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 the most successful year to date in the 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 Novus 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 employees should behave. The winner was Michelle Long for the Novus value ‘Work Together’.


The evening also saw Novus 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.


Novus 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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