• David James

HBF: Small Developers Group

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) is the voice of the home building industry in England and Wales, and it's members deliver around 80% of all new homes built each year.

Blackthorn Homes are a proud member of the HBF who work closely with key decision makers in government, both nationally and regionally, on the issues that affect us including; technical, planning, economic and environmental matters.

The HBF are very mindful of the particular needs of smaller developers. Throughout the downturn they stressed to Government the importance of SMEs playing a part if we are to see significant overall increases in housing supply – and pushed Government hard for policies to allow them to deliver and to encourage new firms to enter the market.

Together, with other small housing developers, we met up with the HBF in London on 15 March, as part of their Small Developers Group, to have round the table discussions on current issues for companies.

The HBF have some very good ideas for improving the business environment for small developers, and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) updated the group on the progress of the Home Building Fund and related finance work.

Other topics included the CITB levy, Housing White Paper, and industry consumer code.

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