Avonside Group Showcase Sustainable Solutions and Exhibit at CIH Housing 2021

Published on 10th September 2021
Avonside Group exhibited at CIH Housing 2021

The aim of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)’s annual Housing 2021 exhibition is to improve the lives of the people housing associations, local authorities, housebuilders, and the government provide homes for and to bring those professionals together. As such, it was the perfect opportunity for the Avonside Group’s various divisions, including Roofing, Plumbing, Renewables, and Energy, to showcase the sustainable solutions for social housing that they can provide.

The award-winning conference ran from 7th-9th September at Manchester Central and is Europe’s largest housing festival. Thousands of visitors, over 350 speakers, and 350 sponsors and exhibitors attended over the three days.

Among them was our CEO Eddie Stanton, our Social Housing Estimator Lee Jones, and our Social Housing Business Director Richard Bostock who said:

“The exhibition was an ideal opportunity to meet both existing and potential clients from across the Public Sector to discuss our exciting plans to roll out our involvement across our wider branch network.”

Providing Sustainable Solutions for UK Housing

Also in attendance was our Energy division’s Managing Director, Bill Rumble, and Commercial Director at Avonside Energy, Richard Thompson.

Avonside Energy's Richard Thompson and Bill Rumble at CIH Housing 2021 Bill Rumble, Managing Director of Avonside Energy, and Richard Thompson, Commercial Director at Avonside Energy discuss the latest developments in the Solar PV market with a potential client.

From houses to high-rise blocks, new-build to retrofit projects, Avonside’s Energy Division embraced the opportunity to showcase their innovative solar PV and hybrid battery storage system that can play a vital role in helping Authorities to achieve their carbon neutral targets in the coming years.

Bill Rumble, Richrd Thompson, Eddie Stanton and Lee Jones at Housing 2021 Bill and Richard discuss the day with our Chief Executive Officer, Eddie Stanton, with our Social Housing Estimator, Lee Jones in the background.


As well as sharing that Avonside staff enjoyed catching up with old and existing customers whilst showcasing the latest in renewable energy solutions to many potential new clients, Richard Bostock revealed: “The conference had a great atmosphere with everyone enjoying the opportunity to get out and meet again in person and discuss new business opportunities face-to-face, as well as sitting in on some great seminars held throughout the day.”

Interesting seminars and sessions included:

  • ‘Safer buildings and safer homes’ chaired by Mark London, Partner at UK-based law firm, Devonshires Solicitors LLP Construction team.
  • ‘Where’s the money?’, a panel session on the Unlock Net Zero stage chaired by Gale Monk, Senior Associate at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.
  • Royal Town Planning Institute’s president Wei Yang calling for a more holistic approach to planning in order to address the climate crisis.
  • ‘The workplace of the future’ saw Halton Housing’s Group Chief Executive Liz Haworth speak on the panel discussion.
  • ‘Help to own: a new route to home ownership’ with Suzanne Gregson and Jonathan Cox from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, and Sam Miller, Commercial Director – new propositions at Frontier Development Capital.

You can now register your interest in attending CIH Housing 2022, which takes place 28th – 30th June at Manchester Central.