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Event roundup – Green Home Awards launched and landlord event heads online

Homebuilding & Renovating – which describes itself as the number one site for self-builders and home extenders – is launching its first ever Green Home Awards to celebrate the best in sustainable home build.

The inaugural Homebuilding & Renovating Green Home Awards will open for entries on November 2 2020, designed to congratulate the firms that are leading the way in creating more sustainable homes to safeguard the future of the industry and enable it to contribute towards the net-zero carbon movement.

The website’s announcement coincides with the recent launch of the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme, which began in England from the last day of September. The scheme enables homeowners to claim up to two-thirds on energy-efficient improvements to their home, up to £5,000 (or £10,000 for lower-income households), redeemable by March 31 2021.

Any company wanting to receive further information about the awards categories can register their interest now on www.greenhomeawards.com. The awards categories include:

Energy Saving Measures
- Best Cavity Wall Insulation Supplier
- Best Insulation Supplier
- Best Low Energy Windows & Doors System

Energy Generation
- Best Green Boiler
- Best Green Biomass Boiler
- Best Solar Panel
- Best PV Panel
- Best Heat Pump

Sustainable Materials
- Award for Responsibly Sourced Furniture
- Award for Greenest Building Material                                                        

Green Innovation
- Best Energy Saving Product
- Best Smart Energy Saving Product
- Best Green Building Innovation

All UK firms are eligible to enter by completing the form with a 300-word USP (unique selling point) for each product, entered together with a hi-res product image. 

The deadline for entries is February 5 2021, with the winners being announced on Earth Day on April 22 2021 across Homebuilding & Renovating online channels.

The cost of entry is £229 (excluding VAT) for Early Bird (before November 27) or £339 (excluding VAT) after this date. The entry cost guarantees all nominees will be featured in digital content aimed at the 100,000-strong qualified Homebuilding & Renovating audience and in its Green Buying Guide.

Entrants will also receive social media assets to promote their involvement, and will be promoted across print and digital assets, website, newsletters and social media for the winners.

Jason Orme, managing director of Homes at Future PLC, the firm behind the website and the annual shows, said: “Buildings are responsible for over 40% of global energy usage and around a third of greenhouse gas emissions. As the green building market continues to grow exponentially and enters the mainstream for home building with more accessible and competitive products and innovations, we identified that the time is right to celebrate sustainability in the sector.”

He added: “We hope these pioneering companies will realise their ground-breaking work and nominate themselves in our inaugural awards to receive the recognition and plaudits they deserve.”

High-profile landlord event takes place virtually tomorrow

In a normal year, the National Landlord Investment Show offers some of the biggest events in the rental calendar, drawing landlords and investors from all over the country – and world – to discuss all aspects of property investment and buy-to-let.

This year, of course, that isn’t possible in person. But the company behind the event is determined to carry on regardless with online alternatives.

As a host of live events, 2020 has presented us with exceptional challenges. Our response is to lead the market by delivering the first ever online show dedicated solely to the UK buy-to-let market,” the LIS team said.

It has been working flat out to provide thousands of landlords, investors and those entering the private rented sector with a full day’s programme online.

The first super show, which is the Midlands, Manchester and North show, will start at 9am tomorrow (Thursday 8 October).

A selection of exhibitors and speakers covering every aspect of buy-to-let including tax, finance, investment, HMO, education, legal, insurance, and much more will be on offer to attendees.

Partnering with an established digital events platform, the National Landlord Investment Show will be delivering three online events throughout October and November in total.

Visitors will still be able to connect with their favourite brands and discuss their needs in person, easily browse the ‘superb products and services on offer’, watch seminars by leading industry experts, and ‘network and benefit from the depth of knowledge and experience the National Landlord Investment Show has to offer’, but all from the safety of their home or office.

The team behind the show say they have thousands of landlords, investors and property professionals hungry to hear about services and products and listen to seminars. Hundreds of landlords have already registered for the live events and LIS has no doubt they will be equally eager to engage online.

Tracey Hanbury, the show’s founder, commented: “It’s been a challenging year for the events industry, but this a hugely exciting opportunity for us at the Landlord Investment Show. We have exhibitors galore with superb products and services, and an audience hungry to engage post the Covid-19 vacuum. With the property market remaining buoyant, and government incentives to buy, there's no time like now to get involved.”

The show is also delighted to announce Nova Financial Group, LOFT and MFS as the main sponsors for the online shows.

Paul Mahoney managing director and founder of Nova Financial Group, said: “We’ve worked with the National Landlord Investment Show for over five years and all of their events have resulted in business for us. We have scaled up on our involvement over the years due to the success they have delivered for us. We are looking forward to a slightly different approach this year in light of Covid-19 and are proud to announce that we are main sponsors of the three online super shows.

Ben Hall, chief executive of LOFT, added: “LOFT are excited to be partnering with the National Landlord Investment Show for the seventh consecutive year, being part of over 75 shows and events. This year we are main sponsors for the first ever online ‘super-shows’ allowing us to continue to support property professionals across the UK during this challenging year, helping to bring everyone together in the buy-to-let market.”

Meanwhile, Leah Brunskill – marketing manager at MFS – said: “We usually attend the NLIS in person, but are really excited to be taking part in the online shows this time, which will reach an even wider audience. It’s clear from demand and the latest stats that just because we are still in a version of lockdown, it does not mean that waves are not being made across the buy-to-let market.”

She added: “Between stamp duty, interest rate cut, and mortgages becoming significantly delayed, property investors need clarity more than ever. The National Landlord Investment shows have always delivered that, it’s just being done from home or the office now.”

David Smith, economics editor at the Sunday Times, said everyone is having to adapt to difficult circumstances and ‘these online shows are a great way of doing so’.

“I am sure that they will be excellent and I am very happy to be taking part in them,” he explained. “I am looking forward to delivering my live seminars on “The outlook for the economy and the housing market at all three super shows.”

As always, entry is free, all you have to do is register. You can learn more about the Online Landlord Investment Show by visiting the following website: www.landlordinvestmentshow.co.uk/all-2020-shows.

You can register for tomorrow’s free event, covering the Midlands and the North, here.

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