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A 'Brill' Photo Wins Photography Competition

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It’s true what they say - choosing a home is all about location, location, location and our recent ‘great locations’ competition emphasizes that perfectly.

We were delighted to receive fantastic entries from all over the country, with budding, amateur and even professional photographers keen to show us what’s great about where they live. We were impressed with the array of pictures ranging from beautiful flowers in their back garden to vast landscapes of the country-side.

Our regional winners were then put forward for the chance to win the national prize of a gift voucher for a one-day photography course as well as a framed copy of their photograph.

Our professional judges helped select a winner for each of our six regions.

The six regional winners were:

- Scotland – Charles Garnett for his photograph of sunset at a country park in Barrhead

- North East – Rob Cole for his shot of Newcastle’s iconic bridges

- North West – Brian Derbyshire for his photograph of a beautiful view across Lancashire

- Yorkshire – Arron Woolley for his photograph of Sheffield at night

- Midlands – Janine Lee for her photograph of the East Leicester countryside

- Southern – Victoria Timms for her photograph of children taking in the beautiful view from Brill in Buckinghamshire

Competition judge and professional photographer, Gary Baker said: “The standard of photography was extremely high and I was genuinely impressed by all six finalists.”

Winners received a £50 Amazon voucher plus the opportunity to have their photo framed and displayed in their nearest Miller Homes development.

And well done to Victoria Timms who went on to scoop the overall prize.

 “However, in the end I chose Victoria Timms as the overall competition winner.  Her use of colour, composition and technical ability all contributed to the making of a well-executed image and a very deserving winner.” said Gary.

Victoria commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to bits to win! This photograph is of my two children and their three friends looking out towards the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside surrounding the village we live in. We are very fortunate to have such stunning views and I was lucky enough to capture this precious moment of them all.”

To see all of the entries please visit out pinterest board.

For more information on our developments please visit our website.

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Moving Home With The Tick of a Box


It’s a well-known fact that moving home can be one of the most stressful experiences we will ever go through. We do everything we can to make the home-buying journey as smooth as possible for our customers and include an easy-to-follow checklist within our homeowner’s manual to keep our new purchasers on track for their move.

As moving in day approaches there’s going to be a lot of things to do. So start your planning now by following our steps, reduce stress and you will find yourself being able to tick some of your check list boxes before you know it!

- Let your gas, water and electricity providers know that you are moving. They will have to disconnect the supply and maybe arrange for a meter reading on the day of moving out. Don’t fret through as before you move into your Miller home we’ll make sure that all of these services are connected.

- Let your phone company know and arrange for your new phone line to be installed at your new home. This can easily be arranged through your selected phone company but remember that phone lines can only be connected to your new home after completion. Advise your new phone provider if you require extra phone points and the Sales Adviser on your development will help to arrange the best time for your phone provider to install the connection.

- If you are living in rented accommodation, you’ll have to notify your landlord in writing. This is also a good time to let any doctors, dentists and vets etc. know if you are moving to a new area and plan to leave their practice. Also let your children’s schools know your new address if you are staying within the area.

- If you are moving to a new area, start looking into a new doctors’ surgery etc. as soon as possible and ensure that you get your family registered.

- Newspaper, milk and any other delivery extras that you may have will have to be notified. Ensure that any accounts you have are settled before you move and if you want to continue their service, let them know your new address!

- When it comes to your mail, make a list of all the people you need to tell about your address change (i.e. family, friends, your employer etc.). A good way of letting people know is by sending some change of address cards. For any stray mail that may still come to your old address, you can arrange with the Post Office to have this mail redirected for a period of time for a small fee.

- Probably the most important step before moving day is to make sure your removal arrangements are all set in stone. Make sure the firm know where they’re collecting from and where they are going to. Double check arrival times and let your site representative know in advance so a clear access to your home can be provided.

Once this is complete you should be on the home stretch to moving in day! For even more information, we have a range of blogs that can help you when it comes to moving that include Moving With Kids, Moving With Pets and a blog dedicated to moving home with Smart Phone Applications.

For more information on our developments, please visit our website.

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The 2000s (Olympic Success)

2000 blog

In celebration of our 80th year, we are revisiting our heritage as we outline the story of how we became one of the UK’s leading housebuilders. Continuing our trip down memory lane, we are now looking at Miller Homes during the 2000s, a new millennium bringing continued progress in technology, brand new regions and success across the board for Miller staff members on the awards front.

In 2000, and with the buzz of the millennium bug still fresh in the nation’s mind, our IT department launched a state of the art project that aimed to provide a single source for company information that could be easily accessed by all members of staff. Named m’power, the intranet project was taken on tour during the autumn of that year with a team of staff training colleagues on how it all worked. Ready with the m’power bus, the training team covered areas such as online procedures, bulletin boards and a brand new photo library.  

Even now in 2014, m’power has stood the test of time and is an essential tool for all staff members.As if taking over the web wasn’t enough, we made our way onto the stage taking a leading role at the 2001 BBC Good Homes Show. Our Avon house type was constructed in less than five days by a team of 150 in the NEC Arena in the Midlands and when it was complete,  famous designer, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, was on hand to open the show. Hosting more than 16,000 visitors over the five day event, 150 people then went on to register their interest in buying their very own Miller home.  One visitor even went straight to the site after seeing our show home on display and snapped up the last remaining property.

Success continued with Homes North East becoming the first business in the UK to have its Chief Executive, Production Director and entire site management team awarded professional memberships of the World Body of Construction Managers in 2003. This acknowledgement came after 20 of the production team successfully completed their Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) training. Group Chief Executive, Keith Miller, was also awarded a special Fellowship of the CIOB.

