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E.ON seeks more partners for its Empty Homes Solutions

Following our announcement of E.ON’s Awards sponsorship (see our story ‘E.ON launches Empty Homes Awards season’) the company has provided more details of its new partnership project to tackle empty homes..

Most people will probably be familiar with E.ON as an Energy supplier, but it is proving itself to be much more than that. E.ON describes itself as

‘a national community focused service provider, working with Local Authorities, Housing Associations, surveyors, developers, contractors, community groups and residents on many different housing projects across the UK to drive real change.' 

Josh Williams, E.ON’s Empty Homes Manager, explains how this experience has fed through into its ‘Empty Home Solutions’ scheme:

Through these projects, E.ON has seen first-hand the impact empty homes have on the local community and as a result has been working closely with a number of Local Authorities over the past year to develop a unique proposition and framework which delivers a very low risk solution to the Local Authorities. 

Empty Homes Awards deadlines extended

We don't feel we have had enough submissions in 3 of our Empty Homes Awards Categories, and so we are extending the deadline for these for another week, until 2359 on Tuesday, 9th October.

The three Awards categories we are holding open are:

  • Innovation Award – sponsored by E.ON
  • Practitioner of the Year Award – sponsored by Kent No Use Empty
  • 'Rising Star' Award – sponsored by Orbis Protect

It seems that modesty prevails. Don't be shy - your work is more valuable than you may think.

For details of how to apply, please see our story E.ON launches Empty Homes Awards season. All the critieria are applicable other than the extended deadline.

E.ON launches Empty Homes Awards season

It’s the Empty Homes Awards season, and we are very grateful to energy supplier E.ON for providing the launch-pad this year.  E.ON is sponsoring both the Awards Ceremony at the forthcoming Empty Homes Conference on the 18th October and also this year’s Innovation Award.

E.ON’s sponsorship reflects an exciting new initiative: it is investing in three pilot schemes across the UK and is looking for Local Authorities with an appetite to proactively tackle their empty homes problem in an innovative and effective way.

Andrew Angus, E.ON Housing Solutions Manager, told us:

“We’ve developed a holistic, cooperative, community-focused approach, which provides Local Authorities with a low risk solution to tackling the issue of empty homes within their authority. The scheme focuses on the empty home owner, addressing their needs, wants and the barriers to action they face in bringing a property back in use. Everyone’s circumstances are different and as such we have a broad range of individual solutions available.”


Orbis Protect sponsors new ‘Rising Star’ Award

We are pleased to announce that Orbis Protect is sponsoring a new ‘Rising Star’ Award as part of this year’s Empty Homes Awards. This award is intended to recognise and reward emerging empty homes practitioners who have made significant contributions over a short period of time.

Louis Fordham, Orbis Protect - Business Development Director for the Social Housing Sector, said:

Help! BBC programme makers seek projects to highlight in forthcoming series

Can you help production company Two Four source interesting empty homes projects to highlight in a forthcoming series for the BBC?

Based on what we know so far, this is an excellent opportunity to highlight the contribution that empty homes practitioners make or to reveal issues we face.

Over to Vicki Pratt of Two Four: