CSR

Corporate responsibility is a core Novus value

We believe that to be truly socially responsible within an ever-changing corporate world, strong community values need to be woven into the very core of a business. This is certainly the case for Novus Property Solutions.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) affects everyone. From the thousands of people our projects support each year - to the dedicated teams that represent us in 30 locations throughout the UK - our commitment to adopting ethical practices is a crucial aspect of our company's overall ethos.

Responsible Business

Corporate responsibility is a core Novus value. We integrate economic, environmental and social considerations into our strategic decision-making and are proactive in minimising the negative impacts of our operations. As active members of Business in the Community (BITC), we are committed to raising the standards of CSR across our industry.

Supporting Local Economies

We adopt a ‘think local’ approach to service delivery. All of our operational offices use local labour and recruitment and local supply chains including sub-contractors and suppliers to resource our contracts. This positively benefits local economies, creating more jobs and driving money into local businesses. We also look to engage and develop SME’s wherever possible to promote the growth and development of local enterprise.

Community Investment & Charitable Activity

We utilise the skills and resources within our business to support community projects and fundraise for charitable causes. Every Novus employee is afforded a day each year to volunteer their skills on community project or a charitable cause.

Changing Lives

Changing Lives

Sustainability

Sustainability

Environmental Responsibility

We aim to eliminate or significantly reduce any negative impact upon the environment by setting environmental targets and objectives.

We address our carbon footprint by closely monitoring energy usage within our offices and fuel usage across our vehicle fleet, with innovative vehicle tracking technology.

Diversion of waste from landfill is maximised through detailed waste management reporting, segregation of waste at source and established recycling agreements with key suppliers.

Procurement of materials with a recycled content is prioritised in accordance with WRAP recommendations.

RECENT PROJECT:

Premier Inn training facilities for Derwen College

We have recently helped to create an outstanding new Premier Inn Training Centre for a Shropshire college.

For 90 years, Derwen College in Oswestry has worked with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities aged from 16 to 25, giving them vital independence skills and preparing them for the workplace. The college's partnership with Whitbread has provided its students with opportunities for practical work experience at a range of local Premier Inn hotels since 2013.

Latest Blog Posts

Novus partners with Tpas and Home Group to tackle social housing stigma

NOVUS PARTNERS WITH TPAS AND HOME GROUP TO TACKLE SOCIAL HOUSING STIGMA

  03 APRIL, 2019
We’ve recently teamed up with Tpas and Home Group to support their Life Swap sessions in Leeds, as part of our ongoing commitment to equality and diversity. The workshops are designed to break down the barriers some people experience when living in social housing, by allowing them to share their stories and experiences with individuals from different backgrounds. You can find out more about the social housing services we offer, including planned maintenance here. Many social landlords are focused on tackling stigma following the release of the Government’s social housing green paper (A New Deal for Social Housing) which highlighted the issue. The green paper is available on the Government website here. As part of the sessions, which we sponsored and took part in, housing associations will learn to better understand the different needs of individuals within their communities, develop a cohesive approach to helping vulnerable residents and tackle the stigma attached to certain groups as a result. We’ve long been committed to the principle of giving back to our communities, whether through holding resident workshops, helping vulnerable tenants out in their day-to-day lives or through our recent Novus Big Five initiative, which saw us give five worthy causes a £20,000 refurbishment project. You can check out one of our recent refurbishment projects here. Kevin Rhone, head of social value and customer services at Novus, said: “When the opportunity came along to sponsor the Life Swap initiative, we couldn’t wait to get started.
Sharing ideas and successes about Learning and Development

SHARING IDEAS AND SUCCESSES ABOUT LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

  20 NOVEMBER, 2018
Paul Nixon, our Learning and Development Advisor has been bringing likeminded people together to share their ideas, successes and pains. Here Paul tells us more about the Learning & Development gatherings…     Why do you hold a L&D gathering and who attends? I have been attending a gathering of Learning and Development professionals for the past 12 months.  The group meets every month in Manchester which poses two challenges for me.  Firstly, there is the commute to Manchester which eats up time in my day and, secondly, meeting every month was too much of a commitment.  I’m also a born and bred Stoke lad who wants to see innovation and a sense of community being developed in my city.  There is a quite a varied group of people that attend, all contributing unique and valuable experiences.  We have individuals from ICO, Leek United Building Society, Vodafone and Water Plus along with one or two independent consultants.   What have the group been discussing? When I set up the group, I was very clear about its purpose: sharing the successes we’ve recently had, the challenges we’ve faced and discussing any new trends, ideas or opportunities that may lie ahead.  This means everyone has a story to tell and experience to share.  It’s a relaxed, informal setting where people can speak openly, build relationships and find support.  There are only two major rules: no sales pitches and no touting for business!   What are the benefits to bringing likeminded people together? As the only person in Learning and Development at Novus, the group has provided me with a great opportunity to meet likeminded people who understand my successes and challenges.  Equally, hearing the experiences that other people have had is encouraging and motivating.  Learning about how other people have tackled similar problems helps me to be more creative and innovate in my own workplace.   When do you meet?  We meet every other month, normally on the first Friday of the month, although this is flexible.  We meet in the city centre at The Quarter café, who have kindly allowed us to use a private space for free.  If anyone is interested in attending, please get in touch with Paul via email paul.nixon@novussolutions.co.uk