The Calico Group

Our purpose and vision

Founded in 2000, The Calico Group has grown from a small housing provider into a strong, integrated group of specialist companies and charities with a unified purpose:

“Together, we make social innovation happen to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
With our excellent governance, high standards and the strength of our combined offer, we’re doing exactly that. We measure our success in social profit, rather than financial, and to help us fulfil this purpose, our vision is that:

“Whoever you are and wherever you are at, we want to help you enjoy a better future. As a Group, we are strong and diverse. It is the passion, integrity and purpose of our people makes things happen.”

Our values

Our values are the key to our commercial success and vision. We all commit to and care about:

  • going one step further with customers
  • our wellbeing as individuals and teams
  • improving and strengthening ourselves and our organisation.

We’re driven by a genuine desire to improve the lives and futures of people living in the areas where we work.

Our values and behaviours

Each part of The Calico Group has its own specialism and expertise, and our Boards reflect our exciting structure. We are proud of our track record of providing a complete community service across housing, healthcare, support, employability and construction.

Our flexible group structure and expanding range of services help us adapt to the fast-changing environment in which we work, and our ability to combine our service specialisms gives us more opportunities to provide integrated support right across our communities.

Group Board

The Group Board facilitates excellent service delivery and appropriate managed growth within both a charitable and commercial environment.

Our group structure helps to minimise such risks associated with each part of the business whilst protecting our assets.

Calico Homes Board

Calico Homes currently provides 5,000 homes to people across Lancashire.

Our services include high quality, affordable housing to families and older people, plus supported housing and services for homeless people.

Syncora Board

Individually, each Syncora company has its own specialism and an impressive track record in healthcare, support, and employability.

Together, we have an even greater social impact; finding joined-up solutions to complex social problems.

Ring Stones Board

Our Ring Stones Board bring an extensive knowledge of the construction and maintenance sector.

They help us play an increasingly prominent role in the construction sector in our local area and beyond.

The name Calico derives from the fabric produced by the textile industry that was a definitive part of East Lancashire’s economic heritage. We came into being following the stock transfer of 5,000 homes from Burnley Borough Council.

While housing provision remains a large part of our Group’s business we have greatly diversified our service offering. This has supported business growth, which in turns strengthens our capacity to invest in our services and in our people, and continue to improve how we can support our customers.

Our headquarters are located in Centenary Court in Burnley, but our footprint has expanded across the North West of England as we have expanded our service offering. The Group now employs around 750 individuals across the region.