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SDS webinar

What lies ahead for the sector – a view from the experts

Over the past 10 weeks, we have brought to you a series of webinars covering topics from Viability through to Sales. All different, and all designed to make you think, learn, and to provide a portal to industry experts.

View our final webinar, before we take a break for the summer, where we cover wide ranging topical subjects post Covid such as sales values, Brexit, new grant funding, construction, new rural housing demand surge, and more.

Panelists:
John Stevens, Senior Consultant, SDS
Joy Whinnerah, Executive Director of Development and Investment, Broadacres HA
Duncan Smith, Commercial Director, Walsall Housing Group
Andrew Markham – Consultant Director, SDS

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Looking at how you are calculating Residual Land Value

John Stevens and Andrew Markham will take you through a deeper dive into how the private sector calculates their Residual Land Value and how the affordable sector can do this too.

With LandVal and ProVal at their fingertips, they will give you their expertise on the different approaches commonly used to make these calculations, whilst demonstrating that when you have the right software – viability can be quite fun! 

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A practical look at the impact of the pandemic on Service Charges

We all know that when your scheme was first appraised, it was under very different circumstances. How viable are those decisions now? 

Join our team, along with Pascale Mézac, lead author of the NHF service charges guide to housing associations, for a look at the effect this crisis has had on service charges.

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Avoiding development disasters

On Wednesday 24th June, our webinar focused on how we can avoid development disasters through Best Practise in Project Management.

In this webinar we were joined by Phil Shelton, CEO and creator of our very own project management tool Sequel, and Sean Stafford, Director of Saffer Cooper Ltd to help us look at the ‘Top Five’ pitfalls you should know to look out for.

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How are you handling the skills shortage in our sector?

With everything that has been thrown at us, such as Brexit and now Covid19, it’s not surprising that we are now seeing a shortage in skilled workers across our sector. But what can we do about it? What should we be doing about it? Who is out there and how do we make the most of who we have?

  • Motivation – how we can engage and enhance our current team
  • Loyalty – why you should consider a more sustainable, long term approach
  • Talent – building talent through training rather than buying it in
  • Investment – by investing in your employees future you are investing in yours

Join our Round Table session to hear from our industry experts, including Sean Stafford, Director of Saffer Cooper and creator of  the Bric by Bric Development School, on how they would deal with this problem.

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How well do you know your local market?

What can I do to ensure I sell my units?

With the housing market making a slow but steady return to business, more and more consumers are gaining the confidence to continue with looking for their new home, but for many it will be under different circumstances. Allowing for these personal changes may result in a reassessment of matching and selling your shared ownership and outright sales units. So how well do you know your target audience?

Join Greg Warner Harris and Andrew Markham, as they embark on a HomeMatch journey highlighting how, with due diligence and Best Practice,  you can support Viability and Sales and mitigate the risk of reduced sales prices.

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Are you having to adjust your programmes to fit the new norm?

Adjusting your programmes to fit the new norm

Are you having to adjust your programmes to fit the new norm?

It’s been three weeks since the announcement that development plans could restart and works continue on sites, but this road we all find ourselves on comes with major uncertainties and requires a new mind set.

So what adjustments are you making to ensure you can deliver on your development schemes, and are they good enough for the new horizon ahead?  Join us to hear from a panel of industry experts on how they see the new norm and their views on what is starting to emerge.  

  • What new adjustments should be taken into account
  • The importance of being clear on market conditions
  • The benefits of Mix Optimisation
  • What is needed to train staff into the new way of thinking

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Need to re-model your development schemes?

Need to re-model your development schemes?

Re-modelling your Development Schemes?

When you first appraised your scheme, it was under very different circumstances.  What was your development strategy at the time, is it still viable today and what do you need to understand?

  • Mixing social and private development in a scheme
  • Importance of the development strategy
  • Scheme Viability and Results

Join our webinar on the 27th of May which includes a presentation from our experts John Stevens and Andrew Markham, followed by a demonstration using ProVal to show examples and highlight the importance of understanding Development Viability in today’s climate.

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How will you sell your homes now

How will you sell your homes now?

How will you sell your homes now?

With the announcement this week, we are now selling houses in a very different world. Is it going to be a V or U shaped recovery? We opened with a debate on this topic and then we turned it over for an audience poll.

Join us and leading experts including Great Places, Shared Ownership Shop, Greg Warner Harris, Pennington Solicitors and others, to hear what they think is going to happen over the next six weeks and what measures you may need to put in place.

Hear what the experts have to say on:

  • The importance of being clear on market conditions
  • The best way to adjust your strategy to current demands
  • Lessons learned by the sector from the last crises

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Sales Tracking and Branding

Are you agile enough to build to demand?

The Importance of Sales Tracking

Whether in Development or Sales, you need to keep up with a rapidly changing market. Our webinar on the 13th of May discussed how do you get a strong enough grasp on your Sales Tracking to make the right decisions for the future?

In this webinar session, our experts Andrew Markham and Greg Warner-Harris explained why your tracking and reporting needs to be better than ever.

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