'Zut alors!', 'Mamma mia!', 'Donner und Blitzen!', 'Jumping Jehoshophat!', 'Achtung, Minen!' - these are just some of the excited messages pouring into the Empty Homes Network's corporate headquarters from all over the world as we await the results of the 2018 Empty Homes Awards. They will be be announced at the Empty Homes Conference in Birmingham on 18th October at the Awards Ceremony sponsored by E.ON.
Meanwhile, all over the country, empty homes practitioners are hunched over their desks, furiously scribbling the details of their submissions. Or so we hope. Because the deadline - midnight on Monday - is not too far off. At the same time, it is not so close that you can't produce an entry if you have been wondering whether to do so. Practitioners often don't value what they do highly enough - nor do their employers. This is an opportunity to achieve greater recognition.
With six awards categories, there is plenty of scope to highlight what you have achieved. Just to remind you, the awards are
- Innovation Award – sponsored by E.ON
- 'Meeting the Challenge' Award – sponsored by Carson Millican
- Best Partnership Award – sponsored by Cromwood Social
- Practitioner of the Year Award – sponsored by Kent No Use Empty
- 'Rising Star' Award – sponsored by Orbis Protect
- Best Before-and-After Photo Award – sponsored by Homesmatch Ltd.
Full details of the different Award categories and the submission requirements can be found in our news story 'E.ON launches Empty Homes Awards season'
Full details of the Conference are available on the Empty Homes Network website at http://www.ehnetwork.org.uk/2018Conference.
There is strong interest in the Conference,with plentiful bookings, but based on previous years' experience we shouldn't need to turn anyone away. That said, there is always a first time. So if you haven't booked yet, we suggest you get your booking form in sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. The booking form can be downloaded from the Conference webpage (see above).
Since the first line-up was announced, there have been a couple of changes to the programme.
We have, unfortunately, had to defer until next year David Malsom's session. But we have two new sessions:
- Nick Pritchard-Gordon (Reading BC, and Chair of EHN) will offer a session about Engaging the mad, bad and sad: helping the hard-to-engage owner
- Chris Bailey, Campaign Manager for Action on Empty Homes will be speaking about the Coalition for Community Investment
We hope to see you there.
For now, best wishes
Policy Lead / Secretary
Empty Homes Network
(previously the National Association of Empty Property Practitioners)
PO Box 703, Exeter, EX1 9PX
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