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Reasons to come

See our brochure about why you should come to the conference.

About the conference

Keeping the address and street gazetteers accurate and constantly improving is a challenge when councils are short of cash and resources tight.  We know that the gazetteers save money, enable efficiencies and bring money back to the council - we've collected this evidence over the years. The conference will bang these points home and give you the evidence to bring back to your authority on the importance of your work.

The theme of the conference is ‘Linking people to places' – and why the UPRN/USRN is important to people who want to understand populations.  Linking data to places adds value and gives better insight into an area and its citizens and allocates the provision of more targeted services. Councils across Great Britain rely on information from hundreds of different sources. Adding the UPRN or USRN to datasets such as social care, school admissions, council tax collection, waste management, electoral registration or planning applications can help make deeper sense of data once it's linked together.

This thinking and practical use of the data will be demonstrated at the conference by speakers from local and central government and the health sector.

Your day

The GeoPlace conference supports Authority Address and Street Custodians; Street Naming and Numbering Officers; Streetworks managers; team colleagues; GIS officers and anyone else in your authority that would benefit from greater insight on how your data is being used.

The event offers a great opportunity to network with fellow peers and find out more about the direction of travel of the national Gazetteers programme.  It particularly focusses on facilitating knowledge transfer, promoting best practice and includes a number of practical sessions providing support and training.

The structure of the conference is designed to bring all the attendees together to hear from and discuss common pertinent issues before breaking into smaller groups to hear from and debate with experts on particular topics.

We believe that people attending a conference get the most out of it by being part of it.

This is why we have such a big focus at our event on networking, interaction, and providing an event structure where large numbers of people can participate within small collaborative sessions.

As well as having plenary sessions which bring everyone together, we have a range of other sessions which attendees can choose from to ensure that the day fits their own needs and makes best use of their time away from the office.

Plenary sessions

We invite speakers who interest and inspire attendees. Speakers this year include:

  • a double session from ONS and LGA on the next census and the fundamental importance of the quality of addressing to the next census and resulting impact on local government funding

  • an update from the DfT on Street Manager – progress on transforming the planning, management and communication of street and road works through open data and intelligent services

  • the VOA on their addressing challenges and what that might mean for the other participants in the wider government property data ecosystem

  • the Kent Integrated Database on its use of the UPRN to link 250 local health and care providers into a pseudonymised single integrated view of the population in Kent

  • Ofcom on the state of the UK infrastructure; superfast broadband, universal service and the role of addressing

  • other speakers will talk about the use of the UPRN and USRN at a national level and Custodians and council officers will discuss what is happening at a local level.

Roundtable discussion sessions

The conference features over 20 speakers facilitating discussion in the Roundtable sessions providing an extensive opportunity to ‘pick and mix' topics to create your own personalised conference experience.

The topics range from the practical, to benefits focussed, to strategic to partnership working. This year a number of the roundtables are being led by suppliers.

Street Naming and Numbering Officer Network

This session will bring together interested parties to look at topical SNN issues, including a discussion around the five-year action plan of possible achievements and deliverables benefiting all SNN Officers in the context of a Good Addressing vision and strategy.

Joining up the Streets Community

This year's conference features some exciting presentations from highly regarded practitioners within the streets community.

Janet Chapman, Technical Manager, Street Works Policy, Thames Water and Samantha Brothwell, Street Works Policy Manager, Western Power Distribution, together with Chris McKee from the Department for Transport will be speaking in a dedicated Streets session.

Discussion sessions

With such an interesting range of speakers, we want to ensure that there is plenty of discussion time throughout the day to ask questions and debate with speakers and each attendees.

On-site support and training

GeoPlace's Helpdesk will be available at the conference for 1-2-1 sessions. If you have any questions about your Improvement Schedule, this clinic is an opportunity to sit down and go through what you need to do to improve your levels and see what assistance GeoPlace can provide.

10 minute slots are available from 9am until 10am, and during all refreshment breaks. Slots can be booked via this link -

Stella and Barry will also host a ‘Meet the helpdesk' roundtable at the conference.

Recognising the importance of the content, the AGI and Royal Geographical Society have both accredited the conference with 4 and 5 CPD points respectively.

