Mergers and partnership working

HQN has been working with a group of housing associations on a new framework and toolkit for boards to use when developing their strategy on partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Central to the Form Follows Function project has been ensuring that residents are placed at the heart of decision making.

Mergers and partnership working

Richard Peacock, Chief Executive of Soha Housing also comments on the reasons behind the project here.

During the course of our research, we heard the views of more than 400 residents and received contributions from 75 social housing organisations. We also carried interviews with chief executives and leading practitioners alongside a wide ranging literature review.

The Form Follows Function project also received valuable input from Tpas and Anthony Collins solicitors.

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pdf Current Form Follows Function report This is the full HQN Form Follows Function report to accompany our toolkit. It captures the key findings from our research based on resident surveys, interviews with CEOs and leading practitioners, a literature review and roundtable discussions. File size: 2MB Published Date: 13/12/2016 Download
pdf Current Form Follows Function toolkit Form Follows Function is a toolkit for housing association boards to strategically assess how best to consider their vision and purpose. We see this as a box from which you can select the right spanner for the job, rather than a ‘how to’ guide. File size: 758KB Published Date: 13/12/2016 Download
pdf Current Paying lip service to residents is not enough For those who have been involved, taken part in, or just have an interest in The Form Follows Function project, Rob Gershon has written a blog which summarises some of the findings. The full report is due to be launched later this year with a major event planned for London in December. File size: 161KB Published Date: 02/11/2016 Download
pdf Current Form Follows Function – Summary and toolkit: Consultation draft Fresh from making headlines as the wrongly labelled 'alternative' merger code in Inside Housing, we are now giving Housing Quality Network members the opportunity to check out the 'Form Follows Function' toolkit for themselves. File size: 913KB Published Date: 28/10/2016 Download
pdf Current Form follows function - printable version of questionnaire This is the printable version of our form follows function questionnaire. File size: 155KB Published Date: 01/07/2016 Download
pdf Current Form follows function - things to think about (for other stakeholders) This document is a summary of the project we are doing to help develop support for use alongside the National Housing Federation merger code. Registered Providers and other stakeholders may find this of particular interest. File size: 104KB Published Date: 28/06/2016 Download
pdf Current Form follows function - things to think about (for other stakeholders) This document is a summary of the project we are doing to help develop support for use alongside the National Housing Federation merger code. Registered Providers and other stakeholders may find this of particular interest. File size: 104KB Published Date: 28/06/2016 Download
pdf Current Form follows function: an HQN consultation How should a social housing provider review its structure? What’s the best way of meeting your objectives? How do we put residents at the heart of decision making? File size: 164KB Published Date: 15/06/2016 Download
pdf Current Form follows function - things to think about (for residents) This document is a summary of the project we are doing to help develop support for use alongside the National Housing Federation merger code. Residents and tenants may find this of particular interest. File size: 109KB Published Date: 08/06/2016 Download
pdf Current Merger sense - 26 May 2016 - Inside Housing Housing Finance Excellence Network lead associate Ian Parker talks to Inside Housing about the case for merging. File size: 379KB Published Date: 27/05/2016 Download
pdf Current Associations to develop 'alternative' merger code Inside Housing article of 3 May 2016: HQN has been asked by a group of nine housing associations to help develop an alternative to the National Housing Federation merger code. We will be working with them, alongside Anthony Collins Solicitors and TPAS. File size: 140KB Published Date: 11/05/2016 Download
pdf Current Presentations made during HQNs event in London on mergers and strategic partnerships for a commercial world. File size: 2MB Published Date: 11/05/2016
pdf Current Presentations made during HQNs event in Manchester on mergers and strategic partnerships for a commercial world. File size: 4MB Published Date: 11/05/2016
pdf Current The Good Merger Guide (Eastside Primetimers) - 2014 version Some members have highlighted this document as a potential alternative to the NHF merger code. Although originally published in 2014, it could remain relevant to some. File size: 1MB Published Date: 09/03/2016 Download
pdf Current The Good Merger Index (Eastside Primetimers) - 2014/15 version In their second Index, Eastside Primetimers found 61 charity and social enterprise deals which concluded in 2014/5. They went on to review 45 of them in detail. This document also reports on 8 housing association deals. File size: 883KB Published Date: 09/03/2016 Download
pdf Current VfM statements for 2016 – Staring into the jaws of a forced merger Ahead of chairing HQN's Line of Best Fit event in London this week, chief executive Alistair McIntosh looks at the implications of what this year's VfM statements could mean for housing associations. File size: 192KB Published Date: 29/02/2016 Download
pdf Current Inside Housing - Revealed: scale of merger code concern 12.02.16 File size: 172KB Published Date: 17/02/2016 Download
pdf Current The Good Merger Guide (Eastside Primetimers) - 2012 version Some members have highlighted this document as a potential alternative to the NHF merger code. Although originally published in 2012, it could remain relevant to some. File size: 1MB Published Date: 01/01/2016 Download
pdf Current The merger between Affinity Sutton and Circle has been confirmed. The new association will have 127,000 homes and plans to build 5,000 homes a year. File size: 82KB Published Date: 16/12/2015
pdf Current Mergers group structures and partnerships - a voluntary code for housing associations The National Housing Federation produced this voluntary code to sit alongside a suite of relevant law, regulatory requirements and other codes supporting excellence in governance in the housing association sector. File size: 266KB Published Date: 15/12/2015 Download
pdf Current So the scene is set for the course of this Parliament. Housing associations and local authorities will see their rental income cut, owner-occupation will be pushed at every opportunity and house building (for home ownership) will be promoted as much as possible. What will this mean for LAs working with HAs within this new paradigm? Our briefing considers some of the possible consequences of the changes in the operating framework for social housing. File size: 673KB Published Date: 03/12/2015
pdf Current First merger code for associations revealed The National Housing Federation (NHF) has agreed a ten-point code for associations to follow when considering mergers. File size: 112KB Published Date: 02/12/2015 Download
pdf Current Residents' Network member Viridian Housing is again reported to be considering a merger. The London-based housing association is in talks with Amicus Horizon. File size: 81KB Published Date: 28/10/2015
pdf Current Have you resisted those 'collaboration' talks in the past, whether they were about partnerships, mergers, takeovers or transfers? Now it’s time to think again. In this briefing - the first in a series brought to you by HQN's Austerity Challenge Team - we help you prepare for discussions with colleagues, business partners and the regulator. File size: 191KB Published Date: 08/10/2015
pdf Current Could mobilising surpluses, particularly for the development of new homes, lead to more mergers? Are mergers the only way forward for smaller associations? Our first briefing of 2015 by Wendy Murphy examines the appetite and drivers for merging, and how small landlords might choose to respond in different ways. File size: 218KB Published Date: 27/01/2015