At User Groups we showcase the latest developments within BoardPacks and you have the opportunity to provide feedback on new functionality and future enhancements. Watch a video from our last London User Group:
Upcoming User Groups
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NHF Annual Conference 2016
Date : 21-23rd September 2016
Website : www.housing.org.uk
One of the key sectors for eShare and our online board portal, BoardPacks, is the housing market. One of the most important dates in the housing calendar each year, is the National Housing Federation’s Annual Conference. It is where the great and the good of the housing sector meet to discuss the hot issues of the day, the year ahead and to listen to some of the most influential speakers in the country.
We’ll be at stand 71, and will be joining more than 2,000 housing professionals over the three days.
HETT Show 2016
ICSA Annual Conference 2016
Date : 8-9th March 2016
Website : www.icsa.org.uk
Senior BoardPacks members will return to the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators’ Annual Conference on 8-9 March 2016, where they will unite with some of the UK’s key corporate governance experts to discuss the burgeoning issue of best practice. “From the Volkswagen emissions scandal to bribery and mis-selling of pharmaceuticals by the Chinese arm of GSK, it appears even some of the biggest companies in the world lack the essential oversight required at senior level,” explains Alister Esam, Managing Director for BoardPacks.
ALFI Spring Conference 2016
Date : 8-9th March 2016
European Convention Centre, Luxembourg
Website : www.alfi.lu
Following the success of 2015, BoardPacks is delighted to announce its return to the ALFI Spring Conference, where it will participate in this year’s focus of envisioning the future perfect fund industry.
The conference, held at the European Convention Centre in Luxembourg-Kirchberg on Tuesday 8 to Wednesday 9 March, attracts some of the biggest names in financial services from across the globe. Daniel Tin, Regional Sales Manager DACH and Luxembourg, said: “The ALFI Spring Conference is one of the leading industry events, renowned not only in Europe, but in the US, Asia and the Middle East. We’re returning after a great experience last year, where we networked with more than 800 delegates from 25 countries.”
Date : 14-18th March 2016
Deutsche Messe, Hannover
Website : www.cebit.de
The world’s leading showcase for digital business is being held again this year at the Hannover Exhibition, Germany on 14th-18th of March 2016. European Professionals from both business and government will descend on CeBIT 2016 to discuss and be educated on the challenges and opportunities of enterprise digitalization.
“d!conomy: join – create – succeed.”
CeBIT 2016 is focussing on the digitalization of businesses across Germany and Central Europe so BoardPacks are attending to represent electronic meeting management.
AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition
Date : 21-23rd March 2016
Royal Armouries, Leeds
Website : www.aua.ac.uk
On 21st-23rd March, the AUA – the professional association for higher education administration and management staff – will hold its 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition, and BoardPacks is delighted to announce its participation.
The AUA works to assist in the advancement of education by fostering sound methods of leadership, management and administration in Further and Higher Education. This is an objective that strongly resonates with BoardPacks and its meeting management and governance solution. Having already established ties with a number of colleges and universities by streamlining their meetings and reducing running costs, the BoardPacks team of Edward Rees, and Katherine Webster, are looking forward to demonstrating how they can help even more administrators and committee members do the same.
Date : 3-4th February 2016
Website : www.ipon.nl
At BoardPacks, we’re passionate about the significant time, cost and governance advantages paperless meeting solutions have to offer the education sector in the Netherlands and elsewhere. So where better to start talking to Dutch educationalists than at the eagerly anticipated 2016 IPON exhibition, taking place on 3-4 February?
The educational innovation and ICT exhibition is one of the country’s major shows in the sector, held at the renowned Jaarbeurs Utrecht exhibition centre. It comes around only once every two years to bring together companies active on the interface of ICT and education with primary, secondary, college and academic ICT managers. Robert Wolters, BoardPacks Regional Sales Manager for the Netherlands and Belgium, and our Director of Sales in Europe, Simon Machin, will be manning the BoardPacks stand, offering demonstrations to the exhibition’s 5,000-plus expected visitors.
