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Birmingham: taking it to the (land) bank 

16 Sep 16

Sold on bringing empty properties back into use, Birmingham City Council is now ready to buy to get new homes built.

Employment and training support given a boost in Birmingham 

14 Sep 16

Whether looking to further a career, or trying to find a job that fits, the employment and training team at Family Optima in Birmingham is providing a range of support services to help people get into work.

Event to help job seekers secure work with Birmingham retailers 

8 Sep 16

An employment event in Birmingham is being held on Tuesday 13 September 2016 to help job seekers fill upcoming vacancies within three top UK retail employers.

Persimmon preaches Help to Buy success 

8 Sep 16

Help to Buy has his critics, but not in Paragon Park.

Event: The Build Show – NEC Birmingham 

30 Aug 16

As part of UK Construction Week, the building and construction industry are coming together to exhibit at The Build Show.

Two out-dated Coventry housing schemes to close as part of work to provide modern, new homes 

17 Aug 16

Two sheltered housing schemes in Coventry have been earmarked for closure to ensure people in the city are provided with homes that meet their needs.

Families enjoy record-breaking fun and games at community fun day in Birmingham 

10 Aug 16

A Guinness World Record holder for bike stunts was one of the big draws for families enjoying a community fun day in Birmingham.

Magenta Living apprentices come top again 

1 Aug 16

Following apprentice success earlier this year, when Magenta Living Apprentice Electrician, Lisa Hilton, won at the national Direct Works Forum awards, two further apprentices from Magenta Living have scooped top prizes at the recent Wirral …

Double-award for council apprentice 

27 Jul 16

We didnt want someone to come in and photocopy.

24housing awards shortlist revealed 

22 Jul 16

We are delighted to reveal the shortlisted entries for the 24housing awards.

Sovini Group named among UK’s safest organisations 

19 Jul 16

The Merseyside-based Sovini Group has cemented its reputation as one of the safest organisations in the UK.

Sanctuary Supported Living expands services in Birmingham 

14 Jul 16

Sanctuary Supported Living is expanding its services in Birmingham under a new agreement with the city council to deliver supported housing for people with learning disabilities.

London Council announces shortlist for £2bn regen programme 

6 Jul 16

A shortlist of three bidders for the 2bn Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) has been revealed.

Court Shorts: Landlords fined for harassment and unlicensed HMO 

5 Jul 16

A landlord looking for a quick house sale tried to harass a tenant out of the property with loud music.

New housing award for Birmingham City Council 

1 Jul 16

Birmingham City Council has won Social Housing Provider of the Year at the Insider Residential Property Awards 2016.

Housing group secures £25.5m funding 

30 Jun 16

A Welsh housing group has secured 25.5m funding for new development work across the region.

Former Pennine Rambler pub given new lease of life 

28 Jun 16

A former pub in the heart of North Bransholme has been given a new lease of life thanks to landlord Riverside and it’s Riverside Foundation.

Housing officer jailed for “family affair” fraud 

27 Jun 16

A senior housing officer made fraud a family affair fabricating identities and personal information relating to herself and her mother with her sister in on the scam.

Russian visitors’ praise for Cube’s innovative district heating system 

23 Jun 16

CUBE Housing Associations innovative district heating system in Glasgow has attracted international attention.

bdht takes home Business Master Award for Employer of the Year 

22 Jun 16

bdht (Bromsgrove District Housing Trust) has scooped the award for Employer of the Year at the annual Business Masters Awards in Edgbaston on Thursday evening (16th June).

Council to purchase empty houses 

21 Jun 16

Birmingham City Council are to purchase more empty houses.

Atkins appointed sustainability advisor on £26bn Old Oak Common redevelopment 

21 Jun 16

Atkins, one of the worlds top design, engineering and project management consultancies, has been awarded a contract to help make Old Oak and Park Royal – Londons largest opportunity area one of the most sustainable urban developments in the UK.

Landlord fined for ignoring council 

17 Jun 16

A landlord who defied a council’s efforts to establish ownership of a property has to pay nearly 10,000 in fines and costs.

Chocolate Factory Transformed into Luxury Housing 

15 Jun 16

This prominent 5 storey Grade II listed building was the Terry’s chocolate factory in a former life.

Gateway for the homeless highly commended 

14 Jun 16

A state-of-the-art support centre for homeless people in Coventry was highly commended in the Residential category at the RICS finalist awards at Villa Park, Birmingham, on Friday 20 May 2016.

WM Housing Group named Client of the Year 

14 Jun 16

WM Housing Group, was named Client of the Year at the West Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards at the ICC in Birmingham on Friday 13 May 2016.

