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The Town and City Management Industry Awards Return

New Climate Action Award Launched to Coincide with the 2024 Summer School 



Deadline for Applications: Sunday, 12th May 2024

Application Forms: The form for schemes/projects are available here. The form for individual and partnership awards are available here.

As we approach the 2024 Summer School, ATCM is delighted to launch the Town and City Management Industry (TCMI) Awards.
These Awards identify the best of the best across the urban place management industry whether they are based in the UK or Ireland, whether they emanate from the public, private or voluntary sectors.


Awards with a Purpose
The TCMI Awards have always been purpose driven. In addition to recognising the excellent work of ATCM’s members, they also serve to support the dissemination of best practice to other towns and strengthen ATCM’s ability to undertake advocacy with the UK, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive.

To ensure the 2024 Awards remain relevant to today’s challenges, we are making changes. 

Why Size Doesn't Matter
Firstly, we want to better recognise the valuable contribution of our smaller members. While we do not always expect smaller councils, BIDs and town centre partnerships to be able to devote the same level of resource to great schemes as others, this should not diminish the value of those schemes or the innovation on display. Therefore, to support better parity, we are adding new criteria that will be used in judging winners. We will explore the cost effectiveness and scalability of all schemes to understand how practical it is for other areas to replicate great work, despite potentially limited resources.


Introducing the Climate Action Award
Secondly, new for 2024, and in honour of the Summer School theme ‘Innovation in Town and City Climate Action’ we are introducing the new Climate Action Award. We will recognise the member with the most progressive work on a range of issues including net zero, climate resilience, stakeholder engagement, or even bio diversity. The Climate Action Award will be a permanent addition to the Town and City Management Industry Awards.
Not everything is changing. Like last year we are going ‘all in’ on schemes that are different from the ordinary. The scoring will be weighted towards ‘innovation’ which is worth triple points.

Application Process
There are 12 award categories in total. They are split into two groups, one group celebrating the best projects and schemes of 2023/24 and the other celebrating the best people and partnerships behind the schemes.
The award categories for specific schemes and projects are....

  • Business Support Scheme

  • Best Event

  • Best Safety, Security and Resilience Scheme

  • Best Social and Community Contribution

  • Best Climate Action Scheme (NEW)

  • Best Digital High Street Scheme

  • Best Marketing and Branding Scheme

  • Best Culture and Arts Scheme

  • Best Accessibility Scheme

The awards categories for individuals and partnerships are...

  • Best Ambassador, Warden or Ranger

  • Inspirational Leader

  • Outstanding Partnership

Download the specific scheme submission form here.
Download the individual and partnership submission forms here.


Some T's and C's
Members are only permitted to submit one application for the specific schemes to ensure a competitive, open process.
Submissions can only be written and submitted by practitioner members. Applications can recognise the contributions of suppliers, but only practitioner-led applications will be accepted.
All submissions must be received no later than Sunday 12th May 2024.



2023 Winners

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Last year, the Town and City Management Industry Awards focussed on schemes that help to tackle the cost of living crisis, celebrating innovation during another tricky year.
The winners were…
Best Business Support
Aberdeen Inspired for the Aberdeen Gift Card
Best Event
In Exeter for the Exeter Carnival
Best Safety, Security and Resilience Scheme
Camden Town Unlimited for their Community Wardens scheme (pictured above)
Best Social and Community Contribution
PfBB for Northampton BID for the St Katherine’s Gardens Coronation Clean-Up project
Best Environmental Contribution
Positively Putney BID for Putney Pedals (pictured above)
Best Marketing and Branding Scheme
Norwich BID for  ‘Norwich the City of Stories’ scheme
Best Culture and Arts Scheme
Brixton BID, Twinning with Harlem 125th Street Business Improvement District
Best Accessibility Scheme
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for their Town Accessibility scheme (pictured above)
Best Ambassador, Warden or Ranger
Debbi Martin, Ranger, Go! Southampton
Inspirational Leader
Adrain Watson, CEO, Aberdeen Inspired
Outstanding Partnership
Bristol BID

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Join the Town and City Management Industry Awards Dinner

Fancy throwing your hat in the ring?

Make sure you book your place at the Town and City Management Industry Awards Dinner now and get access to the ‘ALL IN’ discount that allows you to attend the whole of Summer School at a reasonable price. This year’s Summer School, ‘Innovation in Town and City Climate Action’ will explore a number of issues crucial to local climate action including recovering from extreme weather, business engagement on sustainability, the 15 minute city, and the impact of net zero on regeneration. The awards dinner will include the Purple Flag Awards and a reflection on 20 years of BIDs in the UK.

This event will take place in Glasgow and will include cutting edge content as with any ATCM event.

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