Commercial Members A-Z
Acorn’s specialist Executive Search Division is proud to partner Community Housing Cymru.
Listed in the top 1% of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies, our Executive Search specialists place senior professionals and board members into blue-chip organisations, owner-managed businesses, SMEs and the public sector across a wide range of disciplines.
Our bespoke service includes:
- Confidential Research Analysis
- Precision Search
- Assessment & Selection
Benefits to CHC Members:
As CHC’s commercial recruitment partner, Acorn’s Executive Search Division is proud to offer key advice and support for the recruitment of your voluntary / non-exec board members on a pro bono basis.
We’re also delighted to offer discounted rates to CHC members for the recruitment of your executive / management team and permanent staff.
Find out more about Acorn’s Executive Search offering on acornexecutivesearch.com
MEMBER OFFER - 25% off rates for Executive Search and traditional recruitment, as well as free advertising for voluntary NED role.
ARK Consultancy is a leading multidisciplinary management and technical consultancy. We work with clients throughout Wales and have particular expertise in working with housing associations, local authorities, Government bodies and the charitable sector.
Our team includes more than 60 dedicated experts who advise on all business functions but have particular pedigree in asset management, development, governance, organisational change and regeneration.
In addition, our strength includes helping our clients to develop social enterprises, calculating and developing social value, and corporate social responsibility assignments.
Strong networks in a range of sectors give us insight we can use to support recruitment and interim placements, where needed
Arthur Online is a revolutionary property management platform connecting property managers to tenants, contractors and accountants. The desktop portal and suite of mobile apps allow property managers to manage their portfolio’s in real time, from anywhere. The streamlined experience leads to better management, transparency and understanding helping to improve relationships between property managers and tenants. Arthur has integrations with cloud accounting software, allowing for easy reconciliation, even when rent comes from multiple sources. The technology is informative, responsive, instant and scalable.
Arthur Online’s software offers Housing Associations connected asset and property management solutions, allowing for greater information sharing, a streamlined experience and transparent communication which is key to running a successful operation. The solution is to deliver a software that brings all the stakeholders together on a single platform, which is flexible, allowing it to handle all types of property. This involves sharing the management of workflows, associated documents, communication and financials.
Find out more by visiting our website.
Badger Ecology Wales
Badger Ecology Wales LTD offer surveys, mitigation plans, planning advice, artiﬁcial sett construction and sett closure and can give badger advice relating to protected species licence applications. Our team includes a Veterinary Surgeon who has many years experience with disease management and two experienced badger consultants, fully trained, insured and Lantra qualiﬁed. We also offer a tailored service of badger vaccination to landowners such as farmers, conservation groups and private individuals wishing to reduce the spread of bovine TB on their land.
Find out more by visiting our website.
Blake Morgan Solicitors
Blake Morgan is a Top 60 full service UK law firm providing a breadth of legal services in the public and private sectors. We have over 900 staff operating from our six offices located in Cardiff, London, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton. Our work is delivered through four divisions: Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, Real Estate and Private Client. We act for a number of the country's prominent public sector organisations, government bodies, regulators and commercial institutions. The firm aims to deliver exemplary service to its clients and to make a difference through teamwork, integrity and innovation.
Bright Collie is the new name for Huw David Design. We are a team of brand strategists, designers, developers, account and project managers.
We help to define, create and refresh brands, bringing real change to the businesses and organisations that we partner with.
We go beyond guidelines, delivering brands across every touchpoint, on and offline.
Trust us for:
- Brand Strategy
- Brand Creation
- Brand Management
For more information, visit www.brightcollie.com
Call of the Wild
Multi-award winning Call of the Wild have been delivering personal, compliance, team and leadership programmes for over 19 years. We have our own training centre and developed a bespoke offer for the housing sector in Wales working with Housing Associations.
Our purpose is to create positive, measurable, transferable and lasting behavioural change for clients. Our philosophy is based on experiential learning; the most powerful and lasting learning comes from learning by doing not just listening.
