Orbit Recent News News stories by Orbit urn:uuid:www.orbit.org.uk 2014-04-16T23:04:200z Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Welfare Reform preparations pay off]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-04-15 09:52:42.0 2014-04-11 09:52:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Group welcomes Andrew Stanford to Board]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-04-15 09:49:27.0 2014-04-14 11:34:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit's Welfare Reform session well received at CIH Conference]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-04-15 09:48:33.0 2014-04-15 09:47:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Service Matters to take forward Quality Housing Services Ltd]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-04-07 11:09:39.0 2014-04-07 11:09:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Service Matters to develop Quality Housing Services Ltd product suite

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<![CDATA[Orbit Homes posts strong results]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-04-01 17:17:38.0 2014-04-01 17:17:38.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Homes has posted strong end of year results, developing 875 homes in 2013-14 against a target of 830.

 

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<![CDATA[Orbit customers to benefit from free Wi-Fi]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-04-01 17:10:58.0 2014-04-01 17:10:58.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Over 650 customers will be able to access the internet free of charge.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group appointed as Help to Buy Agent]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-03-31 11:30:44.0 2014-03-31 11:30:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Homes and Communities Agency awards Orbit Group with Help to Buy contracts for the West and East Midlands.

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<![CDATA[We're supporting National Fuel Poverty Awareness day (28 March)]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-03-27 15:59:49.0 2014-03-27 15:59:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Around 7 million UK households are currently estimated to be living in fuel poverty, meaning they are unable to afford to heat their homes to a level adequate for good health and well-being. A household is said to be in fuel poverty if they spend over 10% of their income on fuel.

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<![CDATA[Orbit to generate £260k using solar PV]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-03-26 10:57:13.0 2014-03-26 10:56:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit this week installed a huge solar panel array on its Coventry office in a bid to generate more than £260k of income over the next 20 years.

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<![CDATA[Integrated services crucial to support elderly, says DCLG Minister ]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-03-12 11:45:28.0 2014-03-12 11:45:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk DCLG Minister urges housing sector to think more widely about the provision of support services to care for ageing population

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<![CDATA[Orbit's annual telephone survey]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-03-03 11:01:54.0 2014-02-21 13:47:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk We're inviting residents to have their say with our annual survey.

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<![CDATA[Planning received for new council homes project managed by Orbit]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-03-03 11:00:12.0 2014-03-03 11:00:12.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit helping to improve housing choice to Nuneaton and Bedworth by project managing a new 51-home council development.

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<![CDATA[Our response to the Lyons Housing Review]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-03-03 09:57:02.0 2014-03-03 09:57:02.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk With a housing crisis engulfing this country, we welcome Sir Michael Lyons' review into ways of increasing much needed supply.

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<![CDATA[Young Leaders 2012 – our success!]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:25:09.0 2012-08-08 16:39:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk 24 Housing magazine's Young Leaders campaign 2012 celebrates the young talent within the housing sector and this year Orbit has not one, but two staff members in the top 30!

Congratulations to Hannah Spriggs, HR Support Centre Manager, and Frances Herman-Squance, Corporate Communications Manager, who placed 13th and 20th respectively.

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<![CDATA[The Chartered Institute of Housing's South East conference]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:24:55.0 2013-12-09 15:55:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Are you attending Chartered Institute of Housing South East Conference and Exhibition?

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<![CDATA[The Government's Mortgage Guarantee Scheme is launched early]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:24:43.0 2013-10-09 13:31:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk The goverment Mortgage Guarantee Scheme gets an early launch.

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<![CDATA[Say Yes to Homes]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:24:22.0 2013-08-29 14:20:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Residents play key role in shaping £128m transformation of South London neighbourhood]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:24:12.0 2012-04-25 16:29:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Record new build sales receipt for Orbit Homes]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:23:58.0 2013-11-06 15:15:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Homes, the development and sales division of the Orbit Group, has reported strong new build figures for October with the monthly sales receipt exceeding £4 million for the first time.

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<![CDATA[Prodo Digital is the right fit for Orbit]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:23:42.0 2013-12-16 11:13:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit is delighted to announce that a new supplier has been selected to provide a new web presence for the organisation. After a long and in-depth selection process to find a supplier, the project board have decided upon Prodo Digital as its chosen website provider.

