This week, the winners of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Research Excellence were announced in Cardiff. Idox sponsored three of the awards, and in this article Morwen Johnson reports on the winners and highly commended entries.
Stoke City has today announced a new partnership with leading sports digital agency Rippleffect, an Idox company.
The Premier League club has appointed Rippleffect on a long-term contract to redefine and transform its digital presence, including the redevelopment of the club’s main website (stokecityfc.com) and online retail store (scfcdirect.com).
The established Premier League club is looking to enhance its reputation in the UK and abroad by launching two modern, fully-responsive and commercially-effective football websites. Rippleffect will unveil the club’s ecommerce platform later this year to offer fans a premium online shopping experience before developing a brand new fan-focused club website in time for the 2017/18 season.
The new club website will benefit from improved third-party integration, a new video solution and full content acquisition services as well as all the important regular features such as official news, player and manager interviews, statistics and an interactive match centre.
In addition, Rippleffect will partner with Touch Retail to provide a new POS solution that will be implemented within the club’s store.
Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes, said: "Rippleffect are without doubt one of the most reputable digital agencies in sport, particularly in football where they have forged long-term working relationships with a number of leading clubs.
“We are delighted to be entering into a digital partnership with them as we look to create websites that offer first-class experiences for our fans."
Stoke City, the second oldest professional club in the world, is another of the Football League’s founding members to have chosen Rippleffect as its digital partner, following long-term clients Everton and Aston Villa.
Kirstie Buchanan, sales and marketing director of Rippleffect, said: "Stoke City is a proper football club with a huge heritage. The Potters are a great addition to our football family and we look forward to working closely with the club and its fans to create two digital platforms that match their exciting aspirations on the pitch."
Rippleffect's sport clients include Liverpool, Swansea City, UK Sport and the Professional Darts Corporation.
Idox is a market-leading developer and provider of a broad range of digital solutions for UK local authorities. Our services include ReadingRoom and Rippleffects'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 reports on the development of Bristol’s award-winning smart city project.
Full article: Bristol is Open: case study of an innovative smart city
According to a recent report, 230,000 construction jobs are set to be created throughout the UK by 2020. The main driver for this increase in UK construction jobs is that the industry is under pressure to achieve one million new homes by 2020. However, with a skills shortage already evident, many stakeholders are wondering how the target will be met. It is imperative that all areas – from planning and building control through to construction – play their part, including the increased use of innovative technologies such as iApply.
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.