With the UK referendum taking place on 23 June, identifying how best to tap into EU funding has never been timelier. We are pleased to announce that Idox’s next Funding Steps into Europe training event will take place on 12 May 2016 in Leeds, supporting organisations in formulating their approach to EU funding.
Building on the success of our previous Funding Steps into Europe event at Chelsea FC in February (which all delegates rated as either Excellent or Good), this event offers an exciting agenda packed with the most meaningful aspects of applying for EU funding, including:
- Assessing whether Europe is right for you
- Understanding EU policy
- Identifying opportunities for EU funding following the UK referendum
- Lobbying and networking
- Writing a successful funding application
- Partnership working
Each session will be delivered by a seasoned European funding professional including Brussels-based European Affairs Adviser Katie Cavell, East Sussex County Council External Funding Manager Véronique Poutrel and East Riding of Yorkshire Council External Funding & Policy Manager Claire Watts, as well as content experts from Idox Grants.
Available at an Early Bird rate of just £200 (+VAT) per delegate (for those securing their place before 18 April 2016), Funding Steps into Europe next takes place at Leeds Beckett University.
The dedicated event website can be accessed at: www.idoxopen4training.co.uk/events
As the European Commission’s largest ever Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020 has secured its status as the financial instrument intended to remove the barriers to innovation, drive economic growth, support excellent science and industrial leadership, tackle societal challenges, and secure Europe’s global competitiveness on the international stage.
However, low success rates, coupled with issues of complexity, time-intensiveness and disparities between EU Member States, has led the Commission to look at solutions aimed at tackling such criticisms.
Here, the Idox Grants team takes a look at both the numbers and the solutions being proposed…
The constantly shifting political climate determines how export control is regulated. For example, while sanctions against Iran have loosened and will continue to ease over the coming years, there are new, stricter regulations against North Korea. These trends determine how German companies win and lose business partners. This is all the more reason for German companies to endeavour to stay informed about the newest regulations. This includes providing employees with suitable training to help them avoid breaching the law or incurring additional costs.
The new ‘Export-Related Duties and Responsibilities’ e-learning program offered by digital spirit helps companies carry out preventative training courses for employees who handle legal transactions and other activities in foreign trade. The trainees will receive an introduction to the topic together with all the necessary tools to help them recognise when export regulations apply to them. In addition, they will learn how to act in accordance with the law and in the interest of their company. The e-learning program not only provides valuable tips for day-to-day work, but also takes into account the loosened sanctions against Iran.
Further information can be found at: 'Export-related Duties and Responsibilities' e-learning program
The German SME Initiative (“Initiative Mittelstand”) every year honours particularly innovative IT solutions that demonstrate strong benefits for small and medium sized companies. This year, Idox Compliance has been awarded a BEST OF 2016 grade with “Compliance to go: Compliance-Training for SME”. Using this service, SMEs can choose from the sophisticated compliance e-learning library of Idox Compliance and start their training campaigns’ in a quick and easy manner. The training can be used off-the-shelf, and is offered as Software-as-a-Service on a platform that is available all over the world.
The independent award jury, comprised of scientists, industry experts and journalists, nominated 56 category winners from several thousand applications. The winners were announced today and will get their awards at CeBIT.
Bad press, the decline of charitable sector funding and pushing the need to understand impact are just some of the topics covered in Idox’s latest blog following our attendance as Trusted Supplier at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) Annual Funding Conference.
With NCVO Chief Executive Sir Stuart Etherington warning in his keynote address that 2016 ‘will possibly be the most challenging of the next five years’ for the sector, what can be done to improve perceptions of the UK’s charitable organisations? Idox’s Sabra Aswani explores…
Full article: Key funding conference spotlights England’s charitable sector
London Councils is the local government association for Greater London that promotes the interests of London's 32 borough councils and the City of London council and runs a number of pan London services.
Reading Room created a website for London Councils that allows users to easily access information about the 32 borough’s services and policies. We also provided an intuitive and simplified Drupal Content Management System for the London Councils team.
View the website http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/
Tackling the topic of forschung (research) funding was the main aim of this year’s annual gathering of German research and innovation professionals in Potsdam. The 2016 event – the most successful to date with over 300 research coordinators, managers and administrators attending from German universities and research institutes – was the first major German-speaking funding conference supported by Idox Grants.
Workshop discussions focused on available research funding streams, effective data management and research cooperation, marketing and researcher career development to name but a few topics. As the main event sponsor, Idox also hosted a well-attended session on identifying, qualifying and disseminating funding information. RESEARCHconnect client Dr Ursula Diefenbach of the Technical University of Graz was on hand to provide valuable insight into her use and experience of the system, and outlining her reasons for supporting the market entry into Austria.
