Blog Archive: Housing Innovation Awards 2012

Blog Archive: Housing Innovation Awards 2012

Banquet Dinner

Originally Published On: 21st March 2012

An entertaining evening provided by Excel events, held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London. The event was hosted by television & radio presenter/producer Paul Bunker, and was celebrating spirit and highlighting examples of inventive and original schemes and services.

Joining Paul Bunker on stage was guest speaker John Bird MBE, founder and editor-in-chief of the Big Issue magazine, one of the world’s most successful street magazines.

Guest Speaker John Bird

Born into poverty and brought up in care Bird has lived through a great deal, but is now an inspirational leader with an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change.

Bird fascinated the audience with his charismatic personality, taking us through his experiences and just how important innovation is during difficult times.

The event had an outstanding turn out with over 300 people attending. Awards given through the evening included: most innovative use of renewable technology, most innovative community engagement and most innovative affordable housing scheme.

During the evening there was a charity raffle, which managed to raise over £3500 for CP Sport. A charity whose aim is on improving the quality of life through sport and physical opportunities, for people with disabilities especially those who have Cerebral Palsy.

Comedian Jarred Christmas, whose portfolio of appearances include comedy shows such as mock the week and the comedy store, rounded off the evening with a short performance of his material.

Guests from excel publishing

Drinks Reception


Overall the events coordinator at Excel- Amber, laid out a lovely evening.

“Many thanks to Liz and Right Venues for help making the transition from holding events in Manchester to holding our inaugural Housing Innovation Awards in London that much easier. Any queries that arose Liz and Right venues were on the case, it made my job as the events co-ordinator a whole lot less stressful and the event itself a whole lot more enjoyable.”

Amber Engle Excel Publishing