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4th Sep 2013
Novus host The Prince's Seeing is Believing Initiative in Stoke on Trent /
Novus host The Prince's Seeing is Believing Initiative in Stoke on Trent
Novus Property Solutions was asked by Business in the Community (BITC) to host 'The Prince's Seeing is Believing visit' in Stoke in 2012. Stoke as an area was selected to host a ‘Seeing is Believing event’ as the Prince of Wales has chosen Stoke as a City he is going to champion and help regenerate. The aim behind SIB visits is to rally local businesses, charities and the local government to join forces and help regenerate the area.

Stuart Seddon, Chairman of Novus was asked by BITC to host this event as Novus throughout the company's history have always shown a strong commitment to the Stoke area and a strong commitment to employment, training, community and charity work through the Novus Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. As the visit leader, Stuart invited a number of influential Stoke based organisations to attend including representatives from; The Prince's Trust, Stoke City Council, Michelin Tyres, Kier, Midland Heart Housing, Staffordshire University, Johnson Tiles, The Aspire Group, Dudson Ltd, Autonet Insurance Group, Keele University, Steelite International and SGH Martineau LLP.

First of all delegates looked at how businesses can support schools in raising young people’s attainment and aspirations, visiting The Co-operative Academy at Brownhills. Delegates also explored how the business community can support skills development in young people after secondary education, meeting young apprentices studying at Stoke-on-Trent College, one of the largest colleges in the UK, and toured the flagship John Seddon Building Technology Centre to see the state-of-the-art construction skills training facilities. The building is named after the former Novus chairman, marking his contribution to construction and education. In addition, the visit spotlighted initiatives under way to support the regeneration of the Burslem area of Stoke, focusing on how larger businesses can support smaller creative entrepreneurs in the area. The group visited two local galleries: the Barewall Gallery and The Old Post Office Gallery and also heard more about the leading role The Prince’s charities have taken in supporting the area’s regeneration. The final visit was to the Middleport Pottery which is now owned by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust,  who are aiming to turn the site into an enterprise and education centre. The day ended with a meeting chaired by Stuart Seddon where each business leader was asked to contribute ideas on how they felt their business could support in the regeneration of the Stoke area.

To view a video case study on what took place on during the Seeing is Believing day view this link: http://youtu.be/Qc11TIMD70g


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