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Harriet Hosking, membership services and coordinator with CIOB Chelmsford and Ipswich Hub, on a Novus lockdown initiative.
The Novus community is always looking for new and engaging
ways to encourage the emerging talents of the industry and maintain a united
global reach, through our events and networking.
Once covid-19 hit the world, we were faced with a sudden
need to think innovatively. It became essential to maintain, and drive forward,
Novus’s work in bringing together like-minded industry professionals.
We needed to focus on raising morale among our peers and
bringing positivity to our platforms. There was a clear increase in appetite
for online networking, among colleagues and families, so why not bring it to
The idea of the Virtual Quiz began, to bring fun and a
little competition during lockdown. With the support of Novus chair Anne
Okafor, and Friel marketing consultancy, the quiz was advertised on LinkedIn
with the intention of uniting our regional hubs.
We held a successful event that transcended geographical
boundaries. The evening helped us to reach members and students from across the
globe, with around 25 individuals dialling in to Zoom to take part, from
Birmingham and Scotland to Dubai and Toronto.
It gave us the ability to network with our international
counterparts, which makes for an exciting future within Novus. We want to
create a network with no limitations, and plan on using this experience to
enhance our global relationships and support the industry with a united voice.
The virtual aspect has also opened the doors to our
connection with accredited colleges and universities, which have expressed interest
in hosting their very own Novus Virtual Quiz!
The Novus group will be hosting a second Virtual Quiz Night on 11 June. To book your place, please visit the CIOB events page.