Novus shortlisted for prestigious CN Talent Award

  02 AUGUST, 2019
Novus shortlisted for prestigious CN Talent Award

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:

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

Social Housing Novus van


In an open letter to all social housing residents in the UK, the Government’s Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has recommended that landlords should now resume external planned maintenance and repairs. Maintenance and Repairs The letter published on 18th May 2020 said: “As we start to ease lockdown measures, landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households. There will be a backlog of repairs that they will need to address, so it may take longer than normal to carry out more non-essential work.” In addition, the letter suggests that landlords “may also carry out maintenance and repairs in empty properties, so that they can be re-let to new tenants.” Finally, with regards to internal planned maintenance Mr. Pincher stressed that internal planned maintenance will only take place in homes where residents are not shielding or self-isolating” and that maintenance operatives should, as a minimum, “notify you in advance of arrival, maintain a safe distance and follow hygiene procedures.” The Government recently released best practice guidance for working in other people’s homes, which is available to view via “Covid-19 working guidance”. Welcome news Following the publication of the Housing Minister’s letter, Operations Director of Novus Lee Hartley said: “This update from the Government is welcome news to Novus and to the social housing sector as a whole. We are keen to move forward with social housing landlords to help clear the substantial maintenance work backlog caused as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.” “As always, the safety of our colleagues and that of the residents is of the utmost importance. We’ve adapted our working practices and provided our colleagues with all the necessary personal protective equipment required to carry out their work safely and effectively.” A copy of Christopher Pincher’s letter can be found here.


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