Call of the Wild offer housing sector bespoke personal development, management training, team building, ILM funded management training, health & safety and first aid training
Campbell Tickell is a multi-disciplinary management consultancy focusing primarily on statutory and not-for-profit sectors.
Established for 19 years, we have worked with more than 700 organisations throughout the UK, Ireland and beyond, with central and local government, housing associations, care providers, sports and leisure bodies, charities, and commercial organisations such as housebuilders and developers, contractors and legal firms.
Our services extend across: strategy and governance; finance and business planning; risk and assurance; regulation and troubleshooting; mergers and growth; business transformation; housing development and regeneration; human resources and recruitment.
Visit our website for more information.
Capital Law and People
Working nationally and internationally from our base in Wales, our work takes many forms and spans different legal departments. We can help you with property, litigation, employment and corporate matters and we also have an integrated training consultancy, Capital People, that help with HR, employment law and health and safety. We aim to deliver more and add value wherever we can. Clients say we’re approachable, provide clarity, give excellent advice, and talk plainly. Ultimately, we have one purpose: to help others succeed.
For more informtion visit www.capital-law.co.uk
Capsticks provide full service legal support to housing associations throughout wales. Driven by client needs we understand your market inside out, and use our knowledge and experience to keep you One Step Ahead.
From development and regeneration to asset management and disrepair, we will support you to manage your stock and finances. With acknowledged expertise in anti-social behaviour and tenancy management, we will work with you to care for your communities. As health has been the foundation of our practice for 30 years we can assist you to understand the emerging opportunities of working with the health sector.
We also offer expertise in governance, employment, contracts and procurement, helping you to get the best from your people and partners. We provide expert lawyers and consultants who appreciate your concerns, and work with you in the way you need to best manage your business.
For more information visit capsticks.com.
Central Consultancy and Training
We are people and organisational development specialists offering bespoke learning and organisational development support to housing and social care and the broader third sector. With a reputation built over 35 years we have an extensive portfolio of clients nationwide. Our consultants are senior, experianced learning and development professionals with strong backgrounds in housing, health and social care, local government and the private sector.
Centrus is an independent financial services group that believes in a better way of doing business. We specialise in corporate finance, technology and investment management across residential, infrastructure, transportation, energy and utilities, corporates and financial sectors and supports a wide range of organisations including national and community-based providers of affordable housing in their funding and financial strategy needs. Centrus’ leading team of experts in banking, debt capital markets, derivatives, financing strategy and risk management take pride in supporting clients to ensure value for money and prudent risk management.
Clarke Willmott LLP
"Clarke Willmott LLP provides ‘exceptional advice’ to its registered provider client base due, in part, to the ‘superb knowledge’ of joint practice heads Lindsay Felstead, Oliver Smedley, Kary Withers and Vicky Kells, who head up the firm’s housing management, development, property litigation and securitisation teams respectively." The Legal 500 2017
Clarke Willmott is a leading law firm that takes pride in being different. Our strong reputation is built on genuine client relationships and our exceptional people – each chosen for their industry knowledge and passion for their field, as well as their first-class legal credentials.
From Cardiff and six other offices across the UK, our talented social housing team offers expert advice and support on a broad range of legal services. We work with over 100 registered providers and are known for our high-quality commercial advice and seamless service.
Key partners in our Cardiff social housing team include Fraser MacRae, who has particular expertise in funding for social housing providers, and Vicky Kells, who specialises in charging affordable housing portfolios. Vicky is also Head of our Cardiff office.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 0292 060 6000
Consortium Procurement (CP) has a client portfolio which has now reached over 400 members across the whole of the UK. We have provided public sector bodies a compliant and trusted procurement route for over 20 years. This has led to collectively saving our members around £10m each year.
CP deliver a suite of frameworks and dynamic purchasing systems covering Construction, Compliance & Asset Management, Independent Living and Financial Inclusion plus many more.
We help save you time, money and resources. We ensure you remain compliant by administering the Call Off process, liaise with Suppliers, draw up the contracts, manage the signature process, measure KPIs, carry out annual Supplier checks and deliver contract mediation when required.
