Entrepreneurs and SME owners starting or growing a business and seeking to boost their funding knowledge will welcome the news that Idox now offers a dedicated ‘Business Grants for Beginners’ e-learning course.
Building on the success of its ‘Get Grant Ready’ e-learning programme – the equivalent course for those engaged with the public and not-for-profit sectors – ‘Business Grants for Beginners’ empowers learners with a clear understanding of how to find and choose appropriate funders and apply for business funding with confidence.
Covering everything from ‘Different Types of Funder’ to ‘Why Applications Fail’, the CPD-accredited programme includes many practical exercises to ensure trainees fully immerse themselves in the course material and draws upon Idox’s experience as a provider of business funding information.
Idox plc is a supplier of specialist information management solutions to the public sector and to highly regulated asset intensive industries around the world in the wider corporate sector.
Idox is Europe’s leading provider of funding and policy information services and has, since 1985, supported organisations at every stage of the funding process from identification of suitable funding to application and management.
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC), is responsible for coordinating investment and driving forward development of the new Ebbsfleet garden city, building up to 15,000 new homes.
To help deliver this project, EDC has selected Idox’s Uniform solution to provide a development management system to administer planning applications and development control. The new solution will be integrated with Idox’s Document Management (EDMS) solution, simplifying users access to relevant documents and plans and supporting the publication of documents to citizens and other interested parties.
EDC will also implement Idox Enterprise which will enable managers to monitor workflow and reallocate tasks to balance staff workload.
Finally, EDC will adopt Idox’s Public Access system which will enable developers and stakeholders to view and track progress of applications online and automatically be notified of new applications and status changes.
All of the solutions will be provided as a managed, hosted service for a minimum period of 3 years.
For information about EDC, visit: Ebbsfleet new garden city.
Idox recently attended the Thames Valley Property Forum which focused on the implications of infrastructure expansion on the Thames Valley business community.
In keeping with the infrastructure theme, Idox showcased FusionLive, an end-to-end, cloud-based construction project collaboration and document management solution, and CAFM Explorer, Idox’s leading facilities management software solution.
A summary of the key topics discussed and their effects on the local business community is included below.
John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Holdings, informed delegates that the delay in building a new runway at Heathrow Airport is costing the UK economy £1billion every month. He went on to say that the future prosperity of many Thames Valley businesses rested upon the Heathrow expansion and that emerging international markets were all far away.
Holland-Kaye commented: “You can only get to those growing markets by air and via a national hub airport such as Heathrow. Equally, inward investors need good UK connectivity.”
Connectivity formed the basis of Lord Adonis’ keynote speech, commenting: “Connections are so important in the infrastructure world,” and went on to highlight the need to ensure improved future Thames Valley connectivity through the proposed Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRaTH), and linkage to the north-south High Speed 2 line from the planned London junction at Old Oak Common.
Lord Adonis further added: “Great things have happened. Infrastructure affecting Reading and the Thames Valley is improving, but there’s no place for complacency. There’s still a lot more to do.”
Other topics covered during the day included demand for workforce housing, and the need for the Thames Valley to be perceived as a ‘cool, smart’ place to live, with cutting-edge technology required to support this trend.
Watford Borough Council have extended their contract with Idox to outsource elements of their planning service.
UK Planning was originally set-up in 2003 to provide Planning Application scanning and indexing services. Under a new managed service contract, Idox will scan, index and redact approximately 1800 planning application cases per year with a guaranteed turnaround time from receipt of document through to publication to Watford’s document management system.
A new map of the UK evidence ecosystem has identified Idox as a key provider of commercial services and programmes on ‘what works’ in social policy. Developed by the Alliance for Useful Evidence and The Social Innovation Partnership, the map is designed to give a picture of the diversity of organisations involved in supporting evidence use in the government and public sector. Idox is highlighted for its long-standing focus on supporting evidence-based policy, along with other consultancies, such as Arup, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC.
Two key Idox products are also recognised for making research relevant and accessible to practitioners – not just researchers. The Idox Information Service holds over 200,000 summarised research resources and covers over thirty areas of public policy, including planning, economic development and housing. Idox also contributes data to the Social Policy and Practice database, which focuses on health and social care evidence.
Last month the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee launched an inquiry into the UK’s digital economy. This is expected to explore the opportunities in the sector, which currently employs 1.5 million people in the UK. As a market-leading supplier of software and services, IDOX recognises the importance of technological innovation and on 8 October announced that it had acquired the UK trading arm of Reading Room Ltd. Reading Room, founded in 1996, is a digital consultancy business with a focus on delivering websites and digital services that enable its customers to make critical shifts into digital business and client engagement. It has an international reputation for its award winning and innovative approaches to strategic consultancy, design, and technical delivery.
In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at the remit of the government’s digital economy inquiry and why digital innovation will be key to the UK’s economic success in the future.
We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Reading Room Ltd by the Idox group.
Reading Room is a digital consultancy with an international reputation for innovative and award-winning strategic consultancy, design, and technical delivery.
