Alphagov fanboy turns Betagov infiltrator

From tomorrow, I’ll be joining Cabinet Office to help take the alpha.gov.uk prototype forward to its next incarnation as a more fully developed public beta. In the spirit of the tagline of this blog, I’ll be splitting my time straight down the middle between my (awesomely generous and forward-thinking) employer BIS and the very different [...]


Experiments in shared website services

Two more sites just began sharing the BIS web platform – the National Measurement Office and the newly christened UK Space Agency – bringing our tally of live sites on the platform up to eight, and moving us one step closer to a single domain for BIS. With eight sites now sharing our platform and [...]


BIS digital team launches blog for Simon Hughes on WordPress.com

Today, we pressed the publish button on a new blog to support Simon Hughes’s engagement with young people and others in his role as Advocate for Access to Education. It’s an independent, advisory role spanning DfE and BIS policy – hence the independent.gov.uk domain and HMG branding. More about the role from the site’s About page: [...]


Bis.gov.uk is Sitecore Site of the Year

I’m used to coming second. At school, I was deputy head boy. In my career, I’ve been second in command more often than I’ve been in charge. And recently, my team was nominated for an internal award for innovation – and were first runners up. But I can’t remember the last time I actually won something. So I’m [...]


Sharing the digital knowhow

This is just a short post, mainly to point you over here to Ross Ferguson’s generous review of a little something my team launched recently on the QT. It’s a side-project we’re calling digital@bis – a place to share tips, policies and best practice with other web professionals (mainly those in BIS’s arms length organisations), [...]