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The Primary Sponsors of the Conference are: CloudyIT and Streetscape Products and Services Ltd

Also sponsoring the event is: Imaginarium, Training and Development.

Thanks to our Exhibitors; Amberol; Blachere Illuminations; Gallagher Insurance; and the National Allotments Society, for supporting the conference.

The cost for the full day conference is £40.00 (£30.00 small council bursary). It commences at 9.00am and finishes at approx. 8.30pm.





9.00am – 10.00am

Build a Greener Future with Trees – Richard O'Callaghan, Regional External Affairs, North, Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust was established in 1972 and is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity, with over 500,000 members and supporters. It works to protect, restore, and create woods and trees. It cares for over 1,000 woods, keeping them open for people to explore and enjoy. Come along and find out how local councils can work with the Woodland Trust to combat climate change, build a greener future for the UK and create havens for wildlife.


10.00am – 10.15am

Exhibitor Presentation – Phil Gomersall, President of the National Allotments Society (NAS)

The NAS is the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK. The Society works with government at national and local levels, other organisations, and landlords to provide, promote and preserve allotments for all. It offers support, guidance, and advice to its members and those with an interest in allotment gardening. Further information available from the NAS website:


10.15am – 11.15am

Chairing the Meeting… and Managing the People! – Joe Cheal, Imaginarium Learning and Development (SPONSOR)

Chairing and conducting parish/town council meetings is not always the easiest task… especially when you are dealing with different (and difficult!) people. This interactive session will give you an opportunity to develop ideas and tools for: dealing with conflict, working with different personalities and being assertive when needed… knowing when to be a listener and when to be more direct.


11.15am- 11.30am

Exhibitor Presentation – Patience Atkinson, Amberol

Amberol is a family business offering quality moulded products including self-watering planters, since 1969. At the heart of the business is a desire to make a visual difference. This includes stunning floral arrangements in calm peaceful villages and fast-paced city environments alike and keeping Britain tidy through its wide range of bin products.


11.30am – 12.30pm

How to Engage and Consult with the Local Community for Play Areas and Other Community Projects – Doug Belfield, Sales Director, Streetscape Products & Services Ltd (PRIMARY SPONSOR)

The tips gained from this presentation can be used for consultation on council projects. How do you start with consulting the local community? Is your council planning to install play equipment? How do you design a play area? Come along to this session to get some ideas of how to engage effectively with the local community.


12.30pm – 1.00pm






1.00pm – 2.00pm

Digital Levelling Up-Working Smarter with Microsoft 365 – David Hall, Director, CloudyIT (PRIMARY SPONSOR)

The role of the local council in connecting the community and providing key services to its residents is vital. 'Smart' parishes and towns are now becoming a reality and clerks, more than ever before, need the digital tools to keep pace. The need for local councils to digitally level up is more important than ever before. David Hall will be demonstrating how the modern council can achieve this smart status, utilising the Microsoft cloud and suite of apps to drive productivity and efficiency. With Microsoft's NCE (New Commerce Experience) going live in March 2022, which represents the first Microsoft price increase in 10 years, this makes attending this session a must for clerks and councillors looking to modernise the council. More information on CloudyIT can be found here: CloudyIT - Trusted MSP (Managed Service Partner)


2.00pm – 2.15pm

Exhibitor Presentation – Richard Matthews, Community Client Director, Gallagher Insurance (previously Came & Co.)

Came and Company – Local Council Insurance has rebranded to Gallagher. The local council specialists are now part of one of the largest public sector teams in the UK enabling Gallagher to provide insurance solutions to more of the Public Sector than ever before. Richard will provide an update on how Gallagher can assist local councils with their insurance placement, risk management and specialist advice led proposition for the sector.


2.15pm – 3.15pm

Does the Council run a Community Centre or Village Hall? Does the Council appoint Representatives to a Local Charitable Community Facility? Find out how to successfully generate Income from a Venue – John Fagan, CEO, Scribe Accounts

John has been engaging with communities for over 10 years and has attracted thousands of people to attend events in community buildings. John's systematic approach will eliminate being lost in the endless maze of Google, websites, Facebook, and email. It will lead to your facilities to be full, driving revenue back to the council, and, therefore, the community.

You will learn:
- Two simple changes to increase bookings overnight.
- Setting up for Google to make sure your hall is found.
- Using Facebook to keep the message in front of the right people.
- 3 things to avoid that will kill your bookings.
- Using email to find new customers.
- Methods to increase pricing that people will pay.
- PLUS - a competition to win a bottle of Scribe Gin.


3.15pm – 3.30pm

Exhibitor Presentation – Katherine Owen, External Affairs, Blachere Illuminations

Blachere Illuminations have been producing Christmas lights for over 45 years. In this session you will hear all about their new ECO FRIENDLY range and the new SUMMER RANGE.


3.30pm – 4.30pm

Caring for our War Memorials – Andrew McMaster, Conservation Officer, War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust will discuss how to manage the war memorial heritage and the importance of best conservation practice to preserve memorials, for as long as possible. The charity will also outline the help it can provide including advice, grants, and maintenance tools. This will include War Memorials Online, the website seeking to create a greater understanding of the condition of war memorials in the UK. To check if the war memorials are included visit:


4.30pm – 5.30pm

How can Good Governance help your Council to Perform at its Best – Bethan Evans, Governance Training and Consultancy

"Good governance" is essential for a council to be effective. Governance includes many aspects such as acting legally, efficient administration, good relationships, good communication, and good teamwork. This session explores what good governance is and why it is so important at the heart of an excellent council. The presentation will outline the components/building blocks of good governance, including processes and culture. There will also be examples of councils where things have gone wrong and what every council can learn from these lessons.


5.30pm – 6.00pm


6.00pm – 7.00pm

How to Engage Effectively with Younger People in the Community – Tom Clay, Head of Local Council Services, Breakthrough Communications
In this session Tom will explore how the council can effectively reach out to and engage with young people. The session will look at both online and offline channels of communication. Most importantly Tom will help councils to develop an understanding of the strategic approach required to communicate effectively with younger people and get them to communicate with the council.


7.00pm – 8.15pm

Government Reforms to the Planning System: What Councils Need to Know – Andrew Towlerton, Planning Consultant

The Government is proposing "radical" and "far-reaching" reforms of the planning system in England which will "streamline" and "modernise" it. This webinar will outline the key aspects of the reforms that will have implications for local councils and the sector in more general in England and how they are likely to work in practice.



Round up of the conference



Thank you for attending, we look forward to seeing you again soon.


Last updated: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 17:19