Awards recognition for company of housing heroes

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A Ripley-based company which provides affordable housing and maintenance services has been nominated for a pair of national awards.

Futures Housing Group has been shortlisted in two categories at the prestigious Housing Heroes Awards, one of the housing sector’s biggest awards nights.

Futures Housing Group's communications team

Futures Housing Group's communications team

Liam Wheatley, a maintenance operative apprentice, has been shortlisted for the Apprentice of the Year award while the organisation’s communications team will go head to head with counterparts nationwide.

Futures chief executive Lindsey Williams said: “It’s fantastic that our organisation has been recognised in two categories at these well-regarded and highly-competitive awards.”

Liam was automatically entered for the award after winning the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Midlands Apprentice of the Year last October.

He was praised for being a model apprentice with fantastic aptitude for the job and for receiving rave reviews from tutors and mentors.

Lindsey said: “Liam’s hard work and continued success is a great example of why Futures Housing Group believes so passionately in the potential of apprentices.

“We’re also very proud of the consistently high-standard of work produced by our talented communications team who have achieved another notable shortlisting.”

The team are looking to win their second national award in the space of six months, having already claimed the Best Collaboration crown at the Comms2Point0 awards in December.

That recognition came for co-ordinating a regional response to the National Housing Federation’s Homes for Britain campaign, when they brought together housing associations, team members, academics and politicians for a series of events.

The Housing Heroes Awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing, will be held in Manchester on June 27.

To find out more about Futures, visit www.futureshg.co.uk.