11 February 2019

When the 2019 Comms Event agenda landed on my desk I was excited to see that this year we will be in Manchester, the place that’s got everything except a beach. The place I’m proud to call home.


With a reputation for getting territorial over red or blue (football for those of you that just don’t care), our city is full of generous spirit and we always come together when it matters most. With a 25-strong group of housing providers, we house one in every five people across the region and contribute £1.2bn in GVA to Manchester’s economy. We invest in skills and together are committed to building more than 16,000 homes in the next five years.

Regardless of where you are based, I think we can all agree we are better together. Having the opportunity to learn and network with you all over two days is invaluable to me and my team. And speaking of teams, I get to bring them with me because it’s local!

There’s a reason there is such a buzz around the event this year and not just because it will be at a venue that is usually for losing yourself in an evening of music by your favourite artist. There could not be a more inspirational place for a bunch of creative people to get together, share knowledge, and become fully-fledged #CommsHeroes.

Essential to planning a successful event is listening to feedback, and the National Housing Federation has done just that. The 2019 agenda is thought-provoking and relevant to the professional challenges we all face. Regardless of your experience in the field or your level of seniority you will leave this event inspired to take action, take chances, and make a real difference to the way we, as a collective group of housing providers, tell our story and share our purpose. Let’s work together to remove some of the stigma that unfortunately surrounds social housing and highlight the impact we make on the lives of the people in our communities.

I would highly recommend thinking about what you want to get out of the event. I want to walk out of that room feeling more confident about:

  • measuring and demonstrating my team’s impact and value
  • creating campaigns that put customers at the heart of everything based on data and insights – real facts
  • reaching hard to reach and hard to engage employees.

So, if you fancy the commute on the tram and you don’t mind the odd chance of rain, get yourself up north on 5 and 6 March for the Comms Event 2019 – it’s not to be missed!

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Emma Midgley

Emma is a Marketing and Communications Manager at Johnnie Johnson Housing.

Why I think the Comms Event 2019 is not to be missed