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Public sector paperless awards 2017

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On the 6 July 2017 the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) had the pleasure of attending a gala dinner at the public sector paperless awards  at the Royal Garden Hotel Kensington.

This unique event was created to honor and encourage the digital progress and achievements of organisations throughout the UK and to share best practice in digital transformation within the public sector.

Digital transformation

Digital transformation and the journey to achieve a paperless environment is a key objective for the government.

The MMO is committed to improving its customer’s experience, reducing burden and streamlining processes to meet user needs. This is being driven and achieved through its ambition to place digital transformation at the centre of its service delivery.

This special night provided an opportunity to reward progression towards digital transformation and offer organisations a chance to network with others on a similar journey.

Diverse organisations

Over 300 organisations submitted entries to the awards with entrants from the DVLA, West Yorkshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service to name just a few.

Competition was intense and the MMO were placed as finalists in the Best Digital Document Management category for our work on digital marine plans.

Digital marine plans

Historically statutory marine plans have consisted of being large, complex, static word documents, with lots of associated information but now, the MMO is putting the user first by creating digital marine plans that act as a gateway and work in harmony with other Defra and government digital systems.

Let the judging commence 

The expert panel of judges included the head of design for UK government, NHS England, Tech UK and COSLA.

The key things the judges were looking from the submissions were:

  • innovation, imagination and ambition
  • evidence of a clear strategy for the project / policy, clearly communicated to staff and other stakeholders
  • evidence of good management
  • value for money
  • supporting evidence that the project / policy has made a difference to customer services.

And the winner was……

Sadly not the MMO 🙁  but instead the victory went to an impressive submission from Edge Hill University: E-VAL: The Online Academic Quality Management System.

We managed to secure second place with only 1 point separating us. 🙂

Congratulations to everyone nominated and to all the lucky winners - well done!


We were incredibly proud to be shortlisted for the final and stood proudly next to our fellow digital peers.

It was inspiring to network with passionate digital ambassadors and pioneers of technology from all sectors whose key focus is user led service improvement.

Picture from left to right.

Carl Harvey (Digital Manager), Comedian (Ed Byrne) who hosted the night, Nat Percival (Service manager), Joanna Stockill (Programme manager), and James Lawson (Product Owner).

Submissions for 2018 open in September this year and the MMO will be submitting some of our latest developments so watch this space.

Read more about the paperless awards on the Gov News Direct website.

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