I’ve been meaning to blog for some time now (isn’t that always the line?) and I’m finally grabbing 20 minutes post-Saturday morning breakfast to tap out some words here. And the words I want to write are a celebration.

Winners – GovDelivery Maximiser Award

At the start of November my team were pleased to be announced as the winners of the GovDelivery Maximiser Award. The recognition came at the end of our first year using the email management / marketing system for Nottinghamshire County Council‘s emailme service. I’m really pleased to have led the implementation during these first 12 months and proud that the team effort was recognised with a gong.

The Maximiser category is about subscriber growth and this was a focus for the implementation period. Over the first 12 months we built a subscriber list equal to 5% of the county population through consolidating existing lists but also through fast organic growth. We used some innovative techniques fanned by understanding good practice and have been pleased that while we hit the volume target we’re also getting great feedback from subscribers too. Onwards now for year two.

You can read a case study about what we did with emailme here (PDF), or why not sign up for a couple of our bulletins?

Congratulations Carl!

A massive congratulations to Carl Haggerty who’s been recognised as a ‘driving force behind the digital reinvention of local government’ in the LGC 100 list.

This description is spot on and a reflection of the work and leadership Carl has put into the first couple of years of LocalGov Digital, as well as at his own council.

Well done Carl – can’t wait to see where LGD and local government stuff goes next!

Read Carl’s own reflection on his placing here.

And a shortlisting…

I’m also really pleased to see the work of LocalGov Digital recognised with a shortlisting in the Best Collaboration category of the Comms2Point0 UnAwards.

The collaboration which has made the network possible at all deserves recognition (in my eyes anyway!) but the fact that the outcome of the work going on is more collaboration through the sector is really quite something.

My favourite thing about LocalGov Digital is that it’s about doing, not just talking, but next on my list would be the collaboration and the professional and personal links it’s led to and the many ways those involved find to think, do and share.

We’ll find out on 11 December whether we have won.


Time seems to be short right now but if you’re interested in the words I have written about music you can find them mostly on Louder Than War.

There is more about the digital work going on at Nottinghamshire County Council on the Digital First blog.