• Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueLondon
    • Start22 Aug 2017 10:00
    • End22 Aug 2017 16:00

    HQN summer school gas safety masterclass

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    HQN Summer School Gas Safety Master Class 2017

    Make sure you are safe and compliant

    Your tenants’ safety is your legal responsibility and of the utmost importance.

    You know your duties and your responsibilities but…

    • Are you fully compliant?
    • Are you up to speed with the latest best practice?
    • What should you do if things start to go wrong?

    Now’s the time to find out - this master class will:

    • Provide practical guidance on the legal aspects
    • Help you get the most out of your services
    • Help you plan for the future.

    Whether it’s a refresher or completely new to you, the 2017 masterclass will be of enormous benefit.

    What will be covered:

    • The ins and outs of legislation – guidance on how to remain compliant and the latest case law affecting you. Including information on the age-old issue of access
    • Effective working with your contractor – make sure the relationship is delivering what you need
    • DLOs - what should your in-house contractor be doing
    • Are your maintenance systems up to date? The main issues and a checklist of what you should be doing
    • Key performance indicators, monitoring and reporting arrangements – what, where and when?
    • Best practice – take stock of current best practice including the benefits of SMART technology
    • Managing and mitigating your risks and disaster recovery – effective planning for the future. Lessons learnt from organisations that have been downgraded as a result of failures in their systems and procedures – the pitfalls to avoid.

    Kevin Bentley, Lead Associate for The Asset Management Network and HQN Accredit: Gas Assessor will chair the day and provide his expertise on this topic.

    Confirmed speakers: 

    Claire Heyes, Chief Executive, CORGI Technical Services
    Peter McHugh, Responsive Repairs Manager, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
    Mark Bird, Walsall Housing Group
    Daniel Allen, Property Services Director, Greenfields Community Housing

    Who should attend?

    Repairs and maintenance operatives, gas managers, health and safety managers, officers and operatives, void and housing managers, surveyors and multi-skilled operatives, operations management and those responsible for contracting with, assessing and managing gas safety.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £209.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £179.00 *
    Early Bird: £195.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information. Early bird ends Friday 28 July 2017.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueManchester
    • Start05 Sep 2017 10:00
    • End05 Sep 2017 16:00

    Good governance – views from all sides of the table

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    Good governance

    It's time to re-think the way we do governance. Are your arrangements fit for purpose in the era of safety and new build?

    Book on to HQN's masterclass to find out what you should be doing to raise your governance standards.  

    Final accountability rests with the Board. The Board must act in the best interests of your residents, your employees, your key stakeholders and investors. That's not an easy task and they can't do it alone. There's a whole support team behind them. Your framework and procedures must help Board members to do their jobs effectively. Getting the relationships right and the most from skills and expertise is vital.

    So join HQN Chief Executive Alistair McIntosh, Mick Warner from the Homes and Communities Agency and our leading governance associate Colin Ward, former Director of Business Assurance at Helena Partnerships, for a day of strategic advice and practical guidance.

    You'll get to hear from all sides of the table – the company secretary/governance officer, the Executive team, the Board chair and the NEDs. We'll leave no stone unturned.

    Full line-up of speakers to be announced shortly.

    Sessions include:

    • HCA – what does good governance look like?
    • The HQN experience: what makes a good board? what are the common pitfalls? How best to avoid them
    • The NED’s perspective – how do NEDs get close to an organisation and make the right decisions when it's not our day job?
    • The Chief Executive’s perspective
    • A day in the life of the company secretary/governance officer - dealing with the essentials from board papers to minutes
    • Making meetings more effective
    • Putting it right when it all goes wrong.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £289.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *
    Early Bird: £259.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information. Early bird ends Friday 4 August 2017.

    This event will also be held in London.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueLondon
    • Start07 Sep 2017 08:45
    • End07 Sep 2017 13:15

    Full Universal Credit survival guide: protecting budgets and minimising risk

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    Full Universal Credit Survival Guide

    As the impact of full Universal Credit becomes clear, this FREE half-day seminar will explore whether landlords have the right strategies in place to protect budgets and minimise risk. 

    With 8 out of 10 social housing tenants moved on to Universal Credit falling into rent arrears, leadership teams and Boards are now reviewing their plans to ensure they can protect the long-term future of their organisations as the policy is rolled out across the country. 

    This half-day seminar will look at how improved engagement with customers and utilising new technology is proving critical to helping landlords to protect rental income. 

    The event, in association with Housing Contact, will look at the lessons learned from housing associations and local authorities who have experienced full Universal Credit rollout, and how landlords are reshaping policies and services with the help of innovative technology. 

    Key sessions will include: 

    • Policy update and the latest on the government’s inquiry into Universal Credit roll out 
    • The business case for improving customer engagement with findings from the latest HQN survey into Universal Credit 
    • The power of transformation and the need to redesign the customer experience 
    • Panel discussions on strategies and policies being adopted by landlords who have already experienced Universal Credit roll out 

    About Housing Contact 

    Housing Contact provides a fast and simple customer contact system that removes costly time and effort spent on outbound calling, and allows staff to focus on engaging directly with customers. 

    For more information visit www.housingcontact.co.uk 

    Delegate fees:

    This is a free half-day seminar.

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  1. Playground and play area safety – an introduction to your responsibilites

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    Playground safety

    This is an introductory course for anyone who has the responsibility in the organisation for making sure that play areas are safely maintained and what the requirements are. Come along to hear the ‘definitive’ guidance, so that you’ll know what you need to do to meet health and safety requirements, legislation and British Standards.

