Acclaim Housing Group is celebrating after being named one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations at a ceremony held in London last week.
The Group is made up of Matlock based Dales Housing and Seven Locks Housing in Market Harborough and owns and manages over 5,000 homes across Derbyshire and Leicestershire. It was the organisations first time being assessed and it was placed 80 in the listings that recognise the best companies to work for in a range of sectors across the UK.
Group Chief Executive, Gerald Taylor, is delighted with the result; "Being part of the Top 100 says great things about the Group. It will help us to continue to recruit high quality people to our teams, support business development and attract new funding and partners. It was particularly pleasing to score highly in the 'my team' section as team working is something we place great emphasis on. It has also given us a great insight into how our people feel about working for us and we are putting together an action plan to learn from this feedback so we can continue improving."
The listing comes after detailed survey work across the Group covering eight key areas of employee engagement looking at how staff feel about areas such as leadership, personal growth and teams.
Full details of the listings will be published on the Sunday Times website on Sunday 17th March.
Two years of hard work, testing and challenging the way the organisation works has paid off for Dales Housing which has just received a clean bill of health from an independent external inspection.
The 'health check' highlighted the cultural changes that have been implemented throughout the organisation in the past two years.
Dales Housing staff, contractors and customers were interviewed as part of the health check.
A group of contractors agreed that Dales Housing is 'more focussed than any other housing provider they work with, their service is second to none'.
Work to improve the access rate for the annual gas inspection required for all their 3,500 homes across Derbyshire Dales prompted their gas contractor to say: "The quality of work demanded by Dales Housing is so high that we have had to improve to meet it and as a result we are picking up on private sector business on tenant's recommendations."
Dales Housing and Keepmoat have jointly produced the first edition of what will become a bi-monthly newsletter highlighting their work on the Decent Homes Scheme.