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  National property maintenance solutions company, Novus Property Solutions has completed a multi-million pound refurbishment at the Michelin tyre plant in Stoke-on-Trent.   The £4.7 million project, which is part of the company’s long-term £12 million investment programme, involved refurbishing two industrial buildings at the plant and was co-ordinated by Novus’ Stoke-on-Trent office, taking just […]

Sadolin PV67 sets the bar high at golf club

Sadolin PV67 Heavy Duty Varnish has provided a stunning, long-lasting finish to wooden surfaces at a premier sporting centre. Widely regarded as one of the finest courses in the East Midlands, Kedleston Park Golf Club is the proud host to many prestigious events and tournaments. At its heart is a welcoming clubhouse offering the finest […]

Forty-something Darren: not your average apprentice

Former landscape gardener Darren Nicol, 42, is no stranger to a hard day’s – or night’s – work. After an 18-year stint laying and rearranging gardens, lawns and trees, he spent six years working night shifts in a factory for a contact lens company. The Hamilton man decided it was time for a serious career […]

Scottish Decorators’ Federation member wins Dulux Painter Of The Year Award!!

Dulux Select Decorator Award Winners Announced This year’s winner Category: Interior Project costing over £3,000 and Grand Winner. Winner: Peter Smith from Bannockburn, Stirling Peter Smith was awarded not only the prize for the ‘Interior Project costing over £3,000′ category, but also the accolade of overall Grand Winner for his project on behalf of a […]


An apprentice with national property maintenance, refurbishment and new build contractor, Novus Property Solutions, has been named Apprentice of the Year by judges at the prestigious Construction News Specialists Awards.   Daniel Holdcroft, who has been an apprentice painter and decorator at Novus Property Solutions and a student at Stoke-on-Trent College since 2013, impressed the […]

This spring ‘tee off’ those essentials jobs with Sadolin!

Sadolin have just the thing to put a swing in the trade’s stride this spring. In a nationwide sales incentive, customers can claim a free three pack of golf balls when they purchase just five litres of any Sadolin product (excluding Timberstain) from participating merchants and decorating specialists. Included in the deal are two new […]


National maintenance, refurbishment and new build contractor, Novus Property Solutions, has once again celebrated the great and the good of its 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 its staff, which led to […]


‘Skills rule, boys drool’: “Serious fun” at SLC as painting apprentices rise to “paste off” challenge

Two first year apprentices from West College Scotland (Clydebank) have set an event record as the fastest team to paste and hang three strips of wallpaper in a new skills competition launched this week (Tuesday, May 19th). Speedy contenders, Darren McLeod (20) and Richie Stewart (20) bagged poll position in the ‘3 length challenge’ at South […]

Apprentices ready to get pasted at ‘3 length challenge’

  Scottish Painting and Decorating apprentices are set to take a pasting in a new competition of speed and skill next week at South Lanarkshire College. ‘The 3 length challenge’ pits Painting and Decorating (P&D) apprentices from different colleges against each other and the clock to be the fastest two-person team to hang three strips […]