Housing association is pride of Scotland

BHA's chief executive, Helen Forsyth and modern apprentices Hannah Tennant and Kathryn Taylor collect BHA's award from Karen Robinson, editor of the Sunday Times Supplements

BHA's chief executive, Helen Forsyth and modern apprentices Hannah Tennant and Kathryn Taylor collect BHA's award from Karen Robinson, editor of the Sunday Times Supplements

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Berwickshire Housing Association is the only Scottish business to make it into the Sunday Times Award’s top 10 of UK not-for-profit organisations list for 2015.

Best Companies also awarded the housing association a three star rating, which ranks it as an ‘extraordinary organisation’, so there was plenty to celebrate when chief executive Helen Forsyth and modern apprentices at the organisation, Kathryn Taylor and Hannah Tennant attended the prestigious awards ceremony in London last week.

The Sunday Times Top 100 has become one of the most eagerly awaited listings in the corporate world and for BHA, which finished in 15th place in 2014, this year’s announcement places it as one of the very best in Britain.

“Reaching ninth in a competition like this is a brilliant achievement for us”, said Kathryn Taylor, one of BHA’s modern apprentices.

“I was proud and honoured to attend the awards in London and celebrate our achievement. It just re-affirms what BHA is all about and what makes it such a great place to work”.

Helen Forsyth, BHA’s chief executive believes this award will help their efforts to boost the local economy.

“We have a growing reputation for being ambitious, bold and imaginative in what we do and this award will give us an extra spring in our step as we continue to see the growth of thriving communities in Berwickshire.

“We boost local business by buying local. We spent over £1.5m last year on repairs helping support over 180 Borders jobs.

“We grow ever closer to our customers with regular neighbourhood walkabouts and readily respond to local ideas on how to improve local life and outlook.

“We work closely with tenants who face challenges beyond them and support them to regain control of their life. Our ever-expanding tenant volunteers now help us reward local voluntary effort through our Community Awards fund.

“Every member of the BHA staff team works hard to deliver BHA’s vision of ‘Thriving Communities’ and when times are hard on our communities, as they are just now, the staff have stretched themselves, gone the extra mile and learned to do more with less.

“We should all take pride that Berwickshire is now firmly on the map.”