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EHN Virtual Conference 2022: Introducing our Exhibitor+ Sponsors

February 15, 2022
The Empty Homes Network are excited to announce our Exhibitor+ Sponsors for this year's Virtual Conference on Thursday 19th May, as Fraser & FraserBevan BrittanGrafton Empty Homes Ltd, and No Use Empty: Kent. Having supported our events for a number of years, Fraser & FraserGrafton Empty Homes, Bevan Brittan and No Use Empty: Kent return for our second virtual conference, and all will be on hand throughout the event to answer any questions you have, and demonstrate how they and their temas can support you in the work you do. The Empty Homes Network is extremely proud to have partnered with these four great organisations for this year’s event again, and would firmly encourage getting in touch with their teams to discuss how they can help you, your empty homes service, and support the work you do in offering options to owners in your respective areas. Fraser-and-Fraser-2021.png Founded in 1969, Fraser and Fraser have been tracking down missing and unknown relevant people for clients in the public and private sectors. In the Empty Homes space, this means confirming the whereabouts of owners of empty properties or, where they have passed away, locating their executors or next of kin as the case may be so that the property can change hands and be brought back into use. For us, helpfulness, client service and satisfaction come first. Do ask us for testimonials - if you’re dealing with a problem empty, it’s highly likely we’ll have dealt with something similar for another Empty Homes Officer. We are strongly committed to bringing Empty Homes back into use and to making a positive contribution to the empty homes sector and the Network. Nick Beetham, Business Development Manager at Fraser and Fraser said: “We are incredibly proud to be sponsoring this years’ Empty Homes Network and extend our sincerest congratulations to Adam and the Network for all it has achieved, over the last couple of difficult years. Our role is to help and support Empty Homes Officers in any way we can as they bring empty homes back into use and fills us with great pride and job satisfaction as we do it. We look forward to seeing you at the conference and working with you all in 2022 and beyond. More information about Fraser & Fraser, and their services available to empty homes officers can be found here.   Bevan Brittan ‘Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 national law firm, providing legal and advisory advice within the housing, local government and health and social care sectors. We work in partnership with a range of local authorities and social housing providers to effectively implement their empty home strategies. Prior to the pandemic, there were more than 648,000 empty properties in England.  Our experienced legal team have been assisting local authorities to bring these empty properties back into use by advising on disrepair issues, anti-social behaviour, compulsory purchase orders, and enforcing sales to recover costs. Find out how Bevan Brittan can help you effectively implement your Empty Homes Strategy here.   Grafton Empty Homes Grafton Empty Homes are the only dedicated Empty Homes Research & Solutions specialist. For 15 years we have been building bridges with councils and home owners, regularly succeeding in our aim of bringing empty homes back into use. We have blended a winning team, some of whom have worked for local authorities or have otherwise been immersed in all things Empty Homes. We have a considered and emphatic approach to this work and although much copied it has never been equalled. More information about Grafton Empty Homes and their services can be found here.   No Use Empty: Kent Delivered by Kent County Council (KCC) in partnership with all 12 district councils since 2005 and Medway Council (2021) , it provides an exemplar model which can be replicated across the Country. No Use Empty (NUE) remains committed to reducing the numbers of long-term empty properties through a range of interventions, returning an average of 500 per year back into use. Planning, dedicating resources, monitoring outcomes, adjusting delivery models to reflect current market conditions, and above all continuity are the ingredients to their success. Providing financial assistance to owners by offering secured short-term loans with repayments recycled for new loans is hugely popular. NUE were awarded £2.5m (Growing Places Funding) for use in 22/23 to help return even more properties back into use. In addition to this KCC have increased their investment from £12m to £20m for NUE to provide short-term finance to those wanting to bring derelict sites into use for new homes due to demand. This will further support the Kent economy as well as allowing us to regenerate local communities. Strategic Programme Manager, Steve Grimshaw, said: “No Use Empty: Kent are once again very proud to be sponsoring the annual Conference for the 9th consecutive year” For more information on No Use Empty Kent, and their County-wide initiative, click here.   EHN Virtual Conference 2022: Bookings now open! Delegate Rates With delegate prices starting from as little as £49 for not-for-profit organisations, our Corporate Members will benefit from our discounted delegate rate (£59), as well as receiving one FREE delegate place for every two places booked. This year we are again offering our Corporate Members the chance to pay for their 2022/23 membership at the same time, ensuring that your access to the Network runs uninteruppted through to April 2023. As an Associate Member of the Empty Homes Network, it has never been easier to upgrade your membership level and take advantage of our fantastic delegate rates, as well as increasing access to all of our information resources online. Booking Form Our booking form can be found at the bottom of the page, and bookings for the Conference are now being taken. All you need to do to secure your place at the event, is complete the booking form with all of the required information, and send to EHN Virtual Conference 2022: Booking Form  (opens or downloads in a new window)