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<![CDATA[Orbit to unveil new Vision]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:23:28.0 2013-05-22 14:36:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit will today (22 May) unveil its new Vision to a hundred strong audience of housing professionals.

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<![CDATA[Orbit tackles rural housing shortage with new development]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:23:02.0 2013-06-05 13:42:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit says goodbye to Group Chair]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:22:46.0 2013-02-01 10:51:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2013]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:22:32.0 2013-02-18 09:48:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Services achieves a gold accreditation from Investors in People ]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:21:50.0 2013-09-13 10:24:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit seeks new Chair]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:21:33.0 2012-02-17 11:18:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit refurbished IT equipment to connect communities]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:21:02.0 2013-03-08 09:44:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group is hoping to connect communities at home and away by donating their redundant IT equipment.

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<![CDATA[Orbit link with CIH to deliver digital communications conference]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:20:52.0 2012-08-08 16:55:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Our world is changing. Social media use is at an all-time high and there is no sign of this trend slowing down. But, how do we make best use of the channels out there and how should our communications strategy involve digital media? This and more will be at the forefront of our Digital Communication and Social Media Conference, brought to you in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Houising and The Bridge Group.

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<![CDATA[Orbit launches the Brian Griffiths Award]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:20:40.0 2011-03-03 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Thousands of residents will be invited to submit bids to win funding to help them go and ‘do something extra’ and achieve their aspirations.

Orbit’s new Brian Griffiths Award will be launched in June for 35,000 Orbit Heart of England, Orbit East and Orbit South residents.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Homes win new council development contract]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:20:29.0 2013-06-17 13:45:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Homes sponsors skills hub for students]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:20:04.0 2012-06-15 16:56:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit holding ‘Housing the Nation’ debate with Minister Nick Boles MP ]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:19:30.0 2012-09-24 13:39:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit is co-hosting a debate on ‘Housing the Nation’ at the Conservative Party conference.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group wins Coventry Telegraph Business Award for Pioneering Customer Service]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:18:49.0 2011-05-18 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Homes has been named Development Team of the Year at the Housing Heroes Awards, an award organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Nearly 650 guests gathered for the celebrations at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on 20 May and enjoyed a presentation by BBC news presenter George Alagiah.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group named SHIFT’s leaders on adaption to climate change]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:14:54.0 2013-11-27 11:45:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group were last week named Leaders on Adaptation to Climate Change at the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) Awards 2013, which recognise environmental leaders within the social housing sector.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group join the Digital Champions Network to help develop residents’ digital and online skills]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:14:38.0 2013-09-19 09:41:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Group is undergoing a digital transformation with the help of NixonMcInnes]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:14:21.0 2013-10-02 11:48:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk NixonMcInnes, social business pioneers, were set a challenge in January 2013 to develop Orbit Group as a digital social business, and bring to life its ambitious 2020 vision. 

 

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group invests in apprenticeships]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:14:07.0 2012-10-17 13:30:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Group Chief Exec elected as CIH Vice President]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:13:48.0 2012-02-01 17:38:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Group Chair joins housing debate]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:13:31.0 2012-11-09 16:16:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Chair Liz Potter will join other leaders to lead debate about the future of housing at the annual Capita Housing Chief Executive Forum in London.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group celebrate £10million milestone]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:13:15.0 2013-05-29 13:38:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Chief seeks election as CIH Vice President]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:13:00.0 2012-01-09 15:57:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group Chief Executive Paul Tenant is seeking election as the next Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Housing. The election for the campaign began today, 9 January.

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<![CDATA[Orbit going for green in awards shortlisting]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:12:40.0 2012-08-01 09:50:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit gets highest possible regulatory judgement from Tenant Services Authority]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:12:21.0 2012-03-06 14:12:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit gains international standard for information security]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:12:01.0 2013-01-21 16:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group is leading the way in information security in the housing sector by gaining the ISO27001 international information security standard, by business standards company BSI.

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<![CDATA[Orbit announces change to Orbit Heart of England's maintenance provider]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:11:26.0 2013-03-05 09:33:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit has today (5 March) announced a transfer of service for Orbit Heart of England’s maintenance contract from its in-house provider, Property Matters, to an outsourced provider from 1 April 2014.

