Council’s award for digital excellence

The iNorthumberland team receiving NextGen Award.
The iNorthumberland team receiving NextGen Award.

Northumberland’s approach to improving digital skills and digital inclusion in communities across the county has won it a prestigious national award.

The NextGen Digital Challenge Awards celebrate innovation, success and leadership in the UK’s digital economy.

Work highlighted in the winning entry is carried out on behalf of Northumberland County Council by the iNorthumberland project.

iNorthumberland has been running since 2013 when one in five of the county’s residents had never been online and Northumberland had some of the poorest availability of broadband provision in the whole UK.

Over the past two years iNorthumberland has led a number of initiatives that have really turned around the digital credentials of the county.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and Arch chair, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the award and to be recognised for such fantastic and beneficial programmes for communities across Northumberland.

“We are delighted to have received national recognition and it is great to see that through hard work and determination we are being acknowledged for our efforts.

“The business support programme will come to an end this month so I would encourage anyone who has not done so already to get in touch.”

To find out more about the business support programme contact a business adviser on 01670 528409 or visit