Website link :- https://consortiumprocurement.org.uk/
Darwin Gray is a commercial law firm based in Cardiff. We are proud of our reputation for using a practical and solution-focused approach when helping our clients.
We provide a full range of legal services and aim to achieve a thorough understanding of our clients' businesses. This allows us to build strong long-term partnerships with our clients.
We handle a wide variety of general and specialist legal work on many different levels. Our Social Housing team have extensive experience across the sector, providing a high quality and cost effective service for our clients. We also offer a range of bespoke services including in-house training and consultancy services
Devonshires is one of the leading providers of legal services to registered providers nationally. Our experience ranges across strategic advice to executive boards to dealing with the routine legal work that is part of the management and development of the property estates of our clients. Housing has been a principal area of our business for over 30 years and we are dedicated to the sector. Our market leading position in the sector is recognised in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 directories.
ENGIE is focused on three key activities: energy, services and regeneration.
We combine these capabilities for the benefit of individuals, businesses and communities throughout the UK.
ENGIE enables customers to embrace a lower carbon, more efficient and increasingly digital world. To do this, we go beyond traditional energy supply and facilities management.
Our customers benefit from our energy efficient and smart building solutions, the provision of effective and innovative services, the transformation of neighbourhoods through regeneration projects, and the supply of reliable, flexible and renewable energy.
Our 17,000 UK employees improve the lives of our customers and communities through better living and working environments. We help them to balance performance with responsibility enabling progress in a harmonious way.
To find out more, please visit www.engie.co.uk/places.
Gambit is a leading Wales based Corporate Finance boutique that has been established for over 25 years, advising private, public and not-for-profit organisations on mid-market transactions in the UK and internationally. Gambit’s services include debt advisory, refinancing, fundraising, mergers & acquisitions, disposals, buy-out’s and other strategic advice. As exclusive UK members of Corporate Finance International, Gambit is part of an integrated global network. CFI members have completed 350 cross-border deals with an aggregate value in excess of £15 billion, earning a ranking of 24th in Europe and 40th globally by Thomson Reuters for transactions valued up to €500 million.
For more information visit: www.gambitcf.com
At Grant Thornton Cardiff we believe a Vibrant Economy for Wales is one which realises the shared potential of businesses, cities, people and communities across our country. We want to create opportunities to be collaborative, engaged and inclusive. We want to encourage the housing associations across Wales to share their success, tell us how they are innovating, growing and enabling. We want to profile Wales on the national stage by nominating Welsh individuals for our firm’s UK wide 100 Faces campaign and to be part of this we encourage organisations to submit their success story to www.vibranteconomywales.com.
As supporters of the social housing movement for over 30 years, Hugh James have developed a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the sector. This expertise can help you to find innovative solutions that benefit the communities you build and nurture.
Our specialist social housing team is committed to making a significant contribution to housing regeneration and creating neighbourhoods where people want to live.
Our team has worked in partnership with our clients to make a real difference to local communities. With a client base of over 40 housing associations and local authorities, the team has the skills and resources to deliver the right blend of transactional litigation and advisory legal support. We have an expert understanding of devolved legislation relating to the delivery and management of housing in Wales. Our client services include providing legal updates and providing access to social housing events and training services.
For more information visit our website.
At Intratone, we have more than 10 years’ experience in the housing industry. The challenges that housing associations and property managers face inspire us to continue creating the pioneering property access technologies we are known for. Our state-of-the-art intercoms and supplementary solutions are all wireless and handset-free, with a user-friendly design and maximum durability. By placing both you and your tenants back in control, we put the power in your hands.
Jehu Group is one of Wales’ largest independently owned property and construction companies with a tradition of building excellence that spans over 80 years. The Group, which has an annual turnover in excess of £35 million, is made up of Jehu Project Services, Jehu Civils, Jehu Energy Solutions, Waterstone Homes and Waterstone Estates.
