Board of the Year winner
The group is made up of representatives from The Wrekin Housing Trust, Choices Housing Association, Reviive furniture stores, Shropshire Housing Alliance and The Furniture Scheme, working together to provide homes and services across Shropshire and Staffordshire.
The board has developed the group into a thriving network of companies which retain their individual identities while working together to provide quality homes and services for their customers.
It was chosen as the winner for its brave decisions and clear direction, which have placed the group as a leading housing organisation in the UK. The judges were impressed with the group’s asset renewal strategy, rapid repairs service, growth and development programme and value for money services. Also taken into consideration was the community benefit offered by partners in the group working together. These include 1700 homes planned in the next five years, 1500 households receiving housing advice every year, provision of low cost furniture to 3000 households with a saving of over £200,000 and the creation of 55 new jobs per year as well as apprenticeships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
Board members and employees were thrilled to win the award and James Wood, director at Saxonby and group board member, said: “The judges rewarded our partnership approach to developing the group and commended us for resisting the trend for mergers and acquisitions. I’m thrilled to be a member of such a visionary organisation with great employees and really pleased that the group has been recognised with this award.”