Derwentside Homes to represent North East at national awards ceremony

Derwentside Homes will represent the region at a prestigious national award ceremony this month

NECC Geraldine Cox, chief executive Derwentside Homes
NECC Geraldine Cox, chief executive Derwentside Homes

One of the North East's major housing providers will represent the region at a prestigious national award ceremony this month.

Derwentside Homes, which provides affordable and market rent housing in North Durham, owning 6,700 properties, will compete against firms and organisations from the rest of the UK at this year’s British Chambers of Commerce Annual Awards.

The organisation, based in Stanley, County Durham and employs 231 people, will contest the national Award for Commitment to People, after scooping the regional title at this year’s North East Business Awards.

The firm will be one of six guests of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), which is taking the cream of regional talent to compete on the national stage.

Geraldine Wilcox, Derwentside Homes chief executive, said: “We’re delighted that our commitment to our workforce has been recognised as being among the best in the UK.

“We aspire to be an Employer of Choice. Success is not simply determined by competitive employment terms and conditions, but by fostering a working environment that protects the physical and mental wellbeing of employees.”

Judges have been impressed by the organisation’s focus on the three key elements of skills, behaviours and empowerment and their cultural change programme “Step it Up “ aimed at encouraging innovation, improving performance and recognising the outstanding contributions made by staff.

Geraldine added: “Our people are our greatest asset – organisations are not successful, the people within them are. This is why putting people first is a key corporate objective.”

Derwentside Homes will be joined by Elddis Transport, Atomhawk Design, Nortech Solutions, Guardian Marine Technology and Andrew Moffatt of Port of Tyne in the NECC delegation.

NECC Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, said: “We are taking an incredibly strong showcase of North East talent to the BCC Awards this year and all are fantastic champions for regional business.

“Derwentside Homes is a fantastic example of a regional organisation that has benefitted by putting its faith into empowering its workforce. It must be applauded for its commitment to skills, continuous improvement and staff empowerment.”

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