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Curo is a group of companies that operate in the social and commercial housing market as well as the care and support sector. Until 2012 we were a group of housing associations trading under a number of names under the Somer Housing Group umbrella.

The core of the housing association business was constructed from the former Somer Community Housing Trust (SCHT), which was set up in 1999 following the transfer of housing stock from Bath & North East Somerset Council. SCHT was joined in 2002 by Shape Housing Association (formerly Bath Self Help), a specialist provider of supported housing with around 150 bed spaces. Redland Housing Association, which was founded in 1973, became the newest member of the Group in 2005, bringing with it a further 1,400 homes.

Following a governance review in 2011, we set up a single Combined Board and in 2012 began operating under a single name and brand - Curo.

Curo's big dates

1999: Somer Community Housing Trust launches with stock transferred from Bath & North East Somerset Council.

2002: Joined by supported housing provider Shape Housing Association.

2005: Redland Housing Association (founded 1973).

2011: Combined Board set up to oversee the work of all three housing associations.

2012: Adoption of the new 'Curo' identity. From July:

  • Curo Places became the trading name of our housing association.
  • Curo Choice became the trading name of our care and support business.
  • Curo Enterprise became the trading name of our commercial business.
  • Curo Response became the trading name of our direct labour organisation - providing repairs and servicing.

2013: Shareholders approve the official change of name to Curo.

2015: All properties owned by Curo Places (Bristol) Limited transferred into Curo Places Limited (using a Transfer of Engagements). Curo Places undergoes a conversion to a Community Benefit Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act.

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