Bjorn HowardGroup CEO
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Motivated by our vision that everyone has a home, we are proud to continue to help as many people as possible to live in safe, affordable, good-quality housing in communities they are proud to call home.
Through our inaugural annual ESG report, we demonstrate our environmental responsibility, how our activities have a positive impact on people in our communities, as well as a robust governance framework.ESG
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With huge challenges facing every business across the UK, our commitment to strong governance and sound financial management is more crucial than ever. Our long-term strategic vision and our ability to harness flexible, dynamic governance and financial planning ensure that our business can adapt to a whole range of risks and opportunities.
With all that in place we are confident we are well placed to navigate through the current uncertainty and use the lessons learned to help shape new ways of working in the future.
View detail around our liquidity along with our approach to governance, and operational management and maintenance here:Investor update - Covid 19
Aster Group is a financially robust housing business. Our A+ credit rating from Standard and Poor’s is a measure of our financial stability and stewardship.
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The Aster Group is a financially stable and robust business which is reflected in our A+ credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. Our business performance is underpinned by strong financial and operational management, a disciplined approach to acquisitions and the talent and contributions of our people. Click on a link below to view our recent financial performance.
The Group raised finance in 2013 through a publicly listed bond which was later tapped in 2018. The bond was issued from our subsidiary company, Aster Treasury Plc. Click the link below to view the statutory accounts of Aster Treasury Plc.
The Group via Aster Treasury plc raises debt in the capital markets to fund the development programme. The Group has a publicly listed bond that was issued in 2013 and later tapped in 2018 and an inaugural sustainable note issuance from our Medium Term Notes programme in 2021.
Our vision is that everyone has a home. It’s a bold statement but one everyone across our business is passionate about.
We provide safety and security through our reliable customer services and we supply a wide range of housing options in response to the housing crisis.
Established in 1990, we are a well-run business with revenues over £200 million and an operating profit of more than £50 million.
Our 2021/22 strategy is a shared set of objectives and goals that as a business we’ll work together to achieve.
Supported by three strategic themes our approach is underpinned by a set of enablers which will deliver our future and focus on transformation, growth and financial strength and sustainability.Find out more Our story
Aster is always interested in working with strategic partners, in joint ventures, and through mergers and cost-sharing vehicles with other organisations if the fit is right and if together we can provide better and more efficient housing. We are also interested in land acquisition, brownfield regeneration and other partnering opportunities for new housing development sites across the UK. For example, we have formed a partnership with Galliford Try to create more than 800 new homes for market sale, affordable rent and shared ownership over the next seven years.
Following the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower in London we have taken a number of steps to assure our customers of their safety in the homes we manage and maintain.
While we have no specific concerns about the safety of our buildings, following the tragedy in London we immediately started a proactive review of all of our communal properties to ensure the safety of our customers in the homes we manage and maintain.
The five blocks of flats we own and manage that are over six storeys or 18 metres high - which equates to 171 flats and is 0.58% of our housing stock - have been assessed for high risk materials. Work has also concluded on our review of low to medium rise blocks of flats.
None of the high rise blocks surveyed have been found to contain high risk materials (aluminium composite materials) similar to that used at Grenfell Tower. All of our low and medium rise stock has been checked and we are satisfied with these reviews, with the exception of three schemes which require further testing but of are of no immediate concern.
We continue to work with local authorities, fire authorities, the National Housing Federation and other relevant bodies to ensure we are providing information they require while also receiving the latest guidance and advice.
Where refurbishment work is being carried out to our buildings we are seeking assurance that all materials used comply with strict fire safety regulations.
We have reviewed the fire safety information available on our website and have issued guidance in our customer newsletter, emails and on our social media channels.
Alongside this, we have fully briefed our colleagues, particularly frontline employees such as contact centre workers, to ensure that we provide clear and consistent advice on fire safety and provide reassurance that our homes are safe and comply with all necessary fire standards.
We are urging our customers to test their smoke alarms regularly and to ensure that they are fully aware of the fire safety advice and fire escape routes in their homes.
We’re actively inviting customers to contact 0333 400 8333 if they have specific concerns or feedback.
25 November 2019
East Boro Housing Trust and Aster Group have today announced the intention to create a new partnership.
As East Boro Housing Trust, the Dorset based Supported Social Housing Provider, approaches its 60th year, plans are being made for the next chapter of its long-term future.
To enable the business to continue to be a progressive small housing association, East Boro is exploring the opportunity of a partnership with Aster, which would result in them joining the Aster Group business as a subsidiary entity, whilst maintaining the brand, heritage and history that make the business so valuable to its customers and colleagues.
The new partnership would create:
East Boro would keep its Board, employees, housing stock and all of its tenants and customers would remain. It would continue to provide housing, care and support to vulnerable adults and families throughout Dorset, with the support of a business providing homes and services across the South of England.
Kevin Hodder, CEO at East Boro Housing Trust, added: “The aim of this new partnership is to play to the strengths of both organisations, creating a partnership that is centred on a local focus, supported by a multi-regional infrastructure.
“East Boro’s brand and ethos would remain and thrive. While customers and colleagues wouldn’t see any immediate changes, the long-term improvements in their experience will be significant.
“Together we would be able to further invest in enhancing digital services, innovation and new technologies along with providing our colleagues with a wider range of development opportunities.”
Bjorn Howard, Group CEO of Aster Group, said: “We’re entering a crucial period for housing and the need for good-quality, affordable homes of all tenures has rarely been greater.
“By working together, our expertise, assets, ambition and combined portfolio would put us in an even stronger position to deliver more homes and become even more resilient to a changing economic environment.”
The partnership will enable both businesses to offer their existing partners and stakeholders more in the future. The partnership would create opportunities to support other small housing associations, something that East Boro has a proud tradition in doing, and the capacity and influence created through the partnership will strengthen this.
East Boro’s Chairman, Eileen Hayward said “As a self-managed part of the Aster Group, East Boro would be able to provide more homes, more services and invest into the communities in which we operate at a substantially greater level than we would have been able to do on our own.
“This step would enable East Boro to do more of what it was originally formed to do and has done for the past 60 years.
“East Boro would remain as East Boro, but as part of the Aster Group, with significant benefits for the next long-term chapter of its life.”
The opportunity is subject to EBHT consultation and this will run from 25 November 2019 to 11 January 2020 and pending feedback, the aim is for EBHT to become part of the Aster Group on 31 March 2020.
We strive to achieve real value for money for our customers, lenders and communities. How we are making the most of every pound we spend is explained in our annual Aster Group Value for Money Self Assessment reports.
(From 2019/20 onwards Aster’s VFM report can be found in the group’s annual report and accounts. Aster no longer produce a standalone VFM report.)
Aster publishes, on an annual basis, our payment performance statistics.
This includes the percentage of invoices paid within the financial year and the amount of interest paid to suppliers.Payment Performance
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