Last Thursday marked the end of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference and Europe’s largest housing festival in Manchester Central. It was our second year as an exhibitor, and what a productive three days we had along with thousands of other exhibitors, keynote speakers, policymakers and visitors.

 

It was an informative experience for our team attending Housing 2022 and great to chat with individuals and organisations who are just as passionate about delivering quality housing throughout the country.

A key emphasis of the conference was the government’s Levelling Up White Paper, released earlier this year, with discussions focused on the importance of housing and delivering affordable, quality housing as the foundation stone for prosperous communities. Other topics around levelling up included:

  • Placing housing at the centre of levelling up
  • Solutions to funding challenges
  • Local-first approach
  • Successful collaborations and partnerships

 

As well as some brilliant one-to-one meetings and discussions at our Pathway Homes stand, the conference included a fantastic programme of thought-provoking keynote discussions. These were insightful and informative and included sessions focused on the steps the sector must take to meet the net-zero challenge and the significance of retrofitting.

There were other key issues that dominated the 3-day event, including the importance of building and development standards and regulations when it comes to the safety of tenants, innovative approaches to ending homelessness and how landlords can help residents facing fuel poverty. This was particularly important, granted the rising living costs households are struggling with throughout the country, with people having to choose between putting food on the table, keeping their home warm and paying rent.

There’s so much to reflect on and consider from this year’s housing event, and we are eager to follow up with many of our new connections from within the sector in the coming weeks. But our greatest takeaway from Housing 2022 is this: local housing for local people has to be the central focus of housing policy. As a sector, we must continue to deliver high-quality housing for communities throughout the country to ensure everybody has the chance to access stable housing and improve health, employment and life opportunities. Pathway Homes is looking forward to continuing the work we do and playing our part in helping this become a reality for individuals and families throughout the UK.

We can’t finish this conference update without sending a special congratulations to our Chief Operating Officer, Adam, for winning the golf competition Lantei – an electrical compliance contractor – arranged during the event. Well done!