A County Durham housing association has been named ‘business of the year’ at a top north east business event.
Judges at the North East England Chamber Business awards handed the top ‘President and Partners Club, Business of the Year’ award to believe housing. The not-for-profit organisation beat stiff competition from some of the best-known names in the north east business community to take the title.
Judges were impressed by the support believe housing offers to its customers, particularly the most vulnerable tenants. They were also taken by the £250m growth plans and its new-build programme.
believe housing’s response to the coronavirus pandemic also played a key part in the win. Delivering services in new ways to combat the restrictions in place, providing more than £150,000 of funding to communities in need, and increasing customer satisfaction during one of the most difficult periods in a generation, all received attention.
Chief Executive of believe housing, Bill Fullen, said: “To take this award in a category with such high standards of businesses makes us really proud. It was only made possible by the hard work and dedication of the 600 staff that enable believe housing to do deliver a life without barriers for our customers.
“Through the last year they’ve worked tirelessly to overcome the challenges that continue to be thrown at us by the coronavirus pandemic. This honour is for each and every one of them.”
The Business of the Year trophy will be the latest in a string of honours at believe housing’s Seaham headquarters. Still less than three-years-old, believe housing has also taken top honours at the UK Housing Awards, Guardian Public Service Awards and Northern Housing Awards.
Chair of believe housing, Judith Common, added: “We all know just how good the team at believe housing have been during the pandemic, but to see it recognised in this way is brilliant. It’s a tremendous accolade that reflects the commitment and dedication of everyone. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve in the next 12-months.”