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About First Ark Group

The First Ark Group has a unique social business model aiming to provide exceptional services and life changing opportunities to the customers and communities that we work in.

The Group were formed in 2012 and has grown into a diverse organisation that strive to be pioneering and innovative in the way we do business. We have added new elements to our business and our plans are for further growth but we always stay true to our social purpose and have our customers at the heart of everything that we do.

Our success speaks for itself – consistently high customer satisfaction levels, strong financial position, significant growth achievements and future plans and work force who are committed to changing the lives of the people who we work with.

With over 14,000 homes, hundreds of new homes being built every year, over 25,000 customers and a developing portfolio of high profile B2B customers - there’s lots going on.

Our workforce of over 450 are all passionate about their roles, love doing what they do and together they all play their part in making our vision a reality and changing the lives of the people that we work with and improving our communities. 

Our Group Structure



First Ark – Provide a robust and effective business service to the rest of the Group.

KHT (Knowsley Housing Trust) – The largest housing association in the Knowsley – 14,000 homes across the borough.

Oriel Homes (company name KHT Services) – Building new homes across the Northwest and beyond – for outright sale and shared ownership.

Vivark – Facilities management services – working in partnership with KHT and a variety or private and public sector organisations across the Northwest.

One Ark – Changing the lives of the people in the communities that we work with project and activities that challenge community barriers and issues.

First Ark Social Investment – Investment fund that supports new and existing social businesses across the northwest.