Stockport's success story continues: double shortlisting for Stockport Council and Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation

It's a double delight for Stockport as Stockport Council and Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation have been shortlisted for the prestigious MJ and Pineapple Awards.

Stockport's success story continues: double shortlisting for Stockport Council and Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation

It follows on from previous nominations this year for Stockport Council at the LGC, iNetwork, and Purple Flag Awards.

This is further good news for the borough, which just a few weeks ago received the accolade of Best Place to Live in the North West by the Sunday Times.

The MJ Awards acknowledge the efforts of local governments to support local communities facing diverse challenges and difficulties. Stockport Council has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Senior Leadership Team. This category recognises teams that reflect outstanding leadership and nurture collaborative solutions in managing day-to-day responsibilities at local governments.
  • Innovation in Partnerships. Stockport’s cross-sector DigiKnow alliance has been shortlisted as an innovative partnership tackling digital exclusion.
  • Leadership in responding to the Climate Emergency. The council's Climate Action Now (CAN) team has been recognised for the important work they are doing towards a carbon-neutral borough.
  • Rising Star. Liz Atherton from the CAN team has been shortlisted.

But the good news doesn't stop there. The Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation has also been shortlisted for the Pineapple Awards Place in Progress category. The Pineapple Awards are curated in partnership with industry publication The Developer and Design Council. They celebrate unique places people want to live in or visit, and this is an excellent achievement given all the great regeneration work that has taken place in the borough over the past year.

Celebrating the double shortlisting, Caroline Simpson, Stockport Council Chief Executive, said:

“We’re delighted to be recognised for the hard work that goes into delivering the best for our borough and the people who live here. We’re committed to making Stockport a borough of opportunity and a place everyone is proud to call home. The £1 billion ‘mighty metamorphosis’ of our town centre is helping turn us into one of the most exciting towns around and one of the best places to live in the North West (Sunday Times).”

Paul Richards, Chief Executive of Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC), said:

"This year marks five years since Stockport MDC was established as a key delivery vehicle for Stockport’s trailblazing regeneration. The MDC has made huge progress over this time, delivering on our shared vision of regenerating the area to the west of the town centre.

“With over 1,400 new homes completed or under construction, new Grade A office space created at our landmark Stockport Exchange business district, and new facilities and public spaces, including the ground-breaking transport interchange and rooftop Viaduct Park, the MDC has built a strong track record of delivery.

“We are of course delighted with this national recognition, a testament to the commitment, expertise and collaboration of our board, team and all our partners. We still have so much more we want to achieve for our residents and over the course of 2024 we will see even more major milestones, which will cement Stockport’s position as one of the most exciting and convenient towns to live in the UK.”