Networking at Housing 2018


Networking is at the heart of Housing and we have over 60 official fringe events alongside. These are all in partnership with the key stakeholders at Housing. We have detailed below events within the venue. All are open to all attendees but some require you to RSVP as places are limited.

Bringing the sector together under one roof
Bringing the sector together under one roof

Monday 25th June


15:00 - 17:00
Walking tour to New Islington with Jonathan Schofield, curator of the best walking tours of the City and editor of Manchester Confidential alongside Matthew Harrison, chief executive, Great Places Housing Group and Steve Wightman, managing director, Urban Splash HOUSE factory.

This event will take delegates to New Islington to see a truly revolutionary large-scale estate regeneration project to view offsite townhouses, and the Manchester Life £bns of investment in PRS within Manchester’s irreverent, characterful roots.

RSVP to – places are limited to 50.

Study tour: high rise sprinklers

14:30 - 17:00
Study tour: high rise sprinklers ForViva was amongst the first landlords in the country to confirm that it would fit sprinklers in all of its high-rise blocks. With the country and the sector coming to terms with the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the public debate over building regulations and people’s safety ongoing, the Group confirmed in October 2017 that it would invest £5m of its own funds to install sprinkler systems in all 17 of its high-rise blocks in the North West of England.

Since then, ForViva has worked with Protect24 to retrofit sprinklers in flats and communal areas. More than 1,200 customers will eventually benefit. With work on a number of the blocks now completed, ForViva has teamed up with Housing 2018 to offer a study tour of a block in the centre of Eccles, Salford.

Delegates will be picked up from Manchester Central and will have the chance to take a tour of the block where work to install sprinklers is currently ongoing, learn about the various stages of the project and ask any questions.

To book your place on the study tour email contact Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday 26th June

16:30 – 17:30

Happy Hour (open to all registered attendees at Housing)
For the final hour on Tuesday we have some fabulous drinks receptions taking place within Manchester Central. So relax, unwind and meet up with friends new and old at the following locations:

16:45 - 17:15

Communications – Inside Housing stand session with a glass or two (open to all registered attendees at Housing)

Designing and delivering a robust communications strategy can help organisation promote their brand and protect their reputation. Kicking off the Inside Housing presents, this informal bite size session will see two award winning organisations provide practical hints and tips around executing campaigns, crisis management and brand development
ppy Hour drinks receptions.

Wednesday 27th June


Bevan Brittan & Campbell Tickell Breakfast Seminar

As local authorities become increasingly involved in new development, this breakfast seminar looks at how councils and housing associations are working together to deliver new homes.

Click here to find out more. RSVP to:


08:15 – 9:30

Inside Housing breakfast briefing: To DLO or not to DLO?


Inside Housing is partnering with Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) and will be chaired by Inside Housing managing editor Martin Hillditch.


Register now for an exclusive free breakfast briefing, dedicated to giving you real answers to questions such as, what are the advantages of disadvantages of taking the DLO route? What are the obstacles along the way? And are there situations in which outsourcing will continue to make most sense?


09:00 – 10:30
PRP breakfast briefing: Devilment in the detail

Achieving safety in an evolving contractual environment. The seminar will explore the post-Grenfell environment of delivery in new-build housing including fire-safety provision of high rise buildings, new and old.

13:00 - 13:30
Customer experience – Inside Housing stand session (open to all registered attendees at Housing)

Following on from the success of our inaugural customer experience conference, attendees at Housing will have the opportunity to gain insight into the latest innovations and best practice in customer experience.

16:30 – 17:30

Happy Hour (open to all registered attendees at Housing).
For the final hour on Wednesday we have six more fabulous drinks receptions taking place within Manchester Central. So relax, unwind and meet up with friends new and old at the following locations:-

• CIH President’s drink reception for all members on the CIH stand
• Drinks reception for all attendees with The Regenda Group in the delegate lounge - Please join us for a drink and find out how we can help to support your residents, grow your business, develop your workforce and raise the aspirations of young people living in your communities. We’re hosting a drinks reception in the Delegate Meeting Place. Hope to see you there.
• Disruptors and innovators head to the BT café at Tech@Housing
• Speed networking is what it is all about on the award-winning fringe
• United Living will be popping a few corks on their stand and free flowing fizz for all
• Homes England drinks reception in partnership with the National Housing Group

Thursday 28th June

09:00 – 09:30

Delegate of the future breakfast briefing in the fringe (open to all delegates of the future).
Meet fellow DotFs and hear from CIH Futures on the very best tips for Housing 2018 plus pick up your lunch vouchers for later!

10:45 - 11:15

Inclusive futures - Inside Housing stand session (open to all registered attendees at Housing).
Inclusive organisations perform better. But what does it take to be at the forefront on diversity and inclusion? As part of our Inclusive Futures Campaign our final session of conference week will provide much needed debate and discussion around the main themes.

15:00 – 16:00

Careers and cake workshop in the Tech keynote theatre (open to all delegates of the future).
There are two main lounges on the show floor. The delegate lounge is supported by LABC and the Homes England lounge. Plus all CIH members should head to their members.