As architects of digital change, Reading Room sees its role as removing fear of change, closing knowledge gaps, and helping its clients reach their full digital potential. A digital consultancy that’s not hampered by legacy thinking, its multi-disciplinary teams focus on how people experience technology and blend the best design and technical expertise with new and exciting insights from behavioural science and psychology to deliver highly effective solutions.
Reading Room has an outstanding client list ranging from every sort and size of public body – Kew Gardens, HMRC, the NHS, West Yorkshire Police, Edinburgh Napier University, Big Lottery Fund, Visit England, Knowsley Borough Council - through to household names such as ŠKODA, Nationwide Building Society, Taylor Wimpey, National Football Museum, and Victim Support.
We are hugely excited by this acquisition and by the addition of so many new skills and business opportunities to the group particularly in the areas of design, user experience and digital consultancy. It is a powerful acquisition not just because of the outstanding quality of the company, its staff and its work, but also because of its fit with our own digital growth strategy. This will dramatically expand our capability to help our customers “be digital” wherever they happen to be on that critical journey.
Richard Kellett-Clarke, CEO of Idox, commented: "The acquisition of Reading Room is a major step in our strategy to build a sophisticated digital platform from which we can leverage our sector and domain knowledge to provide value adding solutions across the UK and Europe."
Sarah Vick, Managing Director at Reading Room said “I am delighted that we will be joining the Idox group with all the opportunities that can open up for all parts of the business. It is a great fit for us and the beginning of a new era for Reading Room.”
To learn more about the Reading Room, visit: http://www.idoxgroup.com/reading-room-home
Wednesday 30th September saw the latest OneCPD conference and exhibition at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester. The event explored how a modern, fit-for-purpose estate can provide value for money for the taxpayer while increasing sustainability and enabling improvements in the way an organisation works. Idox’s CAFM Explorer and EPAM provided delegates with practical insights from customer case studies and discussed current software and future innovations for managing property and estates to provide more efficient and cost effective workplaces.
The day started with a keynote speech from Stephen Talboys, Director of Facilities and Estates at the University of Salford, discussing the three main drivers for creating fit for purpose learning, living and working environments. These three requirements are for estates to be:
- Effective: services developed collaboratively and continuously improved and developed to better meet needs of student, staff and partners. Ongoing customer feedback proves the success of these services.
- Economic: facilities and IT drive change and look at new ways of working by prioritising investment in the right blend of space and technology, leading to cashable savings and additional, related benefits.
- Efficient: achieved by meeting statutory/corporate KPIs for information, health and safety, sustainability and utilisation whilst enabling academic quality, growth and diversity. Success can be seen by benchmarking with Gartner and HESA reports and by following the Estate Plan. Success is also reflected by the size of the EFIT (Estates, Facilities, IT) department, carbon usage and estate utilisation.
‘Hubs’ were also a topic of discussion during the day – linking separate facilities with various functionalities together to form one large, combined estate. This linked in nicely to Idox’s Essex Property Asset Map (EPAM), a hosted, publicly available mapping solution operated by The Essex Property Group (EPG). EPG is a partnership of Essex public sector organisations that required a shared, location based, property resource to support greater collaboration and enable better decision-making relating to land and property estates owned or leased by its members.
To learn more about the Essex Property Asset Map, visit: EPAM.
Cloud Amber recently launched Speed Amelioration in Argonaut to address the growing concern of speed violations in the urban environment.
Speed Amelioration in Argonaut focuses on ameliorating vehicle speeds using traffic signals and data from different sources enabling authorities to minimise road disruptions and to automatically control traffic lights to help reduce the number of speeding vehicles.
Discover how Speed Amelioration in Argonaut could benefit your community visit: Speed Amelioration
Link to full news article: Cloud Amber launches Speed Amelioration
The planning profession works closely with ecologists in ensuring that biodiversity issues are addressed in spatial planning and development control. As the UK’s leading provider of Planning, Building Control and related services to local authorities, Idox continually improves its products to allow for more efficient decision-making within the planning process. An important part of this is ensuring that evidence on the potential social or environmental impacts of development is documented and available electronically, both to the public and to planners themselves.
In this article, Idox’s Morwen Johnson looks at how biodiversity is being recognised within planning policy as a key part of sustainable development.
Gosport is expanding its portfolio of Idox integrated solutions by implementing Idox’s Total Land Charges (TLC) solution, replacing its existing Arcus Global Land Charges system.
Idox’s TLC is designed to automate land charge searches thereby reducing manual collection and entry of data.
In a second award, Idox will provide the Council with Exacom’s Obligation suite designed to administer Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 obligations, to be implemented as a managed, hosted service.
The new systems will be integrated with existing Idox solutions already in use at the Council.
Facilities maintenance and services provider MJ Ferguson has been selected to provide mechanical and electrical, planned and reactive maintenance services for three academies within the Ark Schools Framework. MJ Ferguson was selected because it has “considerable experience in the education sector and will be working in partnership with Ark to create Innovative Learning Spaces (ILS) for productive and inspirational learning environments for students”.
MJ Ferguson will be providing framework support, initially for three years, for Ark Boulton and Ark Chamberlain – both in Birmingham – as well as for Ark All Saints Academy in London. It will also provide services for Highshore School, which is not part of the Ark organisation but shares the heating services with Ark All Saints Academy.
