country's most innovative, and doing the most to support the needs of local residents as councils face continuing budget cuts.

We should salute the council officers and councillors doing the most to ensure our vital public services thrive in the era of austerity."

The full list of finalists can be found at awards.lgcplus.com.

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