Jigsaw Homes Group Ltd, a new group of housing associations with more than 33,000 properties across the North West and East Midlands launches today (3 April) with plans to deliver in excess of 2,700 new homes over the next three years.

The new organisation, now one of the largest housing providers in the North West, becomes official today following the merger of New Charter Group, based in Greater Manchester, and Adactus Housing Group, based in Leigh.

With the mission ‘Creating homes. Building lives’ and a new annual turnover of £194m Jigsaw Group (as it will be known) combines the strengths of the two former companies to help reduce homelessness and tackle the challenges of welfare reform, poverty, and social exclusion.

The new organisation seeks to address the housing crisis by investing in a mix of quality homes across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire, including properties for affordable rent, shared ownership, Rent to Buy, for sale and private rent.

The merger also brings new opportunities to have greater influence in the sector and locally as part of devolution in Greater Manchester.

There will be no immediate change to day-to-day landlord activities although residents will benefit from Jigsaw Rewards, an innovative group wide scheme of collecting points in exchange for feedback on services and plans for the future.

Adactus’ former head and now Jigsaw Group Chief Executive, Hilary Roberts said: “We have come from two successful organisations with strong track records of providing quality homes, services and support, but together we will do more and do better.”

New Charter’s current Chair, Fay Selvan, is the new Group’s Chair with Jane Clayton, former Adactus Chair, as the new company’s Vice Chair.

New Charter’s Chief Executive Ian Munro remains in the business for a period of time to help ensure a smooth transition.