North Essex Parking Partnership finalists at British Parking Awards

The North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) is delighted to have been announced as finalists in five categories at this year’s national British Parking Awards.

The five categories NEPP are finalists in, include: the Communications Award; the Back Office Award; Parking Technology; Rising Star and the Parking Partnerships Award.

The Partnership which brings together the local authority parking operations across North Essex, has previously been finalists and winners at these prestigious awards and is keen to continue its success by highlighting other successful elements of the organisation’s work to the judges.

The Communications Award category recognises imaginative, engaging and informative approaches to communicating with the public and other organisations. NEPP has been shortlisted for its Communications Strategy which aims to engage, inform and educate NEPP’s customers and stakeholders through several channels including its new website, social media, use of video and reports.

The Back Office Award recognises the excellent work of back-office teams working within the sector. NEPP’s Business Unit has been shortlisted for the internal support it provides to the organisation and for introducing and managing new initiatives to support the organisation’s development and ensure its efficiency.

The Parking Technology Award recognises advances in the systems used to manage parking. The innovation will be a piece of parking hardware, a device or a wider system that makes the management of parking more efficient and/or customer friendly. NEPP’s award submission featured the bay sensor pilot and the EV charging project including the new cashless Park and Charge system using MiPermit, which was the first of its kind in the UK.

The Rising Star Award shines a spotlight on the rising stars in parking who are nominated for consistently making an outstanding contribution to their team and the wider parking sector. NEPP’s Rising Star finalist is Jake England, the Partnership’s Group Operating Manger.

The Parking Partnerships Award recognises the importance of partnership working in the parking sector, with this year’s award paying particular interest to responses to the ongoing pandemic. The submission highlights the Partnership’s successes and explains how its work focuses on Communication, Education, Innovation and Efficiency, and is delivered. Examples of how NEPP delivers and supports new and innovative projects such as its 3PR and Park Safe Schools scheme, EV charging and frictionless and smart bay parking for its partners, also featured.

Councillor Land, Chairman of On-Street Parking at North Essex Parking Partnership, said: “This is fantastic news and I’m incredibly proud that NEPP has been shortlisted for multiple awards at national level. NEPP is a forward-thinking, innovative organisation which strives to be the best it can be for its customers, partners and communities and this news highlights and recognises this work.”

The British Parking Awards, originally launched in 2002, seek to recognise and celebrate best practice, innovation and achievement in the design and management of both public and private sector parking. The 2022 winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 16 September at the Royal Lancaster, London.