MJ Ferguson use Idox’s leading Facilities Management software, CAFM Explorer, to manage their clients’ facilities, making use of Helpdesk, Reactive Maintenance, PPM and Reporting functionality. MJ Ferguson are able to extend their maintenance capabilities by using CAFM Web for online helpdesk logging and CAFM Engineer to send and manage work orders via their mobile devices.
For more information on CAFM Explorer, visit www.cafmexplorer.com
To learn more about MJ Ferguson, visit www.mjferguson.co.uk
While delivering ‘digital as default’ public services is a UK Government priority, many other countries around the world are also focusing on eGovernment as a way to increase engagement with their citizens and improve service delivery. Idox has a strong relationship with local and central government in Norway, as Idox Elections was awarded contracts to support Norwegian municipal and county elections held in September 2015. This follows Idox Elections’ success in delivering similar electoral management services during the Norwegian General Election of 2013. In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at the reasons why Norway is a leader in digital government and considers the areas they are likely to focus on in coming years.
The Association of Electoral Administrators recently held its 10th National Seminar in Sheffield. Idox, an exhibitor at the event and a leading supplier of Elections Services, actively engages with issues affecting the field of electoral administration.
This year’s seminar focussed on the continuing changes and challenges within electoral administration particularly in light of the Government’s proposal to end the transition to IER, the Votes for Life Bill mentioned in the 2015 Queens speech and the probability of a referendum on Europe in the next two years together with the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2016 and the National Parliamentary and Assembly elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Everyone involved is constantly looking to improve the processes and maximise value for money with public funds.
The programme also highlighted the challenges that electoral administrators are about to face in the registration of electors and the conduct of elections over the next 12 months. The overall conclusion is that the election process continues to be resource-intensive, costly, reactive and dictated by central government, when it could be significantly improved by the implementation of the Association’s members’ own policies and suggestions.
To learn how Idox Elections could help your organisation, visit: Idox ElectionsTweet
The shift within the public sector towards ‘digital as default’ delivery of services is a key priority of the UK government. Part of this digital transformation is about making services citizen-focused, something that Idox, as a market-leader in supplying software solutions to UK and international public sector organisations, is doing with its new iApply combined online planning and building control submissions service. More generally, digital transformation relies on organisations understanding the benefits and efficiencies that can be achieved. The Government Digital Service was set up in 2011 to lead on digital transformation and inspire radical change. In this article Idox’s Steven McGinty considers what the GDS has achieved and what the future holds for it.
Cloud Amber, a leading supplier of integrated transport solutions, has designed and developed Stand Manager, a cutting edge stand management system that improves utilisation of bus terminal space by up to 70%.
The Stand Manager assists bus terminal operators to ensure smooth throughput of buses on bus stands, by allocating vehicles to appropriate stands and providing vehicle information to drivers, operations staff and passengers, dynamically adapting to avoid congestion and queuing.
Full article: Cloud Amber launches the Stand Manager
Exploring policies and practice to enhance the professional development of doctoral researchers and research staff, the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference is a key annual event that brings together all those active in the field. This year, it was taking place in a funding environment in which the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills reports 72% of all first year UK-domiciled postgraduate Master’s students are receiving no financial backing to meet tuition fee costs. Idox attended the conference in its capacity as Europe’s leading grants and policy information publisher to learn more about the latest thinking on researcher development in the UK and beyond. In this article, Idox looks at how the sector is responding to changing funding conditions.
Across the devolved nations, planning reform is at the top of the political agenda due to its impact on issues such as ensuring adequate housing supply. As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox actively engages with issues affecting the planning profession and this includes publishing the journal Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL). In this article, Idox’s Rebecca Jackson reflects on this year’s SPEL conference, which considered key issues including fracking, land supply, continuous improvement and the relationship between neighbourhood planning and spatial planning.Tweet
Today's world of Facilities Management is a constantly changing ecosystem which can be a challenge to any size of business. Idox's latest 'back to basics' whitepaper looks at the current state of facilities management and how technology can help companies face these problems and improve the efficiency of their Facilities Departments and Estates Teams.
Download the whitepaper: Back to Basics: Facilities Management and CAFM
In brief, the topics covered include:
- The various roles and requirements of today's facilities manager
- In-house, external and international challenges
- How technology can ease help desk processes, PPM, cost control, asset tracking, property management, room booking, space management, reporting and mobile engineer management
For more on Idox’s leading facilities management software solution, CAFM Explorer, please visit: www.cafmexplorer.com
Cloud Amber, a member of the Idox group and a leading supplier of integrated transport solutions to local authorities and passenger transport executives, has extended their portfolio of innovative solutions with the launch of Icarus - RTI for public transport operators.
Icarus - RTI delivers deep integration of real-time vehicle information with traffic information to drive intelligence and reduce operational expenses.
With the help of Icarus - RTI, route network controllers, depot managers and vehicle operators can access vehicle information in real time anywhere anytime through internet-enabled computers or mobiles.
Discover how Icarus – RTI could benefit your organisation, visit: Icarus – RTI for Public Transport Operators