After a tough year of enforcement action which has resulted in 87% of Derby’s food premises achieving a top four or five rating under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, the City Council’s Environmental Health Team have had that hard work recognised at this year’s Association for Public Sector Excellence (APSE) Service awards and took home the ‘Best Service Team: Environmental Health’.

So, what cinched the award against other Local Authority teams?

Through an innovative collaboration, the Food and Safety team at Derby City Council, took a leading role in the national food hygiene agenda and a report was produced as part of a ground breaking project to better support new “high risk” food businesses to meet their regulatory duties and prevent harmful effects to public health. The project saw Derby City Council working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and the Food and Drink Forum and was funded by the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO).

Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Regulatory services said about the award win:

“The project proved that innovative partnership working can have substantial positive impacts for new food businesses. To have this achievement recognised with a national award is a huge credit to the hard work of the Food and Safety team who ensure that food business across the city meet the hygiene regulations that keep our residents safe.”