Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Asset investment strategy supports local businesses and brings income for council

Guildford Borough Council, like many authorities, owns a variety of investment property. The council acquired the assets over a number of years to facilitate the economic development of the borough and generate rental income that helps support the wider financial position of the council.

Efficiency and income generation

Exploring commercial opportunities to boost councils' income

Manchester City Council is exploring a number of commercial opportunities, including the following examples: The Council has entered into a major roadside advertising contract, including significant media space, for Manchester City Council to drive channel shift, promote events, etc. This has been running for four years.

Efficiency and income generation

Income generation workstream aims to identify and release potential sources of income

The fundamental purpose of the IGW is to empower services to identify, investigate and realise potential sources of income. In order to deliver on this goal, the IGW brought together legal, financial and commercial expertise from across the Council, as well as appointing two dedicated posts for business development and sales.

Efficiency and income generation

Bristol City Council: Bringing open data to life

The city has a thriving digital economy and large-scale ambitions to grow this further. The council has been prepared to invest, take risks around the digital agenda and be an early adopter of new technologies.

Data and transparency

Making council data and spending public

The ‘open data’ agenda places a duty on councils to make as much data available to the public as possible, including information on spending, accountability and performance. The London Borough of Redbridge was one of the first councils to adopt this policy.

Data and transparency

Open data: Leeds Data Mill

A look at how the Leeds Data Mill (LDM) has developed and how it links to and supports the strategic development of the council in terms of using data to address the challenges and issues the city is facing.

Data and transparency

Open data: Norfolk County Council enhanced data spend

Norfolk County Council (NCC) is creating new insights in its procurement by redesigning how it publishes procurement and contracting data using an accessible interactive dashboard.

Data and transparency

Open data: North Somerset customer information portal and historic tourism data

Tourism is an increasingly important contributor to North Somerset's economy and this case study highlights how open data is enhancing the visitor experience to the area.

Data and transparency

Tackling the air quality issue through open data

Sheffield City Council collaborated with the Better with Data Society to deliver a programme of co-design activities to engage local people with data and use it to better understand and tackle the issue of air quality in the city.

Data and transparency

Open data: Trafford Innovation and Intelligence Lab

The Trafford Innovation and Intelligence Lab is using open data in a variety of innovative ways to analyse and visualise what is happening in the local area.

Data and transparency