Lux Bright Solutions
Lux Bright Solutions are a UK LED lighting manufacture. Our light fittings are designed, manufactured and individually tested by us. Our core market is the UK social housing sector and as such our fittings are dovetailed for the requirements of the sector. This includes energy savings, achieved via motion controlled LED light sources. Maintenances savings, we manufacture lights that offer twice the life of seemingly similar fittings in the market place. A number of our core product ranges are BSI Kite marked. We are able to offer a full lighting and emergency lighting design service to the exactly requirements of a site.
Safeguarding Software for Housing Providers
Secure, Effective and Efficient
Suitable for any housing association or provider, our trusted and secure safeguarding software supports you to protect your tenants, especially children, young people and adults at risk.
MyConcern safeguarding software is a simple and secure method of recording, reporting and managing all safeguarding and wellbeing concerns. The system has won awards for how promptly it allows users to create the ideal team around an individual, thus placing those at risk at the forefront.
MyConcern allows users to totally minimise risk while facilitating in-process efficiencies, compliance, clear evidence and data sharing.
Panoramic Associates are a senior level staffing firm, specialising in the provision of interim and permanent managers into the housing and property sectors.
Working closely with Housing Associations and Local Authorities, Panoramic Associates are true industry specialists operating across the UK with an enviable network of passive candidates.
Our areas of particular focus are across Regeneration, Development, Asset/ Property Management, Construction and Compliance/Fire.
We provide senior level candidates across the UK to organisations including a number of the G15 Housing Associations, Consultancies, Private Developers and over 70 Local Authorities and their commercial entities.
Promoting Independence is based in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. We are experts in equipment, adaptations, seating and moving and handling. For six years we have provided in excess of 600 occupational therapy assessments for our clients ranging from housing associations, to solicitors to private individuals.
We cater for individuals who through disability or illness could do with some help to overcome perhaps an environmental barrier or assist with a task that has been causing some difficulty.
We specialise in helping housing associations support their residents with advice, equipment and adaptation recommendations and with some clients we support relocation and filling of their void properties.
Quantum Advisory is an independent financial services consultancy headquartered in Cardiff, that provides solution based pension and employee benefit services to employers, scheme trustees and members.
We offer tailored, practical services that work for your business, whatever your needs. We can also help you to communicate pensions and benefits in clear, simple language, so that your employees understand their true value. Our experience and expertise means that you can have confidence in your employee benefits package – knowing that with us, you are in safe hands.
MEMBER OFFER - 20% off salary sacrifice scheme implementation.
RLH Architectural Design Solutions Ltd
We are an Architectural Practice based in Fishguard, West Wales and we have a great deal of experience in working with both Housing Associations and Local Authorities over the preceding 10 years. In that time, we have delivered many 100’s of new energy efficient homes across our region and are currently assisting with gaining planning permission on several more sites. We have worked with both Ateb Housing Association (formerly Pembrokeshire Housing Association) and Wales and West Housing Association over many years and have just successfully been appointed to Ateb’s framework of Architectural Consultants for the next 3 years.
MEMBER OFFER - Free feasibility site plan available
RW Learning Ltd have a proven track record of delivering leadership development excellence for their UK client base. Specialising in Resilience and applied Neuroscience, the team deliver bespoke development programmes to both large and medium firms, ensuring impact and results are integral to the service and value offered. Working and partnering across the Housing Sector at all levels up to CEO, the team have taken great pride in becoming one of the most sought after training companies in Wales, culminating in making finalists for the CIPD 2018 Best Training Company in Wales Award. Collaboration is the key to our success.
MEMBER OFFER - 20% off resilience workshops
Savills Housing Investment Consultancy provides comprehensive services in housing and related sectors, including advice on public and affordable housing development and regeneration, strategic asset management, project managements, project delivery and strategic and portfolio funding advice. Our national experience and local knowledge, together with our extensive network of complementary staff, can help us deliver the best solution for our clients. Our Cardiff office can also provide advice on development and planning for Wales. Find out more about how we can help your business at www.savills.co.uk.
