Housing leaders discuss strategies to survive and thrive

- Two Rivers Housing to host latest regional Progress seminar

Leading social housing leadership forum - Progress – is organising its latest event for housing sector leaders in Ross on Wye, on Thursday 28th March 2013.  The event brings together some of the region’s most forward-thinking leaders to explore strategies for survival, against the backdrop of a housing revolution. 

Progress South West is the latest in a series of regional events, sponsored by housing intelligence provider Mobysoft and in conjunction with Housing Magazine.

‘Tearing down the house? Future visions for social housing’ will tackle the options available to Registered Providers battling for survival in a radically transformed world where funding cuts, welfare reform and deregulation are all piling on the pressure for change.

Progress South West, hosted by Two Rivers Housing, has already attracted delegates from across the local regions, with a strategically balanced venue within easy reach of the Midlands, Wales and the South West at Ross on Wye, at the end of the M50. 

Keynote speakers will each champion their alternative visions of housing’s future:
•    Chief Executive of Trident Group - John Morristhe Social Enterprise approach,
•    Director of CIH Wales - Keith Edwardsthe Principles of Social Value
•    Chief Executive of Greensquare Group - David AshmoreJoint Venture Diversification
•    Group Partnership Director of Persimmon Homes - Ashley LanePrivate Sector Drivers.

Delegates will then debate the challenges in facilitated roundtable groups, delivering their verdict on the best strategies for success.  

Garry King, Chief Executive of Two Rivers Housing, said there had never been a time of greater challenge for housing associations.

“Politicians and businesses are under intense public scrutiny. There is a massive deficit in trust in institutions. Public policy and funding streams are changing fast.

“How do we meet growing and often conflicting expectations from our communities?  How should we be governed and how should we position ourselves?  What is the ethical framework we should work to and what are its limits?  Should profit be a driver to future success?    Now is the time to define who we are and where we are going,” he said. 

Derek Steele, Managing Director of social housing intelligence provider Mobysoft said: “Mobysoft is proud to continue sponsoring Progress, as we continue at the forefront of what is a rapidly evolving market.  Progress South West will be the seventh of its kind and based on feedback, the forum is becoming better and more valuable with every event.”

Progress South West will take place on Thursday 28th March 2013 at The Chase Hotel, Ross-on-Wye and is free for senior housing management to attend.  For more information, or to register, please visit www.housing-events.co.uk