Vindsubsidies is delighted to announce that the Grant Manager app, an unique mobile application for grant administration, was successfully launched in the Netherlands this month. The application is the first in its kind in Europe and makes it possible to manage all kind of grant projects easily with a smartphone or tablet.
The mobile application is part of the innovative online administration platform Grant Manager, which won an innovator award from the manufacturing industry at the beginning of this year. The Grant Manager mobile application has the same functions as the desktop version of Grant Manager. Time of project members and project costs can be recorded easily. And all kind of documents, like invoices, drawings and videos, can be uploaded. All the information will be coupled directly to the right grant project.
The Grant Manager platform delivers an insight to the status of all ongoing grant projects. Project managers know, thanks to this system, immediately if projects are running on schedule or need to be adjusted.
Vindsubsidies believes that using mobile applications on smartphones for working processes is the future for all types of business markets and industries. The mobile application, available for Android and iOS, was a joint project of various Idox companies.
Managing Director of Idox Grants, Henk Heerink, has mentioned earlier this year that he’s proud of the Grant Manager platform which, just like the new application, shows that ‘combining the various disciplines within Idox leads to new solutions in established markets’.
Following the recent launch of Idox OnSite, a new suite of apps aimed at local authorities, Idox is pleased to introduce North Yorkshire Building Control (NYBC), Lambeth and Stroud Councils to its first app in the range, Building Inspector.
These organisations have joined the many which have already identified the benefits the Building Inspector app brings, including the easy access to case information and reporting tools that building inspectors require when they are out on site.
For more information: Idox Building Control Inspector App
Dover District Council has selected the Idox Estate Management solution to help transform the manner in which council owned property asset information is managed.
The system manages the complete lifecycle of land and property asset portfolios including acquisition, disposal, property ownership and valuations, tracks leases and assignments, as well managing work orders and maintenance. In addition, the new system will be integrated with Idox Document Management System (DMS).
Finally, Idox Enterprise will be implemented to support council officers in monitoring and balancing staff workload, enabling a consistent approach to service delivery and ensuring that renewals and other deadlines are met.
As an existing Crown Commercial Supplier and G-Cloud 7 service provider, Idox is delighted to announce that it now offers over 122 software and consultancy services on the latest G-Cloud Framework: G-Cloud 8.
G-Cloud 8 (G8) services went live on the Digital Marketplace on 1 August and continues to offer public sector organisations far greater choice and access to more services and suppliers across the UK. Total sales through G-Cloud have now passed the £1bn barrier, with over half of the spend going to smaller businesses.
Idox features on G-Cloud 8 in three key categories:
- Software as a Service
- Infrastructure as a Service
- Specialist Cloud Services
Idox’s suite of services available on the framework include:
- Reading Room: architects of digital change. Creating ideas that help clients reach their full digital potential. For further information: www.readingroom.com
- Idox Grants: Europe’s leading provider of funding and policy information services. It seeks to support organisations at every stage of the funding process from identification of suitable funding to application and management, and with wider content projects. For further information: www.idoxgroup.com/funding-solution
- Cloud Amber: a leading innovator who delivers intelligent and deeply integrated transports solutions across all forms of transport including Network Management, Fleet Operations and Informed Personal Travel. For further information: www.cloudamber.idoxgroup.com
Idox continues to support council planning departments through its land and property solutions. We are also sponsoring three of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Research Excellence this year – the Sir Peter Hall award for Wider Engagement, the Planning Consultancy award and the Student award. In this article, Idox’s James Carson looks at a new report that highlights the social, economic and environmental benefits of proactive planning.
GRANTfinder’s Masterclass in Funding (White Hart Lane, 19 October 2016) has been designed to meet the specific needs of voluntary groups, charities, CVS and social enterprises, as well as charitable arms of organisations such as housing associations, hospitals and police and fire services.
Alongside GRANTfinder’s seasoned team of trainers and policy specialists are guest speakers who have significant coal-face experience of applying for and distributing funding. From the Big Lottery Fund to funding expert Sue Scott, from Idox’s Reading Room to the Cedarwood Trust and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the event boasts a packed agenda dedicated to supporting organisations on their funding journeys.
