Access to Information is (still) nothing to fear

The social housing sector has had a few years now to get used to the idea of increased transparency and better access to information for their tenants.

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The Roundup – March 2024

In the wake of the budget, we’ve pulled together a newsletter, which will hopefully distil some of the key elements for our organisations.

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“Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now,” Bob Dylan, My Back Pages, 1964

“Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now,” Bob Dylan, My Back Pages, 1964
Words from another Bob with far more linguistic flair - though my understanding of the Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023 is (probably) better than Dylan’s.

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The Roundup – November 2023

Just as you thought it was safe to open your Hough Bellis News Roundup, once again the world of politics has been turned upside down.

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Reflections on joining WISH Scotland’s Board

WISH Scotland is playing an active role in supporting women to shine in their housing careers, says Nicola Douglas, Account Director at Hough Bellis Communications and newly appointed WISH Scotland Board member.

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Communications and trust – reflections on CommsFest 2023

CommsFest 2023. What a month that was! 80 delegates, eight sessions, and more than a dozen speakers covering all aspects of communications and housing.

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WANTED: New team member

Hough Bellis is on the lookout for a new Account Executive / Senior Account Executive. 

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Aiming for excellent tenant satisfaction?

Do you work in a housing association or council? How often do you put yourself in a tenant’s shoes?

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Five lessons learned – How effective PR got our client’s issue onto the PM’s priority list

I nearly fell off my chair when I heard Liz Truss say the words ‘heat networks’ and ‘equivalent support’ in her first speech as PM.

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I’m sorry I made us fat

It all started because I didn’t want to wear shoes. Now I’m seemingly being blamed – in part at least – for the nation’s economic downfall and obesity crisis.

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Ben Powell joins Hough Bellis as Account Director

Hough Bellis has appointed Catriona Gilmore as Account Executive as the company enters a new period of strong growth.

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Nicola steps up to Account Director role at Hough Bellis

Hough Bellis Communications has promoted Nicola Douglas to the role of Account Director.

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Catherine Bellis Academy launches

Hough Bellis Communications has launched a new training academy named after its founder, Catherine Bellis.

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Catriona joins Hough Bellis as strong growth continues

Hough Bellis has appointed Catriona Gilmore as Account Executive as the company enters a new period of strong growth.

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In defence of silliness

Being a bit silly is a serious business. One of the first things I learned as a newspaper reporter was to never be scared of asking a question that might seem blindingly obvious.

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Video: the world’s favourite form of storytelling

No other area of comms has developed faster in recent years than video production.

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Hough Bellis and Studio 91 announce new partnership

Hough Bellis Communications has formed a new partnership with video production agency Studio 91.

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Are you Re-flex or Low-flex?

One of the silver linings of the Covid age has been its role as a change agent. It has forced us to challenge traditional beliefs on how we run and structure our organisations.

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Transparency is nothing to fear

The Government’s white paper on Social Housing (published this week) mentions transparency nearly 30 times.

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Liverpool charity launches first ever Merseyside Mental Health Week

Liverpool mental health organisation, Imagine Independence has teamed up with Hough Bellis Communications to launch the first ever Merseyside Mental Health Week.

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Do we need a Human Translate app?

There are times when bringing people along with you is the best way to get the results you need, and this is surely one of them.

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A winning smile

We’re feeling warm and happy at Hough Bellis right now. The reason? We’re super-proud to have won the PRCA Dare Award for Small Consultancy of the Year.

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How can our charities bounce back?

Almost every sector has been affected by the pandemic in some way. One area we hear less about is the charity sector, but charities have been hit incredibly hard.

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Let’s build something new

The old way was great for those who already had it good. It’s no wonder some are desperate to rush back to it.
For those who believe in people’s potential, let’s build something new!

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If you’re a leader, then you’re a storyteller

Think of the books you love. The songs that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The newspaper articles that boil your blood, or academic papers that make you pause for thought.

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Is lockdown allowing more people to have a voice?

The coronavirus pandemic has been frightening. For many people, it has been a lonely experience.

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Workplace evolution: standing on the cliff edge of change

Welcome to the new world of work. But a word of caution. We might just find that – once the dust settles – this brave new world isn’t that different to the old one.

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The power of human connection

Human connection. It’s probably not something we think about as part of our usual daily lives. We have our families, friends, colleagues, neighbours, people we chat to when we’re in the gym (or in the pub).

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In a world where you can be anything…be kind

Every day we hear calls to “just be kind”. There is a strong movement calling for us all to consider kindness in how we should live, think, act, treat others and increasingly importantly, communicate.

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COVID-19 legacy: the value of communications

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many PR staff to brush up on their crisis communications skills.

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Coronavirus – how are you preparing?

The Coronavirus outbreak has social housing providers, local authorities and charities across the country digging out their business continuity plans.

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Understanding Generation Z

The world is changing. And changing fast. It’s never been easier to reach your audiences - it’s never been harder to connect with them in a meaningful way.

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Why the radio star’s not dead just yet

You may think that radio advertising is a dying breed, and you may well be right to a large extent. But here’s the weird thing.

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A watching brief

We all use it. Need to know how to bleed a radiator? Want to know who sings that song you’ve heard but can’t remember the lyrics? You tap on YouTube, right?

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Culture, not kit is the key to remote working

We’re often asked about Hough Bellis’ remote working model. No office. No set working times. A team of 12 based all over the country.

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Dare to prepare

Don’t panic! How many times have you woken up to a horrible headline, feeling grateful that you’re not part of the PR team having to deal with it?

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Get your property PR “bible”

If you’re considering a career in property communications, then your luck is in. A new book is about to be published on just that topic.

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Coach trip

If you’ve benefitted from some strong role models and wise mentors, you’ll know how wonderful it can be to have someone to guide you through tricky times at work.

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In praise of prioritisation

It’s a badge of honour, it seems, to tell everyone how busy you are. How often do you hear people saying that their workload is “manageable, thanks”?

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