Housing sector recognised in Queen’s honour list 

13 Jun 16

Members of the housing industry were recognised by the Queen in this years honours list.

Magenta Living apprentice proves she’s bright spark 

9 Jun 16

Magenta Living Electrician, Lisa Hilton, has been named Trade Apprentice of the Year 2016 at the national Direct Works Forum awards, the representative body for housing associations across the UK.

Pedal power in Birmingham 

31 May 16

Young people across Birmingham geared up for a cycle ride thanks to the Big Birmingham Bikes (BBB) scheme.

‘Shocking’ safety breaches at HMO 

26 May 16

Council officers found shocking safety breaches at an unlicensed multiple occupation property that fire inspectors had already flagged up as a risk, writes Bill Tanner.

Developer sold on Britain’s fastest growing city – beyond London 

26 May 16

A new housing development has been launched to meet rising demand in Coventry where sales have sky-rocketed in the past six months, writes Bill Tanner.

Liverpool student accommodation strikes gold 

24 May 16

A Sanctuary Students accommodation site in Liverpool has scooped a prestigious accolade at the highly anticipated Rate Your Landlord awards.

Housing vital for the future of the West Midlands economy 

17 May 16

Two West Midlands think-tanks have joined forces to raise the profile of housing issues in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), consisting of constituent local authorities Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and …

Age no barrier in Birmingham 

10 May 16

With a combined age of 144 Graham and Lynne Chalk can draw on a lifetime together writes Bill Tanner.

CIH consultancy appoints new members to its senior leadership team 

9 May 16

A new chair of the board and new managing director have been appointed at the Chartered Institute of Housings consultancy arm, CIH consultancy.

Scotty 2 Hotty pops in to Halifax school 

4 May 16

Pennine Housing 2000s resident darts champion Scott Waites popped into a Halifax Primary School to help him hit double tops in maths.

Planning permission granted for 83 new homes in Canley 

28 Apr 16

The go-ahead to build 83 new affordable homes in the Canley area of Coventry has been granted after Whitefriars Housing successfully received planning permission for the new development.

Opinion: Working in the Ghost Town 

21 Apr 16

By Tom Murtha.

Housing should show its contribution ‘toward economic growth’ 

20 Apr 16

We sent our roving reporter and web editor, Mark Lawrence, to the National Federation of ALMOs conference in Birmingham.

Rooftop Hub Decked Out In Sadolin Classic 

19 Apr 16

Terracing at an apartment complex in Birmingham has been restored to its former glory with Sadolin Classic.

Report Highlights Poverty and Prosperity in Birmingham 

14 Apr 16

A new report by the Human City Institute (HCI) – a Birmingham-based research charity – reveals how poverty and prosperity sit side-by-side in Britain’s second city.

Birmingham to create ‘centre of excellence’ 

13 Apr 16

Birmingham are to reduce the number of Housing Advice Centres in order to create a single centre of excellence.

Link up tackles loneliness among the elderly 

8 Apr 16

According to Age UK more than a million older people in the UK go at least a month without talking to anyone.

Care provider exposed over serious service failings 

6 Apr 16

A home care provider rated as inadequate in one London borough subsequently transferred clients to another borough where the safety of its services had also been found wanting, writes Bill Tanner.

Major home repair drive for Birmingham 

5 Apr 16

Nearly 200 vans fanned out across Birmingham to start the citys biggest single home repairs and maintenance drive, writes Bill Tanner.

Wirral apprentice shortlisted for national award 

4 Apr 16

Magenta Living apprentice, Lisa Hilton, has been shortlisted in the Trade Apprentice category at the national Direct Works Forum awards, the representative body for housing associations across the UK.

A new era for Together Housing 

4 Apr 16

The Together Housing Group has reorganised and has transferred all its 37,000 rented homes out of the existing companies, Chevin Housing, Green Vale Homes, Housing Pendle, Pennine Housing 2000 and Twin Valley Homes and into a single company, Together…

UK’s fastest growing city needs ‘understanding’ over thousands of new homes 

23 Mar 16

The UKs fastest growing city outside of Greater London needs another 42,400 homes by 2031 to keep pace with its predicted progress, writes Bill Tanner.

Whitefriars’ Egg-cellent Donation 

22 Mar 16

Big-hearted staff at Whitefriars Housing are helping to make sure vulnerable and at risk children and families throughout Coventry dont miss out on Easter this year after collecting over 370 chocolate Easter eggs.

SE Controls joins national Made in Britain campaign 

18 Mar 16

Leading smoke and natural ventilation systems specialist, SE Controls, has signed up to the nationwide ‘Made in Britain’ campaign, which aims to support and promote UK manufacturing industries in both domestic and export markets.

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