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<![CDATA[Occupational Therapy student shares her experience with Orbit Care and Repair]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:11:11.0 2013-12-10 11:11:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Rachel Dandridge, third year Occupational Therapy student, joined the Orbit Care and Repair team for a 12 week placement, focussing on individuals with hoarding tendencies. Read her blog about the experience here.

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<![CDATA[Multiple contract wins for Service Matters]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:10:15.0 2014-01-23 09:51:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Service Matters secured multiple contract wins in quarter three with estimated income of £68,000.

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<![CDATA[ICO Documentary]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:09:18.0 2013-04-17 10:50:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk We are proud to share with you a recent good practice documentary which was produced in partnership with the Information Commissioner.

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<![CDATA[Housing Finance Conference 2013]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:08:52.0 2013-02-14 15:08:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Our colleagues from Service Matters will be attending the National Housing Federation's Housing Finance Conference and Exhibition 2013 and there are many exciting reasons why you should visit them.

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<![CDATA[Housing and growth announcement]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:08:22.0 2012-09-07 12:22:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Future proof? Housing 2020 launch at House of Commons]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:08:05.0 2012-10-31 12:05:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Happy B2B customers create surplus for Orbit]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:07:48.0 2013-04-19 13:49:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Groundbreaking home ownership plan moves national]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:07:38.0 2013-07-02 13:46:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Ground-breaking Hoarding Prevention Toolkit launched]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:07:21.0 2013-06-10 13:43:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[A week in the life of Orbit Futures]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:06:10.0 2013-05-08 12:07:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Boris Worrall takes us through his week as Executive Director of the Futures directorate.

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<![CDATA[Building brighter futures through volunteering]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:05:48.0 2013-02-07 14:49:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Employees at Orbit Group are assisting to fulfil the organisation’s mission statement of building brighter futures for people and communities by volunteering their time to community projects.
In 2012 four projects were successfully completed involving over 50 employees investing over 375 hours of time. The projects spanned across Orbit’s operating areas and are testament of Orbit’s commitment to improving the lives of residents and the wider community.

The projects are funded by donations from local contractors and suppliers and in 2012 Orbit received funding, materials and volunteers from 15 organisations totalling £21,000.  Employees now have the chance to put forward the projects they would like to see completed for 2013.

Details of the successful projects will be released in April so watch this space!
 

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<![CDATA[Baroness Blackstone begins term as Orbit Chair ]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:05:23.0 2013-02-01 10:59:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Baroness Tessa Blackstone today (1 February 2013) began her term as the new Chair of Orbit, taking over from retiring Chair Liz Potter.

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<![CDATA[Baroness Blackstone announced as future Orbit Chair ]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-21 11:05:08.0 2012-09-28 15:12:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit announced that Baroness Tessa Blackstone will succeed current Chair Liz Potter at the end of her six-year term in January 2013.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group Deputy Chair receives CBE]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-06 16:46:47.0 2014-01-02 15:25:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Professor Tony Crook, Deputy Chair of Orbit Group, has received a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s honours list for services to housing and charitable governance.

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<![CDATA[Orbit showcases housing sector at Coventry career fair]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-06 16:31:37.0 2014-01-20 15:18:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group brought the housing sector to life at a career fair held last week at Warwick University.

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<![CDATA[Shortlisting success for Service Matters]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-06 16:29:07.0 2014-01-21 09:13:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Service Matters received a shortlisting in the Best External Professional Advisor category of this year’s Housing Association National Accountancy Awards.

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<![CDATA[Orbit to build first new council homes in 15 years]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-06 16:28:23.0 2014-01-22 13:44:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group is helping to create more housing choice in Milton Keynes by building the first new council homes to be built in the borough in more than 15 years.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group awarded Gold SHIFT accreditation]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-02-06 14:03:00.0 2014-02-04 09:44:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group has been awarded Gold accreditation in the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) assessment for 2013, making Orbit the only SHIFT member to go from Bronze to Gold in just one assessment.

 

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<![CDATA[Tender opportunity for website provider]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2014-01-06 14:13:00.0 2013-12-18 13:55:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk A new opportunity has arisen for a provider of shared Wifi access.

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<![CDATA[Orbit lends a helping hand to Coventry foodbank]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-12-03 10:22:59.0 2013-12-03 10:20:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group volunteers spent two days last week with the Coventry foodbank making over its warehouse in Wyken, Coventry, and sorting food donations.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group ‘open to discussions’ as it sets 12,000 homes target]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-12-02 16:26:21.0 2013-12-02 13:55:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group today announced plans to build 12,000 new homes by 2020 and called on local authorities, developers, construction companies, land agents and investors to help deliver that ambitious target.

