Development Team flying high(ly commended)!

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Development team picks up Highly Commended at #RICSSW AWARDS and recruit a new team player.

RICS_2016_awards_acceptanceRICS_2016_awards_logo_highlyThe timing of last night’s award ceremony couldn’t have been better.

Only yesterday Ocean Housing Group was celebrating our 1000th new home since we started building affordable homes for local people back in 2003. Children from Connor Downs school were invited to send in their artwork masterpieces to turn a home into an Art House for the event.

The RICS Highly Commended award was for the Windmill House residential development at Fowey. Windmill plansThe new self-contained, one-bedroomed apartments at Windmill House address the need for high-quality, yet affordable rented housing designed specifically for over 55’s in the sought-after area.

The team also been nominated for the Housing Heroes awards (to be announced 27th June).

The Development team are now looking to recruit a Development Manager to join their team.
Application deadline 6th June.

EnergySW – savings for residents

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energySW logo landscape largeResidents could save £30 million over 5 years through an energy service partnership offered by South West Social Housing Providers.

In recognition that energy bills can be a significant household cost,  EnergySW has been launched by Advantage SW[i], specifically to offer the residents of 12 social housing providers great value energy tariffs.

The energy supply partnership between Advantage SW and OVO Energy[ii] offers competitively priced tariffs targeted at over 80,000 social housing households in the Advantage SW membership.  The tariffs are amongst the most competitive in the market and, by working with OVO, EnergySW is able to provide high levels of customer service. The service also includes providing pre-payment customers with free smart meters; increasing convenience and energy budget control. Recognising the particular demographic of residents, there is no additional charge for paper billing and the Warm Homes Discount applies.

Energysw-A5-flyer-FV-print2-nocropsOcean Housing Ltd has now promoted EnergySW to our residents in the hope that many will see the benefits of switching. What is more, income generated through EnergySW will be used to help more residents save on their energy bills. To date three other similar partnerships have been launched successfully with Local Authorities in Cheshire East, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea. Combined, these partnerships have attracted over 5,000 customers.  This would be the first partnership to launch which targets social housing.

EnergySW entered the market on 23 November with a website where residents can sign up and switch to the new supply ( along with phone-based sign-up methods.

About Advantage SW

For more information contact Thomas Store


[i] Advantage SW is a Limited Liability Partnership owned by four Registered Providers in the South West, Yarlington Housing Group, North Devon Homes, Ocean Housing and DCH. It was created to deliver better outcomes for social housing customers through collaborative working which involve activities around home design, procurement frameworks and now energy.

[ii] Headquartered in Bristol, OVO Energy, the 10th fastest growing business in the UK, is one of the leading independent suppliers in the UK energy retail market. OVO was founded in 2009 by Stephen Fitzpatrick who set out to create a better energy company. Since entering the market in 2009, OVO currently has over 500,000 customers and created over 800 jobs.

OVO’s guiding principles are simplicity, transparency and fairness in all of its operations: making the energy industry easier for consumers to understand and making sure prices reflect the actual cost of doing business so customers know they’re getting a good deal.

OVO is ECO and Affordable Warmth obligated and offers some of the best pre-payment tariffs in the market which include the installation of free smart meters.