Knightstone shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2014

07 February 2014

The awards, which recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities, are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine. Now in their 18th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK.

Knightstone is now one of six organisations in the running for the Business Transformation award. The Weston-super-Mare based housing association’s entry focussed on their major transformational change programme, Take on the Future. This programme has revolutionised what Knightstone does, how they do it and where they do it.

Nick Horne, Chief Executive of Knightstone, said: “Take on the Future was a major change programme that was truly ambitious in ambition, scope and execution. We’re extremely pleased to be shortlisted for this award, which acknowledges the hard work of every individual at Knightstone over the past year and a half.

“Take on the Future has seen us refocus our area from 37 local authorities to nine, reshape our services, introducing new teams to invest more in our communities and residents, and refresh our ways of working, closing six offices and moving to one new, purpose built office and building a team of 100 field-based workers who use the latest technology to take our services out to people in their homes and their communities. I’m very proud of what our staff have achieved”

The winners of the awards, which are sponsored by Campbell Tickell, H + H and Higgins, will be revealed at a ceremony in London London Hotel on 29 April .

CIH chief executive Grainia Long said: “The UK Housing Awards recognise the excellent and innovative work being done by organisations and individuals across our industry, but perhaps more importantly they help to push up standards and provide inspiration.  We all have to do more with less and there is always room for improvement when it comes to providing the best services for residents.  We hope the stories behind all the shortlisted finalists will give housing organisations the opportunity to learn from each other.”

“As ever, the quality of the entries we received this year is evident from the fantastic standard of the finalists.  I’d like to congratulate all of the organisations that have been shortlisted and wish them best of luck for the ceremony – win or lose their work will help inspire us all to improve‎."‎

Stuart Macdonald, editor of Inside Housing, said: “The quality of the entries rose again this year so even to get this far is an amazing achievement. In the face of some really stiff competition, Knightstone Housing has shown it is performing at the highest level - well done!”

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