The two day virtual conference agenda incorporates keynote sessions, panel discussions, networking, polls and Q&As.
Click the the session titles below for more detailed information on the topics.
Against a backdrop of a tumultuous period in the financial markets triggered by COVID-19, and continued caution amid global economic pressures, UK social housing has offered something of a ‘safe haven’ to investors. We hear from funders at home and abroad about their views on the sector and give you the opportunity to pose your questions to the sector’s most prominent investors.
A changing financial landscape and increased appetite for UK social housing has seen a number of new lenders and funders enter the sector, along with the emergence of new ESG and sustainability-linked products and a sector-led ESG movement. How do these products work, what’s really driving them, what are the benefits for housing associations, and how should the sector present itself in relation to ESG and impact investing?
Lee Gibson, executive director of finance, Bromford
Treasurers from within sector and other industries discuss their priorities. From unsecured lending to ‘alternative’ finance solutions, the equity question, cashflow and liquidity requirements and credit ratings.
Tariq Kazi, head of treasury, Optivo
The Libor benchmark will cease sometime after 2021. What is the impact this change will have on pricing/costs of financial products? Is the sector ready to make this transition? We hear a case study of the sector’s first full transaction.
Opportunity to continue the discussion on technical aspects of Libor transition online.
Grant, land and s106 are all crucial ingredients for the delivery of social housing. This session looks at how public funding is being deployed, alongside the emergence of new public and private partnerships in the market.
Building safety continues to be a top priority for housing providers, with additional challenges caused by the pandemic. This session will consider financial case studies, investment programmes and the funding challenges facing providers – as well as new regulations and the role of government.
Peter Benz, director of finance, Network Homes
The final session the day, and the conference, will explore the financial planning being done by housing providers as they build the zero-carbon agenda into their business plans. How can the sector create a greener future for social housing?
Engage with the panellists and the audience by answering a live survey and participating in live Q&As