Network

Our network of members is our greatest asset – a wealth of wisdom from across the country – districts, counties, unitaries and London boroughs – with diverse political leadership.

They, along with our other partners, are united by their appetite for innovation, a willingness to embrace change and passion to simply do things better.

“This network is a precious resource to us here in East Ayrshire. Just imagine the value of 60 innovative, can-do councils sharing not only their successes, but the valuable lessons they’ve learnt along the way” 

Katie Kelly, Depute Chief Executive, East Ayrshire Council 

Frequent events give members the opportunity to meet to explore different ways of working and new approaches. They get access to cutting-edge research and leading experts but value just as much a safe confidential space to meet with their peers. 

Many of our sessions are totally peer-led, focussing on the successes and failures members have had working on the challenges that we all face. They are all expertly facilitated and concentrate on practical next steps for participants, no matter where they are on their journey. 

Our network also inspires much of our research work, which frequently draws examples and case studies from our members. 

What is The Innovation Series?

Innovation Exchanges give member councils a space to step away from day-to-day activities and engage with peers from across the country. In each session we unpack a big challenge or opportunity facing councils and their communities. While closely facilitated by the New Local team, each session is shaped by participants. Sessions are practically focused, so you should walk away with insights, ideas and learning to share with your team.

Innovation Insights are a series of rapid write-ups from our Innovation Exchanges. Here, we share the challenges as well as the solutions, approaches and ideas that attendees brought to the session.

Innovation Indepths are a series of briefings which each take a detailed look at a topic inspired by our Innovation Exchanges. These practical briefings share case-studies filled with insights and learning from organisations delivering these innovations.