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Housing ministers join with NHBC to discuss sector issues

This year NHBC attended the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences and held a programme of successful housing events.

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The overarching theme for each event was what the Government and industry can do to encourage more house-building across the country. Issues covered new build quality, skills, building regulations and market supply.

The Minister for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP, used his time on the panel to speak about the good quality new housing there is in the UK. He sat on the panel with NHBC's Lewis Sidnick, the Federation of Master Builders' Brian Berry, and the Leader of Portsmouth Council, Councillor Donna Jones.

Lewis Sidnick, NHBC's Head of Corporate and External Affairs, sat on the panel for NHBC's event with James Wharton MP, the Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse. This panel also featured Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of the Home Builders Federation and was chaired by Mark Wallace, Executive Editor of the political website, ConservativeHome.

Both of these events proved highly popular among conference attendees and it was standing room only by the time the event began. This was something both ministers noted was an indication of how seriously people take this issue of housing and how dedicated people are to solving it.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, also addressed a packed marquee at the NHBC, Home Builders Federation and National Federation of Builders drinks reception. His speech concentrated on the important role NHBC plays in the house-building industry and the importance of meeting the housing need.

At the Labour Party Conference, NHBC hosted a panel which included Steve Rotheram MP, a former bricklayer, who at the event announced his appointment as the Labour Leader¿s new advisor. The full discussion is available to view online here.

The party political conferences are attended each year by senior political figures (including the leader of each party) and provide an important opportunity for NHBC to engage with policy makers and stakeholders.

A number of builders were also in attendance (including Barratt, Crest Nicholson, Galliford Try, McCarthy & Stone, and Lend Lease) and attended NHBC events. The NHBC's Corporate and External Affairs Team were present throughout the conference and events, using the opportunity to strengthen engagement with companies and political stakeholders both directly and using social communications.

A strong social communication presence has become an essential part of a successful conference programme, with increasing numbers of people engaging and sharing ideas from events through this channel. The NHBC team were tweeting throughout the events as well as at other housing fringes that were attended.

Among the many retweets, favourites and mentions that NHBC received were with Brandon Lewis MP, who tweeted (to his 15,000+ followers) about the passionate house-building audience at NHBC's event - substantially contributing to the positive coverage of NHBC.

NHBC Media Contacts

Sophie Fernandes | Public Affairs Manager | 0207 648 4052

News Date: 21/10/15