Bromsgrove’s bdht has topped a national list of the UK’s Best Workplaces™. Staff celebrated as they were handed the top accolade in London last night (Wednesday 3rd May) after the Trust was ranked first in the Medium category by Great Place to Work®.
The not-for-profit organisation topped the national list in its category (for companies with 50-499 employees) after 98% of its employees said that the company was a ‘great place to work’. This is only the second year that bdht has entered the annual Best Workplaces™ ranking, which recognises high trust, high engagement workplace cultures, after coming 7th in 2016.
Mike Brown, Chief Executive of bdht said: “We’re number one! I am absolutely delighted and humbled by this recognition. We take pride in our culture and place huge value on employee happiness, welfare and general wellbeing so to be ranked first in our category is a real honour, particularly as employee feedback plays a significant part in the judging process.
“We are passionate about the work that we do with the community and I am pleased to see that each and every employee at bdht embodies this spirit. Fundamentally, when staff are loyal, engaged and happy, they in turn are able to provide the highest level of service to our customers. I would like to thank each and every one of them for their ongoing dedication and commitment.”
The methodology behind the Great Place to Work® list and its success is one of the most rigorous available. It uniquely comprises both an employee survey and an audit into bdht’s organisational management and HR practices. The award celebrates the strength of bdht’s leadership and the range of innovative, creative and effective HR policies that it has formed in its workplace culture.
Tom O’Byrne, Great Place to Work® CEO said: “We are delighted to see bdht at the top of our Best Workplaces™ list this year. It is a validation of the strength of their leadership and their commitment to creating the kind of culture which attracts and retains the best talent and where people have pride in what they do and want to do their best.
“The hallmark of a great workplace like bdht is that their policies and practices are designed around the employee; this employee focus helps attract and retain the talent essential for driving and sustaining competitive performance. It is no coincidence that high trust organisations like bdht also tend to perform better than their peers.”
By topping the UK’s Best Workplaces™, bdht is now automatically entered into the Great Place to Work® 100 Best Places to Work in Europe competition and is up against companies from 19 other European countries. The results will be announced in June.
For more information about bdht please visit bdht.co.uk.
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, continues to grow in strength and skills after promoting three internal candidates, freeing up positions for local job seekers.
Emma Morris has been working at bdht for 11 years and has recently been promoted from Senior HR Advisor to HR Manager. She said: “I love working at bdht. We have a great team of enthusiastic people and a lovely atmosphere to come into each day and I’m delighted to have been promoted to HR Manager.”
Matt Fenton joined bdht one year ago as a Roofing Operative and has now been promoted to Responsive Repairs Team Leader, where he will oversee his fellow roofers and the Larger Works Team, diagnose roofing maintenance repairs and ensure all work is carried out safely and efficiently.
Lee Pitchford joined bdht’s Communities Team a year ago and has impressed senior staff with his excellent customer service skills and focus on the local community. After a successful application he has been promoted to Customer Liaison Officer.
Mike Brown, chief executive at bdht said: “We always want to find the right person for each role and we’re delighted that all three of these candidates were keen to apply from within the company. This allows us to grow our expertise with staff who are extremely knowledgeable and experienced, but it also frees up new roles for external job seekers to apply for.”
bdht is now looking for a Customer First Advisor and Communities First Officer. Full details and an application form for each job can be found on the bdht careers website and applications close on Friday 7th April. Anyone interested in the roles should visit https://bdhtcareers.co.uk/
bdht is one of the largest employers in Bromsgrove, with 130 staff based out of its head office at Buntsford Court. Last year bdht was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces, coming 7th in the Medium category (organisations with 50-499 employees). The company also scooped the Employer of the Year award at the annual Business Masters Awards in Birmingham. Competing against five other nominees, bdht was delighted to take home the award in recognition of having a high trust, high engagement workplace culture.
At the time Alex Turner, editor of TheBusinessDesk.com, said: “The judges were unanimous in their choice in this category because of bdht’s obvious and genuine commitment to their staff.”
