Network Conference and Awards 2016

More than 100 local authorities were represented at the Keep Britain Tidy Conference and Awards that was held at Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 10 February. Delegates heard about the latest thinking around behaviour change campaigning, enforcement and innovation in service delivery. 

In the evening, the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards recognised and rewarded the best campaigning, service delivery and partnership working across England – all of which has made a significant impact on littering and improved the environment.

Among the topics up for discussion were:

  • The importance of a national litter strategy that will really make a difference
  • How Birmingham, one of the UK’s largest cities, tackles the issue of litter
  • How local authorities are working together to continue delivering high-quality services in the face of budget cuts
  • How one of the largest UK coffee chains are working towards their environment goals by recycling, saving energy and tackling litter
  • The Networks legal expert will talk about enforcement


Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "Our annual conference provides an opportunity for local authorities to come together, learn from each other, hear about the latest innovations and share their experiences.

"They are all faced with the same challenges – doing more with less and maintaining standards. The Keep Britain Tidy Awards are proof that many of them are doing this successfully and delivering a better environment for their residents.’

The judges of this year’s awards were Charlotte Pochin from Defra, Tina Benfield from the Chartered Institute of Waste ManagementCIWM), George Monck from Clean Up UK and Danielle Charman from Keep Britain Tidy.

The full list of winners from Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards;
Award for Innovation (sponsored by Enevo) – London Borough of Tower Hamlets – Various projects (FIFILI, QR, RFID)
Business of the Year – The Helping Hand Company - Corporate Social Responsibility 
Campaign of the Year – North West Leicestershire District Council - Dog Watch
Community Engagement Award (sponsored by Helping Hand Environmental) – London Borough of Tower Hamlets - Adopt-a-Garden Volunteer Scheme
Partnership Award (sponsored by Urbaser Ltd) – Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council - Food For Thought
Quality Improvement Award – Hounslow Highways 
Team of the Year Award – Blackpool Council – Waste Services Team
Outstanding Achievement Award – Cherry Lewis-Taylor (McDonald’s franchisee)
Local Authority of the Year (sponsored by Johnston Sweepers) – two winners – City of  London and Braintree District Council

Two housing providers also picked up their Neighbourhood Awards at the ceremony:
City West Housing provides housing in the North West – Platinum award
Network Stadium provides housing in London and the South East – Silver Award


The Keep Britain Tidy Network Conference and Awards has been running since 1990 and provides a platform for land managers, service and solution providers to drive up standards in public places on a national and local level.

Network Conference and Awards 2016 photo gallery

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