BHA in Sunday Times top 20

Project manager Alan Hobbett and CEO Helen Forsyth looking over plans for Berwickshire Housing Associations next development
Project manager Alan Hobbett and CEO Helen Forsyth looking over plans for Berwickshire Housing Associations next development

Berwickshire Housing Association was listed in the UK’s top 15 not-for-profit companies to work for at a prestigious Sunday Times Award ceremony.

The housing association jumped 37 places up the rankings in one year and also received special recognition for its efforts to give back to the community.

Best Companies, who draw up the rankings, also awarded BHA a 3 star rating which ranks it as an ‘Extraordinary Organisation’ and lists it in fourth place among all small businesses for its ‘Fair Deal’ for staff.

“Reaching 15th place in a highly competitive field is a brilliant achievement for us”, says Tracy Roxburgh, executive assistant. “That we scored so highly in categories such as giving something back to the community, leadership and personal growth demonstrates what BHA is all about.”

BHA was also runner up in the ‘Giving Something Back’ category and Julia Graham, housing services team leader, said: “We have high ambition for the Borders and for our people and we recognise and reward those who go the extra mile for our customers. Each year we take part in activities to raise money for local and national charities, helping us stay positive and support each other’s efforts.”

Jean Gray, customer services director, believes this award will help BHA’s efforts to boost the local economy, with a community wind farm and imaginative new homes in Duns and Eyemouth on the way and a shared effort to revilatise Berwickshire communities.

“We have a growing reputation for being ambitious, bold and imaginative. Our Next Steps programme helps young people make that vital transition from school into adult life while our financial experts boost local income for tenants and their families (last year alone we increased income by £372,220 in unclaimed benefit). We boost local business by buying local and helping SMEs secure licences to supply national products and services.”