We can now confirm that we had been selected by Waverley Borough Council, situated in Godalming, Surrey, to develop and build their new website platform.
We were introduced to Vanessa de Chazal, the website manager for Waverley Borough Council, in 2019 by the neighbouring team from Tandridge District Council following the successful development of the new website platform that we completed for the district council. We then headed down to meet all of the Waverley team in September 2019 and enjoyed getting to know them, just as we do with every client that we are lucky enough to work with.
From this meeting, and the well-received presentation of our web solution, we were invited to Tender for the project along with a number of other potential agencies. After completing the Tender process, we then had to wait and see what the final outcome would be.
Then came the 20th of February when the news arrived that we had been selected and were able to welcome Waverley Borough Council as a new Purple client! We popped open a bottle of fizz to celebrate - with something non-alcoholic for Sarah!
Unfortunately, just a month later came the UK lockdown which resulted a delay to the project with the Waverley team focusing on supporting their community and staff during the uncertain time.
With lockdown now lifting we are really excited to be powering ahead with the project thanks to the help of Zoom rather than meetings in person! We’re already working hard on laying the foundations for the project and expect to see it launch in December, 3 months later than planned due to lockdown but definitely better late than never!
So, there’s the backstory, now we’ll share a few details about the new website! As with all sites we build, we always want to ensure they are as simple as possible for users to navigate. With high user numbers expected, this will be at the heart of everything we do to ensure they are able to access the most commonly used services. We are also working to ensure the new website complies with the latest Accessibility guidelines required by central government, something which is now being rolled out across all government-linked websites.
The website will ensure users are served important information, which is relevant to them, as well as enable them to manage payments and submit applications through connections with third-party service providers.
Behind the scenes, the site will also have some advanced functionality which allows the Waverley team to add web content that then needs approval before publishing, ensuring that the content is always kept up to date for the borough’s residents.
We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with Waverley Borough Council and it really does just show that geography is no barrier when it comes to working in the digital industry!