11th Sep 2017
Vikki joined Novus in 2005 as an apprentice painter and decorator. Since completing her three year apprenticeship and taking on the role full-time, she has steadily progressed to the position of site supervisor, now working out of our Birmingham office. In this blog she explains why she decided to join our national network of Skills Champions as part of our new Skills 4 Life initiative.
23rd Jun 2017
General elections always bring periods of uncertainty for business, and following the shock result of a hung parliament, getting back to stability is rightly where Prime Minister Theresa May is focusing her energy right now.
16th Jun 2017
Businesses across the North West watched the recent Greater Manchester and Liverpool mayoral election races with interest: it is one of the most significant legislative changes in the region in recent years, with potentially far-reaching consequences for businesses, individuals and other areas of the UK.
9th May 2017
Damp, or ‘rising damp’, is a recurring issue for many of us, and a grey area too. It’s been the blight of many a student accommodation and the bugbear of countless landlords. Does your property have damp? Here's what you need to know and look out for.
31st Jan 2017
Apprentices not only fill our skills gaps, they do so in a cost-effective way, which affords businesses more freedom to nurture the next generation of talent. Read the full article below.
13th Jan 2017
With growing demand for building services, an ageing population and a lack of fresh talent coming in, the construction industry has a momentous few years ahead of it. Read the full article below.
19th Oct 2016
In a job market where you can find opportunities on your Twitter feed and be formally interviewed via Skype, it’s little surprise that attitudes are changing as to how you gain employment.
11th Aug 2016
Few environments present as many challenges to working tradespeople as hospitals. But like all busy public buildings, hospitals require refurbishments and upgrades on a regular basis to keep their wards and corridors safe, functional and visually pleasing, while also adapting to meet changing needs of patients and staff. In a recent article for Healthcare, Design and Management magazine, our contracts manager Jason Bowen explained how important effective communication is when working within the healthcare sector. Read the full article below.
4th Jul 2016
Hotels are almost like living entities and cannot simply be put on hold when maintenance work becomes necessary or when upgrades are required. Our strategic operations manager Jeremy Ford recently wrote an article for Hotel, Sport and Leisure magazine where he explained how, by working carefully around hotel staff and guests, any works can be completed quickly and efficiently with as little disruption as possible. Read the full article below.
14th Jun 2016
Our head of client services, Peter Hordley, recently penned an article for Local Authority Building and Maintenance about how adopting a creative approach to the interior fit out of a public sector building can have a huge impact on its success. Read the full article below.
6th Apr 2016
Following the news that we’re now committed to having a positive impact on 20,000 people through our Changing Lives campaign, our head of social value, Kevin Rhone, takes a look back on some of the initiative’s highlights so far.
31st Mar 2016
Our chairman, Stuart Seddon, was recently asked by leading industry title Construction News for his thoughts on the importance of apprenticeships.
10th Feb 2016
Daniel Holdcroft was just 16 when he called our Burton office to ask if there were any apprenticeships being offered.
29th Oct 2015
Our finance director, Neil Washington, addresses the issue of credit worthiness and specifically how contractors like ourselves can make sure we remain as attractive to clients as possible. His comments were originally published on the Construction News website.
21st Apr 2015
Anyone who has come across the Novus Property Solutions name over the past two years will know that being a responsible business is at the core of who we are.
17th Apr 2015
Last week’s Construction News had an in-depth feature on how much bidding for work costs construction firms. Here, our bid manager Matt Harnett gives his take on the issue.
8th Dec 2014
A group of our young operatives recently took part in our Apprentice of the Year challenge at an allotment in Stoke-on-Trent which is run by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust and our client, Steelite International. Later this month, we will reveal the overall winner and runners up of the challenge, but before we do, find out what our apprentices learned during the day in this blog.
20th Nov 2014
As we reveal that, during the latest quarter, 20 of our offices achieved health and safety audit scores above last year’s average, we ask the health and safety team’s Gareth Mayers and Rob Warwick what we’re doing as a company to continuously improve health and safety.