FONDS professionell KONGRESS 2016
Date : 27-28th January 2016
Congress Centre am Rosengartenplatz, Mannheim
Website : www.fondsprofessionell.de
Our Regional Sales Manager of DACH and Luxembourg, Daniel Tin and Marketing Manager, Richard McKenzie will join a host of leading experts at the business-to-business financial sector event. Daniel and Richard’s presentation – titled ‘Can software help board members make better decisions?’ – will take place at 4.35pm (CET) on Thursday 28 January, and will explore the ways software can make a difference in the effective management of board meetings and corporate governance.
Held just 60 miles south of Frankfurt – one of the world’s major financial hubs – the conference is renowned for its excellent turnout and welcomed an outstanding 8,854 industry specialists and exhibitors in 2015.
AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition 2015
Date : 17-19th November
The ICC, Birmingham
Booth number : 5, Hall 3
Website : www.aocannualconference.co.uk
The Association of Colleges (AoC) Annual Conference and Exhibition, a must-attend event for senior leaders, policymakers and organisations linked to further education, is now just days away and we can hardly wait! It’s a real honour to exhibit in the company of some of the sector’s most influential figures who will be speaking at the event, including Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, and Professor Baroness Wolf of Dulwich CBE. So, we’re looking forward to meeting their many like-minded colleagues at our exhibition stand, too.
Date : 3rd – 5th November
Booth number : 1231
Website : www.contacta.nl
At BoardPacks, we’re excited to announce we will be exhibiting at Contacta.nl 2015, the major annual business networking event of South West Netherlands and Flanders, on 3, 4 and 5 November. This year’s theme is the ‘power of connections’ – a point of particular resonance with us and our meeting management and governance solution.
NIFHA Annual Conference 2015
Date : 5th – 6th November
Slieve Russell Hotel, Co.Cavan, Ireland
Booth number : 24
Website : www.nifha.org
The Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations will hold its Annual Conference on 5-6 November 2015, which will be attended by more than 200 delegates – BoardPacks among them! We’ll be joining senior executives and boards of housing associations, local community support organisation participants, local councils, statutory agencies and many more of the 3,000-plus staff currently working in Northern Ireland’s social housing sector.
BoardPacks wins Best Technology Solution prize at the Investment Week Fund Services Awards 2015
Fund Services Awards 2015
The winners of the Fund Services Awards 2015 were revealed at a dinner in London on 7th October 2015.
Now in their 3rd year, 50 entries across 12 categories were shortlisted for this year’s awards, which are designed to celebrate those companies that offer services and solutions to the fund management industry.
In assessing submissions, judges looked at evidence of a solution and satisfactory client outcome, key service differentiators, the use of technology and innovation brought to the task, levels of ongoing service and support to the client. An element of online voting was also included.
“The judges felt that eShare’s BoardPacks catered particularly well for the growing requirement to provide improved security and a transparent audit trail to board members. BoardPacks not only fulfills this need, but also demonstrates a strong, clear business benefit in doing so. According to the judges, BoardPacks deserves credit for providing a very sound solution to an under-appreciated part of the risk management and governance process, but one that is growing in importance.”
NHF Annual Conference and Housing Exhibition 2015
Date : 23rd-25th September
The ICC, Birmingham
Booth number : 71
Website : http://annual.housing.org.uk/
Build a better foundation for your housing association.
BoardPacks will be returning to the UK’s leading housing association conference and exhibition this September.
With the new government now in place, it’s a great opportunity to hear what changes are happening in the sector. Speakers will be discussing the main challenges the sector is facing and what can be done to solve the current housing crisis.
In light of the current pressures on social housing, improving governance is one of the top priorities for housing associations, particularly in the area of risk-management. Software that can support these governance activities is becoming a crucial part of the boardroom. As with other industries, the efficiency of technology is driving meeting participants to use tablets rather than print out paper.