By the end of the day, delegates are expected to take away tips on the following key principles of funding practice:
- Digital engagement strategy – to raise awareness of the work of your organisation with potential donors and funding bodies
- Highly practical writing methodologies – including improving readability and tone, and using stories and case studies effectively
- Learning lessons – from a Grant Recipient and Grant Giver’s Perspective
- Included as part of every delegate package is GRANTfinder’s 10-point recommendations report on a funding application of choice. Delegates are able to submit a funding application at or after the event and our experienced team will provide a report outlining 10 areas where the application could be improved.
For more information and to book, click here.
We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Rippleffect by the Idox group. Ciesco Group acted as exclusive advisors to Rippleffect’s owner, Trinity Mirror plc, to manage the acquisition.
Founded in 1999, Rippleffect, is a full-service digital agency which delivers creative digital solutions for clients across the UK.
Ranked as one of the UK’s top 20 digital agencies by Design Week, Rippleffect works with some of the most ambitious brands and influential organisations from industries such as sport, retail, tourism, leisure, food & drink and arts & culture.
Rippleffect’s services cover the full range of digital solutions, including strategy and planning, user experience, web design and development, ecommerce, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and digital advertising.
Rippleffect clients include Everton and Liverpool football clubs, UK Sport, Visit Guernsey, Aldermore Bank, J D Wetherspoon and the Health Foundation.
John Davies, Managing Director of the Idox Digital and Information business, commented: "The acquisition of Rippleffect is an exciting addition to our digital business and it extends our strategy of building a sophisticated full-service offering for customers delivering digital services across the UK and Europe.”
Kirstie Buchanan, Managing Director at Rippleffect commented: “I am very happy that we have become part of the Idox family of companies and have joined the Idox digital and information business alongside Reading Room. This is an enormous opportunity for us to grow a bigger full-service agency with UK and international reach and to build on the great talent across the business.”
To learn more about the Idox digital businesses, visit: Idox Digital Consultancy.
Idox is a market-leading developer and provider of a broad range of digital solutions for UK local authorities. Our services include the recently launched iApply, the UK’s first combined online planning and building control submission service. iApply is completely changing the way we interact with Government by providing a single place for common transactions across all local authorities.
In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at the increasing interest in “platform thinking” in UK government services.
Announced during the Queen’s Speech in May 2016, the Higher Education and Research Bill is the first piece of Higher Education legislation to be published in over a decade –and has caused much debate across political divides.
It had been thought that the UK Government might delay the passage of the Bill and pause its reforms, to reflect the many questions from the sector on the impact of the referendum result for higher education and research funding. However, the Government has reiterated its post-referendum approach of ‘business as usual’.
In the latest blog, Idox’s Julia Banim takes a look at the potential impact of the Bill, reviewing how it could impact on students, staff and the future of the UK’s HE sector.
An intelligent search and navigation portal for engineering content, OnLink, an Idox solution, launches today.
The OnLink portal has been designed with engineers in mind to deliver a ‘single view of documents’. By linking content from the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and external systems, such as ERP and asset management systems, related information can be searched and viewed quickly and easily from one place.
In a market where costs are tightly controlled, it is more important than ever for companies to leverage the investments already made in software. OnLink complements an existing Engineering Content Management (ECM) system and is a simple add-on with no requirement to change or upgrade systems – all content remains in the source repository. It instantly brings value and intelligence to drawings and documents by linking P&IDs to associated engineering content through tags, hotspots and hyperlinks. This increases the speed and efficiency with which engineers can search and access documents, cutting down on project delays and errors as well as improving decision-making and adherence to compliance and safety regulations.
Pendle Borough Council is predominantly a rural region in Lancashire covering an area of 65.4 square miles and serving a population of approximately 90,000 people. With increasing pressure on resources, improving efficiency is key to meeting the increased demand to deliver improved access and better services to its residents and visitors.
In 2015, Pendle identified a need to rationalise systems across the authority, with a view to reducing costs and overheads as well as enabling more streamlined processes within the council.
The council was using a number of different solutions to support core customer facing services. Pendle engaged Idox to help build a business case to understand how they could benefit from the adoption of a more corporate approach through consolidation of their existing back office systems.
Pendle selected Idox to replace 18 of their existing systems with one integrated software suite. The project commenced in September 2015 and, in the first of a series of staged go-lives for Pendle, the council successfully went live in April 2016 with Idox Planning and Building Control. This included a full migration of documents from its existing Document Management System.
By adopting this approach, it has helped the council to improve data sharing between services, reduce data duplication, save time by enhancing customer self–service by reducing the need for face to face or telephone contact but also lowered their annual costs for systems and infrastructure.