Nigel Williams, FRICS Director
029 2036 8902 / 07967 555804 / [email protected]
MEMBER OFFER - Free lunch briefing sessions on cross market research, asset optimisation, joint ventures and policy trends.
Sero Energy will provide discounted clean energy using a service model to home owners and renters that will accelerate the transition to a low carbon future. We maximise the benefit from flexibility in integrated renewable energy systems in Energy Positive homes. This service provides two key benefits to customers; simplicity in operation and lower bills. Customers pay a low fixed monthly bill for guaranteed heat and electricity, Sero Energy chooses the source of that energy based on a number of factors such as local network conditions, weather and behaviour patterns.
Our sister company, Sero Homes, is building its own homes and Sero Energy also collaborates with other developers, housing associations and local authorities to bring scale to low energy housing development. There are lots of exciting developments to tell you about, come back soon and check out our new website.
Get in touch – [email protected]
SDS - Shelton Development Services
Need to appraise, plan and manage your housing projects?
SDS help you maximise the development, sale and management of affordable homes. Our software is created by social housing experts who have been in your shoes. We want you to have greater control and visibility so you can make informed decisions and be the hero in your organisation.
Our robust software and in house experts are here to help you at every stage of the development, sale and asset management process. Including TAP certified trainers to make sure your teams use the software fully. Enjoy the benefits of digital transformation by avoiding mistakes, while meeting audit and compliance guidelines and software which integrates.
TSW Training is a leading Welsh training provider offering professional learning and development programmes to both public and private sector organisations throughout Wales and the UK. TSW specialises in Leadership and Management, Personal Effectiveness and Health and Safety Training with a strong focus on delivering results tailored to an organisation's needs.
With over 40 years’ experience as a training provider TSW has worked with various Housing Associations to enhance the skills of their workforce. TSW can meet your exact needs through a bespoke or tailored training solution that is aimed at achieving industry and organisation specific outcomes. TSW also run an Open Programme based in Bridgend offering over 40 courses to choose from throughout the year.
MEMBER OFFER - Fully funded advice and guidance on apprenticeship qualifications.
The Furnishing Service
TFS has been the premier furnishing, ﬂoorcovering, white goods and window covering Supplier to Local Authorities and Housing Associations since 1995. Our outstanding service allied to our Community Beneﬁts programme sets us apart from any other Supplier in our sector.
TFS employ over 160 staff and service customers across the UK from branches in Merthyr Tydfil, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, East Kilbride and Dingwall.
Working in partnership with TFS will help us create more jobs and work experience programmes in your area. Together we can do great things.
Contact Ciaran Hughes for more information on:
Email: [email protected]
Unity Trust Bank
Unity is the bank you can be proud to bank with. We help organisations to prosper and contribute to economic, community and social change. Put simply, we’re here to help create a better society.
When you choose to bank with us, you’ll benefit from a personal service from our UK-based Customer Service centre. We are committed to providing high levels of customer service that will keep our customers satisfied, now and in the future. When applying for a loan, you’ll have access to our team of Relationship Managers, ensuring that you will always talk to a person and not an automated message. Our Relationship Managers understand your business goals and will help you to succeed. With our internet and telephone banking, you are in complete control.
All of our funding comes from customer accounts and we benefit from a loyal and growing customer base. We use the deposits our customers entrust to us to fund lending which supports the communities we collectively serve. As well as being socially responsible, we are financially sustainable. Whilst profit is not our principal driver, it’s still important that we operate effectively to enable us to re-invest in the business.
If you’d like to learn more about banking with us please get in touch
Welsh Procurement Alliance (WPA)
The Welsh Procurement Alliance (WPA) is a new approach for procurement in Wales, created for organisations that buy products and services for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing and public buildings. It is backed by LHC, one of the leading and most respected procurement organisations in the UK.
The creation of the WPA results from discussions with LHC members in Wales who see the huge potential of having a centre of excellence for procurement – focused on construction and refurbishment – which exclusively addresses Welsh needs, standards and aspirations. WPA is set to change the landscape of procurement in Wales, bringing significant benefits to buyers and the communities they serve.