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Building apprentices challenged to build village ahead of education in industry

BUILDING APPRENTICES CHALLENGED TO BUILD VILLAGE AHEAD OF EDUCATION IN INDUSTRY

  09 SEPTEMBER, 2019
Contractor Novus has whisked its 18-strong 2019 cohort of apprentices to the Derbyshire countryside to build a model village ahead of their education in the construction industry. Novus held its Building Success day as part of its wider Apprentice Week at Mount Cook Adventure Centre in Buxton, an eco-friendly venue that Novus helped create in 2016. The annual event brings all of the business’ nationwide apprentices together, giving them an opportunity to meet members of the Seddon family and the wider leadership team. In addition to the Building Success project, the apprentices will learn about Novus’ core values, its customer service and health and safety standards and have the opportunity to work in the local community to deliver a social value project. The Building Success day saw a conference room transformed into a live construction site, where the apprentices were tasked with building a modern village consisting of streets and homes. The event was highly interactive with scaffolding, tools, building materials and safety notices provided to create as close to a real live environment as possible. The teams, consisting of planners, builders and decorators, were supported throughout the day by the Novus operational teams, who will work alongside the apprentices throughout their Apprentice programme. Sarah Collins, head of people services at Novus, said: “Apprentices have always played a fundamental role in Novus’s success and are one of the key reasons we have such strong teams delivering exceptional work across all of the country. “Today’s event has provided our apprentices with an opportunity to put their potential skills to the test and has allowed us all to get to know them better in a practical environment. We’re hoping that all of our 2019 apprentices will go on to have long and successful careers with Novus, whether in professional trade roles or progressing to management and leadership positions. “We’re proud the day proved to be such a success and look forward to following the development of our apprentices over the next few years and beyond.”
Novus shortlisted for prestigious CN Talent Award

NOVUS SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS CN TALENT AWARD

  02 AUGUST, 2019
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for CSR Initiative of the Year at the Construction News Talent Awards. It comes following last year’s hugely successful Big Five campaign, where we supported five renovation projects around the country that were nominated by – and completed for – the communities we operate in.  The Big Five was a major initiative for us, with each project receiving a £20,000 investment. Those chosen by our own judging panel included: The refurbishment of a maternity ward to create a new bereavement suite at Royal County Sussex Hospital in Brighton for parents who have sadly lost a child during birth. The conversion of a derelict house into a modern home for a vulnerable person in Leeds on behalf of Latch (Leeds Action to Create Homes). The refurbishment of a new community and learning centre for parents and children in Dudley. Modernising a Youth Action Project community hub in Livingston, Scotland, to provide courses and workshops for young people. Building a counselling room at a rehabilitation centre in Liverpool for military veterans suffering from addiction. Being able to support our communities is vital to us and the Big Five has actively improved the lives of around 700 people. Not only that, it has united our workforce and reaffirmed our core values – The Novus Way. Launched in 2018, the CSR Initiative of the Year award recognises outstanding commitment to transparency, fairness, integrity and diversity. Our shortlisting highlights our efforts to be socially responsible, as well as honouring the hard work our exceptional tradespeople invest into the community. Kevin Rhone, head of social value and customer services at Novus, commented on making the shortlist: “The Big Five initiative offered us a fantastic opportunity to build on the incredible progress we’ve already made with our CSR campaigns to-date, reconnect with the communities we operate in across the country and bring our corporate values to life. “The campaign has produced tangible results that will continue to change lives for years to come – something our staff can be incredibly proud of.” Lem Bingley, editor of Construction News, said: “These awards celebrate companies and individuals that are infusing the construction industry with amazing positive energy.” “The shortlisted entrants have taken huge strides forward in training and education, health and safety, technology development, equality and diversity, community outreach and corporate responsibility. Together, they are making our industry more efficient, more responsible, and more inclusive.” “Our panel of expert judges now has the difficult task of selecting the cream of this incredible crop.” The awards take place on 20th November 2019 in London. Find out more about our CSR approach here. 
payment practices, contractors

DELIVERING ON OUR COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE PAYMENT PRACTICES

  29 JULY, 2019
Late payments are a thorn in the side of smaller firms in the construction supply chain. That’s why we have placed an ongoing focus on doing all we can to reduce the time we take to pay our suppliers. Ahead of the filing of our latest payment practice statistics, Neil Washington, our finance director, provides a breakdown of our results. Late Payments in the Headlines Quite rightly, the issue of late payments has attracted negative headlines in the construction industry and large companies are now required to report on their payment practices every six months. So, with the deadline for businesses to file their latest available data falling this week, some may be nervous about what the statistics will reveal. Here at Novus, however, we’re happy to report that our commitment to reducing payment times is continuing to bear fruit. Delivering on our Commitments The data for the first half of the year shows that we took an average of 29 days to pay our subcontractors. This is an improvement on the already high standard we set ourselves for the same period last year, which was 30 days. To put this in context, according to Construction News’ latest analysis of payment-practice reports, the industry’s largest contractors took an average of 43 days to pay suppliers. It’s not just there where we’ve continued to make improvements. We also now pay 57% of our invoices within 30 days, up from 52% for the first half of 2018, while the proportion of payments outside of terms are down year-on-year. Continuing to Pay on Time Of course, our work doesn’t stop here and we will continue to focus on this issue. Contractors and their supply chains are dependent on each other’s success. Prompt payment means that subcontractors can maintain healthy cashflow levels, increasing the likelihood of them accepting more work and consistently carrying out quality jobs. Late payment can also have a massive impact on cashflow, increasing the likelihood of insolvency. At a time of skills shortages, reduced access to labour and economic uncertainty, it's vital that bigger players in the industry are doing all they can to ease the burden smaller firms face.
Novus reactive maintenance

NOVUS APPOINTED TO DELIVER £200,000 WORTH OF HOUSING REPAIRS IN YORK

  19 JULY, 2019
Novus Property Solutions has won a £200,000 contract to deliver repairs to social housing properties owned by City of York Council. The work will see Novus complete internal and external decoration and repairs to around 320 homes across the city, including works to doors and windows and replacements in houses and blocks of flats. Novus’ work forms part of the City of York Council’s ongoing maintenance programme for housing repairs across 4,650 of its homes – half of the organisation’s total housing stock. Nick Haigh, operations manager for York and Leeds at Novus, said: “Following the launch of our Yorkshire office last year, we’ve succeeded in securing new client relationships and growing work with existing clients. “We have a deep understanding of how to deliver housing repair programmes on a national, regional and local level. This experience, coupled with our approach to partnership working with clients to ensure that our teams reflect the values of local authorities and housing associations, is helping us make a name for the business in Yorkshire.” Last year Novus’s Yorkshire team invested £20,000 in a CSR project for Leeds Action to Create Homes (Latch) where the team refurbished a home to house a homeless person in the city.
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