Celebrating Employee Excellence

  20 FEBRUARY, 2017
Celebrating Employee Excellence

We have once again celebrated the great and the good of our staff with a sparkling Excellence Awards ceremony. 

The event, which has been held for the last three years, is designed to celebrate the outstanding commitment and achievements of our staff, which led to the most successful year to date in our company's history.

The ceremony took place at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, with more than 175 staff invited to celebrate fellow employees’ hard work, commitment to CSR projects, and safety excellence.

After listening to an inspirational talk by Team Sky’s Fran Millar, attendees were then given the opportunity to vote for winners of some of the awards themselves.

Five employees were recognised for their long service to the company - four for 20 years and one for an impressive 40 years. The latter award went to Desmond Blackburn, who has worked with us since 1976 where he began as a painter and decorator.

Three outstanding projects, meanwhile, were shortlisted in the Best Changing Lives Initiative category. These were for clients Whitbread, Places for People, and Wrexham County Borough Council, with Whitbread emerging as the winner.

The coveted Apprentice of the Year award went to painter and decorator James Riley from Wrexham, while six employees were recognised for their commitment to the Novus values, which are guiding principles for the way our employees should behave. The winner was Michelle Long for the Novus value ‘Work Together’.

The evening also saw our offices recognised for their achievements, with the Birmingham office picking up the Operational Excellence award for its continual commitment to the Novus values. Safety Excellence was a new category championing team effort and was awarded to the York office, for its improvements in the management of health and safety each quarter during 2016.

Our chairman Stuart Seddon said: “The Employee Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to reward and celebrate excellence at Novus. Our success over the last 12 months is testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff and it’s fantastic to have the chance to say a big thank you for their valuable contribution and continued commitment.”

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NOVUS AND DULUX DONATE MATERIALS TO A LOCAL SPECIAL SCHOOL

Novus were already working on a building refurbishment contract at Horton Lodge Special School in Rudyard, where 3 respite overnight bedrooms were in need of redecoration. Novus and supply partner Dulux were happy to donate materials to the cause.  Horton Lodge Community Special School Situated in the picturesque lakeside village of Rudyard in Staffordshire, lies Horton Lodge School. As a special school, it aims to "provide high-quality teaching and learning where children are challenged and every individual is valued." The school caters for children aged from 2 to 11 years with physical disabilities, with many of the pupils experiencing additional learning difficulties, complex communication needs, and visual and / or hearing impairments. As the Stoke Sentinel reported in September, Horton Lodge was one of five Staffordshire schools that stood to lose funding for children’s overnight stays from this term before the funding cuts were ultimately put on hold. The refurbishment contract Horton Lodge has a residential provision known as "Kiplings" so named due to its proximity to Lake Rudyard. Kiplings is designed and managed to provide a homely environment for the school's children and young people.  The provision is designed to help build independent living skills as children learn to feed and bathe themselves, read to each other, and take part in creative activities. As part of the works, 3 bedrooms within Kiplings were in desperate need of refurbishment and redecoration, as the windows tended to leak into the rooms causing damp damage to the flooring and skirting. Novus were awarded the contract to carry out the refurbishments on the school, these works included: Refitting windows and doors to bedrooms Replacing the carpets Roof repairs Boiler replacement Shower refurbishments When complete, the refurbishments were described as a "real boost" to the school by the Headteacher. Donation of materials At the time, Horton Lodge were asking for donations of paint and curtains to redecorate their bedrooms in time for the return of the children after the summer break. Novus sourced the curtains and window tracks from a local Staffordshire supplier and donated them for use in the bedrooms. Supply partners Dulux also kindly donated the paint required to redecorate the bedrooms, which equated to over 65 litres free of charge. The school caretaker then decorated the bedrooms himself. Chris Lear, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Novus Property Solutions said: "It was our pleasure to donate these materials to Horton Lodge, the work they do with young people here is inspirational and we hope the children enjoy their new bedrooms."

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