Bondholder Network

A custom-designed platform to grow Peterborough’s business network

Opportunity Peterborough (OP) are a private not-for-profit business, wholly owned by Peterborough City Council, established in the city for over 10 years. They engage with local businesses to support growth and development and, as part of their remit, they provide an online portal to help businesses share content with the wider business community.

Our work with the OP team defined and transformed user journeys for network members and target audiences. We created wireframes for the new application and applied our design experience to deliver a more modern, responsive interface. We extended our treatment to OP’s website, modernising the portal into a more dynamic, user-friendly platform.

Bespoke Meteor and WordPress development

The complete user journey we created, from registration and membership signup to invoice generation and Paypal integration, was custom-designed to support the unique nature of membership to the Bondholder Network.

Bespoke functionality lets members create and share news, events and jobs, and allows for in-house moderation. Members now benefit from business profiles and dynamic tools for managing their posts, invoices and membership status.

Multi-login membership profiles allow extended business teams to share news and automatically receive email newsletters. A custom delegate subscription solution was also implemented to rationalise OP’s complex event management process.

Stable, extensible solutions for the future

Data migration from an existing platform was handled for a smooth transition, including a process to allow new passwords to be stored at initial login. Admin tools now allow invoice reconciliation, email marketing and other analysis and member management.

Integrated news, events listings, jobs and dynamic content elements have boosted our client’s public website, thanks to a custom data feed and a series of WordPress plugins.

There are plans to integrate our Bondholder Network solution with the platform Share Peterborough (also built by Free Thinking). Linking the business network to this new B2B online resource will help drive Peterborough’s ambitions to create a circular sustainable economy for the future.

Free Thinking Design seamlessly blends creative design ideas with technical expertise to deliver practical web solutions that hit the mark. They were a vital extension to our team during the redevelopment of our Bondholder Network member portal and have continued to provide valuable and proactive support since the site launched..

Laura Chambers – Head of Marketing & Communications, Opportunity Peterborough

Project overview

  • Membership registrations
  • Invoicing and Paypal integration
  • User-generated content
  • Content moderation workflows
  • News, Blogs, Events, Jobs and Profiles
  • Event Booking System
  • WordPress API feeds

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