BoardPacks software, chosen by the National Housing Federation, allows board members to access meeting documentation and risk data from their tablets, on and offline.
If you’re attending the event, you won’t be able to miss us as we’re at stand #71, right by the entrance. We’re the ones with the Lego giveaways and prize draw.
In the meantime, why not find out how we’re helping housing associations like Tai Ceredigion manage their governance.
BoardPacks awarded 'Titan de las finanzas 2015' at ECOFIN Annual Congress
ECOFIN is a publication and a forum for economic thinking on major current issues, economic analysis and management affecting senior management decisions. Each year they present awards to those solutions, services and companies they consider to be ‘Titans of Finance‘. BoardPacks won the prize in the ‘Products and Services’ category, and in addition was awarded a trophy in recognition of how innovative the software is.
Introducing collaborative annotation
With the pen, note, highlighter and text annotation tools at your disposal, you can already annotate your documents in either the iPad or Windows apps.
Now, with collaborative annotation, you can share those annotations with other meeting participants, whilst retaining your own private notes for personal reference.
Contributions from your colleagues are labelled with their names and the whole of the public view is clearly indicated in red to prevent any unintentional sharing.
Furthermore, you can now view annotations from your computer in the webview.
Build a better foundation with BoardPacks at the Commissioning Show 2015
Date : 24th-25th June
Booth number : E40
Visit BoardPacks at the Commissioning Show, the largest national event for the health care sector, which is now open to Housing Associations. With an ageing population and pressure on the NHS budget, there are massive productivity and social benefits from housing and social care working together to reduce costs and improve patient experience.
“We work with many CCGs, Foundation Trusts and Housing Associations, the Commissioning Show creates a great opportunity to demonstrate to both these sectors how technology like BoardPacks can really aid them in improving productivity, regulatory compliance and governance.” – Edward Rees, Business Development, eShare
Visit us at Stand E40 and find out why BoardPacks is among the Show’s top 20 must see exhibitors.
Fresh Business Thinking: Top down efficiency
Over the past few years, growing numbers of UK boards of directors have started to move away from the inefficiency of paper board packs to embrace an online model that utilises tablet technology to help drive down cost and improve collaboration. But why is this approach limited to the top brass? Agenda led meetings occur at every level of the organisation – and the need for immediate decision making and action can be equally as pressing at operational level than for strategic directors.
Alister Esam discusses an outdated meeting model and how progressive organisations are making efficiency savings and improvements by updating it. Read more
ALFI Spring Conference 2015
Date : 24th-25th March
Nouveau centre de conferences Kirchberg (NCCK), Luxembourg.
Website : www.alfi.lu
Have the chance to network with the biggest names in the fund industry at the ALFI Spring Conference 2015, one of the leading funds events in Europe. The conference takes place on the 24th-25th March at the Nouveau centre de conferences Kirchberg (NCCK), Luxembourg. Visit the BoardPacks stand and find out how our software can help with your board meetings, risk, decisions and keeping all your documents in one secure central space.
Ask for a demo and stand a chance to win* an Apple iPad Air 2 or Windows, Android tablet to equal worth.
CIH Scotland Annual Conference & Exhibition 2015
Date : 10th-12th March
SECC in Glasgow.
Booth number : B39
The event (the biggest housing event in Scotland) will run from the 10th to the 12th March 2015 at the SECC in Glasgow. The general themes are: ‘Scotland’s housing system’, ‘affordability and welfare’, ‘more than bricks and mortar’, and ‘shaping the future of the workforce’.
If you’re attending the event come and find stand B39 where Paul Wilkes and Simon Machin will be giving demos of BoardPacks and discussing how organisations in the housing sector are using it to improve governance.
