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Finalists are announced after HWFRS host the final task of the LG Challenge

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On 3rd and 4th June 2015, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) hosted the final task of the Local Government Challenge. The contestants, who are aspiring future local government chief executives, arrived in Worcester to face the judges and compete to win a £10,000 scholarship.

For the sixth year running, the LG Challenge is providing contestants from councils across the country with the opportunity to pitch and implement a project of their devising, after they tackle a series of local government-based challenges.

The contestants were set their final challenge by HWFRS, which involved developing a campaign for the recruitment of on-call firefighters. The two teams, Team Aspire and Team Catalyst, were given access to on-call staff, Service managers, and had a chance to speak to the public to gain their views and ideas for the campaign.

After putting together their presentations, each team presented their recruitment campaign to the judging panel. The teams were judged on their creativity and ability to come up with innovative ideas, and after a tense wait, Team Aspire were declared the winners of the challenge.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates who was on the judging panel said: "The Service was proud to be the only fire service involved in the competition this year and we were very impressed with the talent of the contestants. Their campaigns consisted of some fantastic ideas that we will definitely consider using to assist with future on-call firefighter recruitment campaigns."

The contestants were scored throughout the five challenges undertaken and the four finalists were revealed as:

• Angela Glithero, Derbyshire County Council

• Ben Smith, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, West Suffolk Partnership

• Jude Taylor, Staffordshire County Council

• Matt Reeks, Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership

The finalists will now attend LGA's Annual Conference, where they will pitch a project plan that they have developed to benefit local communities. The overall winner will scoop up the prize of the £10,000 Bruce-Lockhart Scholarship, which will assist with implementation of their project.

To find out more about the @LGChallenge and to watch film clips from the other tasks, visit http://www.local.gov.uk/lgchallenge .

Issued by Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Officer
01905 368319