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Etive speaking at the Insider Housing National Digital Housing Conference 2014


Greg Teare was a guest speaker at the National Digital Housing Conference where the topic was ‘Digitally Supporting Welfare Reform‘, sharing the experience of working in partnership with Birmingham City Council during their DWP Welfare reform project and sharing the associated outcomes . Etive designed and developed the Digital Log Book to support tenants with digital and financial inclusion, which also gave them a virtual digital identity in preparation for the introduction of Universal Credits. The Digital Log Book helps tenants to channel shift to digital by choice services and also gave them tools to help sustain their tenancies along with the support from the newly designed tenant journey.  This process also helped increase customer’s digital skills, leading to improved quality of life.

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Digital Birmingham win Digital Community Pioneer of the Year Award with the DLB


Congratulations to Digital Birmingham, of Birmingham City Council, who won the Digital Community Pioneer of the Year Award at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards ceremony held in Manchester.  The work carried out by Digital Birmingham came under the Specialist Awards this year in recognition of the work that has been going on in Birmingham around citizen engagement and the implementation of the Digital Log Book.

The DEAs are the only awards of their kind, recognising entrepreneurs from across the country who have achieved online business excellence.  The awards celebrate not only the high-profile websites and leaders driving online commerce but the silent heroes who develop the systems that change the online landscape and shape our digital future.

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Birmingham CAB win national Citizens Advice award with GBAS


Birmingham CAB is delighted that it won the Citizens Advice “Access for All” award at its recent AGM. This award is given to the bureau which offers an outstanding multi-channel advice service to meet clients’ needs in a way of their choosing. We are especially pleased that we won this in our 75th anniversary year.

We are proud of how our volunteers and staff have stepped up to help the bureau expand its advice services through our telephone Adviceline, email advice, as well as face to face drop in services in community locations. Our new website helps clients find the support they need.

We are also collaborating with partners on developing better access to advice through “Gateway to Birmingham Advice Services” (GBAS) a Big Lottery funded project, which formed part of our award. GBAS is currently made up of fifteen locally based organisations working together to improve access to advice and services for everyone in Birmingham. To find out more go to http://birminghamadviceservices.org.uk/

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First occupants move in at Ogilvie’s Seafar development Cumbernauld


First group of tenants have moved into the Sanctuary Seafar development being built by Ogilvie in Cumbernauld.  This £10.4m development is part of Cumbernauld’s £70m regeneration of the town’s 12 high-rises is gathering momentum. Ninety-six flats are being constructed on the former Seafar House site for the residents of Allanfauld Road’s tower blocks, before the latter are reduced to rubble.  Energy Log Books have been set up against each of the properties enabling the occupants and landlord to better monitor and manage water and energy consumption.

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Sanctuary’s Anderston development wins Saltire Housing Design Award


Sanctuary’s new development in Anderston, Glasgow, has been awarded a Saltire Housing Design Award in recognition of innovation and excellence in house building.  This is extremely relevant as we start to install the Energy Log Book as part of Sanctuary’s recognition of the water, energy and the environment and the positive impact that improved water and energy efficiency has on the occupants of their new homes. This £50m development is all part of Anderston’s wider regeneration.

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Midlands based VC invests in Etive to fund growth


Midven, the Midlands based VC fund, has invested into Etive, which will help secure and grow its presence in the West Midlands, as well as helping take on new staff.  Etive has produced a range of products which will help local authorities and registered social landlords prepare their tenants to be online and create digital identities for them.  More at Midven

Etive’s Digital Log Book is a personal digital record which provides access to products and services based on an individual’s particular requirements.  Their Home Log Book provides a lifetime digital record of information about a residential property.

As part of the reform programme, local authorities and registered social landlords must prepare digital identities for tenants – which will result in a simplified benefits system overall.  Stuart Young, Managing Director of Etive, said the company’s offering provided an ideal solution to help councils and landlords and the Government meet their requirements.

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Underground Supply Pipe Leakage project in residential homes goes live


Scottish Water, in conjunction with Etive Technologies, have installed c.80 monitors at a number of properties to measure underground supply pipe leakage. The properties have a monitor installed within their kitchen and also a monitor on the pavement outside.
These monitors will allow Scottish Water to improve understanding of how much water is being lost through leakage on the ‘Private’ underground supply pipe vs the ‘Company’ water mains.
The current properties provide a limited sample of potential cases across Scotland but this project is being looked at as a trial with the potential to rollout across a more varied selection of properties.

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We are looking to recruit a Web Developer in our Birmingham office


We are looking for a person with good front-end web design skills and some experience of building mobile friendly web sites and applications to be based in our Birmingham office. We have 4 core on-line products/ services which we would like to redesign the front end user interface.We want to improve the user’s experience of the 4 Log Books. This role will be split across 3 areas, primary focus being on front-end design, some time doing back-end development and some time supporting the rest of the team on support, typically responding to email support issues.
We are looking for a self starter who is designed focused, who demonstrates a positive attitude towards the user experience and is self critical. You will be a team player and work within a small but growing business on a number of different projects. The right person will be a passionate about the user’s experience of web sites and applications and the service we provide to our customers.
The role will involve you working directly with our clients, understanding their needs, working with end-users in focus groups and even getting involved in secure user-group environment as we develop our digital champions network.
Web / HTML, CSS
JavaScript, Jquery
Mobile compatible web development
Java, JSP
Version Control – GIT/SVN
Good to have
Wordpress, Spring (MVC)
Database SQL/MySql

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Complex Challenges Innovative Cities focus on European public sector innovation


Complex Challenges Innovative Cities (CCIC) focuses on European public sector innovation and is about new ideas that contribute to creating public value. The main objective of the CICC project, which concludes at the end of December 2014, is to improve regional innovation policies by enhancing innovation in the public sector and increasing partnership collaboration between local and regional authorities, public entities and other stakeholders. CCIC aims to increase the levels of innovation in 13 diverse partner regions by exchanging good practices each will address a set of interlinked challenges faced by all public authorities and related to innovation in the public sector. Hosted by Birmingham City Council, delegates come from a variety of different European countries including Eindhoven, Sabadell, Genoa, Gavle, Jyvaskyla, Tartu, Warsaw, Harghita, Sofia and Aberdeen. It was great to hear feedback on how the Digital Log Book could also be used to manage employment across Europe.

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Wateraid golf day raises £14,400 for clean water and safe sanitation


We are delighted to say that Wateraid raised £14,400 at their Scotland Golf Tournament 2014, which took place at Dundonald Links. Etive sponsored the ‘longest drive’ on the 18th. Wateraid works to help the 500,000 children who die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation? That’s over 1,400 children a day. Clean water and safe sanitation underpin health, education and livelihoods. Wateraid’s work transforms millions of people’s lives every year tackling the crisis from all angles, working with local partners to deliver services, influencing decision-makers to make change happen, and generating incredible support across the world.

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