Bolton’s biggest housing provider has completed a major merger and unveiled a new "not location specific" name. 

Bolton at Home first put forward a plan to merge with Trafford Park headquartered Arcon Housing in February last year, with Arcon first having become a subsidiary in 2019.

The merger has now been officially completed as of March 31 and the group will soon be known as Be One Homes.

Bolton at Home Group chief executive officer Noel Sharpe said: “Though Bolton is, and will remain, our heartland, we’ve been developing and managing more homes outside of the borough over the last few years.

“Joining together with Arcon has further added to the number of homes we have in other areas of Greater Manchester and the Northwest.

The Bolton News: Bolton at Home's Waters Meeting Road headquartersBolton at Home's Waters Meeting Road headquarters (Image: Google Maps)

“We want all our customers, staff and stakeholders to feel valued by and connected with us.

“For these reasons we decided to explore a new name that’s not location-specific and better reflects our shared values.

“Be One Homes embodies our commitment to accountability, inclusivity and togetherness.”

The Bolton News: Bolton at Home CEO Noel SharpeBolton at Home CEO Noel Sharpe (Image: Freshfield)

Bolton at Homes runs around 18,000 properties all over the borough, while Arcon’s 1,300 will also now be run by the group as well.

This means that Arcon tenants will now have Bolton at Home as their landlord and the provider says that all tenancy agreements, leases and rights will be unchanged.

Rents and service charges will still to be set according to government guidelines, while the group says that services will still be delivered the same as before.

A consultation about the merger was held with Arcon tenants in the summer and autumn of last year, with the move having been approved by Bolton at Home’s board in October.

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The merger has now also been approved by funders and by the government’s housing regulator, meaning that Arcon is now full integrated and no longer exists as a separate organisation.

Ms Sharpe said: “We embarked on our journey with Arcon in 2019 and it’s a partnership that has already created many positive outcomes for our customers, communities and our staff.

“Becoming one organisation was a natural next step.

“It enables us to continue investing in homes and services, delivering significant benefits for our communities across the region. 

“The efficiencies and financial savings achieved by operating as a single team will help us to provide more people with a safe, secure and affordable place to live.”