Bracknell Forest Council appoints Invotra to transform intranet

Bracknell Forest Council has appointed Invotra to assist in the transformation of their intranet, helping the authority to become more efficient and encourage greater collaboration among their employees.

Bracknell Forest is Invotra’s first local authority client. It previously had a static system that offered no social or collaborative capabilities for staff.

Bracknell Forest brought Invotra in to solve the challenges it was facing with delivering multiple services on a tight budget, discouraging siloed working, reaching a diverse workforce and enabling them to work flexibility, and to improve the digital skills of their wider team.

The council’s employees will be able to access a range of interactive features through the roll out of Invotra. They will also benefit from single sign on, and will not have to remember their username and password every time they log in.

Bracknell Forest will have access to features and functionality requested and developed for their central government counterparts at no extra cost, thanks to the new appointment.

It will also be involved in the alpha roll out of a significant project, GOV.invotra, a digital communications platform where all government clients of Invotra can come together to discuss, share best practice and collaborate with one another.

The contract will initially last for two years, with the option to extend for a further two years. Initial training was completed within three weeks, allowing Bracknell Forest’s team of ‘webmasters’ to deliver training to the workforce and get users fully engaged.

Colin Stenning, digital services manager at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “Like most like authorities, we’re facing financial challenges as well as challenges around a dispersed workforce and limited opportunities for collaborative working.

“To tackle these challenges, we’ve been working with Invotra to develop a new interactive and collaborative intranet. Once launched, this is due to encourage our staff to work more effectively and use the intranet as a two-way tool rather than just a static broadcast channel, which it has been previously.”

“We’re also very keen to get behind the GOV.invotra project; we believe that engaging central government directly, and being a part of the conversation, is a great opportunity, and that it will be of longer term benefit to public services.”

Fintan Galvin, CEO of Invotra, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Bracknell Forest, and welcome them on board as our first local authority client. They have a clear understanding of how digital communications platforms can be transformative for engagement, efficiency, and collaboration, and are already giving us lots of positive feedback following the initial training sessions.

“It’s also very positive that they’ll be a part of the GOV.invotra project. We believe it’s vital for local authorities to have a more audible voice and opportunity to engage with central government; GOV.invotra gives them that opportunity. The platform has the potential to bring all government departments together in a way that has not been seen before, and it’s a platform designed by government for government, so we’re excited to increase the scope of the proposition to ensure it also serves local authorities.”

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