    The day will cover:

    The laws around inspections, risk assessment, etc, and what is required to comply - including an overview of British Standards that apply to play areas

    The different types of play area and what types of maintenance programme is required for each type – including:

    • Playgrounds – external specific park areas with fixed swings, slides, etc
    • Permanently installed outdoor fitness equipment
    • Play areas (external) – including equipment such as a sandpit, plastic rocking toys, plastic slide, climbing frame and push toys
    • Play areas (inside a scheme) – such as a set aside area in a communal lounge with lego, plastic toys, dolls and teddies
    • What training is required to be able to undertake inspection and maintenance
    • What information should be contained in a policy for an organisation.

    The course will be delivered by Stuart Griffiths, one of RoSPA’s experts in this field.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £289.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueNewcastle
    • Start12 Sep 2017 10:00
    • End12 Sep 2017 16:00

    UKATA-approved* duty to manage asbestos training – asbestos training tailored specifically for the social housing sector

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    UKATA-approved duty to manage asbestos training

    Does the very mention of asbestos conjure up images of high costs and the risk of serious detriment? It doesn’t need to.

    HQN has worked with Bradley Environmental, one of the UK’s most respected UKATA-approved asbestos training providers with over 25 years of industry experience, to deliver a one-day UKATA-approved* course that’s tailored to social housing providers.

    What’s covered?

    • Asbestos awareness (refresher)
    • Legislative requirements
    • Defining the duty to manage asbestos
    • Types, risks and locations of asbestos containing materials (ACMs)
    • The survey report, register and their use
    • Dealing with your ACMs
    • Information, instruction and training
    • Record, review and key.

    By the end of the course delegates will understand:

    • The hazards associated with asbestos and where it is found
    • Their responsibilities with regards to the duty to manage asbestos
    • How to prioritise asbestos and create an action plan
    • The requirements for and how to use asbestos surveys and registers
    • The purpose for and content of an asbestos management plan
    • The different asbestos removal and remediation projects
    • The different types of asbestos training.

    Our trainer:

    Matt Dawes, Senior Asbestos Consultant and Trainer at Bradley Environmental, will guide you through the day and answer all your questions. Matt has been in the asbestos industry for over 12 years as both a consultant and a client representative for a major social housing provider.

    Here’s what some of our previous delegates had to say:

    “Excellent trainer, discussion aspects interesting, very knowledgeable and kept session on track. Very satisfied and glad I attended”
    Graham Thomas, Health and Safety Compliance Officer, Places for People

    “Good delivery of the course, remained varied, encouraged interaction. Stories of examples were interesting.”
    Davinia Mohabier, Senior Surveyor, Genesis Housing Association Ltd

    “Really excellent presentation. Clear and informative. Well tailored to suit the needs of those with either little or plenty of prior knowledge.”
    Gary Martin, Technical Officer, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

    Who should attend?

    Designed for everyone with ‘duty to manage’ responsibilities for asbestos management and responsibility for protecting the people who work in such premises. Whether you’re an asset director, manager or team leader, planned and responsive maintenance manager, voids manager, health and safety officer or adviser, surveyor, or you work in aids and adaptations, this is an essential training course for you. You should have completed an asbestos awareness session within the past 18 months.

    *Delegates will need to have completed a UKATA-approved asbestos awareness session within the past 18 months in order to achieve UKATA approval on this course. If your asbestos awareness training was not UKATA-approved then you can still attend our duty to manage training but you will receive a HQN certificate of attendance rather than a UKATA one. If you’re not sure whether the training you’ve undertaken is sufficient to be able to complete this course please just get in touch.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £209.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £179.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information.

    This event will also be held in Birmingham and London.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueCardiff
    • Start13 Sep 2017 09:00
    • End13 Sep 2017 11:30

    Improving performance and creating efficiency around income collection for Universal Credit - FREE breakfast seminar

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     Improving performance and creating efficiency around income collection for Universal Credit - FREE breakfast seminar

    HQN and its commercial partner Mobysoft are hosting seminars examining ways social housing providers can improve their income collection performance and generate wider efficiencies for their business.

    The morning seminars will run from 9am to 11.30am and include a series of presentations showcasing Mobysoft's award-winning Rentsense software as well as the opportunity to network with fellow housing professionals.

    Speakers and sessions for Birmingham:

    Rowena Chiplin, Income Manager, Metropolitan – Modernising our Approach to Income Management to help mitigate Universal Credit.

    In a changing environment where revenue protection is increasingly important, Metropolitan discuss how they modernised their approach to income management to help mitigate welfare reform.

    Jan Goode, Neighbourhoods Director, Housing Plus Group & Adrian Hawkins, Income Team Leader, South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) – Preparing for and mitigating Universal Credit.

    SSHA discuss the strategies they have employed to mitigate Universal Credit, including creating and embedding efficiencies to help protect their revenues.

    Paul Evans, Mobysoft – Predicting the Future

    Mobysoft will discuss how predictive analytics can help transform an organisation’s decision-making culture.

    About Rentsense

    Rentsense is a cloud based predictive analytic solution that optimises frontline income management workload. It creates and embeds significant efficiencies within the income function, reduces officer caseload on average by 50.8% and frees up 31% income team capacity. Landlords are using Rentsense to protect revenues, create efficiencies and mitigate welfare reform, it is also helping landlords reduce their arrears by an average of 15.8% in year one.

    Testimonials:

    “RentSense has dramatically reduced our arrears case load on a weekly basis. We have seen case load reductions of 56% per week, this has resulted in an officer capacity (or FTE) of 1.29, these efficiencies have allowed our officers to ensure that they spend quality time on those cases that need it.” Melville Housing.

