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£20,000 community learning hub opens at Dudley school

£20,000 COMMUNITY LEARNING HUB OPENS AT DUDLEY SCHOOL

  20 SEPTEMBER, 2018
A new community learning hub has opened at Bromley Pensnett Primary School in Dudley following a £20,000 competition by contractor Novus. School Refurbishments Work Works at the school include a full refurbishment of the previously derelict building that saw our team of 10 install a new roof, repair and redecorate the interior and exterior, fit new steps, replace doors and flooring, and install a new kitchen. We have completed the hub in just two weeks as part of a competition by Novus to support worthwhile projects in the communities we operate in, as voted for by people in the area. We refurbished the school in Pensnett’s community learning centre, which has been closed for the past five years after falling into a state of disrepair. Learning Hub Services The new Novus Learning Hub offers a space where parents and carers can visit for support and advice. The building now provides the facilities for parents to complete health checks and weigh-in sessions and attend breast feeding clinics. It was chosen as part of the Novus’ ‘Big Five’ initiative to mark our fifth birthday, with £20,000 being spent on five individual local community projects across the UK. The project was also made possible by donations from Novus’ supply chain from Crown Paints, Eurocell, Howdens Joinery and Acorn Spencer. Head Teacher Feedback Helen Tomlinson, headteacher at Bromley Pensnett Primary School, said: “The new Novus Learning Hub provides a centre for our community that it was once lacking. We’re grateful to Novus for taking the building out of its derelict state and refurbishing it to the highest standards. “Everyone at the school is really happy with the finished project and we’re looking forward to seeing the ongoing benefits it will bring to the community.” Site Supervisor Feedback Dani Roberts-Wright, site supervisor at Novus, said: “Delivering the new Novus Learning Hub at Bromley Pensnett school was an honour to work on and we’re all really pleased with the final results. “As part of our commitment to the communities we operate in we’ve been working hard to deliver projects that local people could be proud of and use for years to come. This new community centre achieves that.” Bromley Pensnett Primary School Bromley Pensnett Primary School caters for 320 children aged between three and 11 years old in Pensnett and the surrounding areas. In 2015 it partnered with drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust to become a sponsored academy.
We are stoked for Thistley Hough Academy!

WE ARE STOKED FOR THISTLEY HOUGH ACADEMY!

  27 JUNE, 2017
An academy in Stoke-on-Trent which has had a four-year long partnership with Novus is now one of the leading schools in the city according to its most recent Ofsted inspection.  We’ve enjoyed working with Thistley Hough over the past four years, which makes the academy’s grading of ‘good with some outstanding features’ all the more poignant.  The grading is testament to the leadership of principal Holly Hartley and her staff’s relentless drive to raise standards and academic excellence. Our latest collaboration with the academy sees us working with them as part of their Business Class scheme partnership, a national education-focussed initiative driven by Business in the Community, one of the Prince of Wales’ charities. Congratulations to all Thistley Hough’s staff, pupils, parents and carers on this well-deserved recognition by Ofsted! 
Responsible business week panel sees students put us in the hotseat again

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS WEEK PANEL SEES STUDENTS PUT US IN THE HOTSEAT AGAIN

  25 MAY, 2017
Our chairman Stuart Seddon has chaired a ‘Question Time’ style panel of Staffordshire firms that faced a grilling on responsible business from more than 60 students from five local schools: Cooperative Academy, Thistley Hough, Ormiston Horizon Academy, Excel Academy and Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews. The event gave local students the opportunity to ask representatives from six different businesses how their organisations endeavour to behave responsibly. This was followed by a networking session, where students were encouraged to share their ideas for improving the way businesses work, making workplaces better and helping communities thrive. Stuart Seddon chaired the panel of local businesses that included Keele University, Lucideon, Waterworld Group, Stoke College and Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.  The companies were joined by a group of enthusiastic young people from schools that are part of Business in the Community’s Staffordshire Business Class Cluster. Organised by Business in the Community (BITC), the event took place for the second consecutive year as part of Responsible Business Week, an annual awareness week run by Business in the Community to inspire and challenge more businesses to take action which creates positive change in society when businesses and organisations share ways they can work together for a fairer society and a more sustainable future. The schools and businesses taking part are all part of Business in the Community’s Stoke Business Class Cluster, a group of schools and businesses who work together all year round to ensure that young people attending local schools gain the workplace skills they need to build successful working lives. The pupils had prepared a series of questions which they put a series of questions to the panel, covering issues such as Brexit, business ethics, technology, and opportunities the businesses can offer school leavers in Stoke. Stuart Seddon said: “We’re thrilled to be taking part in this worthwhile event for a second year. It’s great to see the next generation showing an interest in responsible business and we hope we demonstrated the benefits of operating responsibly.”
Introducing our incredible Novus Values Award winners

