Cheers to another successful UGM – January 2018, Leeds

As a very busy 2017 drew to a close, we wanted to kick-start 2018 with equal momentum – leading us to another successful, two-day Winter Workshop and User Group Meeting in Leeds this month.

While we saw many of you at our Regional Events across the UK in November, it was great to be able to spend additional time discussing our product roadmap and delving deeper into some of the key topics and trends currently affecting, and facing, electoral teams. Special thanks in particular go to our fabulous speakers and presenters – the Cabinet Office, The Behavioural Insights Team, and Birmingham City Council – as well as our own willing team of colleagues.

The UGM covered several interesting and thought-provoking subjects – from elections management tips and tricks to Cloud Reporting, Automatic Boundary Changes and the 2018 Canvass – so it was great to see so many of you there, listening, participating and giving us your feedback once more.

We were delighted to share our recent experience of working with Birmingham City Council to deliver a new Automatic Boundary Changes solution. Birmingham’s Victoria Beavon was on hand to give an insightful presentation into how the solution has helped the Council undertake a large-scale boundary change process, making changes in minutes instead of months. It was promising to see so many of you interested in the innovative service, and we look forward to communication more about this latest solution over the next few months.

In addition, Cloud Reporting and where we see it heading in the future was later discussed, before the Behavioural Insights Team shared evidence from recent studies about using ‘nudge economics’ to improve letter responses – who’d have thought that changing the colour of the envelope would have such a great impact!

Despite a full day of training, everyone had the stamina and the spirit to enjoy a group dinner, as well as unleash their competitive streaks over a few quiz games later that evening!

The second day was followed with ten themed discussion tables, visited by delegates over six sessions. This facilitated more focused discussions, and gave customers the opportunity to offer feedback and ask questions on a range of topics including eVoting, Business Intelligence, GDPR, canvassing and our own product roadmap. A big thank you once again to the Cabinet Office representatives Piers Harris, Daniel Wood and Lee Pope for supporting our event and hosting a discussion table focused on tackling duplicate applications.

Your feedback on this event has been fantastic so far, and shows the value in getting together to listen, exchange ideas and share experiences, as well as discuss new developments on the horizon.

We’re pleased to offer all of the Workshop presentations and handouts, as well as the UGM slides via the Halarose Forum*. We’ll also be producing and circulating a summary report of each of the UGM sessions soon.

Thanks to everyone again for your time, effort and enthusiasm – you made the event as productive as it was. Provisional dates for our next UGM are 5-6th July, with further details expected shortly. We hope to see you there!

* Please note that these resources are only available to customers of Halarose products and services. If you’re an Idox Elections customer and would like access to the Forum, please email the team at