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<![CDATA[Love thy neighbourhood]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-11-22 10:52:54.0 2013-11-22 10:28:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk People and place in social reform: read the report from the Institute of Public Policy Research

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<![CDATA[Love thy neighbour]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-11-22 10:19:53.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Services exceeds £5k fundraising target for Action for Children]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-11-07 16:33:51.0 2013-11-04 16:32:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Services is celebrating after achieving over £1,000 more than their initial £5k fundraising target for young homelessness prevention charity, Action for Children.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Homes kick into action for child poverty charity]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-11-07 16:27:36.0 2013-10-20 16:23:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Homes, the development and sales division of Orbit Group, donned their football kits and kicked off recently at the Orbit Challenge Cup – a five-a-side tournament organised to raise funds for charity Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

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<![CDATA[Yes to Homes: Rents set to rise]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-11-06 09:43:53.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Chief to speak at Housing Chief Executives Forum]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-10-23 12:16:49.0 2013-10-23 12:15:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Former Board member passes away after long illness]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-10-16 12:45:05.0 2013-10-16 12:44:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[First milestone for the Booth Rise development, Northampton]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-10-16 10:14:12.0 2013-10-16 10:04:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Homes to open first outright sale led development in the South]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-10-09 13:22:10.0 2013-10-09 13:22:10.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Homes, Orbit Group’s development and sales arm, is preparing to celebrate the opening of its first outright sale led development in the South, in Whitstable, Kent, on Thursday 17 October.

The new development at Aurum Way, off Golden Hill, comprises 22 detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, 15 of which are available via open market sale, and the other seven through shared ownership.  

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<![CDATA[Winners chosen for the 2013 Brian Griffiths award ]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-09-17 12:34:22.0 2013-09-17 12:34:22.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Homes given the go-ahead on two new developments]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-09-13 15:50:55.0 2013-09-13 15:50:55.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Group celebrates its biggest ever surplus of £41million]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-09-13 09:36:52.0 2013-09-13 09:36:52.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Homes ace for baby hospice with £12,800 donation]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-09-12 16:48:00.0 2013-09-12 16:48:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Homes ace for baby hospice with £12,800 donation]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-09-12 15:50:57.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Test press release]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-09-04 11:19:23.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Mayor lays the foundation for new housing development]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-08-22 13:49:02.0 2013-08-04 13:47:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Largest Help to Buy Agent reveals huge uptake in scheme]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-05-01 15:19:07.0 2013-05-01 15:19:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group, the country’s largest Help to Buy Agent, has seen huge demand for Help to Buy since its launch on 1 April 2013.

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<![CDATA[Orbit retains highest regulatory judgment from HCA]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-04-24 17:07:01.0 2013-04-24 17:07:01.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk The HCA has published its annual regulatory judgments and has awarded Orbit the maximum rating for governance and viability.

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<![CDATA[Orbit attracts new competitively priced institutional investment]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-04-10 09:20:25.0 2013-04-10 09:19:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit has become one of the first associations to complete an innovative £100million funding facility with Pricoa, a UK-based subsidiary of the US pension fund Prudential Financial Inc.

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<![CDATA[Orbit finalist for TPAS Central Awards]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-02-13 15:36:18.0 2013-02-13 15:35:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for an ‘Excellence in the Community Award” in the TPAS Awards 2013. Our nomination is for our ‘Bigger than Business’ project which looked at how housing associations can empower tenants to help their communities and tackle society’s toughest challenges.

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<![CDATA[Best Change Campaign shortlisting for Orbit Group]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-02-07 11:57:20.0 2013-02-07 11:57:20.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk We're pleased to announce that we've been shortlisted in the Institute of Internal Communication’s central region awards 2012.

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<![CDATA[Bad weather]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2013-01-18 14:13:05.0 2013-01-17 16:58:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit's Christmas hours ]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-12-11 11:05:50.0 2012-12-11 11:05:50.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk With the Christmas holiday period fast approaching we would like to inform you of our operating arrangements during this period.

