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Contact: 2commune Limited
The Old Rectory, Main Street
Glenfield, Leicestershire
LE3 8DG

Tel: 0845 868 3975

Tags: Websites for parish and town councils

A great day at Cromford Mills

A great day at Cromford Mills

Posted: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:30 by Ray Smith

Derbyshire Association of Local Councils 71st AGM was held in the Gothic Warehouse at Cromford Mills. Cromford Mills was the first water-powered cotton spinning mill developed by Richard Arkwright in 1771. It is the birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The day included a fascinating presentation on how to produce a good press release and concluded with a networking lunch followed by a tour of the site.

The picture shows Wendy Amis (left) and Glen Ingham (right) from DALC with Ray Smith from 2commune (in the middle).

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for parish and town councils

Yellow Pages - End of an Era

Yellow Pages - End of an Era

Posted: Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:25 by Ray Smith

The Yellow Pages is no more. We all had one next to our phone helping us to solve domestic crises and securing local traders lucrative work.

After 51 years, owners Yell have decided to close the book and offer a purely online service, as people tend to just Google things these days.

Does your council provide an online directory to your community?

UK Local Councils (UKLC) includes an online community directory making it easy for members of the community to find local groups and businesses. This helps people find what they are looking for locally which helps them and the local economy. Here's an example.

Tags: Websites for parish and town councils, UK Local Councils

Devolution of services to local councils

Devolution of services to local councils

Posted: Thu, 25 May 2017 18:00 by Ray Smith

Jonathan Owen (NALC Cheif Executive) is pictured here with Tina Britt from 2commune at the spring conference in Norfolk.

In his presentation to Norfolk parishes, Jonathan said that "results of a recent consultation conducted by NALC showed that over 70% of respondents are keen to get involved in local service delivery".

As higher tier authorities face reduced funding they won't be able to fund discretionary services. There is a real opportunity for local councils to pick up the baton and deliver new local services in innovative and exciting ways.

The public have always been confused about which tier of local government provides what services. This is only going to become more confusing as service delivery moves between tiers.

2commune have developed a comprehensive A - Z of services directory which makes it easy for members of the public to find the service they need (even if it's not provided by the parish or town council). The directory has recently been upgraded to make it easy to add, remove or modify services at any level of local government. This system links into GOV.UK to provide automated links to higher tier authorities.

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils, Websites for parish and town councils

Norfolk ALC Spring Conference

Norfolk ALC Spring Conference

Posted: Thu, 25 May 2017 10:48 by Ray Smith

Ray Smith (from 2commune ) is pictured here with Russell Reeve (Norfolk ALC's County Officer).

The theme of the conference was Sustainability and was held at The Great Britain Centre in Swaffham.

It was a scorching hot day, an upbeat agenda kept everyone's attention. There were lots of questions and the main session was followed by a networking lunch.

We would like to thank all of those who were able to visit the stand. Our 'Crash Course in Digital by Default' was well received by attendees.

Finally there was a chance to take a tour of the Windmill although we heard that Helen chickened out due to the unnerving swaying sensation as she climbed the tower.

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils, Websites for parish and town councils

Government Launches New Digital Strategy

Government Launches New Digital Strategy

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:30 by Ray Smith

The Cabinet Office has launched the new digital strategy.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Reform think tank's annual conference in central London, Ben Gummer MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office, outlined the government's commitment to build on the Digital by Default services developed under the previous digital transformation strategy.

Gummer said: "I want to see a revolution in the way we deliver public services – so that people up and down our country feel that government is at their service at every single stage in the journey.

"That is why we are today (9th February 2017) publishing our Government Transformation Strategy, outlining our commitment to reshape government by ensuring millions of people are able to access online the services they need, whenever they need. We will deliver these changes while driving efficiencies wherever possible, making considerable savings for the taxpayer.

"Only by transforming the relationship between the citizen and the state – so that the latter serves the former – will we deliver the Prime Minister's commitment to build a country that works for everyone."

Watch Ben Gummer's keynote speech in the video below.

Tags: UK Local Councils, Websites for parish and town councils, Resource, Strategy, Parish Council Websites, Town Council Websites, UKLC

What a Difference a Year Makes, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

What a Difference a Year Makes, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:00 by Ray Smith

This time last year we had just completed our tender for the contract to continue to supply local council websites in Leicestershire & Rutland. We were tentatively waiting to hear how we had got on. It wasn't until February 2016 that we finally heard that we'd won the contract. We're delighted to say that we now have well over 100 Leicestershire & Rutland parishes back 'on-board'. Thank you all so much for staying with us.

