MJ Awards

  • The MJ Awards 2022 is open for entries

    04 November 2021

    Calling all local authority teams – The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2022 are now open for entries.

  • How virtual reality is helping to tackle domestic abuse

    12 October 2021

    Gita Hargun, Service Manager for the Families Together Hub at London Borough of Redbridge, discusses how virtual reality can be used as an intervention tool to help reduce domestic abuse cases.

  • Plymouth named local authority of the year at MJ Achievement Awards

    17 September 2021

    The council took home the top gong at glittering ceremony.

  • Through turbulent times – let’s celebrate leadership

    10 August 2021

    Penna is proud to sponsor the Senior Leadership Team category as part of The MJ’s annual Achievement Awards. Julie Towers reflects on the impressive calibre of senior leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists.

  • Balls steps into awards presenting chair

    22 July 2021

    There could be dancing in the aisles at The MJ’s awards gala lunch on September 17 – for former Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls will be announcing the winners.

  • Carpe Diem - Seize the Day

    19 July 2021

    Chief executive at Cratus, Nick Kilby, has been judging the finalist for the Community Heroes Award for The MJ Awards. He says the experience left him feeling ‘emotional and heartened’.

  • Sticking with simplicity

    13 July 2021

    To say that The MJ’s chief executive of the year Chris Naylor has had a busy year is an understatement. He talks to Heather Jameson about what he loves doing – reforming organisations to 'do some remarkable things’.

  • MJ Awards shortlist revealed

    06 July 2021

    More than 120 trailblazing local authority projects, teams and individuals have been shortlisted for The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2021.

  • On the right track in West Northants

    19 May 2021

    Had the enormity of the task facing the new West Northamptonshire Council been set out as a business continuity exercise it would have seemed a bit far-fetched, says Rebecca Peck – but a bright future lies ahead.

  • Entries to The MJ Awards smash records

    18 May 2021

    The number of entries to this year’s The MJ Awards has smashed all records by being the highest since they were launched 18 years ago.

  • Caring for complex issues

    02 March 2021

    A Stockport MBC project working with adults with complex drug and alcohol issues won the council the top accolade for Public Health Improvement in The MJ Achievement Awards 2020. Ann McGauran looks at the work and its outcomes.

  • Pulling together at the top

    17 February 2021

    Calderdale Council won the senior leadership team of the year in The MJ Achievement Awards 2020. Chief executive Robin Tuddenham tells Heather Jameson his top team ‘are fundamentally incredibly skilled and knowledgeable but, secondly, connect to each other’

  • A winning champion for change

    10 February 2021

    Anna Earnshaw’s role in improving the social care department at troubled Northamptonshire CC won her the award of Corporate Director of the Year in The MJ Achievement Awards last year. Heather Jameson talked to her about her achievement.

  • Leading the way on the climate emergency

    02 February 2021

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s approach to tackling the biggest challenge of our times led to it winning the Climate Emergency category at The MJ Awards last year, as Dan Peters reports.

  • Winning on social housing in Hull

    20 January 2021

    The combination of austerity and welfare reform led Hull City Council to rethink its support for its social housing tenants. The end result has been an award winning service. The MJ reports.

  • Why Hackney's sharing of Windrush heroes’ stories stood out

    11 January 2021

    Hackney LBC received the ‘delivering best outcomes’ award at The MJ Achievement Awards. Martin Ford looks at the reasons behind the success of its Windrush Generations programme.

  • A step forwards for children in Sandwell

    26 October 2020

    The STEPS school-like setting has transformed the lives of children newly arrived in the UK. Lesley Hagger says Sandwell MBC won the Innovation in Children’s Services category of The MJ Achievement Awards 2020 'due to the hard work of our staff'.

  • From good to great

    07 October 2020

    In the wake of The MJ’s successful virtual achievement awards last week, Penna’s Julie Towers takes a look at what qualities lead to success in a leadership team.

  • Jacqui’s Strictly sparkle

    07 October 2020

    Just when you think you have reached peak local government glamour, someone just pops up and pips you at the post.

  • A time to celebrate the success of local government

    06 October 2020

    The MJ Achievement Awards may not have been the usual annual gala dinner and a glitzy awards ceremony with a celebrity presenter, says Heather Jameson - but local government's 'mammoth effort' during the pandemic deserves to be celebrated.