Neil Watson, Planning, Building Control and Licensing Services Manager at Pendle Borough Council commented: “We are very pleased to be working with Idox to bring an integrated software system forward. Not only will this make us more cost effective but will allow us to align our services to the public better across all departments. This will make us a more efficient and resilient organisation better able to deal with the demands of modern society.”
The EU referendum … the Conservative and Labour Party leadership contests …. ‘voter fatigue’ …. over the last couple of months, politics has been dominating the news.
To what extent, though, is the electoral system itself a contributing factor to disengagement?
Idox Elections, one of the premier election service providers in the UK, considers whether electoral reform could reinvigorate democracy in the UK.
Full article: Could electoral reform revitalise democracy?
As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox is very proud to be continuing our relationship with the RTPI and supporting the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence in 2016.
As sponsors of the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement, the Planning Consultancy Award and the Student Award, we congratulate all the finalists and commend all the entries for their achievements.
The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at the UK-Ireland Planning Conference in Cardiff on 6-7 September 2016.
For more information about the awards, visit: RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.
Recent polling of Idox’s Open 4 Funding portals hosted by local support agencies across the UK demonstrates an impressive return on investment – with service users reporting a total of over £6.3 million in funding secured.
Open 4 Funding is used by local support bodies including local authorities, housing associations, voluntary umbrella bodies and Chambers of Commerce. It allows these organisations to provide a one-stop shop of EU, national and local Government, corporate, charitable trust and other funds available to businesses and communities in their region. Importantly, Open 4 Funding portals are entirely self-service for users – meaning no additional resources are required from the host organisation.
Open 4 Funding hosts gain insight into the use of the service through polling tools, helping them to measure engagement and return on investment. This feature invites service users to report funding they have received after identification on Open 4 Funding.
Polling data from the 12 months leading up to June 2016 for Open 4 Funding portals across the UK highlighted the following:
- Total value of reported successes: £6,322,272
- Highest total of returns reported in the year:
- £773,346 – a county-wide portal in the South East of England
- £680,000 – a London borough wide portal
- £662,586 – a county-wide portal in the Midlands
- £624,836 – a district county-wide portal in Scotland
- £447,150 – a metropolitan borough-wide portal in the North
The majority of portals reported successes in the £10,000-£60,000 range.
Commenting on the value of the Open 4 Funding service to her organisation, Development, Growth and Investment Project Manager Lavinia Ferguson of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council said:
“We are always looking for innovative ways to support our residents and businesses to ensure they have access to all that is available, whether it is a grant, award or business support.
As a local authority, our residents and businesses contact us regularly for funding and support. We are able to signpost people to our Open 4 portals and allow them to seek funding and support as required, specifically relating to their area of business or community need.
Positive feedback to us shows how businesses and residents are benefiting from the funding opportunities they have identified through the portals.”
Further information about Open 4 Funding can be found at www.open4funding.co.uk
For more than 30 years, Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL) has been reporting on all aspects of planning and environmental law. Published by the Idox Knowledge Exchange, SPEL is one of the leading information sources on land use planning and environmental legislation across the country.
In this blog post, Idox’s Morwen Johnson previews this year’s SPEL conference, taking place on 29 September in Edinburgh.
Are you looking for funding for your project?
Want to collaborate with companies from other EU member states?
To improve your chances of submitting a successful funding application, join our training seminar: Effective EU funding on 4 October in the NEMO Science Center in Amsterdam.
The EU Funding Programmes provide millions of Euros in financial support to both public and private organisations to help carry out a number of projects and activities throughout Europe which cover a wide range of issues including innovation, renewable energy, climate, health and transport.
Knowledge and expertise
Our training seminar, Effective EU funding, not only offers a general introduction to European subsidies and the different types of European funds available, but explores deeply into the European application process. In addition, we will share valuable tips and tools which can help you successfully launch a European funding programme.
Solutions not problems
During the course of the seminar, we will address key topics such as:
- How EU grants could help your organisation.
- Which EU funding opportunities is your organisation eligible for? Focussing on the European Programmes EFRO, Interreg and Horizon 2020.
- What does participation in European projects mean for you? Speakers from NEMO talk about their experience with European grants.
- How to find international partners and build a consortium.
- How to write a competitive and successful application. What are the do's and don'ts?
- How to create a European project budget.
After the session you will be able to take an idea and transform it into a project proposal.