This year we've continued to welcome many new, parish and town councils to the UKLC family. A considerable proportion of these have been 'smaller councils' most having received transparency funding to cover the cost of their sites.

Norfolk Association of Local Councils joined the growing number of CALCs using UKLC. It was great to meet them and a large number of member councils at their November conference.

Our 'Digital by Default' roadshow continues to truck on with the most recent one being held at the Suffolk Association's office only a few weeks ago.

We have lot's of exciting things in the pipeline for 2017 which already promises to be another fantastic year. The next UKLC Conference will be on March 22nd 2017, we hope to see you all there. If you've not received your invite yet then please contact us.

Our office will close at 5:00pm on Thursday, December 22nd and reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd 2017. Should you need any assistance during this period, please raise a technical support ticket or leave a message on the office answer machine and we will respond as soon as possible.

With the X Factor, Strictly and Apprentice finals over we've still got the Dr Who Christmas special to look forward to on TV. And then it's New Year!

A massive 'Thank You' to all of our customers old and new.
We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Here's to a great 2017!

Best Wishes,
From us all at 2commune

Tags: Websites for local councils, Parish Councils, Town Councils, Websites for parish and town councils, UKLC, UK Local Councils, Christmas

2commune wins Leicestershire Framework Contract for a further 4 years.

2commune wins Leicestershire Framework Contract for a further 4 years.

Posted: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:00 by Ray Smith

We have been working with Parish and Town councils in Leicestershire and Rutland for well over 10 years now and are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the new framework contract by Leicestershire County Council.

This sole supplier framework runs for 4 years and replaces the one previously held by 2commune which was established in 2013. Parish and Town Council's procuring websites under the framework benefit from a guaranteed fixed cost over the lifetime of the contract which has been reviewed by the County Council's legal department.

The contract was signed on February 16th 2016 and lasts until February 15th 2020.

Thomas Barker (Policy & Assurance Manager at Leicesteshire County Council) said: "We are pleased to announce that 2commune have won the contract for the new framework. Their bid offered the best value based on cost and quality over the life of the framework, as well as a product specifically designed for parish councils".

Councils in Leicestershire and Rutland wishing to find out more about the contract should contact us direct.

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils, Leicestershire, Parish Councils, Town Councils, Websites for parish and town councils

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from 2commune

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from 2commune

Posted: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:00 by Ray Smith

Is it really the end of another year? It hardly seems like 5 minutes since we were writing our last Christmas message.

It's been a fantastic year and we've enjoyed a huge amount of success & innovation driven by our users. Normally things start to slow down at this time of year, however this December has been our best month ever.

We launched our new 'mobile optimised' templates and 'custom' design option at the 2015 user group event. The 'custom' design offers a rich, crisp new look and feel. Here's a few examples Duffield, Huntingdon, and Newtown Linford. Whilst our 'classic' template continues to be our best seller.

This year we have established ourselves as the major supplier in the local council sector. UKLC has raised the bar and is setting the industry standard for parish and town council websites across the UK. Our customer base now stretches from Cheshire to Cornwall, we now have 7 CALCs on-board.

Tina (our managing director) became a member of the Leicestershire & Rutland Local Council Award Scheme accreditation panel.

Ray (our strategy & development director) was re-elected as a parish councillor for Glenfield at this years election and now chairs the finance working party.

Our offices are now closed until Monday 4th January 2016. Should you need any assistance during this period, please raise a technical support ticket or leave a message on the office answer machine and we will respond as soon as possible.

That just leaves us to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy and Peaceful New Year from all at 2commune. We look forward to working with you all next year and to welcoming many more new customers 'on board' UKLC.

Thank You!

Tags: Websites for parish and town councils, UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils

The tide is turning, are you on the 'bandwagon'?

The tide is turning, are you on the 'bandwagon'?

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:12 by Ray Smith

Those of you that have attended one of our digital by default workshops will be aware of the growing strategic importance of your website and how it is becoming the hub of your communications. This infographic should convince any remaining sceptics that the future is online.

As we're moving towards the New Year it could be a good time to review your website and check that it's still fit for purpose. Ask yourself the following questions:

1) Is it optimised for mobile and tablet devices and can you switch between touch screen and desktop views to enhance the user experience on any particular device?

2) Does it have the required functionality or does it just look pretty but frustrate your users?

3) Is it being used or do parishioners still call or email you because they can't find what they want on your site?

If you would like any help or advice on the future of digital technology and how it can make your council more efficient and effective then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Tags: Websites for parish and town councils