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    The Margaret Blackwood Excellence in Housing Innovation Award


    This award is aimed at programmes or projects which can clearly demonstrate how they have developed an innovative approach which has made a real difference to the lives of tenants and customers. This could be any new product, service or technology – being able to demonstrate innovation is the key. Submissions should be able to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the following criteria:

    • Have used an innovative approach(es) to solve a particular housing problem

    • They can clearly evidence success in either improvement of customer satisfaction levels or have improved the lives of people in the community where the organisation works.

    Who is eligible?

    The award is open to all housing organisations and suppliers to the housing sector in Scotland, as well as community and tenants organisations. To be eligible, projects or initiatives should have taken place in Scotland and commenced within the last 24 months. Please note that you are able to enter for more than one category if the submission is relevant.

    How to enter & judging

    Entrants must complete the on-line application form. This submission will provide the basis for both short-listing and the final decision on the winning entry.

    Be sure to send in your application by the closing date: Friday 7 September 2018. Nominations will not be accepted after this date.


    The winner will be announced and the award presented at the CIH Scotland Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday 2 November 2018 in Edinburgh.

    About the sponsor


    Blackwood was founded in 1972 by Dr Margaret Blackwood MBE, a pioneer and campaigner for the rights of people with disabilities to live independently in housing fit for their needs. We continue to deliver this vision today by providing highly accessible, beautiful, affordable, connected homes across Scotland.

    We are proud to sponsor the Margaret Blackwood Excellence in Housing Award to recognise the staff and organisations that are at the cutting edge of innovation and to remember our founder and her pioneering spirit.


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