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GeoPlace announces the winners of the 2017 Exemplar Awards


GeoPlace has announced the winners of the 2017 Exemplar Awards which were presented at the 12th annual GeoPlace conference and exhibition at Leeds United Football Club on 11th May 2017.

The Exemplar Award is awarded to a council for the best example or demonstration of local address and/or street datasets providing quantifiable benefits.

This year's winner is Northumberland County Council for its pilot project rolling out 30 hours' free childcare a year in advance of full availability nationally, doubling the existing free childcare for 3-4 year olds.  Using the UPRN from its local address data, the council developed an up-to-date, digital solution to reduce the administration processes needed to secure efficient implementation of this new statutory duty and respond to parents' applications swiftly.

As a result, over 675 families have been able to access additional childcare support, with the average saving of £2,131.80 per household.

The winner of the Peer Award is Rachel Antcliffe from Leeds City Council.  Rachel has been an LLPG Custodian for many years, always achieving ‘Gold' status and Best in Region for several years. 

She is an active member of the addressing community – being deputy chair for many years and working on the Improvement Schedule working group.  She is always willing to share best practise, offer advice and guidance to anyone who may need it. 

Rachel can always be counted on at regional meetings to come up with interesting topics and engage with fellow custodians in the region.  Often stepping up to give a presentation on areas of work which she knows will be of benefit to custodians.

A key focus of the 2017 Exemplar Awards is on those Custodians who have invested time in creating and continually improving their processes and who have made and achieved a real commitment to improving both the accuracy and quality of the data submitted to the GeoPlace hubs.  These authorities are recognised within the Data Quality and Improvement Awards.

South Mole Valley District Council and the Royal Borough of Greenwich were announced as winners of the Data Quality and Improvement Award for Addresses 2017 and the Data Quality and Improvement Award for Streets 2017 respectively.

Awards were also presented for Best Address Data in Region and Best Street Data in Region together with Awards for those at ‘Gold' Standard.

A full list of winners can be seen here.



Notes to editors:


GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace's role is to create and maintain the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure and the National Street Gazetteer for England and Wales, providing definitive sources of publicly-owned spatial address and street data for Great Britain.


Gayle Gander

Head of Marketing


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