All Orbit administrative offices will be shut on 24th December. Offices, Schemes and Supported Housing units that do not provide 24 hour services will be open and maintained on 28th December, 31st December and 2nd January but with reduced staff members.

As the Customer Service Centre (CSC) provides a service to our customers that is 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, it will remain operational throughout the holiday period. If you need to report a repair or fault then please contact the CSC on 024 7643 8000

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group at CIH Eastern Conference]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-11-08 14:27:34.0 2012-11-08 14:27:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Stakeholders paint Orbit in a positive light]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-10-17 15:56:25.0 2012-10-17 15:48:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Each year Orbit asks around 25 of its key stakeholders for their views about the organisation. This confidential and independent survey gives us a ‘warts and all’ picture of the external perception of Orbit.

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<![CDATA[Housing Minister Mark Prisk visits Orbit HomeBuy scheme]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-10-11 14:08:37.0 2012-10-11 14:03:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Housing Minister Mark Prisk MP visited a new housing scheme where Orbit Homebuy Agency is helping to get people onto the housing ladder.

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<![CDATA[Orbit appoints Wates Living Space to £128m regeneration scheme]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-10-08 09:55:29.0 2012-10-08 09:55:29.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit has formally appointed Wates Living Space as the contractor to deliver the £128m 620-home regeneration of Larner Road in Erith in London Borough of Bexley.

Orbit will replace six high-rise blocks with 620 family homes for around 2,000 people, with work due to start on site from March 2013.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Homes signs up to NewBuy]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-10-02 17:24:31.0 2012-10-02 17:24:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Homes, the development and sales arm of Orbit Group, has been approved as a provider of the Government-backed NewBuy scheme. The mortgage indemnity scheme allows buyers to secure a mortgage with as little at a 5 per cent deposit.  

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<![CDATA[Orbit Homes takes gold]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-09-19 14:43:49.0 2012-09-19 13:49:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Homes, the development and sales company of Orbit Group, has been awarded a gold accreditation from Investors in People (IIP), an organisation committed to effective people management.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group sees rise in customer satisfaction]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-08-23 15:10:44.0 2012-08-20 16:59:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Customer satisfaction with the overall service provided by the Orbit Group is at an all-time high.

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<![CDATA[Orbit awarded £35 million Mortgage Rescue contract]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-08-23 15:09:59.0 2012-08-23 15:03:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit has been awarded a £35m contract to help more than 600 people and families stay in their own homes through the Government Mortgage Rescue Scheme to 2014.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group wins national awards]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-05-16 09:42:56.0 2012-05-16 09:42:56.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group has been honoured in two sets of national awards, with recognition in both the Housing Heroes Awards and the Housing Excellence Awards within the same week.

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<![CDATA[Mortgage Rescue leaders discuss the future]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-05-08 15:59:19.0 2012-05-08 15:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit gets highest possible regulatory judgement from Tenant Services Authority]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-03-06 14:32:17.0 2012-03-06 14:32:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Group shortlisted for two Housing Heroes Awards]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-03-05 14:53:02.0 2012-03-05 14:53:02.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk <![CDATA[Orbit Group Chair Vacancy ]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-02-13 17:05:49.0 2012-02-13 16:04:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group has a proud and impressive history with a housing portfolio of 37,000 homes and over 1,400 employees. It is now one of the largest housing associations in the UK and is continuing to grow and to work closely with its customers and their local communities to make a real and demonstrable difference to people’s lives. Orbit’s ambition and objectives focus on three key themes - provide a wide range of high quality services; create places in which people can live and thrive; and be a great organisation.

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<![CDATA[Call to help us fight the ‘bedroom tax’]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2012-01-30 14:49:53.0 2012-01-30 14:49:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk In February, MPs have a chance to vote to stop the Government's plans to slash the housing benefit of social tenants deemed to be 'under-occupying' their homes.

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<![CDATA[Leading Minister visits Coventry and Warwickshire]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2011-11-25 13:30:46.0 2011-11-17 16:03:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Chris Huhne visits pioneering low carbon and transport projects

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<![CDATA[Funding announced for Larner Road regeneration in Bexley as part of Orbit 4,000-home development]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2011-11-01 10:48:34.0 2011-10-31 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk The five year scheme is being funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and represents one of the largest projects of its type in London.