    “On the day of go live and training RentSense reduced our overall caseload from 2,761 to just 744 cases.” South Yorkshire Housing Association.

    “RentSense is a business critical application.” Merthyr Valleys Homes.

    Please note: HQN does not officially endorse the RentSense software but we believe our members will welcome the opportunity to hear more about the benefits it could bring to their organisation.

    This event will also be held in Birmingham and London.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueManchester
    • Start13 Sep 2017 10:00
    • End13 Sep 2017 16:00

    HQN Business Transformation Group workshops – thinking differently – FREE to HQN members

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    Business transformation group

    ‘Changing the way we do business’ is the mantra for many housing organisations as they seek to adapt to a new landscape where housing delivery, being more efficient and the sweating of assets are the top priorities.

    Housing providers all over the country are embarking on business transformation journeys of all different shapes and sizes. Some are focusing on very specific areas while others are recalibrating their entire organisation - or merging with others. And while millions of pounds is being spent on new technology, it is buy-in from colleagues and residents that is most fundamental to a successful change programme.

    In the coming months, the Housing Quality Network is joining forces with a number of housing associations and technology companies for a series of workshops dedicated to business transformation, channel shift and culture
    change.

    Each workshop is designed to be fully interactive with participants invited to discuss, debate and share best practice on the theme chosen by the host organisation.

    Business Transformation Group workshop programme:

    • New Charter – Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester – 13 September – Process redesign: capturing, costing and modelling changes and customer channel shift
    • Hightown Housing Association – 12 October – Present imperfect: implementing system change in the real world.

    Places for each event are strictly limited to 20 and will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

    More details about each workshop, including timings, will be made available in due course. Further workshops are to be added.

    Take the survey

    Running alongside our programme of workshops, HQN is undertaking a major research project into the business transformation agenda within the housing sector. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and let us know what your organisation is doing and why:

    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3JLV6TK

    If you would like to join the Business Transformation Group, please contact jon.land@hqnetwork.co.uk - your organisation must be a member of the Housing Quality Network.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £60.00 *

    *Members of the Housing Quality Network (including BTG) and HQN Cymru can attend for free. Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueBirmingham
    • Start14 Sep 2017 10:00
    • End14 Sep 2017 16:00

    UKATA-approved* duty to manage asbestos training – asbestos training tailored specifically for the social housing sector

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    UKATA-approved duty to manage asbestos training

    Does the very mention of asbestos conjure up images of high costs and the risk of serious detriment? It doesn’t need to.

    HQN has worked with Bradley Environmental, one of the UK’s most respected UKATA-approved asbestos training providers with over 25 years of industry experience, to deliver a one-day UKATA-approved* course that’s tailored to social housing providers.

    What’s covered?

    • Asbestos awareness (refresher)
    • Legislative requirements
    • Defining the duty to manage asbestos
    • Types, risks and locations of asbestos containing materials (ACMs)
    • The survey report, register and their use
    • Dealing with your ACMs
    • Information, instruction and training
    • Record, review and key.

    By the end of the course delegates will understand:

    • The hazards associated with asbestos and where it is found
    • Their responsibilities with regards to the duty to manage asbestos
    • How to prioritise asbestos and create an action plan
    • The requirements for and how to use asbestos surveys and registers
    • The purpose for and content of an asbestos management plan
    • The different asbestos removal and remediation projects
    • The different types of asbestos training.

    Our trainer:

    Matt Dawes, Senior Asbestos Consultant and Trainer at Bradley Environmental, will guide you through the day and answer all your questions. Matt has been in the asbestos industry for over 12 years as both a consultant and a client representative for a major social housing provider.

    Here’s what some of our previous delegates had to say:

    “Excellent trainer, discussion aspects interesting, very knowledgeable and kept session on track. Very satisfied and glad I attended”
    Graham Thomas, Health and Safety Compliance Officer, Places for People

    “Good delivery of the course, remained varied, encouraged interaction. Stories of examples were interesting.”
    Davinia Mohabier, Senior Surveyor, Genesis Housing Association Ltd

    “Really excellent presentation. Clear and informative. Well tailored to suit the needs of those with either little or plenty of prior knowledge.”
    Gary Martin, Technical Officer, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

    Who should attend?

    Designed for everyone with ‘duty to manage’ responsibilities for asbestos management and responsibility for protecting the people who work in such premises. Whether you’re an asset director, manager or team leader, planned and responsive maintenance manager, voids manager, health and safety officer or adviser, surveyor, or you work in aids and adaptations, this is an essential training course for you. You should have completed an asbestos awareness session within the past 18 months.

    *Delegates will need to have completed a UKATA-approved asbestos awareness session within the past 18 months in order to achieve UKATA approval on this course. If your asbestos awareness training was not UKATA-approved then you can still attend our duty to manage training but you will receive a HQN certificate of attendance rather than a UKATA one. If you’re not sure whether the training you’ve undertaken is sufficient to be able to complete this course please just get in touch.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £209.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £179.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information.

    This event will also be held in Newcastle and London.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueLondon
    • Start19 Sep 2017 10:00
    • End19 Sep 2017 16:00

    UKATA-approved* duty to manage asbestos training – asbestos training tailored specifically for the social housing sector

    Details

    UKATA-approved duty to manage asbestos training

    Does the very mention of asbestos conjure up images of high costs and the risk of serious detriment? It doesn’t need to.

    HQN has worked with Bradley Environmental, one of the UK’s most respected UKATA-approved asbestos training providers with over 25 years of industry experience, to deliver a one-day UKATA-approved* course that’s tailored to social housing providers.

    What’s covered?

