NEWS: IDOX group partner with INOVEM to support 'Place Shaping' agenda

3rd November 2008
IDOX group to resell INOVEM Inclusionware™ solutions for LDF and corporate consultation.

Effective community involvement in the shaping of local policies and services has become a priority for local government. With the signing of an INOVEM partnership agreement IDOX plc are now able to offer their 300 plus local authority clients new and innovative ways to engage with key stakeholders and local residents, particularly on local issues and planning policies.

INOVEM, a well respected supplier of web-based consultation and collaboration tools to the UK public sector, were selected following in-depth interviews with a short-list of potential partners.

Andy Riley, IDOX Sales Director, explained "With the advent of Web 2.0 and the new 'duty to involve' we felt the time was right to offer our local authority clients reasonably priced tools that make it easier for them to manage the ever-increasing amount of consultation activities that they are now expected to carry out. Our partnership with INOVEM will allow our customers, to acquire directly from IDOX, a comprehensive e-consultation system that we feel provides the best flexibility and value-for-money in the market."

Andy added "We have software solutions in over 200 planning authorities around the UK and the new planning regulations require our clients to get stakeholders involved earlier in the formation of planning policy and the identification of development sites. The combination of our expertise on spatial mapping systems and INOVEM's highly functional e-consultation system will allow us to deliver a wide-range of integrated applications to support local 'Place Shaping'. As our preferred partner for e-consultation, INOVEM are the only company we are working with to provide full integration with our back-office systems."

John Glover, INOVEM's Sales & Marketing Director commented "We are delighted to be working with Andy and his team in these very exciting times. It is clear from our discussions with IDOX that we share a common vision as to how the Internet will be used to support local government community consultation and partnership collaboration now and in the future."

The partnership with INOVEM will be publically launched at the annual IDOX User Group meetings in Manchester later this week and in Edinburgh the following week.

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