Who should attend?
Knowledge institutions, governments and companies are invited to explore the opportunities for European funding and cooperation.
Save the Date – 4 October, NEMO Science Center, Amsterdam!
Register early to save! Early Bird Booking Rate: € 249 per delegate, (excl VAT and travel expenses). Offer closes: 16 September.
According to research by Lucy Zodion, a leading designer and manufacturer of streetlighting equipment, smart cities are not deemed a priority for local government. The findings show that 80% of local authorities have little or no involvement with smart cities, and that only a few had specific teams managing smart city initiatives.
The research explains that the challenging financial environment was the main reason for the lack of prioritisation. However, it also finds despite funding challenges, some local councils have been successful at introducing initiatives, through working in partnership with private organisations and universities and encouraging local businesses to participate in developing solutions.
In our blog today, Idox as a market-leading developer and supplier of a broad range of digital solutions to support public and private sector organisations looks at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, a local council quietly leading the way in the smart cities revolution.
With the Housing and Planning Act 2016 passed into law on May 12 2016, it’s timely to look at one of the key planning reforms to the act. ‘Permission in Principle’ promotes the idea that developers will be able to secure ‘automatic consent’ for certain sites – where the principal of development has already been established. The government’s aim is to ensure one million desperately needed homes are built in the UK by 2020, by speeding up the planning process to make it more streamlined and efficient.
Our latest article looks at the impact the introduction of ‘Permission in Principle’ will have on speeding up the planning process to make it more streamlined and efficient. ‘Permission in Principle is one of the key reforms of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which was passed into law in May this year.
Full article: Permission to Land
Announcing the latest release of FusionLive, with new features to support the process of construction and sign off of systems for the commissioning and handover of an asset, including new form builder, package templates, digital signatures and additional out-of-the box reports and dashboard.
FusionLive is our market leading SaaS solution for project collaboration and document management – designed specifically for the construction and engineering industries – to support the successful delivery of projects through design, bid, construction, commissioning and handover.
Some of the key highlights of the new release include:
New form builder
An intuitive form builder to allow you to design and build forms more quickly for use in inspection packages, as well as save as a template for future form creation. This new tool enables the inclusion of form elements such as free text entry fields, number fields, date / time capture and tables, as well as dropdown lists with predefined answers that result in defect creation. Data can also be pre-populated on forms, directly from the metadata contained in the associated package, helping to streamline the administration process of projects.
System package templates
With FusionLive, you can now easily create package templates containing commonly used forms by discipline, which can then be used as a baseline for system package generation. This helps to improve the efficiency of package setup time, and reduce human error through ease of repeatability on large scale projects. Automatic notifications can also be sent to Defect Administrators of specific events to keep the process flowing, such as the resolution of all defects raised against a package.
Our GoCapture defect management mobile application has been further enhanced to include the ability to apply digital signatures to forms on devices when onsite, and is compliant with FDA regulation CFR, part11, required by the Pharmaceutical industry. Manual signatures (stylus or fingertip) can also be captured on forms as images, and then added as attachments as evidence of inspections and testing. All data can easily be synchronized to FusionLive to allow central management and reporting on project progress.
New reports and dashboard
Our reporting tool has new features, with additional out-of-the box reports now available in response to customer requests, and to support the functionality within this new release. Some of the key reports included are:
- Company audit reports (showing documents uploaded, downloaded, opened, viewed and marked-up at a company level)
- Workspace and activity reports (providing information on workspace size, document count, activities open, closed and overdue)
- Punch list status reports
- Inspection package reports for workspace or defect administrators, providing comprehensive information about the inspection packages created in a workspace.
Find out more about FusionLive and learn how companies around the world are using the solution to support the successful delivery of projects through design, bid, construction, commissioning and handover.
Speaking in Berlin last week, Prime Minister Theresa May made clear her commitment to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. With May confirming that the leaving process would not begin before the end of 2016, much uncertainty exists in the post-referendum landscape.
The question for many is: ‘What happens now?’
Here to help is GRANTfinder – with its UK Post Referendum – What Now? FAQs, published earlier this month, expanded to include dedicated pages for Local Authorities, Higher Education, and the Private and VCSE sectors.
Questions covered include:
- Will UK organisations be able to apply for EU funding after it leaves the EU?
- How will leaving the EU impact public spending?
- What funding challenges will sectors face?
Click here to view the expanded FAQs today.