'In 2007, SWS presented the Birmingham Post with the concept of a housing supplement to showcase the achievements of Midlands housing associations, and to raise the profile of the sector amongst the business community. The supplement was included in all copies of the Post, read by over 40,000 people across the Midlands on a daily basis. It was also presented to almost 2000 delegates registering at the National Housing Federation's annual conference at Birmingham’s ICC. Now in its third year, it is one of the most successful supplements ever produced by the newspaper.'
Mark Reeves, Editor of the Birmingham Post
'HCI have carried out research into the needs of the Bangladeshi community in Birmingham and are now working with Shahjalal Housing Co-operative to illuminate the achievements of Aston's Bangladeshi community in meeting those needs via a case study and publication of a prospectus for our Co-op. Through focus groups and depth interviews, HCI is engaging with the Bangladeshi community in Aston to ensure that both needs and aspirations are taken into account. Media coverage has already been achieved in Inside Housing and the Birmingham Post but a launch of a new report 'The Untold Story' is planned for the Summer'.
Malik Ullah, Chair of Shahjalal Housing Co-operative
'The Board of Trustees of the Human City Institute engaged SWS Communications in 2005 to help resurrect the charity after a period of stagnation and loss of a National Lottery grant. SWS re-branded the charity as a Midlands-based 'think tank', creating a new identity, website, information packs, and marketing materials, as well as providing a wide-ranging management service. Since then, SWS have helped us raise more than £300,000 for research projects relating to housing, health, care, social exclusion and urban policy, gaining a national reputation along the way. With Kevin Gulliver acting as part-time Director, undertaking and commissioning research, and with Dawn Prentice as Media and PR Consultant, the Human City Institute has now published a range of reports that have received the support of Ministers, national trade bodies like the NHF and significant others, with research findings disseminated widely across the trade, national and regional media. Our three year retrospective report, which SWS compiled, confirms the renewed success of the Human City Institute as a major contributor to national debates about what constitute successful and sustainable 'human' settlements'.
John Morris, Chair of the Human City Institute
'SWS created a corporate identity, website, exhibition, giveaways, and publicity materials as part of a wider marketing strategy for Community Impact, which is a social enterprise consultancy tackling anti-social behaviour through drama-based interactive workshops for resident and community groups and action planning for social landlords. SWS helped us with our launch at the NHF conference in 2006 and have since assisted in publicising our work and successes, including establishing a well-used ASB hotline'.
Nelly Samra, Director of Community Impact
'SWS has helped South Birmingham Independent Health Commissioners (SBIHC) and Grange Hill Surgery in a number of ways. Firstly, by highlighting the downside of the recently introduced 'polyclinics', and the role played by community-based health practices, through placement of strategic articles and assistance with a lobbying event at the House of Lords involving our Patients Forum. Secondly, by undertaking research mapping the extent of fuel poverty in South-East Birmingham and its relation to other health problems and demographics. SWS then helped us obtain publicity for the outreach community-based strategy to tackle fuel poverty in our area'.
Dr. Peter Patel, Chair SBIHC and Development Director Grange Hill Surgery
'SWS has helped us to engage with key stakeholders and raise our profile at regional and national levels, through creative copy for news releases, award submissions and articles, supported by effective media management. Their help with a research project in the Forest of Dean has enabled us and our partners to determine the extra-care needs of the District.'
Gary King, Chief Executive of Two Rivers Housing Association
'SWS have provided Trident Housing Association with a range of services. Trident has been evolving into a Group of related social enterprises covering social housing, care and support, commercial property management, employment and training, and inclusion of BME and faith groups - SWS helped with our re-positioning strategy and accompanying public profile related to all of this, and is now planning our Group launch for the Autumn. SWS have enabled Trident to obtain a public profile beyond its size and scope - we have received major coverage in national, housing and local newspapers, and we regularly feature in the West Midlands housing e-bulletin. Dawn Prentice also successfully marketed £2 million in shared ownership homes Trident retained on its books in 2007/08'.
Mike Pritty, Chair of Trident Housing Group
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