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Web technology for local councils

The Old Rectory

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

Tel: 0845 868 3975

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New Knowledge Base Module added to our CALC product set.

New Knowledge Base Module added to our CALC product set.

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00 by Ray Smith

We have been working with the Hertfordshire Association of Parish and Town Councils for several months now. Shortly after going live Carina Helmn (County Officer) said "We chose 2commune because we were very impressed with the work they had done in Leicestershire. We now have a great looking product, delivered on time and at a very reasonable price. The site is straightforward to maintain and our members have found it simple to use with easy access to information".

Following a recent request from one of their member parishes, HAPTC commissioned us to develop a 'Knowledge Base' module. This knowledge base will only be available to member councils and will provide a valuable resource of expertise available within Hertfordshire councils. The idea is that councils can then access each others' specialisms on a peer to peer basis. This module is now part of our standard CALC offering.

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websire for CALCs

Improve your online presence and become more effective: HOW? Become 'Digital by Default'!

Improve your online presence and become more effective: HOW? Become 'Digital by Default'!

Posted: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:53 by Ray Smith

Central government has set out its 'digital by default' strategy which outlines; how making everyday transactions with public services will be easier and cheaper online. Government figures estimate that moving services online can save around £1.2bn by 2015.

Find out what 'digital by default' really means and how YOUR council can become more efficient and effective. How? Attend one of our 'digital by default' workshops.

The next workshop will be held at the Northants CALC offices in Litchborough on March 12th, 2014. For more information and to book your place visit their website.

Attendees will qualify for a £100 discount if they later purchase a UK Local Councils (UKLC) website.

Councils outside of Northamptonshire are welcome to attend.

If you can't make this workshop and would like to find out how your council can become 'digital by default' then please contact us.

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Parish Councils, Town Councils

Most modern websites make use of online forms, but how many of us test them to make sure that they are working?

Most modern websites make use of online forms, but how many of us test them to make sure that they are working?

Posted: Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:00 by Ray Smith

Recently we were looking for a new firm of accountants so I did a Google search of accountants in our area. One looked particularly interesting so I completed an online form expressing interest in their services and waited for them to contact me. I waited and waited and waited... Several days after, I guessed that the form had not got through and rang them asking if they had received it - not a good customer experience.

Don't let this happen to your customers, protect your council's reputation by testing your online forms frequently to ensure that they work. There can be several reasons that a completed form does not get through, change of email address or spam filter settings to name but two.

Our content management system (CMS) includes a powerful form building tool to enable you to design and build sophisticated forms on your website. The output as well as being sent to you by email is also entered into a database that can easily be downloaded as a spreadsheet. This means that you will never lose a completed form and the results can be used to do further analysis.

Tags: Tip, UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers, past, present and future.

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers, past, present and future.

Posted: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:09 by Ray Smith

Picture of the 'Old Rectory' taken on my way out of the office this evening.

We would like to say a 'big thank you' to everyone who has helped to make this another great year for 2commune.

It's been an interesting journey…

Following the 'soft release' of our enhanced product set in May, a growing number of Parish and Town Councils across the UK are joining the community of local councils using UKLC technology and we now have three County Associations 'on board'.

The NN One project is progressing well and plans to roll out the 'Leicestershire Model' across the three tiers of local government in Northamptonshire, providing a joined up A-Z of services and real time planning application feeds on local council websites.

We have started a series of 'How local councils can be more effective online' workshops which have been well received with more planned for 2014.

Our offices are now closed until Thursday 2nd January 2014. 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.

We look forward to working with you all next year and to welcoming new customers 'on board' UKLC.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all at 2commune.

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils, Parish Councils, Town Councils

Spot On – Brilliant – A Vast Improvement on Our Old Website...

Spot On – Brilliant – A Vast Improvement on Our Old Website...

Posted: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:58 by Tina Britt

These are some of the comments received from Towcester Town Councillors when shown their new website this month.

2commune are very pleased to announce that Towcester Town Council chose to use our technology for their new website. Dianne Issacs, Town Clerk to Towcester Town Council said "when we were looking for a supplier, we felt 2commune were the best fit for us. Having successfully supplied web technologies to Parish Councils for the last ten years, we were confident that they understood the market. This was important for us as we wanted to work with a supplier that is in touch with what we do as a Council".

"Once we started working with 2commune they quickly put us at ease by guiding us every step of the way. They assisted us with moving our existing content off our old website and provided guidance on how best to do this. We enjoy working with them, their staff are very friendly and are always available to answer any queries we have. We look forward to continue working with them and I would strongly recommend 2commune to other councils considering a new website for their council".

Tags: Website Launch, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils, UKLC, Parish Councils, Town Councils

LRALC Reflects 6 Months On

LRALC Reflects 6 Months On

Posted: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:49 by Ray Smith

Jake Atkinson, Chief Officer LRALC said:

"We have been using the website for over 6 months now and are very pleased with its ease of use, flexibility, member benefits, and (because every penny counts to a County Association such as ourselves!) the return on investment it has provided.

Read the whole case study here.

Tags: UK Local Councils, LRALC

How Local Councils Can Be More Effective Online

How Local Councils Can Be More Effective Online

Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:43 by Tina Britt

Ray Smith, our Strategy & Development Director will be facilitating a workshop for parish and town councils to explore ways of improving their online presence.

Central government has set out its 'digital by default' strategy which outlines; how making everyday transactions with public services will be easier and cheaper online. Government figures estimate that moving services online can save around £1.2bn by 2015.

Attend this workshop if you are interested in investigating how your council can become 'digital by default'.

  • Does your council have a digital strategy?
  • Does your website contribute to your digital strategy?
  • Are you making best use of social media?

This interactive workshop will explore how to set about producing a digital strategy, what should be included and considerations that need to be made.

Attendees will qualify for a £100 discount if they later purchase a UK Local Councils (UKLC) website.

The event will be held at the Northants CALC offices in Litchborough on December 3rd 2013, for more information and to book your place visit their website.

Councils outside of Northamptonshire are welcome to attend.

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils

New Northants CALC Website

New Northants CALC Website

Posted: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:51 by Ray Smith

Danny Moody, CEO said:

"Northants CALC had a homemade (WordPress) website, which was OK but a bit limited in its expandability. Northants CALC chose to implement a new web site with 2commune to be able to benefit from new features in the future. 2commune are specialists in the sector and so understand our market well. The feedback from our member councils has been very positive".

Tags: Northamptonshire, Websites for local councils

Connecting Local Councils in Northamptonshire

Connecting Local Councils in Northamptonshire

Posted: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:25 by Ray Smith

We are working with Northants CALC to deliver this exciting project in Northamptonshire.

NN One is a project aimed at increasing the capacity of Local Councils in Northamptonshire. New technology will enable local councils to become more efficient and effective. All tiers of authorities will benefit from improved communications and information provision.

NN One will replicate the proven 'Leicestershire Model' which joins up websites and back end systems across the three tiers of local government.

Visit northantscalc.gov.uk to keep updated on progress.

Tags: Northamptonshire, UKLC, Websites for local councils

Managing Director Appointed

Managing Director Appointed

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:06 by Ray Smith

We have recruited Tina Britt to lead 2commune into our next stage of growth.

Tina brings strong customer service skills gained in the retail and voluntary sector. For the last 10 years she has led a team delivering community IT projects in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Whilst implementing innovative on-line solutions in local communities and councils, Tina has gained an in depth understanding of the requirements and challenges that they face.

Tags: Staff