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Get quizzing with Novus

30 May 2020 | By Harriet Hosking

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 Novus?

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.