A leading affordable housing group has given its backing to Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.
Orbit, which was formed in the city in 1967, is supporting the Coventry City of Culture Trust as a City Champion. The financial support will help the Trust to deliver an ambitious programme of events and activities across the city as well as leaving a lasting legacy of change for Coventry.
More than 100,000 people live in an Orbit home in developments right across the country, with the company building around 2,000 new homes per year.
Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are delighted to have Orbit on board as a City Champion.
“Support from the business community was absolutely crucial in Coventry winning the title of UK City of Culture and that backing is now even more vital in helping us to realise our vision for our year of events that will have a lasting positive impact on the city. With this support, Orbit is pledging to help the city as it moves forward; we’ll use this generous investment wisely.”
Craig Wilcockson, Group People and Strategy Director at Orbit said: “Orbit’s commitment to its social purpose goes beyond that of a landlord and developer. As a responsible business, it is committed to improving the long-term prospects of society and the environment.
“Orbit aims to be a business fit for the future and work to build affordable homes, lessen the impact on the environment, and do business in a more socially and responsible way. Creating spaces which contribute to its customers happiness and wellbeing are part of Orbit’s mission, to lead in building thriving communities.
“The City of Culture highlights this vision. We are passionate about impacting our unique, vibrant city for the better and empowering the people of Coventry and beyond. The impact it will have on our city, our communities and our businesses is incredibly exciting to us and we are delighted to be a part of it.”
Orbit has three offices in Coventry, based in Binley, and employs around 500 people locally. Across Coventry, Orbit manages around 2,000 properties for over 4,270 customers.
Part of Orbit’s investment will support community projects across the city, aligning with the organisation’s ‘building communities’ approach, which enables Orbit to invest £5 million each year, back into the communities it serves.