Will McMahon, the Director of campaigning charity Action on Empty Homes, praised our Empty Homes Conference as a 'highlight' of Empty Homes Week, in his blog post on our website.
Action on Empty Homes took the opportunity of the Conference to relaunch the organisation under its new title, with Will McMahon (pictured left) introducing himself to the practitioner world at large by initiating a dialogue with those present.
Delegates to the 2017 Empty Homes Conference, held in Birmingham last week, gave it an average rating of 4.73 out of 5, making it the highest-scoring such event held to date.
A strong line-up of speakers was undoubtedly a big factor. Among the most popular sessions was that presented by Kerry Morgan-Gould (pictured right) and Vicki Green, of Ashfords Solicitors, about dealing with dificult Probate cases. But that was just one example from among many.
Preparations are well in hand for the national Empty Homes Conference to be held in Birmingham on Wednesday 24th May.
A strong line-up has just been boosted by news that Martin Yardley, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, is going speak - the programme will be amended shortly.
Despite the cuts, the Empty Homes Conference 2015 was the biggest of any of the events organised by the Empty Homes Network to date, with nearly 120 delegates attending from all parts of the UK, from Scotland to Cornwall to Kent to Wales.
We've now set the date for the 2015 National Empty Homes Conference, and the first speakers have already been booked. It will be held in Birmingham on Wednesday, 20th May at Maple House, our third year at this spacious and comfortable venue.
Helen Williams will be appearing to give us vital insight from her perspective as Chief Executive of the Empty Homes Agency; and Andrew Lavender will be offering his invaluable surgeries.
The Empty Homes Conference, organised by the Empty Homes Network and sponsored by Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd., was our best-attended yet and received the highest feedback score of any conference we have organised, with the average rating for the Conference overall standing at 4.55 out of 5.
You can see the full set of pictures of the Conference on Dropbox here.
The line-up for The Empty Homes Conferencce 2013 has now been confirmed. We'll be sending out the latest version of the brochure over the next few days but you can download it from the event listing now if you want to.
Don Foster MP has confirmed his attendance but we have also rejigged the programme to include a session by Robb Greenland on the Leeds Empties initiative - inspiring for local authorities and community groups alike.
We are very pleased to announce that Don Foster MP has said that he would be "delighted" to accept our invitation to speak at The Empty Homes Conference 2013, to be held in Birmingham on 21st May.
Don is the government minister with immediate responsibiity for the government's empty homes programme, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government. We look forward to welcoming him and hearing what he has to say.