The History of Novus

A family business built on foundations of over 125 years

Novus has a rich heritage in property maintenance and refurbishment¬†–

underpinned by strong family values and a resolute social conscience.


Novus traces its origins date back to 1897, when brothers George and John Seddon, left the coal mines and founded their own business, equipped only with a handcart, a strong work ethic, and their ambition.


In 1920 G & J Seddon became a limited company and throughout the post-war era, they provided much needed employment for communities as well as their construction expertise during a time of recovery and rebuilding.

1960s - 1970s

With the growth of social housing in the 1960s and 1970s, house building became a key focus for the Seddon business as their social conscience came to the fore.

Over the years, the Seddon family name became synonymous with high quality, integrity and a willingness to quote competitively for work.


Through hard work and strategic acquisition, the original small business grew into a much larger, diverse entity with separate divisions for construction, maintenance and plant hire.


Following a reorganisation and restructuring of the Group in 2013, the John Seddon branch rebranded to become Novus Property Solutions Limited.

Today, the company operates as an independent trading entity but still under the ownership of the Seddon family.

The business is still governed and directed in accordance with those same strong family values and beliefs that George and John Seddon instilled into their company over a century ago.


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