Mike Brown said: “We take employee satisfaction very seriously, not just in a monetary sense but we look at their happiness, welfare and general wellbeing. I honestly couldn’t be more proud of each and every one working for bdht as I’m sure they would all agree when I say that you cannot be the Employer of the Year without great employees!”
bdht has made further investments into the local community with two new defibrillators for Bromsgrove residents in an effort to help manage cardiac arrest and save lives.
One of the defibrillators will be available just outside bdht’s offices at Buntsford Court, while the other is a mobile unit that will be dispatched across Bromsgrove.
The two units will be accessible at any time, are easy to use and equipped with safety features that ensure the equipment is not only useful but also safe from accidental discharge by those who may not be familiar with them.
bdht employees have also undergone first aid and equipment management training in order to be able to provide this potentially life-saving service.
Mike Brown, Chief Executive at bdht, comments: “At bdht, we recognise the importance of offering this as a crucial first response that could increase a person’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest.
“The availability of public defibrillators has become increasingly important, given the rise in the number of people suffering from this life-threatening disease in Bromsgrove each year. Beyond providing affordable housing for all, I am pleased that we are able to expand our contributions to the community through this initiative.”
For more information please contact bdht at www.bdht.co.uk or call freephone 0800 085 0160.
bdht staff are always eager to support both local and national charities through fundraising opportunities and, since the company was formed in 2004, it has raised a massive £21,370 for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Help for Heroes and Blue Cross Bromsgrove.
Mike Brown, chief executive, explains: “We’ve been raising money for local and national charities for the last 12 years and have been aiming for the £20,000 mark which we’re delighted to have smashed at the end of last year. All of our staff are justifiably feeling extremely proud. Fundraising is always a company-wide focus and a big part of our ethos with charities chosen via an internal poll each year.
In 2016, bdht staff upped the ante and raised their biggest annual haul yet, £2,358, which was divided between the Stroke Association, Cancer Research UK, Children in Need, St Basils and Alzheimer’s Society.
Plans are already in place for this year’s fundraising capers, with staff preparing to don fancy dress costumes, bake cakes, pound the pavements in fun runs and hold a family fun day in support of 2017’s chosen charities: St Basils, Cancer Research UK, Make A Wish Foundation, SUDEP (Sudden Death in Epilepsy) and New Starts (Bromsgrove).
Mike concludes: “We’re hoping to raise even more money this year and aim to reach £2,500 by the end of 2017 for these very worthwhile charities.”
The Starlight Café & Community Centre in Charford, Bromsgrove, established by Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) has been given a brand new look, thanks to joint efforts by the Starlight team and employees from the marketing department from Halfords head office.
The initiative saw 27 team members from the marketing team at Halfords work with Darran Moore, Manager of the Starlight Café and Ashlea Green, bdht’s Sheltered Living Services Manager, as well as café staff and regular volunteers to transform the centre’s décor with a fresh and exciting new look.
This includes a complete overhaul of the training room, toilets, hallways and IT rooms. Beyond that, the centre will also be expanding on this effort with more renovation and refurbishment works in January which will feature new blinds, pictures, furniture, wall decor and more.
Speaking on behalf of the Starlight Café and Community Centre, Darran Moore, Starlight Centre Manager for bdht said: “This is our first redecorating and refurbishment effort since Starlight’s inception in 2012. We were excited to work with volunteers from the marketing team at Halfords in giving the centre the look and feel that will make it cosier and even more welcoming for all our volunteers and visitors.”
Ashlea concluded: “The Community Centre has been instrumental in promoting a wide range of skills enhancement and personal development programmes for members of our community. This makeover demonstrates our continued commitment to the community and we hope that it will get staff and volunteers excited about new activities that we have lined up in 2017.”
Karen Bellairs, Marketing Director at Halfords, commented: “As a team we were looking for an opportunity to give back to the local community and when we found out the Starlight Cafe was in need of decorating it was a perfect fit. It was hard work decorating eight rooms in just one day but we had a lot of fun and we are very grateful to Ashlea and everyone at the community centre who looked after us on the day. It was wonderful to see the finished result and we hope the people that regularly use the fantastic facilities at the Starlight Cafe like it too!”
