Debate the new reality at the UK’s largest housing conference

Falling just weeks after the UK general election, this year’s CIH annual conference and exhibition running from 23-25 June couldn’t come at a more important time. Housing professionals from all corners of the industry will gather in Manchester to discuss what the new government means for housing – and the event will be focusing on this new political reality throughout the conference programme

This will be the fourth year at Manchester Central and with new innovative content and three new features there will be something to suit everyone. With ease of travel from all parts of the UK, with 2,500 hotel rooms on the doorstep; being in Manchester has made a real difference to a value-conscious sector.

Great speakers have been lined up including sessions from Gerald Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London and Duncan Weldon, Newsnight who will share their thoughts on future economic trends and the impact on the housing market. In addition there will be a session on the new political reality from Tim Montgomerie, Founder and Editor, Conservative Home; Miranda Green, Journalist and Former Liberal Democrat Advisor and Andrew Harrop, General Secretary, Fabian Society. Find out more about the programme by visiting the website.

In addition to the main housing conference there will be three new focus areas at Housing 2015 – all under one roof.

Health, housing & social care conference
A new conference within a conference, aimed at professionals from social care, local authorities, extra care and housing, this new event will be focusing on solutions around the integration of health and housing. The conference will run alongside the main programme on Wednesday and Thursday and will be fully accessible to all delegates at Manchester.

Delegate of the Future
To ensure younger housing professionals from all housing disciplines have the chance to explore new ideas and hone their thinking, a new initiative has been launched: Delegate of the Future. This ground breaking initiative is aimed at housing staff who haven’t attended the conference before. These delegates will be able to attend the conference for free on Thursday 25 June.

The official housing fringe at #thetreehouse15
The tree house will be a new key event for a mixture of debates, launches and platforms for organisations to challenge views and perceptions. It will provide a platform for the housing leaders of tomorrow and with interactive state of the art sessions, it will be where great ideas start to grow. The fringe will be located on the exhibition floor and will be free for all delegates and visitors to attend. Some of the sessions planned are “Innovation Lab”, Conversations and Cocktails and the World Café.

As usual the week will be kicked off on the Monday evening with the welcome to Manchester dinner, incorporating the Housing Heroes’ awards. This year’s event will be hosted by Nick Hewer, TV presenter of Countdown and entrepreneur. In addition to programme content, the exhibition promises to be busier than ever with over 300 suppliers present and taking part in a series of informative seminars through the Ideas Exchange.

Attending CIH Housing Conference and Exhibition in 2015 will be the most useful three days housing professionals will spend out of the office to listen and network with leading experts to help shape the housing conversation and debate a new reality.

Reasons to attend CIH:

  • The largest gathering of housing professionals in the UK – over 1,500 Chief Executives, Directors and Heads of Housing attended in 2014
  • 70 per cent of the 5,205 delegates and visitors were involved in the purchasing of products and services
  • Three days of interactive conference sessions, from leading sector speakers – and a firm fixture in the Housing Minister’s calendar
  • Over 300 exhibitors with a co-located exhibition from Procurement for Housing
  • A truly national event – all of the G15 attended in 2014
  • In 2015 the event takes place six weeks and five days after the general election – giving you the opportunity to meet those in charge of housing policy for the next term
  • New for 2015 – the official fringe – a place to challenge, engage, innovate and be brave – offering an informal setting to have fun and make new contacts
  • New for 2015 – CIH has launched the delegate of the future, an initiative created to encourage and ensure 1000 younger housing professionals have the chance to attend the conference and learn, share and network in their chosen profession
  • New for 2015 – a conference within a conference focusing on health, housing and social care – with a solutions based approach offering best practice initiatives through collaborative working
  • The event will continue to support people in housing – from start to finish – kicking off with the Housing Heroes awards and Rising Stars

To find out more about the full programme, register as an exhibition visitor and book conferences, visit



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