This year, there was a buzz in the air around Brexit negotiations and an evident sense that change to enable a fairerfuture for counties, is being embraced across the UK.
Amongst a raft of great speakers, the highlight of the County Council's Conference, was a speech by the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire.
His theme was one of devolving power back to local communities and enabling councils to drive change. And this theme was echoed throughout conference, with many of the sessions focusing on delivering the best outcomes in the changing landscape of social care.
Helping council's effect transformations is what Convene enables and it was great to see the Convene stand attracted a number of key councils interested in saving money and enabling better working practices.
Good conversations were had about how Convene is a trusted platform for the UK public sector, and the success of digital meetings within the Greater London Authority and Buckinghamshire County Council. Many councils were interested in seeing for themselves how Convene enables better governance as there was a general sense amongst council leaders that going paperless was becoming a key agenda item. New and existing customers visited the stand, including Martin Tett, leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, who have saved £2500 a year since implementing Convene on paper and printing alone.
New friends and potential customers were made and Convene was warmly received. Between that, meeting current clients, and learning more about the work councils are doing across the country to ensure a better future, the County Council Network Conference exceeded expectations.