A further accolade  for the North Region came along when site manager, Bill Hughes, was presented with the NHBC Pride in the Job Supreme Award only months later. Beating 17,000 other NHBC registered site managers, the award meant that Bill was officially the best site manager of all the leading housebuilders in the UK. Bill’s success in building excellence continued as he went on to win the Supreme Award again five years in a row and he was runner-up in 2008 and 2009.

In 2004, the Athens Olympic Games were fast approaching and the UK had a future champion on its hands, Sir Chris Hoy. In his quest for Olympic glory, The Miller Group agreed to sponsor the World Champion. All his hard worked paid off as, a year later, Chris returned to Edinburgh and to Miller House to proudly show off his first gold medal. In his first visit back to Scotland since his success in Athens, Chris was given a hero’s welcome by Miller staff.  His Olympic glory continued four years later in Beijing.  Chris brought three further gold medals back to Miller House and was given    another warm and enthusiastic welcome from thrilled  Miller staff members.

As mentioned in our 1990s blog, work was well underway when it came to building Edinburgh Park in the Noughties and, in 2005, a brand new head office for The Miller Group located in the park was opened for business. To mark the official opening, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal unveiled a specially-made sculpture of one of the founders of The Miller Group, Sir James Miller. His son, also James, and Keith Miller were involved in the opening ceremony and Miller House continues to be The Miller Group’s HQ with Sir James’ sculpture sitting proudly at the main entrance to the building.

Royalty continued to have an influence in the history of The Miller Group as in the summer of 2005, Keith Miller was awarded a CBE from Her Majesty the Queen for his services to the construction industry in Scotland and to charity.

To round off our Noughties blog, Miller Homes’ business made inroads to the housing market in the South with the official launch of Miller Homes Southern. Based in Basingstoke, the region  covered Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Berkshire with plans to achieve a £50m turnover within a three-year period.

Take a look at our Pinterest board to view  a range of Miller Homes photographs from 2000 onwards and from previous decades.

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Happy Buyers Equals Happy Homes

Happy Buyers blog

Whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned pro on the property ladder, securing your dream home isn’t always a straightforward process.  Giving our customers the best experience possible is one of our top priorities, so naturally we are delighted when they let us know just how happy they are! 

Klara Gellert and her daughter Hanna moved into our Miller Point development in 2012 and not long after, Hanna decided it was time to spread her wings and leave the family home.

However, she didn’t go very far! After being so impressed with the customer service and support provided by Miller Homes Hanna did not have to look too far when she was ready to fly the nest.

Klara said: “After 18 months Hanna decided she was ready to be independent and wanted to get on the housing ladder. She wanted something affordable and nearby. Miller Homes provided everything we wished for. 

“After the wonderful stress-free service we had already received it didn’t take much thought for Hanna to reserve and buy her first Miller home in August 2013. The Deposit Match scheme allowed Hanna to make the move and she’s over the moon and has settled in really well.”

Through our Home Exchange scheme, which offers a cash buyer for your property and also eliminates advertising costs and estate agents’ fees, our Park View development welcomed the Lakey family, who also happened to be the first people to visit the site! With their two children, Sam and Eve, Julie and Philip grabbed the opportunity as soon as they heard about the development launching.

Julie said. “We reserved a three-bedroom Albert and since moving into our beautiful new home we have never looked back. We love the design and layout of the house - it’s almost a surprise having a lower ground floor tucked away and the overall spec is outstanding.

“The standard of service from the entire Miller Homes team has been fantastic, but especially from the sales office staff and site managers.  I have recommended Miller Homes to everyone I have spoken to.”

Being close to home sometimes proves best as Mr and Mrs Lowe proved when they moved to our Brooklands development in Gainsborough after living in France for a number of years. The Lowes found their home online and were immediately attracted to the design of the house, the price and the positive recommendations they heard about Miller Homes.

"Everything has been a pleasurable experience from our initial contact, through the sales process, choosing our interior fittings at the Choices Centre right until we received our keys," said Mrs Lowe. "Andrea, our sales adviser, kept us updated at every stage of the build and played a huge part in the positive experience we enjoyed."

Our customers are hugely important to us, and seeing their journey progress successfully to the point where they can call one of our homes their own brings a great deal of happiness to our teams.

If you are interested in buying your own Miller home, please visit our website for information on our developments.

View further customer testimonials on our ‘Happy Buyers’ pinterest board.

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Transform Your Home with a Trick-Or-Treat

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Halloween is right around the corner and with the help from our friends across the pond, decorating our homes for the occasion has grown substantially in popularity. Whether you keep it simple and have a few spooky decorations or take it to the next level and decorate your entire home, Halloween is a great time to let your imagination run wild for at least one night.

A great place to start is the humble pumpkin. The signature décor for Halloween, carving pumpkins has become a family favourite to mark the holiday. They are easy to buy with most supermarkets selling them in the weeks running up to October 31st and there are even a few pumpkin patches dotted around the country for an even more seasonable experience. When it comes to carving out your design, you don’t have to stick to the traditional patterns. More and more stencils of popular movie characters, logos and even words are popping up all around the internet to make your pumpkin the best in your street.

For the crowds of trick-or-treaters, the first thing they see is your front door, so take the opportunity and transform it into something eye catching.  Any glass you may have could be made into an eye and with some cut outs of paper you could create a fearsome face. If this isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of simple hanging decorations such as wreaths on the market that you can place on your door just like at Christmas.

If you fancy keeping the celebration inside, create a table dedicated to Halloween or autumn as a whole. You can store your trick-or-treaters sweets here and it can be changed to match each season as it comes. A few simple accents such as candles and flowers can help create a simple yet sophisticated twist on Halloween decorating.

Let us know if you are going to decorate for Halloween and send a picture of the finished product to our twitter. For more tips and tricks on how to work spooky designs into your home, please visit our Pinterest.

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