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Orbit Group

Sponsor of: CIH and Inside Housing Rising Star 


As one of the UK’s largest developing housing associations, Orbit has 50 years’ experience providing more than 40,000 quality, affordable homes and a range of advice and support services to over 100,000 people across the midlands, east and south east, including areas of London.

Our ethical approach to business means that we reinvest our profits into our mission of building communities, ensuring all generations can live in a home they can afford. This profit for a purpose culture enables us to build around 1,500 homes a year, from market sale and shared ownership to affordable rent and independent living with care options for people aged 55-plus.

Building homes is just the start of our offer to customers. We also work closely with partners to provide a network of support services to give people choice and opportunities through employment and training, health and wellbeing, digital inclusion and financial inclusion.

Employing 1,200 staff, we have a wealth of in-house resources, skills, and experience.

We harness this to provide sector-leading homes and services, but also to benefit other businesses. Through Service Matters, our professional services team, we deliver audit, insurance, procurement and other services to other public and private sector partners. 


Wheatley Group

Sponsor of: Mentor of the year

Places for People

Wheatley is Scotland’s leading housing, care and property-management group, comprising six Registered Social Landlords, an award-winning care organisation, three commercial subsidiaries and a charitable foundation.

The Wheatley family, spanning 17 local authority areas across Central Scotland, providing homes and services to over 200,000 people:

  • GHA, Scotland’s largest social landlord, with 40,000 affordable homes in Glasgow;
  • Dunedin Canmore, owning or managing 8000 homes in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife;
  • Cube Housing Association, with more than 3400 homes across West of Scotland;
  • Loretto Housing, with 1200 affordable homes in the central belt;
  • West Lothian Housing Partnership, with almost 400 affordable homes;
  • Barony Housing Association, which has 360 affordable homes and provides care and support to over 700 people in Central Scotland;
  • Loretto Care, which provides care and support to 2200 people every month across Scotland;
  • YourPlace Property Management, Scotland’s “Feel Good Factor”, providing services to almost 28,000 customers;
  • Lowther Homes, which manages a growing portfolio of over 800 mid and full-market apartments from Glasgow’s West End to Leith;
  • Wheatley Solutions, where 570 work to provide a range of internal support services to the Group’s partner organisations;
  • and Wheatley Foundation, which invests over £3 million annually on improving the life opportunities of disadvantaged Wheatley customers.


For more information visit www.wheatley-group.com, email ailsa.mcouat@wheatley-group.com or call Ailsa on 0141 274 6517


Inside Housing JobsIH Jobs

Jobs Inside Housing celebrates the diverse, engaging and fulfilling careers on offer in the housing and residential sector, and its partners and supply chain. 

With a million homes to build by 2020 and challenges to maximise resource, assets and technology, it's a thrilling time to work in the sector.

Whether you're leading the way or taking your first steps, Jobs Inside Housing is here to help you make your next move. 

Search our live jobs now or register for new opportunities in Residential Development and ConstructionCommunity and Customer services, Asset Management, Finance, IT, Human Resources and Care, from executives to apprenticeships.

For further information, please visit our website or contact Stephen Humpage, head of recruitment services, on 020 7772 8426 or email stephen.humpage@insidehousing.co.uk.



Sponsor of: Inspirational tenant/resident of the year

Fortem is a property solutions provider that cares passionately about the quality of service given to its clients and customers.  We provide a broad range of maintenance, retrofit and investment activity to public and private property owners.  We differentiate ourselves by supporting property owners to improve the performance of both their assets and services to customers.  Fortem is in tune with the needs of its clients and has created a unique range of property based solutions set to transform property management.


Manchester Strategic Housing Partnership 

Sponsor of: Lifetime achievement in Housing

The Manchester Housing Providers Partnership (MHPP) brings together the registered housing providers and the City Council.

We're about improving housing choice in the city and giving everyone access to a decent home – whatever their resources.

Manchester's community strategy has a vision of a city that "meets and exceeds the needs of all residents". The central themes of the strategy – reaching full potential, self-esteem and neighbourhoods of choice – are relevant to all public services in the city.


Places for People

Sponsor of: Apprentice of the Year

Places for People is one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK.

We have a long track record of successful development and management, and a reputation for delivering exceptional property management and large-scale regeneration with a strong social purpose.

We don’t just manage homes, we do much more to create thriving communities. We’ve been building homes since 1965, and today we create award-winning developments and manage more than 180,000 homes.

To find out more visit: www.placesforpeople.co.uk


Longhurst Group

Sponsor of: Inspirational Leader of the year

At Longhurst Group our homes may be made from bricks and mortar but our communities are built by people. 

With a clear set of values that unite our Group, we put our customers first and are seeking partners that share our ambition and vision to be a leading provider of housing, care and support services, making a positive difference in local communities.

Innovation coupled with decisive leadership ensures that we deliver on our promises and in doing so deliver homes and services with real social value. As a not-for-profit organisation we believe in social responsibility and strive to be an ethical, sustainable organisation at all times.