Exemplar Awards

The event also gives us the opportunity to celebrate excellence in address and street information enabled service delivery across local government.

We will present Awards to the winners of the Exemplar Award 2018, the Peer Award and Most Fantastic Address in Great Britain Award.

An important part of the day is the presentation of Awards for Data Quality and Performance for authorities at Gold level, as well as Best in Region and Most Improved.


Running alongside the conference will be an exhibition showcasing suppliers with products and services available to local street and address authorities which can be utilised by your gazetteers.  A great opportunity to get new ideas and talk to your existing suppliers. Also hear from GeoPlace's Luke Studden on his ongoing work with software suppliers on behalf of the address and street community.

Social events

As usual, GeoPlace will provide the opportunity for delegates to come together in a more informal setting the night before the conference and directly following the conference.

The evening before conference is always a great way to explore a city, whether you are new to it, or a frequent visitor. We've taken the opportunity to ask two Blue Badge Local Tour Guides to give us a personalised walking tour of Birmingham City Centre before retreating to a local pub for a few replenishing drinks. The tour is free to attend and the drinks are on us!

The conference will close with drinks overlooking the cricket pitch.


An important aspect of the day is of course food and refreshments! There will be plenty of it, from the time you arrive until departure. We are happy to cater for dietary requirements, simply note any when you register for the conference.

Involving other colleagues at your authority

Whilst the conference is targeted at local street and address experts, anyone else from your authority that you think would benefit from the day would be welcome. If helpful we would be happy to send invitation directly to any of your colleagues.

Colleagues such as Customer Service Managers, Business Intelligence and Analytics Officers, Policy and Research Officers and Chief Information Officers will find the day of interest. This is also a great opportunity for you to introduce them to the importance of location data and it power in bringing different datasets together.

If you would like us to send an invitation to the day to one of your colleagues, just email [email protected] with your request.

Why you should come along

This is your conference. Its purpose is to discuss the issues that matter to you. The event aims to provide you with the tools to help you make the case for resourcing your role and understand why addressing and street information is so fundamental to an authority's business.

  • the event focuses on facilitating knowledge transfer, promoting best practice and includes a number of practical sessions providing support and training

  • the conference features a wide range of speakers from central government such as the Department for Transport, the Office for National Statistics, Valuation Office Agency and Ofcom.  There are also speakers from local government including Local Government Association, Kent County Council Public Health, Wolverhampton City Council and from the utility and streetworks community including Western Power Distribution and Thames Water

  • the conference provides a national forum for colleagues to come together from across the whole of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

  • meet and network with colleagues from other authorities working on the gazetteers and from the JAG (UK)

  • gain new ideas; explore new ways of working to take back to your authority

  • hear first-hand about developments in local street and address datasets and how they are being used nationally

  • listen and participate in round table discussion groups on topics relevant to all those who work with the gazetteers

  • see whether you have won an Exemplar Award for 2018 for Data Quality and Improvement

  • look around the software and services offered by the suppliers at the exhibition

  • meet the Regional Chairs from across England and Wales, as well as hear from the Principal Chairs (Chairs of the Regional Groups)

  • many members of the GeoPlace team will be at the event, ready to meet you and answer your questions and discuss any data issues you may have on a one-to-one basis with the GeoPlace Helpdesk

  • go back to your authority with a clear idea on the targets for improvement

  • collect CPD points – the AGI and Royal Geographical Society have both accredited the conference with 4 and 5 CPD points respectively.

Can we help you make the business case to attend?

We realise that it can be difficult to make the business case to attend the event.  If it would be helpful, we would be happy to write directly to your line manager explaining the importance of the event for your role.  If you would like us to do this, please email [email protected].

Download the ‘Letter of justification to attend the conference' from here.


  • the event is free of charge to attend thanks to the sponsorship of the exhibitors

  • travel could be cheaper than you think if you book in advance

  • we've arranged a free shuttle bus service from Birmingham New Street to the conference venue

  • we've partnered with West Midlands Growth to provide an accommodation services with preferential rates for people requiring an overnight stay at the conference. The hotels are at a range of prices, and predominantly situated close to the city centre

See our brochure about the conference.

To register to attend the event, please see the registration page: