Surrey County Council’s shared services team has been named the best in Europe by a major industry body.

The county council team was praised by the The Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON) for its innovative use of technology and social media.

The county team won the “Best Shared Service Centre or Outsourcer in Europe for Customer Service” accolade from the body.

A Surrey County Council spokesman said Coca Cola Hellenic, Siemens and Bank of Ireland were among the more-than 150 organisations up for the title in the annual SSON awards.

Denise Le Gal, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for business services, said: “I’m delighted our work has been recognised as the best in Europe.

“It’s a real testament to the staff here that we are delivering a better and more innovative service than so many multi-billion pound organisations, and this is a fantastic reward for their efforts.”