    • Asbestos awareness (refresher)
    • Legislative requirements
    • Defining the duty to manage asbestos
    • Types, risks and locations of asbestos containing materials (ACMs)
    • The survey report, register and their use
    • Dealing with your ACMs
    • Information, instruction and training
    • Record, review and key.

    By the end of the course delegates will understand:

    • The hazards associated with asbestos and where it is found
    • Their responsibilities with regards to the duty to manage asbestos
    • How to prioritise asbestos and create an action plan
    • The requirements for and how to use asbestos surveys and registers
    • The purpose for and content of an asbestos management plan
    • The different asbestos removal and remediation projects
    • The different types of asbestos training.

    Our trainer:

    Matt Dawes, Senior Asbestos Consultant and Trainer at Bradley Environmental, will guide you through the day and answer all your questions. Matt has been in the asbestos industry for over 12 years as both a consultant and a client representative for a major social housing provider.

    Here’s what some of our previous delegates had to say:

    “Excellent trainer, discussion aspects interesting, very knowledgeable and kept session on track. Very satisfied and glad I attended”
    Graham Thomas, Health and Safety Compliance Officer, Places for People

    “Good delivery of the course, remained varied, encouraged interaction. Stories of examples were interesting.”
    Davinia Mohabier, Senior Surveyor, Genesis Housing Association Ltd

    “Really excellent presentation. Clear and informative. Well tailored to suit the needs of those with either little or plenty of prior knowledge.”
    Gary Martin, Technical Officer, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

    Who should attend?

    Designed for everyone with ‘duty to manage’ responsibilities for asbestos management and responsibility for protecting the people who work in such premises. Whether you’re an asset director, manager or team leader, planned and responsive maintenance manager, voids manager, health and safety officer or adviser, surveyor, or you work in aids and adaptations, this is an essential training course for you. You should have completed an asbestos awareness session within the past 18 months.

    *Delegates will need to have completed a UKATA-approved asbestos awareness session within the past 18 months in order to achieve UKATA approval on this course. If your asbestos awareness training was not UKATA-approved then you can still attend our duty to manage training but you will receive a HQN certificate of attendance rather than a UKATA one. If you’re not sure whether the training you’ve undertaken is sufficient to be able to complete this course please just get in touch.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £209.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £179.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information.

    This event will also be held in Newcastle and Birmingham.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueBradford
    • Start20 Sep 2017 10:00
    • End22 Sep 2017 16:00

    IFSM-accredited fire risk assessor training - tailored specifically for sheltered schemes, extra care facilities and residential care homes in England

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    IFSM -accredited fire risk assessor training

    Every housing provider should have someone who fully understands and can identify the hazards and risks from fire – it’s important for your organisation and a personal development opportunity for you.

    Following the success of our IFSM-accredited fire risk assessor training course for high- and low-rise tower blocks, we’ve worked hard to develop a similar course that addresses the issues associated with sheltered schemes, extra care facilities and residential care homes in England and Wales.

    Bob Evans, fire safety specialist will deliver this three-day course. With over 30 years’ experience in the Fire Service and over 14 years as a fire safety consultant, Bob has both the knowledge and the practical experience.

    What previous delegates have said about this course…

    “A well paced course and really well pitched. The practical assessment was very well managed”

    Paul Kennedy, Head of Health, Safety & Environment, The Riverside Group Ltd

    “I found the training very informative and now feel confident to carry out a thorough fire risk assessment”

    David Owen, Asset Surveyor, Cartrefi Conwy

    “Really added to my knowledge of FRA and did not majorly overlap the flat FRA course”

    Jane Johnson, Health and Safety Advisor, Aspire Housing

    The Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) has accredited this course.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £799.00 *
    Members of the Health and Safety Network: £699.00 *

    * All prices are subject to VAT.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueLondon
    • Start21 Sep 2017 10:00
    • End21 Sep 2017 16:00

    Good governance – views from all sides of the table

    Details

    Good governance

    It's time to re-think the way we do governance. Are your arrangements fit for purpose in the era of safety and new build?

    Book on to HQN's masterclass to find out what you should be doing to raise your governance standards.  

    Final accountability rests with the Board. The Board must act in the best interests of your residents, your employees, your key stakeholders and investors. That's not an easy task and they can't do it alone. There's a whole support team behind them. Your framework and procedures must help Board members to do their jobs effectively. Getting the relationships right and the most from skills and expertise is vital.

    So join HQN Chief Executive Alistair McIntosh, Mick Warner from the Homes and Communities Agency and our leading governance associate Colin Ward, former Director of Business Assurance at Helena Partnerships, for a day of strategic advice and practical guidance.

    You'll get to hear from all sides of the table – the company secretary/governance officer, the Executive team, the Board chair and the NEDs. We'll leave no stone unturned.

    Full line-up of speakers to be announced shortly.

    Sessions include:

    • HCA – what does good governance look like?
    • The HQN experience: what makes a good board? what are the common pitfalls? How best to avoid them
    • The NED’s perspective – how do NEDs get close to an organisation and make the right decisions when it's not our day job?
    • The Chief Executive’s perspective
    • A day in the life of the company secretary/governance officer - dealing with the essentials from board papers to minutes
    • Making meetings more effective
    • Putting it right when it all goes wrong.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £289.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *
    Early Bird: £259.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information. Early bird ends Friday 4 August 2017.

    This event will also be held in Manchester.

    Book now:

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueLondon
    • Start21 Sep 2017 10:00
    • End21 Sep 2017 16:00

    Leasehold management summit 2017 – changing the dynamic

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    Leasehold management and operations 2017

    Leasehold teams are constantly having to review their approach. Sometimes its because of legislation like Right to Buy. Sometimes because of a major incident like the Grenfell Tower fire.

