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BECTU members benefit from new interactive website developed by Suffolk based netXtra

With the recent launch of their new website - www.bectu.org.uk - BECTU, the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union, are now offering their members an enhanced user experience, with tools that improve communication and enliven branch activity. The new site, which has been designed, developed and hosted by Long Melford-based website development company netXtra, has been integrated with BECTU's MTL Software Solutions membership database and now offers more attractive and personalised functionality aimed at encouraging widespread participation for the union's existing and new members.

Made possible by BECTU's successful bid for funding from the Union Modernisation Fund (UMF), the new site also offers those unfamiliar with BECTU a clearer and more positive view about the range of services provided by the union. Ultimately, the new website will encourage members to develop more regular contact with the union and specifically with their branch representatives. Dedicated branch pages, available only to BECTU members, will enable all members to have around-the-clock access to the latest branch news.

BECTU is currently providing training to its branch representatives to develop this area. Branch officials also benefit from new online tools and resources to help with the management of their branches online.New training pages showcase courses available to union representatives and the union's career development programme is now much more visible to the freelance workers it is aimed at.Crewbus, the union's established online freelance directory for employers seeking 'crew', is being extensively remodelled as part of the project. The service, currently available to BECTU's freelance members in film and television, will soon be relaunched as an integrated element of the site to deliver new facilities for users, including the option to upload a showreel.

Gerry Morrissey, BECTU's General Secretary, commented 'netXtra worked with our membership database supplier, MTL Software Solutions, to provide us with a new integrated website with substantially more functionality than we'd had previously. This has opened up welcome opportunities and will enable BECTU to strengthen communications with all of our stakeholders, most important of who are our members and union representatives.' For more information please contact Sean Greentree on 01787 319393 or email sean@netxtra.net. Alternatively, visit the netXtra website at www.netXtra.net.

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