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Shopcreator, the leading provider of e-business and portal solutions, is providing the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly with a range of different portal solutions, to help the regional partnership achieve its objective of encouraging partners and other organisations to deliver improvements for the region.

The Yorkshire and Humber Assembly was launched in 2001 to provide a voice for the region in Whitehall and Brussels, helping to shape a positive future. The Assembly embraces the region's 22 local authorities and 15 social, economic and environmental partners.

The Shopcreator-powered portal solutions provide information on the Assembly's activities; a forum for regional planning; and also make the Assembly's operations, and decision-making processes, fully transparent to all local residents over the Internet.

The projects involved are:
· www.yhassembly.gov.uk - the main information source for the Assembly members and local community - providing an information hub on all activities

· www.yhala.gov.uk - a site for the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Local Authorities, covering the 22 councils in the region - to provide information about its work

· www.yhrpg.info - a temporary site, which provided detailed information about Regional Planning Guidance for Yorkshire and the Humber to encourage people to put forward views on issues such as housing, transport and leisure. This has fed into work on the Regional Spatial Strategy, which is looking at a range of issues covering 'how much', 'how big' and 'where' development should take place in the region.

· www.referendum.info - as part of the contract, Shopcreator also express-delivered a site which included online voting capabilities. This bespoke temporary site was built to give information on the debate about directly elected regional assemblies. This enabled people to communicate their preference online and fed directly into the region's response to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in February 2003.

In addition to developing the three distinct portals, Shopcreator also provides consultancy for the Assembly. This includes developing a strategy for future online presence, ensuring that the requirements of all stakeholders can be met; and assisting the Assembly in meeting objectives on delivering key statistics, through the implementation of bespoke measurement and reporting tools.

Liz Drexler, Information Manager, Yorkshire and Humber Assembly said: "We chose Shopcreator to work on these important projects because they took the time to understand the business we are in, and provided appropriate support and advice. The company is efficient, proactive in finding solutions to fit particular needs and are experts in a field not always understood by clients. The team was exceptionally professional and responsive to our needs and requests, even at very short notice."

Shopcreator portal technology enables organisations to effectively manage and disseminate large amounts of information to a wide variety of stakeholders - either to the general public or within a closed, or specialist, community. The modularity of the technology enables the client to design and operate a portal that exactly meets their requirements. Modules can include; directories, micro-websites, forums,
e-commerce; newsgroups, press feeds, secure channels and searches, all of which can be managed via a simple-to-use Content Management System (CMS).

Shopcreator also provides technology for a number of additional regional portals to meet a number of different objectives including: the market town portal www.maltonnorton.com, which promotes the Malton and Norton region in North Yorkshire and www.mentorbank.co.uk, which is a free service that aims to provide experienced business mentors and non-executive directors to help small and medium sized businesses within the Yorkshire & Humber region.

About the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly:
The Yorkshire and Humber Assembly is the strategic regional partnership, led by the region's 22 local authorities. It brings together key partners to promote the economic, social and environmental well being of everyone who lives and works in the region. It is a voluntary organisation, with members drawn from local authorities and the social, environmental and economic sectors within the region. www.yhassembly.gov.uk and www.yhala.gov.uk

About Shopcreator:
Shopcreator is a leading provider of portal and e-business solutions to public sector, SME and corporate organisations, with leading customers including, Sainsburys, the Co-Operative Group, Aston Villa FC, Floors 2 Go, Wolves FC, the Science Museum, Girl Guiding Association and DVD Plus. The company provides end-to-end e-business solutions including education and training, consultancy, bespoke software, graphics design and full project management. Shopcreator was recently listed as one of the Sunday Times/ARM Tech Track 100 fastest growing unquoted technology companies, and was also ranked by Deloitte & Touche as one of the fastest-growing e-commerce companies in the UK. Visit www.shopcreator.com

For more information please contact:

Cheryl Billson
IBA, PR for Shopcreator
Tel: 01780 721433
cbillson@iba-europe.com

Alison Chapel
Head of Marketing, Shopcreator
Tel: 0845 1211 400
alisonc@shopcreator.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 30th April 2004