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LHT scores again with contractor conference

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Phil Neil (LFC) presents LHT contractor with award Phil Neil (LFC) presents LHT contractor with award

Following the success of previous contractor conferences, this year Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) Property Services proved once again that they are a winning team at their Healthy Housing conference at LFC, Anfield.

Kicking off with an outstanding list of guest speakers including Rafael Runco, housing ombudsman and Richard Medley, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) together with a wide choice of workshops, training and networking opportunities in the second half, the LHT ‘Healthy Housing’ conference was excellent value for money for local businesses and delivered great results.

Open for the first time to local non LHT contractors, the conference included workshop sessions around a range of subjects, from the use of social media in the construction industry to sustainability, health and safety, value for money and equality and diversity training.

Simon Brown, LHT director of asset management said:

“LHT’s contractor conference offers an excellent learning opportunity and a chance to share and generate ideas. This year’s conference was a great success with endorsements from everyone on the day and those following us on Twitter (#healthyhousing). We were delighted with the feedback and comments and are certain that the day has been of great benefit to both LHT contractors and other organisations.”

Richard Medley, director, CIH Consultancy said:

“I was very pleased to be able to be involved in the day.  From my observation, I think it’s very much the sort of event that should be being promoted as best practice – a really good example of partnership working, of how to support local contractors and to help them deliver better services.”

 Mark Copsey, director, Knowledge Matric Asia Pacific Ltd commented:

“It was really great to get a good understanding of the progressive and inclusive way that LHT operate as a company and how you work with your contractors.”

            The day included a workshop led by Andy Ainsworth, Constructing Excellence which focused on making the green agenda work for contractors in challenging times, a session led by Martin Paren, Health & Safety Executive who talked about changes in legislation affecting contractors and ‘value for money’ led by Simon Reed of Cirrus Consulting who discussed procurement.

Clifton Robinson, chief executive, Housing Diversity Network also led a workshop on the importance of equality in business and services and talked about a new accreditation scheme for contractors which demonstrates compliance, understanding and the implementation of equality in their businesses.

The day concluded with a session with Afta Thought who presented dramatic scenarios around equality and diversity training and rounded up with an awards presentation and fundraising event in aid of Zoe’s Place which raised over £800.

Contractors who won awards on the day included John Foy, Penny Lane Builders, Kelvin Mitchinson, JCConstruction, Craig Webster, Connolly Brothers and Julie Ferns, Brammall Construction. The awards were presented by former LFC player Phil Neal.

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