Following on from a successful first conference, we look forward to the next opportunity to engage with this audience.
Idox Grants' focus in recent years on European funding programs has led to some notable grant wins in The Netherlands. One of the most distinctive wins was a substantial grant from the European Regional Development Fund for an innovative project from Vencer, creator of unique supercars. Vencer has developed a technique for a modular chassis which can be copied by many other sports car producers.
Applications for other European grants, for example the European Social Fund (100+ applications), LIFE+ and Horizon 2020, have also been very successful. Idox Grants attributes this success to the focus the company has placed on developing and expanding their knowledge of European funding programs which has resulted in numerous grant wins for innovative projects within The Netherlands.
Lack of knowledge
Idox Grants noticed that a lack of knowledge is one of the main reasons companies avoid European funding programs. An approach based on expertise and professional ability has shown itself to be the most successful way to gain the confidence of organisations to guide them in their European adventure.
To help establish Idox Grants as an authority in this area, they have undertaken a series of activities to share their knowledge and expertise with organisations both in the UK and Europe.
The Vencer grant was awarded on the 12th of February by the European Commission and they have showcased the Vencer project as a model project on the website www.op-oost.eu.
Idox Grants is delighted with this latest success which has encouraged them to build and develop upon their services, enabling them not only to provide support to organisations with their European applications but also to assist in building consortia, with the help of Idox’s international network.
Chesterfield Borough Council have extended their portfolio of Idox solutions with the implementation of Idox’s EDMS solution which will replace their existing Civica system.
Idox EDMS is a web based document storage solution designed to enable organisations to improve information sharing and save valuable space by eliminating the need to store paper documents locally. The new solution will be integrated with Chesterfield’s existing Idox solutions such as Planning.
Chesterifeld will also be supported by Idox Enterprise, a solution that enables council officers to monitor and balance staff workload. Idox’s Public Access solution, designed to deliver online digital services to citizens and businesses will also be implemented as part of the project.
Reading Room designed a digital strategy for the NHS Lambeth Federations, to help them get more people to interact with their surgeries online, establish trust, and then develop a set of new digital features. This included digital triage of symptoms and conditions, tools that will support online appointments with a GP, a new website that positions their brand at Lambeth level and a social media campaign to support it all and encourage behavioural change.
Idox Elections is one of the premier election service providers in the UK, providing outstanding expertise and knowledge across all areas of election management. In this article, Idox’s James Carson looks at concerns about declining turnouts in UK elections, and a fall in the number of people in the UK registering to vote.
CAFM Explorer, Idox’s leading Facilities Management software solution, is excited to announce a year long sponsorship deal with Facilities Management Journal (FMJ), supporting a programme of regional networking events around the country.
Following 2015’s successful and well attended Summer events at the Oval Cricket Ground, five events have been announced between March and October. Members of the CAFM Explorer team will be at every event and look forward to meeting facilities managers, estates teams and industry colleagues.
The first event will be on the 10th March at Birmingham’s Fazeley Studios, a short walk from the Bullring. Places are free, and booking and further event information can be found below.
- FMJ Networking Event, Birmingham, 10th March
- FMJ Networking Event, London, 20th April
- FMJ Networking Event, Manchester, 12th May
- FMJ Networking Event, Bristol, 7th July
- FMJ Networking Event, Suffolk, 5th October
To learn more about CAFM Explorer, please visit http://www.cafmexplorer.com
The future of effective housing in the UK is dependent on a number of factors, from the availability of land to construction speed. In our latest article, we take a brief look at the importance of keeping track of new building technologies and legislation, and their impact on new building requirements.
Full article: The way we build for tomorrow
Behavioural economics is a rather young field of study that uses methodologies from economics and psychology for studying human behaviour in individual decision situations. Interesting experiments were conducted, amongst others, by Dan Ariely and colleagues. Here, Compliance experts can draw from a plethora of ideas, to improve effectiveness of their compliance management systems (CMS).
One important result of these studies was, that the bias to cheat in simple calculating tasks decreased significantly, when the subjects were asked to name the Ten Commandments before the experiment. Also, when they were told that the experiment was subject to the University’s code of honour. The bias to cheat was also lower, when the subject had to sign a form AT THE HEAD, before he or she entered the number of allegedly correctly solved tasks into the form. In that case, the subjects were supposedly reminded of a positive or integer self-image.
Such findings could be transferred into applied compliance, e. g.:
- Employees to be trained confirm by their signature beforehand, that they attended the training and that the training content will be used in daily business in the future.
- Employees finding themselves in situations that constitute a compliance risk (e. g. contact with competitors), receive advice on behavioural standards or information on ethical role models immediately in advance. This may help to reduce a propensity to non-compliance.