15th Oct 2014
When we were tasked with building a brand new factory extension for tableware manufacturer Steelite International, our contracts manager and Excellence Award winner Ged Carr stepped up to the mark to make sure everything ran smoothly. In this blog, he talks us through some of the challenges the team encountered during construction and how, working in partnership, they were overcome.
1st Sep 2014
Congratulations to the 25 employees who have won Novus Excellence Awards this quarter! The awards acknowledge and highlight those employees who go above and beyond in their role. In this blog, four Novus employees from across the country share their Excellence Awards stories.
28th Jul 2014
At Novus, we interact with people from all demographics during the course of our work; whether they are residents at a social housing scheme or pupils and teachers in a school. To ensure our work is carried out around our customers with minimal disruption and in a friendly manner, our customer care team holds consultations, training sessions and events on a regular basis. Here, customer care manager Terrie Brett writes about the team and what its role involves.
10th Jun 2014
Carrying out maintenance and refurbishment work in education facilities during the summer holidays can sometimes offer up a variety of challenges, including logistical and safety issues. Ahead of the school break, our head of client services Peter Hordley explains how challenges can be overcome through communication and planning.
29th May 2014
At Novus, we are committed to ensuring we remain an environmentally sustainable business and that we engage in a positive way with the environments in which we work. We champion sustainability and help to address any environmental issues which arise as a course of our work. Here, our quality assurance and environmental manager Laura Miles-Brown discusses how we limit our impact on the environment.
8th May 2014
We recently hosted a Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year heat at our Centre of Excellence in Stoke-on-Trent - a competition that our very own painter and decorator Craig Martin has twice won. In this blog, Craig - who recently won a Novus Excellence Award - imparts a few words of wisdom on budding painters and decorators and explains why he decided to take up the skill.
8th Apr 2014
As part of our ongoing partnership with social housing provider Bromford we recently mentored young residents at one of their schemes in Stroud so they could paint their own bedrooms. Here, our CSR manager Kevin Rhone considers the ways in which projects such as this help to build and maintain relationships for all involved.
28th Feb 2014
In this blog, our director Alan Nixon looks at how the introduction of the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) procurement rules in 2003 has cost UK industry billions and has led companies to devote tens of thousands of working hours in the attempt to maintain turnover through the economic downturn.
27th Jan 2014
A brand new year brings with it exciting new projects and challenges for all of us at Novus. Here, company chairman Stuart Seddon reflects on last year’s achievements and looks ahead to a successful 2014.
20th Dec 2013
Our solutions designer Jess Adams recently volunteered on the Destination Dreams trip to Florida, held by Stoke-on-Trent-based charity Caudwell Children. Destination Dreams is an organised holiday to Disney World for children fighting life threatening illnesses. Here, Jess writes about why she decided to become a volunteer and tells us about her time helping out during the visit.
26th Nov 2013
We were really proud when we heard the news that Novus apprentice Kim Beagan, who is based in our Glasgow office, had won the Young Builder of the Year award at a ceremony held by Youthbuild. Here, she tells us what she enjoys most about her role and what being an award winner feels like.
22nd Oct 2013
Our operatives in Scotland have been using tablet computers to assist them in their daily duties. The devices speed up processes and ensure communication between the field and office is instantaneous. In this blog, systems manager Lee Hollins talks us through the benefits this kind of technology can bring.
12th Sep 2013
We’ve recently taken on 19 new apprentices who are now all at work at our bases across the country! Here, three of our apprentices tell us what they enjoyed about their selection week and what their hopes are for the future.
16th Aug 2013
Twenty two would-be Novus apprentices from across the UK made their way to Keele University on August 5th to spend a week with our directors and recruiters. As part of the week, they all got stuck into a makeover day, transforming Middleport Pottery in Burslem. Here, Training Manager Jackie Budden takes us behind the scenes of apprentice selection week.
8th Jul 2013
Find out why Novus’ Marketing Manager Sophie Seddon recently went slightly delirious as she gives us a peek behind the scenes of the company’s rebrand and reveals the thinking behind the firm’s new name.