New Charter celebrates 15 years with apprenticeship drive, new business plan….and cake!

27 March 2015
New Charter Chief Executive Ian Munro with existing apprentices and company mascot Nora the Owl.

Housing company Jigsaw Group is celebrating 15 years in business today with a commitment to recruit 15 new apprentices, a revamped corporate plan and, of course, a birthday cake.

Friday 27 March marks the date when the Group’s first housing association New Charter Homes was set up to take over ownership and management of properties from Tameside Council in 2000 after a ‘yes’ vote from tenants.

At the time, it was one of the largest stock transfers of its kind handing over around 16,361 homes to the newly formed landlord.

Since then, the Group has grown significantly to become one of the region’s largest registered providers of social housing with around 19,500 properties across Oldham and Nottingham via Aksa Homes and Gedling Homes.

The company will recruit 15 new apprentices in 2015 and will celebrate its birthday throughout the year with activities and events for employees, tenants and partners. A new corporate plan also reconfirms the business objectives and better reflects the services the housing group now provides.

Chief Executive Ian Munro and Deputy Chief Executive Martin Frost, who played a key role in securing the stock transfer and the creation of New Charter Homes, joined apprentices to cut a special birthday cake.

Ian said: “Transferring homes from the council to a housing association brought lots of exciting opportunities for Tameside and tenants and we had many dedicated people working extremely hard to make it possible.

“Over the past 15 years we’ve delivered on our promises and have invested heavily in homes and communities. We’ll continue to do this and are also now looking at other ways we can make a difference to people’s lives like education and family support services.

“The Group has changed significantly since 2000 with new companies and partnerships and it was only right to relook at our plans for the next five years and where we need to focus our resources to secure an even brighter future for tenants and as a business.”

The corporate plan, produced in video and print, covers all areas of the business from its in-house building company, homelessness charity Threshold and Quest Media Network – a partnership to support local journalism and volunteer opportunities in the area through the Tameside Reporter and Tameside Radio.

Education is also a big part of New Charter’s business and over the next five years it will continue to support young people to raise their aspirations through the sponsorship of three academies schools under its Great Academies Education Trust.

View the new corporate plan video and full document here.