• A Faer Point

    21 November 2023

    Partner at Faerfield Dawn Faulkner says: 'There’s a popular assumption that ‘the more you know about me, the better we can do business together’ – but what if the opposite were true?'

  • Launch of the CEO Commercial Blueprint

    20 November 2023

    Adele Gritten of Local Partnerships says her organisation's CEO blueprint is intended to take council chief executives through a 'need-to-know, structured, risk-aware and financially sustainable approach to developing commercial initiatives'.

  • Levelling Up Fund allocated

    20 November 2023

    The third round of the Levelling Up Fund has been awarded to unsuccessful bids from round two.

  • Councils’ spooky season

    31 October 2023

    Diary hears ghosts, ghouls and spooks invaded several West of England councils as Halloween approached.

  • The trouble with Oflog

    23 October 2023

    Council senior officers are broadly united in their view that Oflog will not provide warning of local authority failure or improve performance. But what do five experts from the sector think about the Government’s new assurance watchdog?

  • Councillors face the music

    19 September 2023

    Is there anything more Australian than a room full of councillors all playing Waltzing Matilda using kazoos?

  • A heated affair

    13 September 2023

    Non-residents of Lewes DC will be disappointed to discover the district’s famous bonfire celebrations will be a limited affair again this year.

  • Using the past to shape our future

    11 September 2023

    The UK’s youngest city has provided many important historical examples of civic leadership and pioneering spirit, and as Kersten England explains, continuing this legacy and maintaining a modern shared vision is a responsibility Bradford welcomes.

  • An app-based approach to exploring Wiltshire’s many assets

    22 August 2023

    Terence Herbert explains how Wiltshire Council is using history and heritage to encourage people to experience the county’s town and city centres.

  • Sheffield’s fresh start aims to rebuild trust

    16 August 2023

    After the tree felling scandal, Sheffield is determined to move on as a city and a council, and to change the entire culture. Heather Jameson talks to chief executive Kate Josephs and new leader Cllr Tom Hunt.

  • Mentoring could be your game-changer

    15 August 2023

    Nathan Elvery explains the many benefits of taking time to be mentored, and explains what to expect from the mentoring process.

  • Good governance: A critical part of a local authority’s DNA

    14 August 2023

    At a time of unprecedented pressure, Tiffany Cloynes looks at how to make governance and collective best practice functions as good as they can possibly be.

  • The power of everyday feedback

    08 August 2023

    Consultant at Tile Hill Maud Hollis outlines the many benefits of creating a feedback culture within your organisation.

  • We’re off t’celebrate

    08 August 2023

    Diary is a perennial fan of the nation’s various days, flags and other forms of celebrating its counties.

  • A Celtic partnership for a flourishing future

    31 July 2023

    The Celtic Heritage Agreement lays the foundation for cooperative working between Cornwall and Wales, starting with four key areas including sustainable housing, says Cllr Linda Taylor.

  • Naming rights (and lefts)

    26 July 2023

    Former Newham LBC mayor Sir Robin Wales and his senior team were always known as a straight-talking, yet transformative, bunch.

  • Waltham Forest’s competitive edge

    24 July 2023

    Martin Esom, who retires from Waltham Forest LBC this week, explains why the borough has been able to deliver for residents – even as competition for resources gets tougher.

  • Wales and Cornwall strengthen ties in new agreement

    18 July 2023

    The Welsh Government and Cornwall Council have formed a ‘strategic alliance’ to strengthen their historical, cultural and linguistic ties.

  • The elephant in the room

    11 July 2023

    They’re meant to resemble sea tides, with weathered brickwork and hoops seemingly invoking coastal erosion and tidemarks.

  • Woking lament

    04 July 2023

    Poets can be inspired by all kinds of things though, admittedly, few are propelled to put pen to paper by section 114 notices.