    And there is always the need to consider business and regulatory demands.

    It's all about changing the dynamic.

    Our autumn seminar explores the topical issues for the sector and for leaseholder teams.

    The essential sessions

    • The post-election landscape:
      Adrian Shaw, Head of Home Ownership and Service Charges at Clarion Group sets out what the road ahead looks like for a major housing group and for the sector
       
    • Fire safety:
      The very latest information about the key issues on safety from Andy Turner, Independent Safety ConsultantWhat you need to know, do, and what you need to communicate to your leaseholders
       
    • Reforming leasehold management – the leaseholder’s perspective:
      Paula HigginsChief Executive of the Home Owners Alliance challenges social landlords to stop ‘holding homes hostage’. Hard-hitting comments from the other side of the fence on what landlords need to do to get into shape for the next decade
       
    • Repairs – breakout session:
      John Gargan, Major Works and Leasehold Consultant at Catalyst Housing on re-thinking your day-to-day repairs service, and what others in the sector are doing differently
       
    • Ground rents – breakout session:
      Get total clarity about the way forward on an increasingly contentious area from Steve Schollar, Leasehold Manager, Paradigm Housing Group
       
    • Fees and charges – breakout session:
      Emma Towler, Head of Home Ownership & Service Charges, Aster Group looks at how to make your fees and charges structure better value for money.

    Who should attend:

    This seminar is ideal for practitioners at all levels from:

    • Leasehold management
    • Home ownership
    • Service charge management
    • Housing management
    • Neighbourhoods and estates services
    • Operations
    • Policy & strategy

    Delegate fees:
    Full price: £289.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *
    Early Bird: £259.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information. Early bird ends Friday 25 August 2017.

    Book now:

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueBirmingham
    • Start27 Sep 2017 09:00
    • End27 Sep 2017 11:30

    Improving performance and creating efficiency around income collection for Universal Credit - FREE breakfast seminar

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    Improving performance and creating efficiency around income collection for Universal Credit - FREE breakfast seminar

    HQN and its commercial partner Mobysoft are hosting seminars examining ways social housing providers can improve their income collection performance and generate wider efficiencies for their business.

    The morning seminars will run from 9am to 11.30am and include a series of presentations showcasing Mobysoft's award-winning Rentsense software as well as the opportunity to network with fellow housing professionals.

    Speakers and sessions for Birmingham:

    Rowena Chiplin, Income Manager, Metropolitan – Modernising our Approach to Income Management to help mitigate Universal Credit.

    In a changing environment where revenue protection is increasingly important, Metropolitan discuss how they modernised their approach to income management to help mitigate welfare reform.

    Jan Goode, Neighbourhoods Director, Housing Plus Group & Adrian Hawkins, Income Team Leader, South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) – Preparing for and mitigating Universal Credit.

    SSHA discuss the strategies they have employed to mitigate Universal Credit, including creating and embedding efficiencies to help protect their revenues.

    Paul Evans, Mobysoft – Predicting the Future

    Mobysoft will discuss how predictive analytics can help transform an organisation’s decision-making culture.

    About Rentsense

    Rentsense is a cloud based predictive analytic solution that optimises frontline income management workload. It creates and embeds significant efficiencies within the income function, reduces officer caseload on average by 50.8% and frees up 31% income team capacity. Landlords are using Rentsense to protect revenues, create efficiencies and mitigate welfare reform, it is also helping landlords reduce their arrears by an average of 15.8% in year one.

    Testimonials:

    “RentSense has dramatically reduced our arrears case load on a weekly basis. We have seen case load reductions of 56% per week, this has resulted in an officer capacity (or FTE) of 1.29, these efficiencies have allowed our officers to ensure that they spend quality time on those cases that need it.” Melville Housing.

    “On the day of go live and training RentSense reduced our overall caseload from 2,761 to just 744 cases.” South Yorkshire Housing Association.

    “RentSense is a business critical application.” Merthyr Valleys Homes.

    Please note: HQN does not officially endorse the RentSense software but we believe our members will welcome the opportunity to hear more about the benefits it could bring to their organisation.

    This event will also be held in Cardiff and London.

    Book now:

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueLiverpool
    • Start28 Sep 2017 10:00
    • End28 Sep 2017 16:00

    Off to a flyer 2017 – a fresh look at pre-tenancy work

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    Off to a flyer 2017 – a fresh look at pre-tenancy work

    We all know that effective engagement with prospective tenants represents the ideal opportunity to establish a platform for a successful tenancy.

    And yet, too many accounts fall into arrears in the early stages of the tenancy.

    • Are you trading off void turnaround times against rent arrears amongst new tenancies?
    • Are you loading too much information into the sign-up?
    • Are you missing key information that will help you to help your tenants to make the most of their new home?
    • Are you and your prospective tenants ready for the new challenges of welfare reform?

    Our hugely popular “Off to a flyer” seminar will help you to take a fresh look at your pre-tenancy work and put positive measures in place to boost rent collection, minimise arrears and help your tenants.

    Chaired by the Rent Income Network Lead Associate, Tony Newman, the seminar will look at:

    • Identifying potential tenants' risk and support needs
    • Helping tenants to be ready to move in
    • Minimising early tenancy rent loss and arrears
    • Gathering and using customer and household profiling data to enable targeted action
    • Establishing a payment culture amongst new tenants.

    With case studies from housing providers who are doing innovative pre-tenancy work and a knowledge-sharing workshop, this seminar will equip you with a host of ideas and practical tips.

    With the expansion of Universal Credit and a host of other welfare reforms around the corner, can you afford to miss out?

