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Hat-trick for Cestria with triple award success


Published by Kelly Elliott for Cestria Community Housing in Housing and also in Communities

County Durham housing association Cestria Community Housing has plenty of reasons to celebrate right now after a recent spate of award successes.

The Chester-le-Street-based association, which owns and manages around 4,300 homes, recently found out it has reached number 72 on the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For list, as well as being named runner-up of The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies Innovation and Engagement Practice award.

This is the first year Cestria has applied for a place on the list, and with nearly 900 companies from across the UK entering, making it into the top 100 is a major achievement, demonstrating excellent levels of engagement within the organisation.

The announcement is the latest in a list of recent award successes for Cestria, which has also recently been shortlisted in the Achieving Best Value for Money category at the Housing Association National Accountancy Awards, as well as in the Business Transformation of the Year category at the UK Housing Awards.

Cestria Chief Executive Paul Fiddaman said: “This is fantastic news for Cestria and demonstrates the hard work our staff have put in over the last few years to make this an organisation people feel proud to be part of.

“Gaining a place on the Top 100 at our first attempt is a major achievement and is the latest piece of good news for us after finding out we are also finalists in the both the UK Housing Awards and Housing Association National Accountancy Awards.

“Cestria has come a long way since we were established six years ago and this success is great recognition of the effort made by our whole team.”

As part of The Sunday Times 100 judging process, more than 250,000 employees from 897 organisations were surveyed, making it the largest survey of workplace engagement in the UK.

As well as being named number 72 on the list, Cestria also achieved Best Companies 1 Star Accreditation, demonstrating that staff feel it is one of the UK’s best workplaces.

Cestria is now waiting to find out if it has managed to beat off competition from other housing associations to win its categories at the Housing Association National Accountancy Awards and UK Housing Awards, which take place over the next few weeks.

Organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine, the UK Housing Awards recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities and attract more than 250 entries from all over the UK.

The Housing Association National Accountancy Awards are organised by the National Housing Federation and recognise excellence in housing association finance, celebrating the most innovative and progressive finance teams and individuals.


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