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<![CDATA[Tom uses Orbit's new Customer Secure Area]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2011-09-06 13:53:32.0 2011-09-06 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk What I think I’ve been finding most useful about the Customer Secure Area is that I can log on any time to check on my account – I don’t have to wait for a statement. I like the fact the charges are broken down so I can see exactly what I paid when and what the current status of my account is.

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<![CDATA[James Yeoman wins award for tackling domestic abuse]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2011-07-06 12:12:54.0 2011-07-05 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk  

 

 

Further information on the winner and nominees of the Naseem Khan Award, an award for commitment to equality and diversity

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<![CDATA[Beko fridge freezer fire risk]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2011-07-05 15:03:41.0 2011-07-05 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Warning to all residents about potential fire hazzard

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<![CDATA[MBE for Orbit Care and Repair star]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2011-06-16 15:33:52.0 2011-06-11 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk In the Birthday Honours List on 11 June, Kathie Martin, Manager of Care and Repair at Orbit Group, was honoured with a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

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<![CDATA[Orbit Homes wins top award for 'Excellence in Development']]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2011-05-27 14:02:17.0 2011-05-27 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk On Friday, Orbit Homes was named Development Team of the Year at the national Chartered Institute of Housing ‘Housing Heroes Awards’.

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<![CDATA[Customer First: Your new online secure area area]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2011-02-03 15:14:02.0 2011-02-02 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk

Customer First: Your new online secure area

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group shortlisted in two First Time Buyer awards]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2011-02-02 12:56:52.0 2011-02-02 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk

Orbit Group shortlisted in two First Time Buyer awards

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<![CDATA[Housing Minister Grant Shapps visits Orbit Homes site in Furnace Lane, Kettering.]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-11-19 12:05:53.0 2010-11-19 11:15:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Housing Minister Grant Shapps visits Orbit Homes site in Furnace Lane, Kettering. Click to see video

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<![CDATA[Orbit Group Leads the Way on Mortgage Rescue]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-11-10 15:23:31.0 2010-04-08 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Group is celebrating the completion of the highest number of mortgage rescue cases by any RSL nationwide during the last financial year. Orbit’s delivery of the Government’s Mortgage Rescue scheme has enabled a total of 117 families and individuals to remain in their own homes and communities, rather than facing homelessness and repossession.

 

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<![CDATA[Orbit launches YouTube video to help struggling home buyers]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-09-14 11:48:00.0 2010-09-13 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk

 

In its ongoing mission to reach as many would-be homeowners as possible, Orbit HomeBuy Agents has embraced the concept of video sharing.

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<![CDATA[Heart of England joins Sanctuary Group]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-08-02 09:32:27.0 2010-08-02 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Today marks the start of a new era for nine Worcestershire care homes as they join leading UK housing and social care provider Sanctuary Group.

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<![CDATA[Orbit Response changing number]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-04-08 11:54:04.0 2010-03-18 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk The new telephone number - 0845 605 0551 - will be available 24 hours a day and used for customers enquirying about their lifeline or pull cord system.

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<![CDATA[Brough Scott launches Orbit East’s Community Suite]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-04-08 11:53:54.0 2010-04-08 11:53:54.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit East’s new Community Suite at Brough Scott House in Newmarket   was officially opened yesterday by its namesake – racing personality Brough Scott.   

 

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<![CDATA[23/11/09: Orbit Group Helps Raise Pounds for Pudsey!]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-04-08 11:01:59.0 2009-11-23 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk  

Orbit Group’s Customer Service Centre gave Pudsey a helping hand on Friday 20 November, as 70 staff took to the phones to answer over 650 calls for Children in Need.

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<![CDATA[Orbit launches ‘Executive Talk’ Blog]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-03-15 11:05:53.0 2010-03-01 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk ]]> <![CDATA[Orbit Care & Repair shortlisted as Housing Heroes!]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-03-15 11:05:02.0 2010-02-25 00:00:00.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk Orbit Care and Repair in Coventry is celebrating after being shortlisted for Care Team of the Year in the Housing Heroes Awards

 

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<![CDATA[12/01/10: Orbit joins Twitter]]> urn:uuid:http://www.orbit.org.uk/main.cfm?type=NINTRO 2010-01-12 12:05:54.0 2010-01-12 12:05:54.0 Orbit Paul.Wood@orbit.org.uk http://www.orbit.org.uk The Orbit Group has joined Twitter, the micro-blogging social networking platform.

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