    The seminar is ideal for anyone involved in rent collection, arrears management, housing support, lettings and allocations and generic housing management.

    Hear what others had to say about 'Off to a flyer'...

    "Very relevant, lots of ideas taken away to be followed up"
    Jill Metcalfe, Taunton Deane Borough Council

    "Plenty of food for thought. Helped clarify what we're doing well and what we need to improve"
    Holly Sheppard, Accent Group

    Delegate fees:
    Full price: £289.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *
    Early Bird: £259.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information. Early bird ends Friday 21 July 2017.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueLondon
    • Start03 Oct 2017 10:00
    • End03 Oct 2017 16:00

    HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF) – one day course

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    HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF)

    This qualification is designed for those learners wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Legionella control.

    What’s covered?

    This qualification covers the effects of Legionella bacteria on the body and the impact an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease would have on a working site, how to identify and control the risks associated with Legionella bacteria and how legislation and codes of practice can support its control.

    It is also designed to enforce the importance of The Responsible Person in respect to ensuring competence of all operatives on the site.

    After attending this training delegates will understand:

    • The impact of Legionella bacteria and legionellosis
    • How legislation and codes of practice can support the management of Legionella bacteria
    • How to control the risks associated with Legionella bacteria.

    The training will be assessed through completion of a learner workbook and will enable learners to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Legionella control.

    The trainer

    Our trainer, Alan Greaves, specialises in providing technical management support and advice to many water treatment companies and end users in compliance to L8, including within the housing sector.

    Alan was also directly involved in re-writing the 4th edition of L8 and Guidance Document HSG 274 with the HSE.

    Who should attend?

    This qualification is aimed at those either in the role of or aspiring to be in the role of Responsible Person relating specifically to control of Legionella on a site.

    There are no prerequisites for this qualification, but all delegates must bring photographic identification on the day, to be checked by the assessor.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: 399.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £359.00 *

    *This fee covers the qualification-mandatory registration fee, lunch, refreshments, assessment and a certificate. Please inform us in advance of any special dietary requirements.                   

    This event will also be held in Birmingham and Newcastle.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueBirmingham
    • Start05 Oct 2017 10:00
    • End05 Oct 2017 16:00

    HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF) – one day course

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    HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF)

    This qualification is designed for those learners wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Legionella control.

    What’s covered?

    This qualification covers the effects of Legionella bacteria on the body and the impact an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease would have on a working site, how to identify and control the risks associated with Legionella bacteria and how legislation and codes of practice can support its control.

    It is also designed to enforce the importance of The Responsible Person in respect to ensuring competence of all operatives on the site.

    After attending this training delegates will understand:

    • The impact of Legionella bacteria and legionellosis
    • How legislation and codes of practice can support the management of Legionella bacteria
    • How to control the risks associated with Legionella bacteria.

    The training will be assessed through completion of a learner workbook and will enable learners to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Legionella control.

    The trainer

    Our trainer, Alan Greaves, specialises in providing technical management support and advice to many water treatment companies and end users in compliance to L8, including within the housing sector.

    Alan was also directly involved in re-writing the 4th edition of L8 and Guidance Document HSG 274 with the HSE.

    Who should attend?

    This qualification is aimed at those either in the role of or aspiring to be in the role of Responsible Person relating specifically to control of Legionella on a site.

    There are no prerequisites for this qualification, but all delegates must bring photographic identification on the day, to be checked by the assessor.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: 399.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £359.00 *

    *This fee covers the qualification-mandatory registration fee, lunch, refreshments, assessment and a certificate. Please inform us in advance of any special dietary requirements.                   

    This event will also be held in London and Newcastle.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueLondon
    • Start11 Oct 2017 09:00
    • End11 Oct 2017 11:30

    Improving performance and creating efficiency around income collection for Universal Credit - FREE breakfast seminar

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     Improving performance and creating efficiency around income collection for Universal Credit - FREE breakfast seminar

    HQN and its commercial partner Mobysoft are hosting seminars examining ways social housing providers can improve their income collection performance and generate wider efficiencies for their business.

    The morning seminars will run from 9am to 11.30am and include a series of presentations showcasing Mobysoft's award-winning Rentsense software as well as the opportunity to network with fellow housing professionals.

    Speakers and sessions for Birmingham:

    Rowena Chiplin, Income Manager, Metropolitan – Modernising our Approach to Income Management to help mitigate Universal Credit.

    In a changing environment where revenue protection is increasingly important, Metropolitan discuss how they modernised their approach to income management to help mitigate welfare reform.

    Jan Goode, Neighbourhoods Director, Housing Plus Group & Adrian Hawkins, Income Team Leader, South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) – Preparing for and mitigating Universal Credit.

    SSHA discuss the strategies they have employed to mitigate Universal Credit, including creating and embedding efficiencies to help protect their revenues.

    Paul Evans, Mobysoft – Predicting the Future

    Mobysoft will discuss how predictive analytics can help transform an organisation’s decision-making culture.

    About Rentsense

    Rentsense is a cloud based predictive analytic solution that optimises frontline income management workload. It creates and embeds significant efficiencies within the income function, reduces officer caseload on average by 50.8% and frees up 31% income team capacity. Landlords are using Rentsense to protect revenues, create efficiencies and mitigate welfare reform, it is also helping landlords reduce their arrears by an average of 15.8% in year one.

    Testimonials:

    “RentSense has dramatically reduced our arrears case load on a weekly basis. We have seen case load reductions of 56% per week, this has resulted in an officer capacity (or FTE) of 1.29, these efficiencies have allowed our officers to ensure that they spend quality time on those cases that need it.” Melville Housing.

