Port of Leith Housing Association

We make a positive impact on people’s lives in Leith and north Edinburgh by providing affordable homes and services, and creating brilliant communities.
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Last year, Port of Leith Housing Association won an internationally recognised award from the European Foundation for Quality Management. Its Recognised for Excellence status acknowledged the flexibility and responsiveness with which the association met the impact of Covid-19, while proceeding with ambitious plans to undergo an organisational review and launch a new strategic plan.

The housing association is made up of four entities: the registered social landlord and charity, Port of Leith Housing Association (the parent organisation) and three wholly owned subsidiary companies. These are a private rented-sector letting agent, Persevere Developments, a community initiatives and social enterprise company, Quay Community Improvements, and a multi-trades repairs and maintenance company, TB Mackay Energy Services.

The association is the largest social landlord in Leith, owning and managing almost 3,000 homes, of which about 90% are for social rent through the association and 10% are for mid-market rent through Persevere Developments.

In the years up to 2025, there are opportunities for the group to play an important part in the regeneration and development of Leith and the wider Edinburgh waterfront, within Western Harbour and Granton, in particular.

The group is well placed to continue playing an active part in creating new and large-scale mixed-use and mixed-tenure communities, where new services will be developed for management, maintenance and support, linking existing and new communities in the future.

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Featured Workplace Factors

Wellbeing

78% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

During the pandemic, managers held more frequent one-to-ones with staff to offer support and identify any further measures that might be taken to support wellbeing during the lockdowns. Some examples of actions taken include referring staff members to free counselling, providing information on mindfulness and other coping mechanisms, and altering workloads and objectives.
Leadership

84% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The association promotes an “open-door” approach to all members of the leadership and management teams. The chief executive, directors and managers attend team meetings across the organisation regularly. Discussion and focus groups are run, and shadowing and mentoring opportunities are offered to staff.
Giving Something Back

90% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Funding of £150,000 was secured from the Scottish government to aid food poverty in the area. Food was distributed though a wide network of local organisations. The association topped up the amount by £57,000. It also ran a community engagement programme in Granton with Granton Gardeners.
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78% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

During the pandemic, managers held more frequent one-to-ones with staff to offer support and identify any further measures that might be taken to support wellbeing during the lockdowns. Some examples of actions taken include referring staff members to free counselling, providing information on mindfulness and other coping mechanisms, and altering workloads and objectives.
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84% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The association promotes an “open-door” approach to all members of the leadership and management teams. The chief executive, directors and managers attend team meetings across the organisation regularly. Discussion and focus groups are run, and shadowing and mentoring opportunities are offered to staff.
Giving Something Back
96%

90% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Funding of £150,000 was secured from the Scottish government to aid food poverty in the area. Food was distributed though a wide network of local organisations. The association topped up the amount by £57,000. It also ran a community engagement programme in Granton with Granton Gardeners.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1975
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
46
Employee average age
38% : 62%
Male : Female employee ratio
38%
Employees earning £35k+
10%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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Port of Leith Housing Association has a key strategic goal of being a brilliant company and as part of this goal we believe that employee engagement is key to its delivery.

Heather Kiteley, Chief Executive Officer - Port of Leith Housing Association

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