From a position of financial strength, we focus on delivering value for money as we invest in homes and services that tackle the challenging issues faced by communities.

Guided by the principles of good governance, our Business Plan is robust and ensures that we are primed for our organisation to grow.

Operating in more than 45 local authority areas across the Midlands and East of England, we own and manage over 19,000 homes. View our areas of operation.



Sponsor of: Frontline team of the year

Osborne is a business moulded out of a strong sense of respect and dedication to our customers. We have a positive impact on the environments we help to create. 

We are a family business and continue to be driven, not by share prices or investor return, but by a clear desire to work in partnership, solve problems and add value over the long term to make you successful.

We have a culture that is personal, as well as providing the professional standards of excellence expected by our customers. We aim to establish a supportive environment where creative ideas and solutions are encouraged from everyone involved, and our project managers have the support and confidence to make decisions to meet the individual customer needs.




Pinnacle Group is a family of businesses providing an integrated range of services to both the public and private sectors to help communities thrive. We focus on delivering tailored solutions with positive outcomes for the communities we serve, creating value for everyone involved.

Our activities range from physically transforming housing estates to finding lasting employment for our residents. We manage housing on behalf of public bodies and developers, maintaining the public realm, public areas and local schools. We also design, operate and maintain district energy networks in new regeneration schemes, as well as managing rental properties within those developments. 

Investing in communities and their regeneration is at the core of our business. Successful regeneration involves not only improving the physical environment but also creating a strong sense of community for the people who live there.

We believe this is achieved through place-making and community stewardship. Rather than focusing our business model around short-term fixes, we prefer to approach each project with a long-term, integrated and coordinated view to maximize value and efficiency and to ensure success for our communities, our customers and our clients. 

The key to this approach is developing strong, lasting partnerships and joint ventures with local, public and private stakeholders. Our goal is to become part of the community, to understand local needs and to respond with integrated, innovative solutions that create places where people want to live and, consequently, where investors want to invest.



Sponsors of: Lifetime achievement in Housing

Solarplicity has one simple mission - to provide customers with 100% renewable electricity and totally affordable energy solutions. Our focus has now evolved, with our name standing for the simplicity of our commitment to our customers – to provide 100% renewable, ethical, affordable energy for all, and build long-lasting relationships founded on excellent customer service, complete transparency and re-education about what a ‘solar’ energy provider can offer.


Wright Hassall

Sponsors of: Inspirational Colleague of the year

With over 50 years’ experience within the housing sector, we have a strong track record in successfully advising registered providers, local authorities, residential developers and other organisations providing affordable housing. 

We understand the sector and recognise that housing is facing important challenges: a reduction in the supply of affordable housing, welfare reform, a rise in homelessness, a requirement to manage ever increasing risk and a need to generate funding and investment. In short, the sector is facing the difficult challenge of balancing increased demands with less resource.

The Wright Hassall housing team recognises these pressures and works with the sector in a collaborative and commercial way to find operational and business solutions rather than presenting legal advice in isolation.

It is more important than ever that you have the right professional advice that meets the competing demands of the law makers, government, funders and most importantly your customers.


Oyster Partnership

Sponsors of: Support and care team of the year (under 8,000 stock)

At Oyster Partnership, we're driven to do things differently. 

The reason is simple. We're totally focused on only ever delivering our clients the right person for the job - and that requires a very particular approach.

We call it The Oyster Difference, and it’s a fail-safe way to take the risk out of your recruitment. And just think what that could mean for your business…

Service and Results

Founded in 2004 by Jack Barton & Daniel Whomes, Oyster has grown into one of the most respected recruitment companies within the property and surveying fields.

Our award-winning specialist teams cover both public and private sectors, working with clients that range from Local authorities, public bodies, consultancies and FTSE 500 companies. We also cover permanentcontract and temporary roles, thereby enabling our clients to fulfil their short, medium and long-term needs.

At Oyster we believe that finding and delivering the best people requires a specific approach – one with business understanding, pro-activity, dedication and integrity at its heart. We call this the ‘Oyster Difference’ and we believe it is what sets us apart


Nationwide Windows

Development or maintenance of the year

Nationwide Windows Ltd is one of the UK’s leading door and window partners, with particular expertise in social housing. With a 31-year heritage, we understand we’re not just manufacturing and installing products into houses, but into people’s homes. We constantly strive to offer innovation through a commitment to collaborative working. Our customers include many of the UK's leading housing associations, local authorities and house builders through partnerships that are driven by our principles of customer delight, quality products that offer value for money, and premium service and advice. Most of the work we undertake is within the social housing sector - 10s of 1000s homes every year - and our ultimate customers are the tenants and local communities in which we work. Being sensitive to their individual needs especially for vulnerable and older people, and instilling these values across our installation teams and RLOs is a key part of our culture.

From design to manufacture and installation, our low maintenance, secure, energy efficient windows and doors are helping the RSLs across the UK maintain, improve and build their housing stock, but more than this, we are helping to transform the UK’s homes and communities.




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