    “On the day of go live and training RentSense reduced our overall caseload from 2,761 to just 744 cases.” South Yorkshire Housing Association.

    “RentSense is a business critical application.” Merthyr Valleys Homes.

    Please note: HQN does not officially endorse the RentSense software but we believe our members will welcome the opportunity to hear more about the benefits it could bring to their organisation.

    This event will also be held in Cardiff and Birmingham.

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  2. Business transformation – taking flight

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    Business transformation – taking flight

    Get on board for a day of blue sky thinking in October, as HQN takes flight with its first conference dedicated to business transformation.

    This special one-day event, held in association with ROCC, will bring together some of the country’s top change pioneers in a truly inspirational setting.

    Delegates will have the chance to hear about the latest business transformation trends from inside and outside the housing sector while experiencing the unique British Airways i360 venue on Brighton seafront – including its 138-metre high observation tower.

    Housing providers all over the country are embarking on business transformation journeys. Some are focusing on very specific areas while others are recalibrating their entire organisation – or merging with others. And while millions of pounds are being spent on new technology, it is buy-in from colleagues and residents that is most fundamental to a successful change programme.

    Our Taking flight conference will touch on many aspects of business transformation, with sessions covering the following:

    • Successful business transformation strategies from beyond the housing sector
    • Digital services and customer channel shift
    • Implementing system change in the real world
    • The use of IT and data
    • Staff development and culture change
    • Capturing, costing and modelling transformation.

    As part of the day, all delegates will have the chance to take a 'flight' on i360 to get a bird's eye view of Brighton seafront and the surrounding area.

    About i360

    Take to the skies to see Brighton and the beautiful South Coast as you have never seen them before. Glide up gently to 138 metres on the world’s tallest moving observation tower, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye.

    Admire 360 degree views across Brighton, the South Downs and, on the clearest days, all the way to the Isle of Wight.

    Please note: Places at this event are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Book early to avoid disappointment.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £289.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information. 

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueNewcastle
    • Start12 Oct 2017 10:00
    • End12 Oct 2017 16:00

    HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF) – one day course

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    HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF)

    This qualification is designed for those learners wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Legionella control.

    What’s covered?

    This qualification covers the effects of Legionella bacteria on the body and the impact an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease would have on a working site, how to identify and control the risks associated with Legionella bacteria and how legislation and codes of practice can support its control.

    It is also designed to enforce the importance of The Responsible Person in respect to ensuring competence of all operatives on the site.

    After attending this training delegates will understand:

    • The impact of Legionella bacteria and legionellosis
    • How legislation and codes of practice can support the management of Legionella bacteria
    • How to control the risks associated with Legionella bacteria.

    The training will be assessed through completion of a learner workbook and will enable learners to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Legionella control.

    The trainer

    Our trainer, Alan Greaves, specialises in providing technical management support and advice to many water treatment companies and end users in compliance to L8, including within the housing sector.

    Alan was also directly involved in re-writing the 4th edition of L8 and Guidance Document HSG 274 with the HSE.

    Who should attend?

    This qualification is aimed at those either in the role of or aspiring to be in the role of Responsible Person relating specifically to control of Legionella on a site.

    There are no prerequisites for this qualification, but all delegates must bring photographic identification on the day, to be checked by the assessor.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: 399.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £359.00 *

    *This fee covers the qualification-mandatory registration fee, lunch, refreshments, assessment and a certificate. Please inform us in advance of any special dietary requirements.                   

    This event will also be held in London and Birmingham.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueHemel Hempstead
    • Start12 Oct 2017 10:00
    • End12 Oct 2017 16:00

    HQN Business Transformation Group workshops – thinking differently – FREE to HQN members

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    Business transformation group

    ‘Changing the way we do business’ is the mantra for many housing organisations as they seek to adapt to a new landscape where housing delivery, being more efficient and the sweating of assets are the top priorities.

    Housing providers all over the country are embarking on business transformation journeys of all different shapes and sizes. Some are focusing on very specific areas while others are recalibrating their entire organisation - or merging with others. And while millions of pounds is being spent on new technology, it is buy-in from colleagues and residents that is most fundamental to a successful change programme.

    In the coming months, the Housing Quality Network is joining forces with a number of housing associations and technology companies for a series of workshops dedicated to business transformation, channel shift and culture
    change.

    Each workshop is designed to be fully interactive with participants invited to discuss, debate and share best practice on the theme chosen by the host organisation.

    Business Transformation Group workshop programme:

    • New Charter – Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester – 13 September – Process redesign: capturing, costing and modelling changes and customer channel shift
    • Hightown Housing Association – 12 October – Present imperfect: implementing system change in the real world.

    Places for each event are strictly limited to 20 and will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

    More details about each workshop, including timings, will be made available in due course. Further workshops are to be added.

    Take the survey

    Running alongside our programme of workshops, HQN is undertaking a major research project into the business transformation agenda within the housing sector. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and let us know what your organisation is doing and why:

    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3JLV6TK

    If you would like to join the Business Transformation Group, please contact jon.land@hqnetwork.co.uk - your organisation must be a member of the Housing Quality Network.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £60.00 *

    *Members of the Housing Quality Network (including BTG) and HQN Cymru can attend for free. Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueLondon
    • Start12 Oct 2017 10:00
    • End12 Oct 2017 16:00

    The Rent Income Network annual conference

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    Rent Income Network annual conference

    2017 has been an eventful year for social housing and it’s not over yet.

    As more tenants move to Universal Credit, income teams are under pressure to deliver.

    The income management workload is increasing but it’s also changing shape, with a raft of welfare changes around the corner in 2018 and beyond.

