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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:

“We are very proud to be sponsoring the Rising Stars Award in this sector. Over my 25 years working with Orbis, who specialise in the protection and management of empty properties, I have worked in many different roles, which for several years included National Training Manager. In this position I had the great opportunity to see many young individuals grow, thrive and contribute back to the protection of empty homes. We are excited to hear all the great contributions.”

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.”

2018 Conference line-up confirmed

Preparations are well in hand for the national Empty Homes Conference to be held in Birmingham on Thursday, 18th October.

The strong line-up includes the first appearance by Will McMahon, the new Director of Action on Empty Homes, who is now blogging on our website and is looking forward to beginning a new dialogue with practitioners, a vital session on GDPR by Fiona Anthony of specialist legal firm nplaw, a behind-the-scenes account of Liverpool's '£1 House' scheme by Tony Mousdale, who featured in the Channel 4 series, well-established favourites such as Andrew Lavender's 'Practitioner Surgery' ... and much, much more.


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:

EHA 2.0 launches new campaign

The campaigning charity Empty Homes (previously the Empty Homes Agency and soon to be 'Action on Empty Homes') has initiated a major new 'Campaign for Community Investment' that lobbies for capital investment in areas with higher numbers of empty homes.