The winners of the iNetwork Innovation Awards 2022 were announced at the Innovation Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Thursday 16th March 2023 at the Manchester Marriot Victoria & Albert hotel. The evening saw the announcement of seven winners in total:

– iStandUK Award (for Data sharing)
– Connected Procurement & Commissioning Award
– Effective Information Sharing & Security Award
– Transforming & Innovating Public Services Award
– Partnership Excellence Award
– Most Creative Video Award
– Outstanding Contribution Award

iStandUK Award

The first category of the night was for the iStandUK Award. This award recognises projects that demonstrates innovation and achievement in the effective use of data and information standards to improve services, to enable information transparency and/or to enable common understanding of a key issue. The award was presented by Paul Davidson, iStandUK, & Phil Swan, GMCA. The winner of this award was:

Wigan Council & Data to Insight – Quality Safeguarding Data Platform

Connected Procurement & Commissioning (CPC) Award

The Connected Procurement & Commissioning (CPC) award recognises successes in public procurement and commissioning. In particular initiatives that have used innovative and collaborative procurement or commissioning practices to tackle social outcomes that are important to the public sector, delivered savings and efficiencies, and generally supported the improvement of public service organisations and the communities which they serve. This award is sponsored by YPO was presented by Jim Parkinson, YPO and Peter Schofield, Manchester City Council. The winner of the CPC category was:

Wigan Council – Applying Progressive Procurement to Support Community Wealth Building 

Effective Information Sharing & Security (EISS) Award

The Effective Information Sharing & Security (EISS) Award recognises projects that facilitate the secure storage, sharing, and/or use of sensitive information to deliver more efficient and effective services for users whilst ensuring that personal information is protected. The award was presented by David Willis, Lancashire & South Cumbria ICB and Alan Boardman, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS FT. The winner of the EISS category was:

Calderdale Council – Shared DDos Protection Contract

Transforming & Innovating Public Services (TIPS) Award 

The fourth category was for the Transforming & Innovating Public Services (TIPS) Award. This award recognises excellence in the transformation of public services and teams/organisations that have successfully implemented change for people and places. The winning project demonstrated evidence of improved outcomes through innovative citizen focused solutions in the areas of data, technology and/or culture change. This award is sponsored by TPXimpact and was presented by Emma Cheshire, TPXimpact and Christopher Lewis, Oldham Council. The winner of the TIPS award category was:

Lancaster City Council – Co-Wheels Car Scheme

Partnership Excellence Award

After all our programme awards were announced, we moved on to the Partner Excellence Award. This award recognises outstanding performance from their partner organisations. The award celebrates innovation, collaboration, efficiency and going the extra mile in partnership working. The award was presented by Delphine Fitouri, Bradford District Care NHS FT. The winner was:

CC2i, Looking Local & the Co-Funding Councils – Care Cap Account Collaboration


Most Creative Video Award

All shortlisted finalists who attended on the night submitted fantastic projects this year and alongside this were required to submit a short video on their project. View all of this year’s shortlisted finalist.

All shortlisted finalists were then automatically entered in the next category for the Most Creative Video Award. This award recognised the originality and ingenuity to create inspired, fun and/or impactful video content. The award was presented by Phil Swan, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the winners were:

STAR Procurement – 12 Steps to Social Value

Outstanding Contribution Award

Finally the most anticipated award of the evening, the Outstanding Contribution Award was announced. It recognises the outstanding contribution of the iNetwork member organisation that has done the most to promote learning and sharing of innovation and best practice. The award was presented by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and the winner was:

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

The evening closed with some remarks from Phil Swan, who thanked all those that have supported iNetwork and to all the judges who have given up their time to help and support the Innovation Awards 2022. You can view all the images from the night in the Innovation Awards Gallery 2022.