    Keeping the rent coming in is key – to keep the business going and to sustain tenancies. To achieve this housing providers must engage effectively with a wide range of residents.

    That’s where this year’s, no-nonsense, Rent Income Network Annual Conference comes in.

    We’ll help you to rise to the challenge with practical solutions to YOUR topical questions.

    We’ll provide inspiration from organisations which have made a difference - changed lives and improved performance:

    We’ll look at real case studies with practical tips and techniques for developing effective solutions, alongside innovative ideas.

    And you’ll have a golden opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country.

    The core themes …

    • Preparing for and delivering results under UC full service – how do you do it?
    • Latest developments on welfare reform and the future direction 
    • New ways of working to improve collection, boost customer engagement and reduce costs
    • Supporting residents’ financial wellbeing as a tool to improve performance.

    Top speakers

    The conference will be chaired by Sarah Seeger, Head of Customer Accounts at Curo.

    Other speakers include: Tonia Downie, Head of Housing at Aster; Gemma Glass, Financial Inclusion Manager at Optivo (AmicusHorizon) and Darrin Gamble Of Bromford Housing Group.

    More great speakers are being lined up.

    Who should attend?

    Senior and middle managers will be interested in the strategic approaches and solutions explored in this conference.

    Everyone who is involved in housing income management, financial inclusion and benefit or money advice at an operational level will find lots of practical tips and techniques.

    In short, this is for everyone who is serious about collecting rent, minimising debt and sustaining tenancies.

    Here’s what some of last year’s delegates had to say...

    ‘Enjoyed it, good networking and lots of useful tips & informative to implement.’ Cath Stocks, Nottingham City Homes.

    ‘Great speakers and superb opportunity to network.’ Natalie Patten, Ipswich Borough Council.

    ‘Great conference! Very informative, have taken away great ideas.’ Lauren O'Mara, Homes for Haringey.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £289.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueBlackburn
    • Start24 Oct 2017 10:00
    • End26 Oct 2017 16:00

    IFSM-accredited fire risk assessor training - tailored specifically for high- and low-rise flat blocks in England and Wales (three-day course)

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    IFSM -accredited fire risk assessor training

    The press is full of stories about organisations not having sufficient fire risk assessments. Some don’t even know whether the assessments they do have are even suitable. Are you one of them?

    This comprehensive three-day training programme will give you the knowledge and confidence to undertake an assessment of your own and audit your completed contractor’s assessments.

    Developed with industry professionals, we’ve tailored this course specifically for high- and low-rise flat blocks in England and Wales so you can be assured that the content is relevant to you. What’s more, the course has been accredited by The Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM).

    This is the definitive guide to carrying out and understanding fire risk assessments.

    But don’t just take our word for it, have a look at what some of our previous delegates had to say…

    Easy to understand, enjoyable and thoroughly developed my knowledge of fire safety. I learned the correct way in which to carry out an inspection and look at every tiny detail.

    Stuart Adkins, Surveyor, WM Housing Group

    I am now fully confident to carry out fire risk assessments in my workplace as a result of this excellent training course.

    David Mulcahy, Health and Safety Advisor, Riverside Group

    Expert guidance

    Our trainer, Bob Evans, has over 30 years’ experience in the Fire Service and 16 years as a fire safety consultant. With both the knowledge and the practical experience, Bob is well equipped to lead you through the three days.

    Who should attend?

    If you work in health and safety, asset management or are looking for an opportunity to develop your skills, this is for you. You’ll put your training into practice in the practical assessment on the final day so you can be confident that you’re able to carry out assessments to a high standard.

    The Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) has accredited this course.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £799.00 *
    Members of the Health and Safety Network: £699.00 *

    * All prices are subject to VAT.

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    • Event TypeHQN Event
    • VenueManchester
    • Start26 Oct 2017 10:00
    • End26 Oct 2017 16:00

    The lifecycle of a property - new approaches to asset management

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    The lifecycle of a property

    With housebuilders of all stripes under the cosh over the quality of new homes, the rent reduction putting a squeeze on repairs and maintenance budgets and the continuing drive for efficiency savings across all areas of housing, HQN is giving housing providers the opportunity to take stock and re-examine their whole approach to asset management.

    This event will look at every aspect of the process from building the right type of property for the right customer in the right location to the effective management of the property at every stage of its life.

    Our one-day masterclass will cover the following:

    • Location, location, location – spotting the best opportunities for investment in the post-Brexit housing market
    • Customers and lifestyles - who will be our future customers, how they influence design
    • New technology – what to put in, what hasn’t worked, the latest trends
    • Life cycle costing – getting the balance right between initial spend on development, fixtures etc versus on going future maintenance costs
    • Managing the handover from development to management/maintenance including effective approaches to snagging and the defects period
    • The importance of data and record keeping – analysing repairs spend, tailoring the programme, property MOTs
    • Planned, cyclical and responsive repairs – the current trends, the efficacy of different approaches and the implications of cutting back on planned maintenance
    • Making the most of new technology and IT systems – innovation and integration
    • Effective asset management strategies – option appraisals and return on investment
    • Working with your partners including contract management
    • Future plans – modern methods of construction, factory homes, building without grant.

    Who should attend:

    • Chief Executives
    • Directors of development
    • Directors of asset management
    • Finance directors
    • Heads of service and senior managers for: DLO/repairs and maintenance/Asset management
    • Development teams
    • Performance and quality professionals
    • Policy and Strategy professionals
    • Surveyors.

    Delegate fees:

    Full price: £289.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *
    Early Bird: £259.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 0845 4747 004 for more information. Early bird ends Friday 30 September 2017.

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