New online housing publication Housing Digital has formally launched today, aiming to provide high-quality insight into the UK housing sector.
Promising “a new voice in housing”, the publication will offer the latest UK housing news and provide cutting-edge commentary on key issues and developments, while encouraging interaction and collaboration within the wider housing community.
“There is a growing need for a sharp, responsive journalism that’s aligned with emerging industry trends, whether that’s digitisation, sustainability, or the immediacy of the modern world,” said editor Liam Turner, formerly of 24housing.
“Housing Digital aims to provide such reporting and to keep housing professionals informed and up to date on the issues that matter most to them.”
He added: “Despite the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m pleased to be flying the flag for a new, collaborative voice in UK housing as the sector gears up for an uncertain but hopeful future.”
Housing Digital was created as an accessible, easy-to-use resource available to everyone in the housing sector. This means registered housing providers can sign up for an account that enables them to upload their own news and appointments and to advertise job vacancies – all free of charge.
The membership also gives providers their own website profile and the ability to join in with the housing community by commenting on all news, features, and opinion pieces on the site.
Housing Digital publisher and managing director of UKBE Joe Broun said: “In these uncertain times, I don’t think there has ever been a greater need for collaboration across the sector.
“Housing Digital will not only be a free resource for industry news, jobs, and expert opinion, but also a virtual networking space where housing professionals can safely and conveniently meet to collaborate and share best practice from the comfort of their digital device.”
Commenting on the launch, National Housing Federation chief executive Kate Henderson said: “It’s great to see the launch of a new publication for the housing sector.
“We look forward to working with Housing Digital to tell the story of the sector, and wish them all the best with this exciting new project.”
Rebecca Clarke, head of membership at the Chartered Institute of Housing, added: “It is great to be working with Housing Digital on a new series of interviews championing diversity in a new publication for the sector.
“Having as many platforms as possible willing to talk about such a vital topic is essential for the sector.”
Following the success of UKBE’s online networking groups, Northern Housing Awards Socials, there are plans for expansion under the Housing Digital brand, to which members of Housing Digital will get complimentary attendance.
Registered housing providers, local authorities, and charities can now register for a free account.