Plymouth City Council pipped fellow contenders to be named Local Authority of the Year at The MJ Achievement Awards this afternoon.
They were among the winners announced at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane in London.
The judges described Plymouth as ‘a local authority that has put culture-led regeneration at its heart’ that was ‘determined to put its city on the map for all the right reasons’.
This year saw hundreds of entries across 17 categories covering everything from social care to digital, and public health to transformation.
Broadcaster and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls was on hand to host the gala dinner attended by more than 800 guests.
Editor of The MJ, Heather Jameson, said: ‘Once again these awards have showcased the hugely important role our local authorities play in their communities and why we need them more than ever in these uncertain times.
‘Our judges had a tough time picking out the winners in each category with the competition particularly strong this year.
‘Congratulations to Plymouth and all this year’s winners.’