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

Tel: 0845 868 3975

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New contract with Leicestershire County Council

New contract with Leicestershire County Council

Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:39 by Ray Smith

We have won a contract to continue to supply our parish council technologies in Leicestershire and Rutland for a further two years. The pioneering infrastructure used by town and parish councils in Leicestershire and Rutland is available to all local councils across the UK. The product previously known as 'Leicestershire Parish Councils' is part of UK Local Councils (UKLC) which can be found at www.localcouncils.org

Liz Clark from Leicestershire County Council said, "We are very pleased that the technology, proven in Leicestershire and Rutland, is now available to all local councils in the UK. They will be able to enjoy the many benefits that we have enjoyed for some time. Upper tier local authorities will also benefit from the joined-up county-wide a-z and planning feeds. We recognized some years ago that parish councils would become more important as a service provider and having this electronic service delivery infrastructure in place has contributed to joining-up the three tiers of local government in Leicestershire and Rutland".

These tried and tested web products, which are supplied under licence from 2commune Limited in Leicestershire, are available for supply to other County, District or Unitary Authorities wishing to provide a website solution for their local councils.

Ray Smith from 2commune said, "UK Local Councils (UKLC) is built from the ground up to satisfy the needs of a local council. It integrates seamlessly with the County and District councils to automate the A-Z of services and planning applications feed. The whole system is designed to automate as much as possible to enable staff managing the site to be highly productive, yet remains flexible so as not to limit their creativity".

For local councils, UKLC is more than just a set of web technologies, it provides a dynamic community where sites are reviewed annually, to keep them efficient and effective, and where users are fully trained and supported to make the most of their sites. Parish and Town councils looking for a new website should contact admin@2commune.com for more information.

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

Dronfield Goes Live

Dronfield Goes Live

Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:59 by Ray Smith

We are very pleased to announce that http://www.dronfield.gov.uk/ has gone live. Dronfield Town Council is a large local council with a precept of close to £900K.

Andrew Tristram (interim clerk) said: "After an intensive search looking at many parish and town council websites, we shortlisted a few developers for further investigation. 2commune had the experience, understood our requirements and had the ability to provide a fully functional website at a very competitive price. Importantly, we were able to easily keep the website up to date without requiring any special technical skills. We would have had to pay a lot more to commission a bespoke website with similar functionality.

Within a few weeks, we were live with our website. It has been a pleasure to work with 2commune, who really understand the needs of local councils and made the process of getting everything up and running really straightforward".

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

ALC Online Member Support

ALC Online Member Support

Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:11 by Ray Smith

We have developed an innovative member enquiry ticket system. The functionality is built into our sophisticated Association of Local Council (ALC) website technology. The Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC) have recently gone live with their new website and will be launching the new (on-line) member support service on May 7th, 2013. The system is designed to make the member enquiry service more efficient and effective. The launch event was held at the LRALC's office in Anstey this afternoon. Jake Atkinson (chief officer) from the LRALC said "the new website is saving us a lot of time and the on-line member support will enable us to be more proactive in responding to our members' enquiries".

Tags: LRALC, Association of Local Councils, UK Local Councils, UKLC, Website Launch, Leicestershire

Talking documents!

Talking documents!

Posted: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:01 by Ray Smith

Did you know that the Adobe PDF reader is now able to read documents 'out loud'? Read Out Loud is a Text-to-Speech (TTS) tool that has been built into Adobe Reader since version 6.0.

Yet more reason to consider standardising on the PDF format for documents on your website. Try it, start Adobe Reader then open a PDF and Choose View > Read Out Loud

Tags: Tip, accessibilty, documents, PDF

GOV.UK domain for Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils

GOV.UK domain for Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:42 by Tim Heeley

We've successfully completed the application process for a new gov.uk domain name for the Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC).

"We used to have a .org.uk domain," explains Jake Atkinson (pictured right), chief officer at LRALC. "Our new gov.uk domain befits an organisation with a desire to reflect and build upon the professional nature of its membership offer and services to local councils."

2commune is a member of the Approved ISP scheme which is operated by Janet, the organisation which became responsible for the administration and registration of domain names under the ac.uk and gov.uk domains on 1 August 1996.

It is only members of the ISP scheme who can apply for gov.uk domain names. This is a reasonable approach as the process and the eligibility requirements could be daunting for individual organisations to understand and comply with.

We discussed the application with the LRALC and then submitted the relevant responses, dealing with any requirements to clarify information and resolving the acceptability of the chosen domain name.

Go to www.leicestershireandrutlandalc.gov.uk

Tags: gov.uk domain name, LRALC, UK Local Councils, UKLC

Christmas at the 'Old Rectory'

Christmas at the 'Old Rectory'

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:01 by Ray Smith

We would like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This picture (Tim on the right and Ray on the left) was taken by the Christmas tree in the hall of the Old Rectory following our office party.

Our office will be closed from December 24th to January 1st inclusive, should you need to contact us urgently during this time please either email us admin@2commune.com or leave a message on 0845 8683975 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Both Tim and I would like to thank you for your custom during 2012 and look forward to working with you again in 2013.

Tags: Office, Christmas

Lord Lytton visits UKLC

Lord Lytton visits UKLC

Posted: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:05 by Ray Smith

We were honoured to meet Lord Lytton at the NCALC AGM on Saturday. The event focused on the increasing importance of local councils and the need to build their capacity to contribute to the 'communities in action' agendas being set by government. In particular local councils will be required to work in partnership with local authorities to develop innovative new ways of delivering services to the communities that they serve.

Lord Lytton was interested to hear how UK Local Councils has been developed in partnership with local authorities to 'join up' online information and service delivery across the three tiers of local government.

Lord Lytton, president of NALC and a member of the House of Lords is pictured (on the right) with Ray Smith 2commune's Strategy & Development Director.

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

UKLC will be at the Northants CALC AGM

UKLC will be at the Northants CALC AGM

Posted: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:35 by Tim Heeley

We've been invited to attend the Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils AGM which is being held in the Saxon Hall at Raunds on Saturday 20th October.

This will be an opportunity to promote and explain the UK Local Councils (UKLC) IT platform which has been developed to equip local councils with the tools and knowledge to deliver high quality, online information and services to the communities that they serve.

The full functionality of UKLC is to be seen at work in Leicestershire. Here's an example, from Hoton in the North of Leicestershire, of the joined-up A-Z Services combining local, district and county council services. The planning applications page at Anstey shows how undecided applications can be seen in adjoining districts around the parish (district boundaries are shown in red on the map).

Tags: News, Northamptonshire, A-Z Services, Planning Applications, UKLC

When did you last check your site for broken links ?

When did you last check your site for broken links ?

Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:47 by Ray Smith

I have been looking at Parish Council websites supplied by some of our competitors. I must say that I have been shocked by the large number of Parish Council websites that have broken web links on them (I counted 185 broken links on one site). This gives your customers a very poor experience of your website and makes your council appear unprofessional.

Websites provided by 2commune have an automated 'link checker' this produces an easy to follow report detailing any links on your website that are broken. Making frequent use of this feature ensures that you are not frustrating your customers by providing them with broken links giving a 'page not found' error.

Tags: Tip, Broken web links

2commune website launch

2commune website launch

Posted: Tue, 01 May 2012 12:12 by Tim Heeley

After weeks of careful planning 2commune is turning to the web to launch its new products and services for local councils across the UK. Using its proven, state of the art technologies 2commune is set to join-up the three tiers of local government across the UK.

Tags: News, Website Launch