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Enhancing communities at heart of emh group’s strategic partnership with East Midlands Chamber

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of a new strategic partnership between East Midlands Chamber and one of the largest providers of affordable housing and care services in the region.

The link-up strengthens an existing relationship between the Chamber and Coalville-headquartered emh group, which owns 20,000 homes and employs 1,100 people.

They previously worked together to promote Black History Month in October last year via a joint social media campaign that celebrated the positive impact of Black history, arts and culture on our society.

Chan Kataria OBE, emh group chief executive, said: “Emh group is proud to join a strategic partnership with East Midlands Chamber.

“This builds on the strength of our existing partnership and joint commitment to promoting diversity and tackling inequality across the region.

“This partnership will enable us to explore the regional economic and social landscape in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion in the post-pandemic phase.”

How emh group has grown since WWII beginnings

Established as East Midlands Housing Association in 1946, the company’s initial remit was to build a small number of affordable homes for ex-servicemen after the Second World War.

It has since evolved to add care and support services alongside its role as a social housing landlord, working in more than 40 local authority areas across the region.

Now known as emh group and with a turnover of £125m, the business also includes a specialist rural housing arm, apprenticeship academy and offers low-cost home ownership options.

It has a stated mission to provide housing and care to improve opportunities for people, which it seeks to achieve through the local and regional partnerships it has established with councils, businesses and communities.

The group’s priorities include tackling homelessness, building much-needed affordable homes, promoting diversity and working towards the net zero carbon objective.

Another strategic partnership with Homes England has boosted emh’s development programme, which is on target to deliver over 500 new homes a year.

East Midlands Chamber director of resources Lucy Robinson, who is leading her organisation’s own equality, diversity and inclusion drive, said: “Given that the Chamber’s vision is to enhance East Midlands businesses and communities, it’s very important we work with like-minded organisations, and we have been impressed with the work emh group has done regarding diversity, inclusion and equality, alongside other social issues such as tackling homelessness.

“This strategic partnership will play a key role in our bid to demonstrate how business can be a force for good in a post-pandemic world.”