- The perceived value of compliance guidelines and their application could be increased, if employees were involved in their development. This can be concluded from a related study, where subjects attached more value to ideas that they participated in developing themselves. In this way the not-invented-here-bias was avoided.
Bureaucratic, complex and with low success rates were some of the myths we slide-tackled at our Funding Steps into Europe event at Chelsea FC on 9 February.
The event was Idox’s first large-scale training event on this subject, which saw delegates from local authorities, universities and housing associations, to name but a few, wanting to learn more about how to tap into European funding.
The valuable insight offered by our speakers included: the ideal partner checklist, practical examples of lobbying in Brussels, evidencing project need from previous data and research, how project spend can be impacted by a fluctuating exchange rate and how to score highly on excellence, impact and implementation for a Horizon 2020 project.
All delegates who completed the post-event survey rated it as either Excellent or Good, and confirmed they would likely recommend to others.
We will be running the event again over the coming year in other venues across the UK and mainland Europe. Details of upcoming dates and an example agenda are available here.
Idox is a market-leading developer and provider of a broad range of digital solutions for UK local authorities. Our services include ReadingRoom’s cutting-edge digital consultancy solutions, and the recently launched iApply service to ease the submission process for planning and building control applications. In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty highlights some of the digital opportunities currently facing local government, as well as some of the challenges.
Read our latest article to find out more: The digital world … why local government is still running to catch up
In a recent survey, clients of Vindsubsidies indicated that they had secured over €60 million in grants for their businesses with the help of Vindsubidies.nl (their Dutch Grantfinder service). Vindsubsidies.nl is a product of Vindsubsidies, a company of Idox Grants.
Clients surveyed, advised that the grants have been used for the realisation of innovative projects, product development and improvement processes of their business and organisations.
In the survey, Vindsubsidies.nl received a high rating from its users with more than half of the clients rating the product 8 out of 10 for value whilst 90% stated that they would recommend the database to colleagues or external business relations.
Vindsubsidies is delighted with the excellent survey results and commented that they will continue to develop and improve the database to meet the changing needs of the clients.
For more information about this service, visit: Vindsubsidies
A recent Facilities Management LinkedIn study highlighted the top ten KPIs Facilities Managers need to be aware of and report against. CAFM Explorer, Idox's leading facilities management software, holds all of the required data and provides these as listed:
- Gross FM Costs / 1 m² of Gross Floor Area (GFA), annually
- Capital Costs / 1 m² of GFA
- Number of End User Complaints
- User Satisfaction from FM Services
- Net Floor Area in m² / 1 working place or per 1 user
- Maintenance Costs / 1 m² of GFA
- Operational Costs / 1 m² of GFA or per 1 user
- Planned maintenance vs. Reactive maintenance Ratio
- Utility Consumption Costs / 1 m² of GFA or per 1 user
- Cleaning Costs / 1 m² of GFA
CAFM Explorer includes over 250 different configurable reports, live dashboards, exports to Excel and bespoke reports if required.
If you would like to learn more, visit: CAFM Explorer
Only 3% of UK businesses believe they have a good understanding of competition law, while some business areas or companies of a certain size have almost never heard of it. Whilst only a minority of businesses are aware of the penalties for non-compliance with competition law. Yet, only 6% run training sessions on this topic. These and other alarming facts were published last year in a study by the British Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) commissioned to measure UK businesses’ understanding of anti-competitive behaviour and awareness of the penalties for breaching competition law.
In February 2016, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Idox Compliance (by Interactive Dialogues operational unit) launched Version 2.0 of ALTis (Advanced Legal Training interactive systems) – a cost-effective, easy-to-use online competition law compliance training solution for employees throughout an organisation since 2004. To date, ALtis is the most complete training solution of its kind on the market and consists of a:
- comprehensive training module of 45-60 minutes, covering EU Competition Law and US Antitrust separately
- 30-minute knowledge booster module
- 20-minute refresher module – available in a traditional format and as a serious game
- 45-minute dawn raids module
Written in a non-technical, user-friendly style, this online training solution provides employees with an explanation of the relevant legal principles via business scenarios and real-life examples. In addition, a summary of the key learning points and useful do’s & don’ts ensure that employees are armed with the right reflexes when faced with potentially risky situations. A self-assessment/test section at the end of the training allows them to demonstrate adequate levels of understanding.
Dumfries & Galloway Council have awarded Idox a new five year contract for the provision of Idox’s Uniform solution which will enable the council to consolidate their Land and Property system.
In a second award, Idox will migrate data held within the council’s legacy systems for Environmental Health, Trading Standards & Housing Assistance into Idox Uniform replacing a system previously supplied by Civica.
The Council will also implement Idox Enterprise which will enable managers to monitor and assess workloads and quickly reallocate tasks to better balance workload.