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Dennett House, 11 Middle Street
Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH

Tel: 01823 270101                     Find Us
Fax: 01823 425200
Email: info@swcouncils.gov.uk


Training and Events

Many of our courses can be adapted for in-house delivery and can be specifically tailored to meet individual needs.

Sometimes due to reasons beyond our control a course has to be cancelled or postponed.  We will advise nominating officers and applicants immediately of such a decision.  Please note in exceptional circumstances we may have to make changes at short notice to the content (to reflect changes in legislation, current thinking or topical issues), timing, speakers and/or venue.

South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


South West Challenge 2017



Oct 05, 2017 09:30 - 20:30


The Holiday Inn, Taunton


Are you ready for a Challenge?

The SW Challenge offers a rare opportunity for aspiring managers across the South West to gain exposure to issues outside of their normal working lives and gives them a taste of what senior management is like.  

Working as a team of six people from any area of work, delegates will spend the day as the management team of a fictional local authority, encountering many of the tasks that a real corporate team would deal with.

They’ll have to work as a team, with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council. They’ll learn how to keep calm and focussed whilst choosing which areas to prioritise; dealing with politically sensitive issues and still keeping their focus on how to give the public the best services with limited budgets.



The event offers a unique, full-day, fully-interactive training experience which offers delegates the chance to:

  • gain a practical insight into how local authority management works
  • experience working under pressure with colleagues from your organisation
  • consider your organisation’s agenda for transformational change and discuss innovative ideas
  • develop ways of managing the current financial constraints
  • engage in partnership working and political communication to gain better understanding of the benefits this can bring
  • All this will be helped by a team development report produced after the Challenge.

New For 2017 - The All-Comers Team

In 2017 a new opportunity is open, if an organisation has a smaller number of staff they wish to enter tin the Challenge, they can put forward individuals to join an All-Comers team form across the South-West.  Download the Application Form for further details.


Got A Question? Check out our FAQ:

Challenge FAQ

Please download the special Application Form for this event:

Challenge Application 2017


Grant Thornton UK LLP Grant Thornton


Bevan Brittan



For  opportunities to sponsor Challenge 2018 or another of our events  please email.

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Prices based on:
Team of 6 members: £1,500 + VAT

Enhanced Team Development Package

Team of  6 members: £2,250 + VAT

All-Comers Team
Per person:               £395 + VAT


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