GOV.UK turned one today

It’s been a busy week at GDS, but this afternoon we took a few minutes out to celebrate the first birthday of GOV.UK.

I wrote a bit this morning on the Inside GOV.UK blog about what the year has meant for the team.

Elsewhere people like Dai, Adam Bye from FCO, Gemma Daly at MOJ, Tim Lloyd from BIS and others have written about their experiences over the last year – what’s worked, what we can improve, what’s coming next.

Tom Loosemore talking to GDS

Baroness Lane Fox of Soho addressing the GDS team

GDS staff signing a 1st birthday card

Lots of GDS staff signing a first birthday card

That’s been alongside posts others have written this week sharing some of the most interesting stories from our performance data.

Four pictures showing some of the data from the last twelve months of GOV.UK

In the meantime I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s been a part of GOV.UK this year.

Hundreds of people from all over government – not to mention the thousands of people who’ve tested the site, sent in feedback or submitted pull requests – are responsible for making it the best place to find government services and information.

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  1. Happy Birthday to you all! Great work! You are for sure our source of inspiration and a model for our new site,, to be launched next year. Best wishes from all of us, Maria Aulén Thomsson, Web Strategist, City of Uppsala

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