Establishing Housing Trading Companies to Build Properties and Make Financial Returns


Event summary

This event has been specially developed to support local authorities interested in establishing council owned trading companies to manage the delivery of their housing and regeneration agenda.


16 November 2017
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:35


CIPFA Mansell Street
77 Mansell Street
E1 8AN
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Standard price

£295.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£195.00 excl VAT

*the event has started.

About this event

Housing development offers authorities the opportunity to take proactive steps to deal with the current and complex housing shortages, lack of social and affordable homes as well as offer the opportunity to raise extra rental income or sales receipts and regenerate the local economy through new development. It also offers the ability for authorities to attract high-quality staff and create innovative joint ventures, business growth and job creation.

Authorities are at different stages in their transformation journey and are using a wide variety of models. This workshop will offer an opportunity for practitioners to listen to current best practice, note lessons learned and see how models are evolving to help your authority select the best option and turn your housing and commercial vision into a reality.

Many councils have ambitious targets to meet the growing housing needs demand and considering setting up housing trading companies, that can operate with greater freedoms and attract external investment accelerate local regeneration plans. It can also act as a catalyst to deliver long-term and sustainable economic growth and prosperity for local citizens through development of much needed housing, greater diversity of tenure, investment in local transport and other infrastructure, as well as business growth and job creation. 

Who should attend?

The workshop has been developed to support transformation and policy managers, housing and regeneration staff, accountants, tax advisers, commercial directors, finance practitioners, solicitors, project managers and auditors who are involved in setting up housing trading companies and making them work.

How will I benefit?

This series of events have been designed to provide delegates with all the essential steps required to set up and operate a housing development trading company. It will cover:

  • how councils can build the next generation of new towns and make a financial return
  • talks from experts about how to avoid costly mistakes and avoid optimum bias
  • navigating through legal powers and options in setting up housing companies
  • recent case studies and alternative options
  • future development of housing companies to support regeneration of localities and generate wider economic benefits.

CPD hours

Four and a half.


  • Accounting
  • / Capital finance
  • / Childrens services
  • / Education finance and academies
  • / Financial management
  • / Governance
  • / Local government
  • / Pensions
  • / Police
  • / Professional development
  • / Property
  • / Treasury management
  • / Value for money

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