In light of the rent caps and with increasing inflationary pressures, growing investment needs to achieve building and fire safety compliance and quality requirements, as well as staff recruitment and retention pressures, providers are having to re-examine how they operate in order to continue to deliver quality services to residents and develop new homes to tackle the housing shortage.
Some issues are too big to solve alone, and partnership working continues to present a way to unlock greater capacity through working together.
Within this interactive in-person session, we explore the opportunities which collaboration can bring, as well as the key risks and hurdles which must be overcome to achieve genuine additionality through mergers and partnerships.
For some providers, it will be impossible to continue as stand-alone organisations in light of increasing financial and operational pressures, and we have already begun to see “rescue scenarios” emerging within the sector. We will also be looking at what issues providers need to be looking at if considering stepping in to assist another association in these circumstances.
- The spectrum of collaboration options;
- Recent merger activity in the sector and potential lessons to be learned;
- Getting the “why” right;
- Reputational matters;
- Regulatory requirements, including in relation to resident engagement, accessibility and transparency;
- The role of the board and good governance;
- The important of culture and alignment; and
- Key risks and top tips.
Andrew Cowan, Head of Social Housing, Devonshires
Gemma Bell, Partner, Devonshires
David Williams, Partner, Campbell Tickell