One of our housing customers, Tai Ceredigion were discussed in a recent post on our blog: ‘Taking BoardPacks for a spin’. The article talks about what was important to them when it came to choosing a governance software solution and the process they went through in trialling and implementing BoardPacks.
If you’re a board member or company secretary we want to hear how you manage governance for your housing association. Our survey: ‘The impact of software on housing governance’ aims to learn how governance is conducted in the housing sector and the extent to which governance software is being adopted. Complete the survey before it closes for a chance to win a tablet.
Jisc Digifest 9/10 March 2015
Date : 9th-10th March
Booth number : 43
Website : www.jisc.ac.uk
Join us at the Jisc Digifest 2015. We’ll be helping those who are part of an education governing body to understand the software that’s available to assist them with their role.
With so many education establishments using Office 365, this is the perfect opportunity to see how it can be adapted into the perfect meeting management tool for governors.
Visit us at stand #43 for a demonstration of our BoardPacks meeting management and governance software.
We’re conducting a survey into the role of technology in education governance. We’d really appreciate it if you took part, and to say thanks we’ll put your name into a draw to win a tablet.
The impact of software on housing governance survey
We are running a housing survey aimed predominantly at board members, leadership teams and company secretaries. Our aim is to learn more about approaches to governance strategy and the use of meeting management software in the housing sector. If you have a spare few minutes and this survey applies to you, why not complete it? To thank you for your time you can take part in the prize draw for a chance to win* your choice of tablet?
The last day to complete the survey is Monday 23rd March 2015 and the prize draw will take place on Friday 27th March 2015.
Community Housing Cymru Group 2015 Governance Conference
Camilla Braithwaite and Katherine Webster are heading to the Community Housing Cymru Group 2015 Governance Conference next week on the 26th and 27th February.
The event is being held at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells, Wales. With CHC Group conferences now being paperless, the event is a great opportunity for those who sit on a housing board to evaluate their own paper use.
To find out more about the event, visit our blog.
BoardPacks will be on stand #4. Come and see us for a demo.
If you happen to be a housing professional and you’re interested in the impact of software on housing governance, why not take our survey and be in with a chance of winning* your choice of tablet.
HMFA Chairs Conference 2015
On the 20th of January, Simon Machin and Camilla Braithwaite will be attending the ‘HMFA Annual Chairs Conference’ at the Park Plaza Victoria in London.
The event is for chairs of all NHS organisations and gives a unique opportunity for CCG, Foundation Trust, NHS Trust, and National Body chairs to network and learn more about the issues currently facing their organisations.
Read the related blog post – ‘The challenge facing chairs of NHS organisations’
BoardPacks makes the shortlist for the Most innovative IT system with Tai Ceredigion
Tai Ceredigion has been shortlisted for the ‘Most innovative IT system’ at the Housing Innovation Awards for their use of BoardPacks to improve board meetings. BoardPacks not only helps reduce costs and the administration burden associated with paper meeting packs, but also improves governance by making it much easier to extract information.
The Housing Innovation Awards, now in its fourth year, is all about celebrating that pioneering spirit and highlighting examples of inventive and original schemes and services.
Tai Ceredigion is a not-for-profit housing association responsible for over 2,000 properties in West Wales. Its main aim is to ensure that homes are up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard and that tenants receive high quality services. The company’s vision is to put tenants first, provide quality homes and benefit communities and the local economy.
Boards of organisations all over the world
Why do boards differ around the world and across sectors? Despite having the same objectives and aims, cultural differences play out. The UK has a very open attitude to governance, the US is very open and very technology focused. All have to demonstrate a greater accountability. This is really where BoardPacks fits in [read more].
Android app available now
As Android tablet usage is increasing around the world, many board members want the choice of adopting an operating system that suits them.
We’re now pleased to announce that we have a meeting app for Android operating system 5.0 (Lollipop). This is available on the new Nexus 9, and will be rolled out to other Android devices in the near future.
