2commune

Web technology for local councils

The Old Rectory

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

Tel: 0845 868 3975

News

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

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

2commune moves in to new home

2commune moves in to new home

Posted: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:03 by Tim Heeley

2commune Ltd has moved into its new home, The Old Rectory on Main Street in Glenfield right on the north-western outskirts of Leicester near junction 21A on the M1 motorway.

"This Grade II listed building is a lovely place to work, full of character and history. One of its staircases dates back to Jacobean times. It seems ironic that a company which is using state of the art web technologies should be making its home in such an aged building," explains Tim Heeley. "However, its ideally placed in the centre of the country with excellent road, rail and air connections in all directions."

Tags: Office, central location

Technical Director appointed

Posted: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:08 by Tim Heeley

Anthony Dickens will be taking on the role of Technical Director at 2commune Ltd.

Acting on behalf of Cuttlefish, Anthony has been involved in the development of the Content Management System (CMS) for nearly 10 years that powers all 2commune websites including Parish Council websites.

Working with all three tiers of local government Anthony has developed a detailed technical understanding of systems that many councils use. His experience with web development company Cuttlefish allows him and his colleagues to easily connect in new systems to 2commune websites and quickly make changes to our 'content management system (CMS) based on our customers requirements.

Tags: Technical Director

2commune and Cuttlefish join forces

2commune and Cuttlefish join forces

Posted: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:44 by Tim Heeley

On February 16th, 2012, Cuttlefish Multimedia Ltd transferred exclusive sales rights of its Parish Council web sites and associated e-Government components to 2commune Limited. Under this agreement Cuttlefish have secured an interest in 2commune and will continue to provide technical resource for development and support of the product set.

This agreement combines 2commune's experience of working with and delivering services to Parish Councils together with Cuttlefish's technical expertise to build a company with the capacity to deliver improved products and services across the whole UK. The picture shows the directors celebrating the signing of the agreement.

Tags: News, teamwork