Top award for housing partnership
The Matrix Housing Partnership is celebrating being awarded the UK’s highest accolade for business success – the 2015 Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
This prestigious award recognises outstanding business achievement by UK organisations. The partnership, which is made up of the Accord Group, Rooftop Housing Group, Trent & Dove, Trident Social Investment Group and WATMOS Community Homes, is one of the most successful partnerships in the midlands and the first social housing consortium to pick up this award. It has been honoured in the Sustainable Development category for its valuable role as a social landlord, providing safe and sustainable housing.
The recommendations committee, chaired by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, commended the Matrix Housing Partnership’s measures to reduce environmental impact, increase its customers’ income and create employment and training opportunities.
Also commended was the home building programme, which has seen the successful completion of over 800 new homes over the past year, helping to deliver much needed affordable housing in the region, as well as stimulating growth and jobs.
More than 35 new urban and rural developments have now been completed, many of which have been manufactured at the Accord Group’s timber homes factory in Walsall, demonstrating the Group’s commitment to offsite, low carbon manufacturing.
The new homes have been built in Birmingham and the Black Country and other parts of the region, including Wychavon, Redditch, Gloucester, Stroud and East Staffordshire.
Nicola Inchbald, Chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership, said: "Matrix has an enviable reputation for exceeding its delivery targets with a proven ability to provide top quality housing with our funding body the Homes and Communities Agency which has provided over £30m of funding to support our development programme.
"Our new homes include a range of affordable developments across the West Midlands to meet a variety of housing needs from young families to more vulnerable people who require specialist housing."
Chris Handy, Chief Executive of the Accord Group, added: "We are actively addressing the housing crisis whilst at the same time adding to the wider economic growth within local communities which is a strong part of our delivery. So not only have we built £120million of homes in the last year, we have also created jobs, apprenticeships and support for local businesses."
The 41 winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise include 105 for international trade, 24 for innovation and 12 for sustainable development, of which Matrix was one of them.
The Queen’s Awards scheme is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.The winners will be visited by a Royal representative and presented with a crystal bowl as a mark of their achievement. They are also invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in July and are also able to use the Queen’s Award emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for five years.
About the Matrix Housing Partnership
Matrix is a partnership of housing associations delivering over £110 million of new housing development and other services. It is made up of the Accord Group, Rooftop Housing Group, Trent & Dove, Trident Social Investment Group and WATMOS Community Homes.
Matrix Housing Partnership, which was formed in 2004, has a strong history in housing, spanning five decades. It is a Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) top quartile performer and together the partnership manages more than 30,000 homes.