NEWS: INOVEM supply "fair price solution" to London Borough

4th November 2008
INOVEM supply "fair price solution" to London Borough The London Borough of Southwark have awarded a three year contract to INOVEM for the provision of an Internet based Consultation System that will be used to engage local residents, businesses and planning agents in the formation of planning policies.

The new service will allow council staff to collaboratively construct, publish and seek feedback on planning policy documents as part of the council�s Local Development Framework (LDF). With the need to consult on three "Issues and Options" documents before Christmas it was imperative that the council picked a supplier they could trust.

Ease of Use a Key Factor

Sukhie Chohan, one of the council's Planning Policy and Regeneration team explained, "The decision to choose INOVEM was made following an evaluation of potential suppliers. From the outset, INOVEM offered us a fair price solution and compared with the software offered by other suppliers we felt INOVEM's Planning Consultation System presented document authors and consultees with a simpler, more intuitive user interface. We were particularly impressed with a new feature in their software that allows us to quickly design, build and modify our own PDF document templates, avoiding any need for additional expensive consultancy."

Sukhie went on to add, "The final deciding factor was that we had 100% positive feedback from all of the INOVEM reference sites that we talked to. We received many reports about the quality of INOVEM's products and support staff, and to us this was as important as the value-for-money they offer."

Service Delivered Within A Month

The first consultation, a Core Strategy Issues & Options document, is already available via the new system. "With the time pressures we were under, it was great to see the service up-and-running within a month. INOVEM have been a great help and we are also well on our way with our Future Peckham and Canada Water Issues and Options consultations", says Sukhie.

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