INTRODUCING OUR INCREDIBLE NOVUS VALUES AWARD WINNERS

  15 MARCH, 2017
We’d like to introduce you to this year’s six Novus Values award winners, who were each nominated for the way they encompass our values in their day-to-day work. The Novus Way and our six core values are what shapes us as a company by underlining how we work, as well as how we interact with each other, our clients and suppliers. It’s vital that they change as we evolve to ensure they remain in keeping with and up-to-date with our activity as a company. Our chairman, Stuart Seddon explains: “These values support our vision, and help shape our culture to become the guiding principles that dictate our behaviours and actions. The essence of our identity and beliefs, our values are intended to help staff in their decision-making processes.” Having recently reviewed and updated our values which included renaming the ‘What Next?’ value to ‘Embrace change’ – the Novus Values for 2017 are: Be Authentic Work Together Get It Right Embrace Change Be Responsible Nurture During our annual Excellence Awards ceremony earlier this year, we were delighted to announce this year’s Novus Values awards winners, all six of who were judged to best represent what each value means. Here’s what the judges had to say about them: Dominic Newman, site manager – Be Authentic Dominic has proved that by staying true to yourself and being focussed on self-development, you can achieve positive results. During his seven years with Novus he has risen through the ranks to become one of our site managers and now works on key contracts such as the UPP Partnership Programme and the MOD Kitchen refurbishment project. Dominic was recently heading up a team carrying out external works to a property and, when he realised one of the residents was severely disabled and living in poor conditions, he immediately took action to organise improvements to the resident’s home. This included redecoration to the kitchen, lounge and bathroom and a new ceiling. Dominic's hands-on approach really benefited the resident, who was overwhelmed by his act of kindness. Michelle Long, Operational Support Manager - Work Together Michelle is a great example of someone who lives the Novus Values. Nothing is ever too much trouble and she has an outstanding respect for all of our staff and customers in Scotland. Helping to keep the team on site and on the help desk focused in delivering exceptional service to customers, Michelle clearly demonstrates the 'Work Together' value, supporting her team in achieving the highest standards. A great example of Michelle’s teamwork came when she took it upon herself to reduce the burden of a customer who was moving into a new home with her autistic son and was struggling to set up the utilities. As Michelle knew a gas engineer was close by, she went beyond her role and arranged for the engineer to help set everything up straight away. For many of our clients’ residents, moving house can be a stressful time, however little touches like this can make a significant impact. Wayne Appleby, Contract Manager - Get It Right Wayne is clearly passionate about his work and is never fazed by a challenge. He takes full ownership of what he is required to do. His delivery of the Hanover Kitchen and Bathroom framework for the Southampton office in particular has produced very positive client feedback about his positive approach to undertaking the works, ability to manage their and the residents' expectations and delivering on time and to budget. An example of Wayne's commitment to getting it right is the way he recently came to the assistance of an elderly customer whose washing machine was leaking badly. Having failed to get a response from the emergency repairs line, she called Wayne during his commute home from work and was clearly distressed. Though not his responsibility, Wayne took it upon himself to resolve the situation and didn't get home until 10pm that night. It's selfless actions like these that surpass any expectations of our clients. Neal Owen, Trade Operative - Embrace Change Neal originally joined us from an agency but was quickly taken on as a permanent member of staff after demonstrating his commitment and proactively looking for ways to improve. He definitely embraces the idea that change is necessary. Neal is always on site first and takes great responsibility for managing sites to the highest standard at different locations. Off his own back, Neal starts his day early every Friday in order to pick up deliveries from drivers traveling overnight. He doesn’t need to do this, but does so to help our supply chain drivers to beat the Friday traffic and get back to their families. Paul Singleton, Site Foreman – Be Responsible Paul is very professional, someone that can be trusted and relied on, and continually goes the extra mile for our clients. He has a responsible attitude and strives to make a positive contribution to the communities in which he works. He was keen to get involved in one of our recent changing Lives projects with Places for People, where he helped to improve facilities for vulnerable families. On an icy winter's morning, Paul, who was busy working on external staircase to a blocks of flats, noticed an elderly lady attempting to make her way to the shops. Seeing that she was having difficulty, Paul insisted on helping by taking her shopping list and quickly getting everything she wanted. In return, the lady provided the team with countless brews to show her appreciation.  Rob Armstrong, Project Manager - Nurture Rob was promoted to Project Manager in 2016 and has excelled in his role, taking on the responsibility of delivering refurbishments to Premier Inn Hotels on a fast track programme. He consistently completes the work on time and has achieved the best overall handover KPIs in the year. Rob has also made huge strides in developing and nurturing our client relationship with Whitbread. One example of Rob's commitment to his role was one Friday night when there was a power cut to an entire Premier Inn hotel building. Rob and his team liaised with hotel management to guide guests, some of who were elderly, safely out of the hotel in the dark and also played a key part in getting the hotel back up and running again. This is just one way that Rob is helping to sustain our long-term relationships with our clients.
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