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Double win for Host at Student Housing Leadership Awards

At Host, our staff work tirelessly to ensure a safe, friendly and comfortable environment for our students to live in and to provide an excellent experience for them whilst at university or college.

As a result of their hard work, several members of the Host team have been recognised for their outstanding contributions at this year’s Student Housing Leadership Awards (SHLA).

Hibba Nazish, Simon Mansell and Dan King were respectively shortlisted as finalists for the following three categories: ‘Site Staff Member of the Year’, ‘Operational Support Member of the Year’ and ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’.

The SHLA’s puts a spotlight on the incredible contributions that operational staff make to the purpose-built student accommodation sector and recognises the top talent across a vibrant industry. This year’s awards recognised the achievements of individuals and teams during the September 2017- September 2018 academic year and were judged by an independent panel of judges.

The awards ceremony took place last night (30th January 2019), and we are delighted and proud to announce that both Simon and Dan were named as winners of their categories.

simon-and-dan's-trophySimon Mansell won the ‘Operational Support Member of the Year’ award; an award for those who have provided much needed support to site based teams from a head/central office. Championing company values with an innovative and forward-thinking approach to raising the organisations’ standards.

One of the judges commented, “Obtaining ISO accreditations and developing the appropriate support systems is a demanding undertaking. To combine this successfully with the management of existing buildings and mobilisation of two sites is outstanding.”

Dan King won the ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’ award; an award for those who have exceeded expectations without seeking recognition. An individual whose contribution differs from others within the same job and has made a significant improvement to the student experience, sales, customer service and more.

“It is apparent Dan has gone above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions and stands out with his innovative ideas to make freshmans feel more comfortable,” said the judging panel, “Dan seems like a classic unsung hero…committed, hardworking and innovative…a worthy winner.”

A huge congratulations to both Simon and Dan on their wins, and to Hibba on being shortlisted as a finalist out of 70 nominees in her category; it’s fantastic recognition for the hard work and achievements of all three staff members. Well done to all other winners and finalists of this year’s SHLA’s.

As we progress through the second half of the 2018-19 academic year, our teams are continuing to work hard to deliver the exceptional standards and service provided to our students.

Visit the Host website to find out more about student accommodation or contact us directly and we’ll be happy to help.

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Getting serious about the environment we live in.

To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.

It’s a simple campaign! If we can reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by 1% then we will donate £10,000, 2% reduction means £20,000, 3% is £30,000 and so on, to 3 charities; Student Minds, LandAid and Just a Drop.

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