The team at Halfords also took the time to help the Café redesign its menu to appeal to a wider range of customers and audiences. Those interested in experiencing the new Starlight Café & Community Centre can head over to Humphrey Avenue in Charford. The Café is open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4pm and on Friday from 10am to 2pm.
The Community Centre offers a range of courses and services, such as youth groups, disability youth groups, autism and Asperger syndrome groups, weekly craft groups, drug and alcohol recovery sessions and much more.
For more information, or if you would like to be a part of Starlight’s community activities please contact Darran Moore at bdht on 01527 833886.
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, has been joined by local school children to bury a time capsule at its office at Buntsford Court.
The burial ceremony took place at 11.30am on Thursday 6th October after an idea from a bdht staff member to remember Bromsgrove how it is now and record what local children think it could look like in the future.
Posters designed by pupils at Sidemoor First School, Batchley First School, Charford First School and Sunfield in Clent, were placed in the capsule.
The themes were ‘all about me’, with children describing what they had enjoyed about 2016 and what they hoped for the future, and ‘my home in 2041’, which saw children draw how they thought their homes would look in years to come.
The capsule also contained hand print trees from local community groups, current town road maps, a bdht mascot designed by staff and a bdht year book with news articles and photos from this year’s staff conference.
Harry Chapman-Hart and Molly Downing, both Year 4 team captains at Sidemoor were present to help bury the capsule.
Mike Brown, chief executive of bdht, says: “We would like to thank everyone that took part in filling the time capsule with Bromsgrove moments and future imaginings, with special thanks to Harry and Molly for helping us bury the capsule today. The intention is that the capsule is discovered in 2041 and I fully intend to be coming back when I’m 85 to help dig it up.”
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, invited local MP Sajid Javid and Gill Payne from the National Housing Federation to hand over the keys to its 100th shared-ownership property.
The property, on the Perryfields development in Sidemoor, Bromsgrove was purchased by new home owner, Carolyn Williams. Carolyn, a mobile beauty therapist, was looking for a home for herself and her two daughters, aged five and seven, but didn’t think she could afford to buy a house in the local area with Bromsgrove properties being amongst the most expensive in Worcestershire.
Through bdht’s shared-ownership scheme, Carolyn has been able to buy a two-bedroom house with a garden which is perfect for her daughters to play in.
Maddy Bunker, Chair of bdht, says: “We are delighted that Carolyn has found an affordable housing solution for her and her children. Shared ownership is a good vehicle to get people onto the housing ladder, however we understand this isn’t the only solution for lots of people. Developing affordable housing in Bromsgrove is as critical as it is in the rest of the country and we continue to work hard with developers and the local authority to provide solutions for all.”
The Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid, who has visited Perryfields on a number of occasions since the development was first built, commented:
“It’s great to see the success of the Perryfields Road development. The bdht scheme has already helped 100 families to get onto the property ladder – something which they may have been unable to do before.
“I’d like to wish Carolyn and her daughters every happiness in their new home,” he concluded.
Gill Payne, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the National Housing Federation, says: “Carolyn’s story is exactly what our members strive for. Housing associations are working tirelessly to ensure everyone in the country can live in a quality home they can afford and achieve their housing aspirations. They are providing solutions and delivering where the private sector won’t and the public sector can’t. We are delighted to be here to witness the 100th bdht shared-ownership property and look forward to unveiling the 500th.”
The sun was out and the sky was blue as bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, organised two Family Fun Days this month as part of its continuous effort to give back to the community, raising in total £941 for local good causes.
Held on Wednesday 17th August at the King George Close playing field and Wednesday 24th August at Lyttleton Avenue Park, the Fun Days welcomed hundreds of residents who enjoyed a wide range of activities and games including a free bouncy castle and slide, pony rides, hook a duck, tombola and guess the name of the teddy. A number of local companies donated a range of items for the raffle, including the Wates Group who gave two new bikes to this worthy cause.
Parents also joined in on the excitement through activities such as nail painting, beat the goalie and decorate your own cupcake or biscuit. bdht staff went one step further and decided to put themselves in the stocks which was too tempting for some residents – the staff got soaked but it was all in the name of charity!
