Asset Management Improvement Partnership (AMIP)

AMIP is a unique best practice and benchmarking club, with client and supplier membership options, which brings together people from across the housing sector to share their expertise.

The partnership, which is member-owned, aims to drive innovation by focusing on key topics and to continue to create improvements for all members by sharing operational and strategic best practice and high-quality collateral.

Members include housing providers, contractors, suppliers and wider stakeholders such as CIH and Tpas.

A range of seminars and workshops are delivered through AMIP, featuring high-profile speakers, covering topical issues such as equality, diversity and inclusion, succession planning, decarbonisation, fuel poverty, procurement, mental health and wellbeing, social value, customer engagement and alternative delivery models.

Key benefits of joining AMIP include:

  • Sharing best practice and new ideas.
  • Networking through regular structured meetings and workshops for members.
  • Hearing from thought leaders and industry experts on topical issues.
  • Sharing and comparing performance data.
  • Access to our dedicated portal for information sharing, which includes a discussion board to aid with communications.

Contact amip@echelonip.co.uk for more information on membership options.

Next meeting

The first AMIP meeting of 2024 will be taking place at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey on Thursday 7 March 2024 and is titled ‘Driving a positive people culture’.

The meeting will focus on employee wellbeing within the social housing sector where we will be considering the employee experience at work from a holistic view. For this meeting only, AMIP members can bring a third attendee, specifically someone who is in a resident-facing role, to benefit from the content being delivered.

During the lunchtime period, we will have exclusive access to F1 and AMG GT racing simulators, with a trophy available for the person with the fastest lap time.

Confirmed speakers at the session include:

  • Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist will delve into the realms of health, wellbeing, and happiness at work.
  • Michelle Haycox from ELM Coaching will provide an insightful overview of the Wellbeing Programme launching by EIP in April 2024.
  • Zoe Benjamin, winner of BIZ Women in STEM 2023 will address employee burnout and its implications on cyber security.
  • Nick Howes, MD of LMI UK, will discuss enhancing communication and creating time/energy for work often sidelined by firefighting and crisis management.

The meeting will commence at 11am and all attendees must be registered no later than Tuesday 27th February 2024. The meeting will finish at 5pm.

There is a free car park for delegates or it is around a 25-minute walk from Weybridge Station to the venue. A shuttle service will be provided for delegates between Weybridge Station and Mercedes-Benz World between 10am – 11am and for return journeys between 5pm-6pm.

Previous meetings

December 2023

Members of Asset Management Improvement Partnership (AMIP) met at the Mary Ward House in Euston on Tuesday 12 December 2023. The focus of the meeting was on social value in the social housing sector.

As part of the day, delegates heard from Mulalley and Lewisham Council on ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ of social value in procurement which was followed by a session from Sovereign Network Group on their approach to social value and the benefit to their communities.

We also received an overview from Langley on social value enterprises and how these can upskill the next generation and Clarion Futures outlined how they have managed to secure over £18-million of social value in 2022/23.

The last session of the day was a joint session from Travis Perkins Managed Services, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Lampton Services on how to build and maintain social value momentum from tender to contract award and mobilisation.

A summary of the meeting can be found by visiting this webpage: Social value focus for AMIP meeting – Echelon IP

September 2023

Members of Asset Management Improvement Partnership (AMIP) met at the WWT London Wetland Centre on Tuesday 12 September. The focus of the meeting was on current and emerging legislation which would impact the social housing sector.

The first session focused on the Procurement Bill and was led by Rebecca Rees, Partner at Trowers and Hamlins LLP and Kris Kelliher, Partner at Devonshires LLP. The group then heard from Holly Watson, Head of CDM, Principal Designer and OHS at Frankham Risk Management Service on the Building Safety Act and Caritas Charles, Policy and Insight Manager from Tpas England on Tenant Satisfaction Measures. The day finished with a presentation on the Social Housing (Regulation) Act from Donna McCarthy, Partner at Devonshires LLP.

Delegates were able to join a facilitated tour and wildlife walk around the Wetland Centre in small groups during the lunchtime period.

A summary report of the day can be found here: ‘Regulation Ready’ AMIP Meeting at WWT London Wetland Centre – Echelon IP

June 2023

Taking place at the Museum of London Docklands, the AMIP meeting took place on Tuesday 6 June 2023 and was named ‘Footprint to a better future’.

The focus of the meeting was on decarbonisation and sustainability, with speakers from The Retrofit Academy, Q-Bot, IRT Surveys, IoT Solutions Group.  A panel session on electric vehicles, featuring Platform Housing Group, Bell Group and Northgate took place as well as a session on SHDF funding and the Greener Futures Partnership. The final session of the day was facilitated by regenerative consultants, Anna Williamson and Martin Brown, who had led on the Regenerative Sustainability working group and were launching a paper based on the outputs of the group named ‘Surviving to Thriving’.

During the lunchtime period, delegates were able to hear from Peter Stone, historian and author about the history of the Docklands area.

March 2023

‘Do we practice what we preach?’ was the topic of the AMIP meeting, which took place on Wednesday 8th March on HMS Belfast.

The focus of the meeting was on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the housing sector and what companies can do to develop and encourage an inclusive and supportive culture in their workplaces.

We heard from LCB Group on gender equality in the social housing and construction sector as well as Housing Diversity Network and Orbit Group on how to build an inclusive culture and diversified workforce.

We were also joined by Women in Social Housing and Positive About Inclusion on how workplaces can help women flourish in the workplace. The final session of the day was from The Clive Smith Foundation which aims to support people experiencing mental health problems as well as raise awareness of mental health issues.

A summary of the day can be found by visiting this webpage: Equality Diversity and Inclusion focus for AMIP meeting onboard HMS Belfast – Echelon IP

December 2022

The December 2022 meeting was held at Charlton Athletic Football Club and focused on succession planning, staff retention and attracting school leavers into the construction and housing sector.

All attendees were encouraged to bring an apprentice, school leaver or junior member of staff to the meeting, all of whom received a £50 Travis Perkins gift voucher, co-funded by Echelon Consultancy and Travis Pekins Managed Services.

September 2022

Tackling the cost-of-living crisis was the focus of the September meeting, with presentations from guest speakers on the impact of the Energy Bill, the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and Environment Sustainable and Governance (ESG) funding.

June 2022

Decarbonisation was on the agenda for June, with presentations on accessing money from the Greener Future Partnerships and Social Housing Decarbonisation funds, as well as an intro to PAS2060.

Wates and Bell Group outlined a contractors’ approach to decarbonisation and there was a focus on looking ahead to winter and the challenges it would bring for housing providers, rounded off with a Q&A.

March 2022

In March 2022, AMIP held its first face-to-face meeting since September 2019, due to the Covid pandemic, with a focus on procurement. Steven Brunning of Anthony Collins Solicitors started with a session on the proposed new Procurement Regulations, followed by a Q&A with residents of Hexagon Housing Association about their involvement in the procurement of a new repairs, voids and planned works contract. The meeting ended with a session reviewing the Complaints Handling Code issued by the Housing Ombudsman Service.