The joint Trading Standards team from Surrey and Buckinghamshire have won two silver awards for efficiency.
In the national Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise 2016 awards, the team picked up the two awards for the work they did in merging Surrey and Buckinghamshire’s Trading Standards operations a year ago, harnessing their collective expertise to give consumers stronger safeguards and businesses a better service.
Judges said the joint service’s success in the Remodelling Local Services category had demonstrated a relentless drive to redesign service delivery to meet the needs of residents and businesses.
They also praised the team – in the Working Together category – for their dedication and commitment to working as partners in trying something new to make a meaningful difference to residents and businesses.
Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: ‘These awards are a testament to the hard work of trading standards staff across both counties in creating a strong and successful joint service. Teaming up with Buckinghamshire means we are able to give our communities even greater protection while ensuring taxpayers’ money goes further.’
Martin Phillips, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, said: ‘These awards are great news for a superb team of professionals. They describe just what it says on the tin – a stronger Trading Standards service, working well together, providing greater protection to our residents, and giving taxpayers a better bang for their buck.’
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