Novus Property Solutions’ chairman Stuart Seddon has chaired a panel of Staffordshire firms that faced a grilling on responsible business from more than 90 school pupils.
The Question Time-style event took place as part of Responsible Business Week and brought together eight different organisations to discuss the ways they can work together for a fairer society and a more sustainable future.
Stuart Seddon chaired the panel of local businesses that included Keele University, Lucideon, The Sentinel, Waterworld Group, Stoke City Football Club, Stoke College and Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, and the companies were joined by a group of enthusiastic young people from schools that are part of Business in the Community’s Staffordshire Business Class Cluster.
The Cluster is a group of schools and businesses who work together all year round to ensure that young people attending local schools achieve their best possible outcomes and leave ready to build successful working lives.
The pupils had devised a series of questions beforehand, which they then put to the panel. The issues covered included sustainability, business ethics, the European referendum, and the potential business benefits for Stoke as a result of becoming a European City of Sport.
Stuart Seddon said:
“This was a hugely worthwhile event and gave us a perfect platform to showcase what being a responsible business is all about. We hope that we have demonstrated the benefits of being a responsible business and have inspired the next generation of responsible business leaders.”
Davina Beckett from Co-operative Academy, one of the schools in attendance, said:
“It was interesting hearing about how the different businesses are trying to be more responsible. We have been studying corporate social responsibility as part of our Business Studies course, so it was really useful to hear some local examples.”
Novus’ commitment to being a responsible business has been reflected in its Changing Lives campaign, which has contributed more than £2.5 million in social value since its launch at the beginning of 2015. The campaign originally aimed to improve and transform the lives of 10,000 people, but that target has now been doubled to 20,000 after proving to be such a success.