Dutch webinar: Partner, ETTU demonstrate the power of technology in the boardroom
The webinar ‘Digital conferencing on the iPad, tablet and SharePoint ‘ will be held on the 9th December 2014, at 16:00 (UTC +01:00).
Collaboration Universelle en Enterprise
On the 25/26 November Alister Esam will be accompanying our partners Aerow to the Collaboration Universelle en Enterprise par Microsoft et son écosystème event in Paris.
Aerow are eShare’s partners in France.
ALFI European Alternative Investment Funds
This week, on the 25/26 November, Daniel Tin and Camilla Braithwaite are at the ALFI European Alternative Investment Funds conference in Luxembourg to show how BoardPacks can help instil better governance in investment funds.
Head over to the BoardPacks stand for a demo.
Earlier this month we interviewed Daniel Tin about his experiences attending the ALFI Global Distribution event in September, ALFI and Luxembourg’s funds industry.
Foundation Trust Network Annual Conference 2014
Alister Esam, Edward Rees and Katherine Webster are attending the Foundation Trust Network Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014 in Liverpool on the 18th-19th November.
They will be exhibiting the BoardPacks meeting management software used in NHS foundation trusts such as Luton and Dunstable and Hertfordshire to improve their board governance. If you’re attending the event, go take a look at stand 57 and get your own BoardPacks demo.
The Future of the Local Government Pensions Scheme
On the 18th November, Simon Machin and Camilla Braithwaite will be attending The Future of the Local Government Pensions Schemes event in London. This event will take a look at how the Local Government Pension Scheme can be reformed. Such a reform is believed by the coalition government to have the potential to save £660 million a year.
One of the ways pension schemes are improving is by tackling the management of governance actions. Simon and Camilla will be on hand to demonstrate how BoardPacks governance software can be used in and out of meetings for better governance. Find them at stand 4.
Read Simon’s recent blog post: ‘Improving the governance of pension schemes’.
iPad app release with redesign and fingerprint scanner
Alongside the release of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, that comes with Touch ID, BoardPacks users will now also be able to access their accounts simply by scanning their fingerprint. Our iPad app update (available in iTunes on Monday 20th October) eliminates the need to input a username and password on the new iPads. We understand how important it is to access data promptly, so this easy navigation stops you needing to worry about memorising passwords, and makes securing your data easier than ever before.
The update will also have a great new innovative design, so you may notice something different.
Download the BoardPacks app now.
How Execs in Germany can make meetings more effective
Board meetings are probably one of the most important elements of the traditional corporate structure. In an era of rapid global businesses with short-lived opportunities and the need to address problems immediately, this model is no longer efficient. iBusiness has published some tips to help German execs survive meetings.
World Pension Summit 2014
5-6 November 2014 / The Hague
World Pension Summit is the only Global platform ‘for and by’ Pension Professionals. Meet your peers and share the latest innovative ideas for a sustainable pension provision.
The 2014 Theme is: Financing Pensions / new roles – new responsibilities. The world Pension Summit 2014 offers key analysis, insights and ample room for discussion amongst peers. Meet top experts and key authorities in the field of retirement management, pension fund strategy, social security, employee benefits, a.o. Learn from key questions and actual best practices in pensions. The best global networking opportunity with over 350 pension professionals from 45 countries. Register at: www.worldpensionsummit.com. Use the special conference code for 20% discount: SP2014WPS20
Mercer adds BoardPacks to their client services
Clare Owen, Head of Mercer’s Governance group, said: “A constant stream of new regulation and an increasing amount of ‘business as usual’ tasks means trustees’ workloads remain high.
“Technology, tailored to fit the specific scheme, and coupled with good governance practices, can help reduce the preparation time for trustees and committees allowing them to focus on the more critical decisions. It can also improve data security, allow real-time access to scheme documents and other materials during and outside meetings, support trustee training, as well as increase the efficiency and timeliness of post and intra-meeting activity.”