Blogs

  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: digital democracy

    John Bercow, the UK House of Commons Speaker, recently launched an independent commission to look into Digital Democracy in the UK. Tasked to explore ways to modernise the democratic process, it will consider methods to increase engagement and... read more

    3 years 5 months ago by Admin
  • MEMBERSHIP: Digital democracy discussion with the IofAM

    The Institute of Association Management (IofAM) is an independent professional body made up of managers and senior staff responsible for the management, development and governance of trade bodies, professional institutes, societies, chambers of... read more

    3 years 5 months ago by Admin
  • COMMUNITY: Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) 10 years on

    10 years ago this month the Local Government Act 2003 became law, and with it legislation which created Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). This article looks at the work we do in this area.

    The First BIDs

    The first BID was... read more

    3 years 6 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Modern.gov at the ADSO conference

    This week one of our subsidiary companies, modern.gov, will be attending the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) conference as Main Association and Conference Sponsor. The conference takes place on 21st November 2013 at... read more

    3 years 6 months ago by Admin
  • CASE STUDY: Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union / Multi-channel voting

    Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union (SHSU) had a requirement to administer their by-election for the positions of LGBT+ Rep, Disabled Student Rep and NUS Delegates. A referendum question on changes to the elected Officers and Union Rep roles was... read more

    3 years 6 months ago by Admin
  • EMPLOYEE EVENT: Halloween bake off

    As many people across the country prepare their costumes for a night of Halloween trick or treating, here at ERS and MES we are using the opportunity do some charity fundraising. We assist many charitable organisations with our election... read more

    3 years 7 months ago by Admin
  • CORPORATE: Democracy in the workplace

    Democracy exists in different shapes and forms throughout our society. This week we take a look at one of the ways it is used in the workplace.

     

    Role of employee representatives

    The role of an elected employee... read more

    3 years 7 months ago by Admin
  • NHS: Foundation Trust Network Conference 2013

    Following the annual FTN conference this week here is a round-up of the action!

    Both ERS and MES attended; key topics of conversation included using digital communications to support traditional methods of raising election awareness... read more

    3 years 7 months ago by Admin
  • EMPLOYEE INTERVIEW: Russell Lord talking curry and the need for speed!

    So you started your career as a trade apprentice in the print industry, is this where you imagined your career would take you?

    I left school after my ‘O’ Levels in 1982. I wanted to go on to do A-Levels and become an architect, but the... read more

    3 years 7 months ago by Admin
  • CORPORATE: Pension representative elections and auto enrolment

    Electoral Reform Services (ERS) has a long history of administering the elections of pension fund representatives for private companies. In light of the legislative changes surrounding state pensions and auto enrolment - employers will... read more

    3 years 8 months ago by Admin
  • TRADE UNIONS: ERS at TUC Congress 2013

    Having just returned from the annual TUC congress in Bournemouth this is our roundup of the conversations surrounding online balloting, which was a topic on this year’s business agenda.

    Online voting for trade unions

     

    ... read more
    3 years 8 months ago by Admin
  • EMPLOYEE INTERVIEW: Nick Goodman, spotting an opportunity for engagement and answering all of music’s needs!

     As well as sitting on the ERS board of Directors you are Managing Director of MES – can you tell us how MES came into existence?

    I started at ERS in 1994 working predominantly in the trade union and then broader membership... read more

    3 years 8 months ago by DEVELOPMENT About this blogger
  • TRADE UNIONS: Growing and merging

    This week we look at the changing landscape of trade unions in the UK: the challenges they face and the importance of transparent governance.

    History

    Since the industrial revolution began in the late 1700’s small groups of... read more

    3 years 9 months ago by Admin
  • EMPLOYEE INTERVIEW: Simon Hearn on balloting by plane, boat and tractor

    Can you tell us a bit about your background here at ERS?

    After completing a Business Studies degree, focussing on employment matters and trade unions, I responded to two job adverts in the Independent; I accepted the offer from ERS,... read more

    3 years 9 months ago by SALES & MARKETING About this blogger
  • TRADE UNIONS: A long history

    With the Trades Union Congress Conference approaching, this article looks at the long history shared by Electoral Reform Services (ERS) and trade unions. 

    Beginnings of Electoral Reform Services

    Before ERS became independent... read more

    3 years 9 months ago by Admin
  • EMPLOYEE INTERVIEW: Jenny Bradley on growing the ERS group and going to the roller disco!

    Can you tell us a bit about your background and what ERS was like when you joined in 1994?

    Before ERS I trained as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, I spent a year working for them in Italy where I learned Italian!... read more

    3 years 9 months ago by TRAINING About this blogger
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Younger voters

    This week, we are taking a closer look at a subject we touched on in our recent article about UK General Elections; younger voters. Increasing political engagement is an important part of our work to enrich democratic governance here at... read more

    3 years 10 months ago by Admin
  • EMPLOYEE INTERVIEW: Ian Robinson on mail and sailing

    This week we are introducing the first in a series of interviews with key employees which aim to give insight into some of the expertise and experience we have here at Electoral Reform Services.

    By taking some time to sit down and ask... read more

    3 years 10 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: The move to open data

    Data security and open data are topics which have recently received a lot of media attention. Working with personal data is something we do every day at Electoral Reform Services and data security is something we take incredibly seriously.... read more

    3 years 10 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Community referendums

    As well as Government elections there are times when a single issue will require the public’s opinion in the form of a ballot or referendum.

    The Government’s Localism Act 2011 sought to give more power to local authorities in decision... read more

    3 years 10 months ago by Admin

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