The fire service attended with emergency vehicles for children to sit on and explore. After hours of enjoyment, visitors were also able to tuck into a scrumptious selection of burgers, slushies and ice cream after a day’s worth of great activities!
Beyond bringing people within the community together, the Family Fun Days were able to emulate its success from previous years, raising much needed funds to run a social group for young people with Aspergers and Autism, which takes place at Starlight Café and Community Centre.
Ashlea Green, Sheltered Living Manager at bdht, said: “This is the fourth year we have organised these fun days and have raised some significant money thanks to the support and generosity of the public, which has enabled us to purchase many of the arts and craft and learning materials. Without the continuous support and generous donations from Councillor’s Luke Mallet and Chris Bloore, we wouldn’t be able to put on these successful events.
“By continuing to raise money for these good causes, we are able to expand on our service offerings and reach wider members of the community.”
For more information about bdht and the Starlight Café and Community Centre, please visit www.bdht.co.uk.
bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, is set to release a range of properties for early bird reservation at its brand new development in Bromsgrove Town centre, offering sheltered living for people aged over 60.
A selection of 26 apartments will be available at bdht’s Churchfields development, ready for occupation early in 2017.
Thirteen of the properties will be available on a shared ownership* basis, comprising 12, two bed and 1, one bed apartments. The 1 bed apartment is available for from £65,000 for a 50% share and the 2 bed apartments from £73,750 for a 50% share.
Mike Brown, Chief Executive of bdht, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this great range of apartments to older residents in the district. It’s a fantastic development, conveniently located, adjacent to the town’s Asda store, doctors’ surgery, the library and a short distance from the shops and facilities of the town centre.
“We are also very pleased to be able to offer a number of these apartments on a shared ownership basis. Providing this sort of property in Bromsgrove is important because the town has a large mature and discerning population. Therefore, it is vital that we offer suitable housing to meet the ongoing needs of our communities.”
An early bird offer will be released soon. Potential buyers are advised to act fast as the scheme is expected to be hugely popular.
For more information and to register your interest, contact bdht’s selling agent Oulsnam’s on 01527 871395 or email email@example.com.
*Shared ownership is a scheme which sees the buyer purchase a share of the property, normally 50 per cent, and pay rent on the remaining share. Gradually they can buy further shares and eventually own the property outright.
bdht (Bromsgrove District Housing Trust) has scooped the award for Employer of the Year at the annual Business Masters Awards in Edgbaston on Thursday evening (16th June). Competing against five other nominees, the largest provider of affordable housing in Bromsgrove was delighted to take home the award in recognition of having a high trust, high engagement workplace culture.
Presented this year by BBC news presenter Steph McGovern, The Business Masters Awards, in its fifth year, are organised by the Business Desk; a regional business news website celebrating the greatest success stories from across the North and the Midlands.
This is the first time bdht has entered this award, and to win first time recognises the not-for-profit organisation and its ability to attract and retain talent, which helps drive its business success.
Alex Turner, editor of TheBusinessDesk.com, said: “The judges were unanimous in their choice in this category because of bdht’s obvious and genuine commitment to their staff.
“People are at the heart of every business and bdht has shown that it really wants to make a difference to the working environment and to the development of its staff.”
Mike Brown, Chief Executive at bdht said: “Earlier this year we were already in high spirits as we were named as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces, and this is just another fantastic accolade to add to it. We take employee satisfaction very seriously, not just in a monetary sense but we look at their happiness, welfare and general wellbeing.
“We were in a tough category this year, not only was it the largest one with six contestants but we were up against much larger companies such as Ernst & Young so we didn’t expect to win at all.
“Before we found out we were the official winners one of my team turned to me and said she didn’t care if we didn’t win as she already felt it was the best place to work and she didn’t need an award to tell her that! So when Louise Wall announced our name I was stumped.
“I honestly couldn’t be more proud of each and every one working for bdht as I’m sure they would all agree when I say that you cannot be the Employer of the Year without great employees!”