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Why Task Management will be a game changer for your compliance
2nd Sep 2020

Why Task Management will be a game changer for your compliance

Ensuring compliance will always be one of the key objectives of any social housing provider. However, it is a time-consuming process that brings with it hundreds of different follo...

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What can be done to meet Government energy efficiency targets?
4th Aug 2020

What can be done to meet Government energy efficiency targets?

Within the social housing industry improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock is a key objective for all organisations. Properties that are more energy efficient mean ...

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Need-to-know Updates for your Orchard Financials Implementation
24th Jul 2020

Need-to-know Updates for your Orchard Financials Implementation

At Orchard, our expert team are always working hard to stay on top of the latest tax and accounting changes, to make sure that clients are able to make the changes they need to the...

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How Lockdown has Changed Financial Management in Housing Associations for the Better
15th Jul 2020

How Lockdown has Changed Financial Management in Housing Associations for the Better

Lockdown has made remote working and working from home a necessity for housing organisations across the country. It has forced many people to adopt digital technologies and adapt t...

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The rise of Digital Assistants at work and at home
9th Jun 2020

The rise of Digital Assistants at work and at home

I'll confess, before starting this article I did try asking "Alexa write me an article on the rise of Digital Assistants" but Alexa isn't that good...yet. In the world of smart ...

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Using technology to help and empower vulnerable tenants
2nd Jun 2020

Using technology to help and empower vulnerable tenants

In social housing ensuring the wellbeing of all tenants is always a priority for every local authority or housing association. Now with advances in technology, it means that the...

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Orchard Round Table round-up: How Can Mobility Help Housing Associations Through Coronavirus Recovery?
1st Jun 2020

Orchard Round Table round-up: How Can Mobility Help Housing Associations Through Coronavirus Recovery?

With early tentative relaxation of some lockdown measures, and this week’s announcement that schools and some shops are expected to re-open in June, we spoke to our Orchard Round T...

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Orchard Round Table round-up: Engaging Tenants During COVID-19
26th May 2020

Orchard Round Table round-up: Engaging Tenants During COVID-19

In our latest Round Table event, participants from housing organisations across the UK talked about how the lockdown has changed the way they’re interacting with tenants. COVID-19 ...

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Housing Associations focused on software integration
26th May 2020

Housing Associations focused on software integration

In our recent 2020 Technology Survey one word kept coming up from respondents of the survey: Integration. We asked respondents what were the most important factors they consider...

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The Future of Data in Housing
22nd May 2020

The Future of Data in Housing

Guest post by Stephen Thorlby-Coy from Yorkshire Housing: Data, when put to good use, can revolutionise the way a housing association works. At Yorkshire Housing, we’re capturin...

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The Orchard UX Process
11th May 2020

The Orchard UX Process

When it comes to design at Orchard we have a fully collaborative and inclusive approach. Whether we’re improving an existing component, designing a new screen or designing a whole ...

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Using Technology to Produce Accurate Costings for Repair and Maintenance Jobs
5th May 2020

Using Technology to Produce Accurate Costings for Repair and Maintenance Jobs

Accurate costing of maintenance and repair jobs not only allows you to ensure your workforce is being compensated fairly, but also makes it possible to identify areas where costs c...

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