Colchester and Ipswich Museums won Best Guidebook for a Museum category in the Association of Cultural Enterprises' national awards, for its 'Colchester Castle - 2,000 years of history' publication. Colchester Castle was also one of three finalists in the Best Product category.
Colchester and Ipswich Training Museum was shortlisted in the Cultural Heritage category. The Training Museum team were able to showcase their work around diversity, through the traineeships, schools activities and volunteering, as well as demonstrating commitment to championing new talent through the Transforming People conference.
Colchester Castle has won the award for Best Museum or Historical Attraction in Essex for 2017. The awards, which are now in their fourth year, champion the best places and best businesses within Essex for families with young children. Winners are selected solely by votes from the readers of Primary Times in Essex (these readers also voted Colchester Castle into top place in 2015).
Castle Park and High Woods Country Park have both been awarded Green Flag Awards, recognising them as two of the best parks in the UK. The Castle Park also earned Green Heritage Site status
Colchester achieved silver-gilt in the small city category (Anglia region).
Twenty of Colchester Borough Council's car parks across the town centre and borough were given the nationally recognised Park Mark award following an independent Police inspection and assessment in September 2016. The annual award is given in recognition of investment to keep the car parks to a high standard, ensure the safety of customers and their vehicles, and where there are low instances of crime.
Winners included High Woods Country Park (winner of Parks [Large Over 10 Acres] and gold award); the Big Garden at High Woods Country Park (winner of Best Garden for Special Needs); Castle Park (Parks [Large Over 10 Acres] )gold award; the Castle Park 'three bees' (winner of best local authority floral display) - and Colchester earned a gold award in the city category.
The 'Cub Scouts Bee Project - Colchester' won the Bill Webster Award (Best Young People's Project aged 12 years and under).
Colchester Cemetery was awarded silver-gilt (cemeteries over 10 acres).
The New Town Community Garden was nominated ('grow your own' category).
The Training Museum is a three-year project by the Colchester + Ipswich Museums Service, set up in 2015 with funding from Arts Council England to develop the next generation of museum staff. Seven full-time trainees on this course scooped the Arts and Cultural Learning prize.
Successfully reassessed as being a CIPFA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accredited Employer for best practice.
The Council won the Environmental Awareness category for its Environmental Sustainability Strategy and related work. The strategy outlines its approach to environmental issues and identifies what it is aiming to achieve by 2020, setting out how Colchester will be a prominent sustainable borough by being a leading example in the community and helping communities become more resilient to climate change.
Awarded to High Woods Country Park for the first time - joining the Castle Museum, Hollytrees Museum and the Castle Park - for consistently achieving outstanding reviews.
Legal Services were re-accredited against this Law Society standard. Lexcel is the Law Society's legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care.
Gold Performance Award for Address Data - for consistently maintaining the highest level of data quality. The Exemplar Awards recognise excellence in local authority business-critical data creation of Address data, known as a Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and Street data, known as a Local Street Gazetteer (LSG).Only 15 authorities in the east of England achieved this Gold standard.
These awards recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and public bodies from across the county.