Last night Grain were delighted to attend the UKHA awards, an annual award ceremony which look to identify the great work being done in the housing sector, with awards ranging from Homebuilder of the year to inclusivity and diversity pioneer, also identifying the impact made by both small and large organisations.
Over 1000 people attended the black-tie event hosted at the fantastic Grosvenor Hotel in London’s Mayfair by the hilarious Sally Phillips. Terrie Alafat, chief executive for the Chartered Institute of Housing also made an address and spoke about her desire to leave a better place for her children and grandchildren, an inspiration which has been doubled down since becoming a grandmother. She said:
“These awards are an amazing showcase of the ingenuity, innovation and passion of housing professionals and organisations right across the UK. They are a tribute to the outstanding work done every day to provide safe, good-quality, affordable homes and create the foundation for sustainable communities and happy, healthy lives.”
It was clear that the shortlists for all the awards emphasised this social responsibility, and Grain are delighted to be recognised within this larger group.
Grain were shortlisted for the Innovator partner of the year award, a nomination which acknowledges the new approach Grain are taking towards both delivery of services alongside developers, and provision of service to our customers. Unfortunately, we didn’t come away with the award, but were hugely encouraged by the level of support we received from both the home builders in attendance and the other finalists.
Award winners were:
- Professional services partner of the year: Plentific
- Direct labour organisation of the year: Thirteen Group
- Contractor of the year: Engie
- Homebuilder of the year (<1,000 programme): Swan Housing
- Homebuilder of the year (1,000+ programme): The Hyde Group
- Digital landlord of the year: Yarlington Housing Group
- Campaign of the year: United Welsh
- Innovator partner of the year: Mannifest Software Solutions
- Innovative landlord of the year: Poplar Harca
- Residential training award (<12,000 homes): Taff Housing
- Resident employment and training award (12,000+ homes): WHG
- Neighbourhood transformation award: Onward Homes
- Homelessness project of the year (<4,000 homes): Grŵp Cynefin
- Homelessness project award (4,000+ homes): Jigsaw Homes Group
- Best older people's landlord: Connexus
- Best supported housing landlord: Your Homes Newcastle
- Inclusivity and diversity pioneer: Tower Hamlets Homes
- Council of the year: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
- Landlord of the year: Tower Hamlets Homes
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