Increased turnover for homes group

The boss of a Scarborough housing association has said he is “optimistic” following the publication of the latest set of results.

According to the figures there was an increase in excess of £1 million in turnover for the year ending in March – £17,481,000 compared with £16,394,000 for the previous financial year.

Shaun Tymon, the chief executive of Yorkshire Coast Homes, said the focus was not just on the properties but also the wider community.

He added: “I think it’s going well. When we transferred in 2003 we had a lot of work to do – such as window and bathroom repairs – but we’ve now completed that.”

Mr Tymon said that it was going to be a tough year because of proposed changes to the benefits system but there was a strong business plan to support the core business.

He added: “We are not about homes we are about communities –we are about looking after the whole community.”

Mr Tymon said that moves such as the recent launch of The Beach initiative – a social enterprise project which has created a number of new jobs and aims to carry out repairs and maintenance work – would help achieve this aim.

The association has previously been recognised as an Investor in Diversity – for the work carried out to promote equality, diversity and inclusion issues – and it is now working towards recognition as a Leader in Diversity.

Mr Tymon said: “We have also done a lot of work with our staff to ensure their views and concerns are listened to as I firmly believe that a happy workforce provides the best customer service.

“This has paid off as we were awarded 40th place in the Sunday Times list of the top 100 places to work in the not-for-profit sector – I had originally set a four year target into this list so was delighted to achieve it in one year.”

Board chairman Tony Campbell added: “We have achieved a great deal in the year and made some major decisions which, I believe, will have a positive impact on our residents and communities.”

He said that it had been decided to bring the repairs and maintenance service in-house, a move which would help reduce costs, and The Beach service provided much-needed job opportunities.