NOVEMBER 2011 - ISSUE 25
people of Ramsey might have had serious problems on their doorstep. As councillors representing our constituents across the district, we are deeply grateful for the commitment shown by Luminus to help build safe neighbourhoods and healthy communities. My wife and I have attended the Luminus residents conferences and have been greatly impressed by the motivation they have inspired in local people to be part of what Luminus has called The Road to Renewal.
Greeting over 20 high profile representatives from Huntingdonshire District Council, Ramsey Town Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Library Services, Luminus Group Chief Executive, Chan Abraham explained how the company had worked hard in partnership with others to produce a high quality development, incorporating a library learning centre, On behalf of Huntingdonshire District a range of services for children Council I would like to express and young people, a our gratitude for the special community information relationship that we enjoy centre, public toilets with Luminus and we look and some much forward to this growing We are deeply grateful needed high quality deeper, and stronger, over for the commitment shown housing. the coming years.” by Luminus to help build Jeff Dutton, Chairman of Chan Abraham, Luminus safe neighbourhoods and Huntingdonshire Group Chief Executive healthy communities. District Council said, said,
“This development is a tribute to the perseverance of Luminus who have kept faith with their original vision for a quality housing and community facility development here. I remember the days of the old Ramsey Grand cinema which sadly had become a loss-making business. At that time the building could have been bought by a nightclub or some such. The impact on Ramsey would have been disastrous. We have recently witnessed scenes across our country showing “Broken Britain”. If Luminus had not stepped in at their own cost the
“The Grand Apartments and the Library are a modern miracle. Despite the long journey to conclude this development and the bleak economic condition in the country, it is inspiring to be able to give Ramsey these great new facilities. We have described 2011 as a year of rescuing dreams and reviving aspirations and this is a further example of the Luminus theme coming to life. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the people of Ramsey and all our partners towards our 2020 Vision and making progress on The Road to Renewal.”
Luminus welcomed special guests to the official opening of the Grand Apartments in Ramsey.
MAKE IT A Grand Statement for Ramsey HAPPEN!
Chan Abraham, Luminus Group Chief Executive
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Great attitude, clear focus and perseverance are some of the qualities encouraged by Luminus to make positive change happen. As this edition of Headlines shows our success continues. We are committed to regenerating neighbourhoods, giving communities hope by improving their buildings and open spaces and supporting individuals, families and voluntary organisations in the challenges they face. Throughout this year of Rescuing Dreams and Reviving Aspirations we have worked enthusiastically to help others to believe that progress on The Road to Renewal really is possible. Our involvement with them in life’s day to day problems enables us to see their difficulties first hand so that we can seek immediate and long term solutions. That is the basis for our 2020 Vision. We are determined to make it happen!
Luminus in the community
Luminus rooting for Liam
Luminus employees are rooting for an 11-year old boy from Peterborough who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and have raised over £2000 to help him achieve some of his dreams, including a visit to see the sights of London, go to Italy and to have a Nintendo 3DS computer system. When Luminus Group Chief Executive, Chan Abraham, learned that Liam Pridmore, the nephew of staff member, had a brain tumour, he invited all Luminus employees to help raise money for the youngster to realise his dreams. Mr Abraham promised to personally match his staff’s donations pound for pound.
“...it is wonderful to see the Luminus family respond with such warmth and enthusiasm” Luminus employees rose to the challenge without hesitation. They donated money, held a cake sale and raffle, raising £1000 towards helping Liam. Mr Abraham donated an additional £1000 and presented £2000 to Liam at the Luminus Conference as well as a brand new Nintendo 3DS game. Liam said that he really enjoyed being at Luminus, adding that his proudest moment was not receiving the Nintendo 3DS, but sitting in Mr Abraham’s office chair and being Group Chief Executive for 10 minutes!
A New Beginning for Browns Square
Luminus, the region’s premier housing provider, has given a boost to Browns Square, St Neots with a £100,000 makeover of the public space that residents see and use every day. Luminus bought Browns Square in March 2000 along with nearly 7,000 homes from the local authority to give residents a better future. Since then Luminus, led by Group Chief Executive Chan Abraham, has consistently led the way with outstanding customer approval ratings and holds No.1 position on The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in leadership, wellbeing, work-life balance, most helpful colleagues and being run on strong moral principles.
Now Luminus has given the area, originally built in 1962, a new lease of life that will benefit the residents of the 16 individual apartments. The aim of the redevelopment is to enhance the area by redeveloping the existing garage blocks into twenty new parking bays, installing a new security gated entrance with intercom systems to each home and planting trees and shrubbery, creating a wonderful green space. Luminus provided a new bin area within the secured section of the Square, with a lock access gate for bin collection. Secured access prevents any fly tipping. Chan Abraham, Luminus Group Chief Executive said,
“We are delighted to present the Browns Square redevelopment as a valuable new asset that will benefit Eynesbury residents and continue to give them a neighbourhood they can be proud of. Luminus is committed to providing the highest quality affordable homes where people can fulfil their aspirations for high quality living and we are truly pleased with the wonderful support of local people as they work with us towards our 2020 Vision in making progress on The Road to Renewal.”
Luminus supports Jeans for Genes For one day only, on Friday 7 October 2011 Luminus employees swapped their usual work clothes for jeans to raise money for the charity Jeans for Genes. By each of the office employees donating at least £2 for the privilege of wearing denim to work, Luminus was able to raise £105 for the charity. Jeans for Genes aims to change the world for children and families affected by genetic disorders by funding research into the causes and cures of these conditions.
Chan Abraham said, “In 2011, our year of Rescuing Dreams and Reviving Aspirations, it is wonderful to see the Luminus family respond with such warmth and enthusiasm to help Liam realise his dreams. It is a prime example of our 2020 Vision: The Road to Renewal which is about living for others and not for ourselves. Liam and his family are in our thoughts and prayers and we are standing with them as they progress with his treatment.” Luminus Group • Brook House • Ouse Walk • Huntingdon • PE29 3QW • www.luminus.org.uk