Work with us

Why work with the social housing sector?

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is the voice of housing associations in England, representing almost 600 housing association members that provide homes for around six million people.

Our housing association members offer social homes, shared ownership homes, some market homes to rent and buy, and essential supported and specialist housing. They also provide support for vulnerable people, invest in community services and regeneration, and reinvest their income into delivering their social purpose.

The NHF has over 80 years’ experience of working in the sector and understands how social landlords act and react. Our sector intelligence, and relationships with key decision makers are fundamental to the success of collaborative partnerships and campaigns with organisations looking to support our members.

Why partner with the NHF?


We have touchpoints with all aspects of a housing association, not just individual departments. As the voice of social housing in England, we are seen as a thought leader, and have the reach to share particular products and services that are valued by housing associations, and to highlight issues they should be aware of. 

We offer a breadth of opportunities to ensure our partnerships can be developed to suit your needs and budgets, including bespoke emails and newsletters to our membership, tailored social media campaigns, sponsorship opportunities and more.

Throughout the year, we deliver a range of conferences, giving you the flexibility to reach your audience in ways that best suit your organisation. Our events offer housing leaders the guidance and inspiration they need to shape the future of social housing and deliver for their residents and communities. Key opportunities for sector partners at conferences include speaking slots and exhibition stands to engage with housing leaders and decision makers.

Make partnering with the NHF part of your marketing strategy and benefit from:

  • Engaging with senior decision-makers.
  • Aligning your brand with the social housing sector.
  • Gaining sales leads to increase your market share.
  • Sharing expertise and building long-term relationships.

What opportunities are available to you?

Become a Preferred Supplier

Our Preferred Suppliers partnership is a bespoke multi-year agreement with organisations looking to develop long-term relationships with housing associations.

Find out more about becoming a Preferred Supplier

Become a Sector Supplier

As a Sector Supplier you’ll receive support from us to promote your products and services to our members, and showcase your offer to the sector.

Find out more about becoming a Sector Supplier

Sponsorship and exhibiting

Our conference programme is packed with opportunities to get your organisation in front of senior decision-makers and buyers in the social housing sector.

Find out more about sponsoring and exhibiting with the NHF

Our members are always seeking advice from auditors and treasury advisors. If you would like to be added to a list of providers which is available to our members then please get in touch.


"As a new Sector Supplier we have had a fantastic experience working with the team at the National Housing Federation on our recent zero carbon emissions marketing campaign. They couldn’t have been more helpful and encouraging, and provided excellent guidance and expertise. We look forward to working more closely with them in the future. Thank you!"

Helen Harrison, Managing Director, Integrator Housing Solutions

"I have been very fortunate to work with the NHF for several years now. The team at the NHF are always professional, knowledgeable and approachable both to me and my team, but also to the UK housing associations that the NHF represents. We rely on the NHF for their expertise and advice to complement our extensive knowledge of the sector, which allows us to consistently go above and beyond to support our customers."

Greg Dean, Divisional Sales Manager, Charities and Housing Associations, Phoenix Software Limited

"Penningtons Manches Cooper has been a National Housing Federation supplier for 10 years. 

"The social housing sector is a leading area at Penningtons Manches Cooper and we have really valued being a Sector Supplier to National Housing Federation members. It means we are able to build on our vast knowledge of the sector and understand its chief concerns. We have been able to share knowledge and marketing activity with the NHF's account managers. Other benefits are being able to promote any initiatives through the Sector Supplier newsletter, get discount for the NHF’s leading sector conferences, and advertise the fact that we are suppliers on marketing materials including pitches.

"We are proud to be associated with the National Housing Federation and hope that our relationship continues for many more years."

Caroline Barry, Business Development Manager, Real Estate Division, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Who to speak to

Helen Collins, Head of Business Development