IM PROPERTIES BUILDS ON SUCCESS AT BLYTHE VALLEY

IM Properties (IMP) has submitted a reserved matters planning application for a new 15,500 sq ft, Grade A office building, at Blythe Valley Park (BVP).

Having successfully let its FIRST spec built office building to Solihull based accountants, Jerroms in September of last year, IMP is now pushing ahead with its proposal for a second self-contained, headquarters quality office scheme.

If planning is granted, the new offices could be ready for occupation in the autumn of 2020 and will focus on delivering a sustainable, ‘best in class’ specification, targeting an EPC A rating with employee wellbeing top of the agenda.
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Zenith Charity Easter Egg Appeal

Zenith are once again supporting the fantastic Easter Egg Appeal for the Barnardo’s charity. Barnardo’s are always overwhelmed by your kind generosity each year and enjoy seeing the faces of the young people when they are given their egg.  Last year Barnardo’s received 160 Easter Eggs from Zenith with the support of their OCB neighbours and tenants on the park.

Zenith are asking you to either bring in your Easter eggs or simply give a minimum contribution of £1.00, so that the CSR committee can order the Easter eggs on your behalf.

Barnardo’s are an organisation who protect, support and nurture the UK’s most vulnerable children.  They have helped hundreds of thousands of children, young people, parents and carers via their 1,000+ services across the UK. Click on the link to read about the work they do https://www.barnardos.org.uk/

If you would like to support this appeal, please pass you egg donations or money donation to a member of Zenith’s CSR Committee, or John and Keith from the Park Security team (who will be collecting the eggs from around the Park) by Friday 12th of April so that they can be delivered to homes in time for Easter.

 

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Walking Meetings – New Walking Routes!

As part of our Wellness At Work campaign, we looked into the benefits of walking meetings back in 2017. We provided you with 6 walking routes around Blythe Valley Park – three 30 minute walks and three 1 hour walks, to encourage you to take your meetings outside! We have recently updated those walking routes, which can be downloaded directly from this bulletin post.

Please note – the footpath opposite Virgin Active, that runs through the Crest residential development is currently closed until Wednesday 10th April 2019. 

Click read more to read about the benefits of walking meetings, and to download the routes:

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April Offer at Virgin’s Health and Beauty Spa

Virgin Active’s Health and Beauty Spa are offering all Blythe Valley Park employees some special offers this April!

During the month of April, BVP employees can take advantage of 25% off all treatments, and discounted spa days – click read more to find out exactly what’s on offer and how you can book…

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Wellness Workshops at BVP – Sign up here!

As part of our Wellness at Work scheme at Blythe Valley Park, we are hosting some more Wellness workshops week commencing 25th March and the following week commencing 1st April. We are hoping these workshops will help you ‘de-stress’ during your working day… Click read more to find out how to sign up – but be quick! Spaces are limited…

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Easter Foodie Friday!

Foodie Friday returns on Friday 5th April for an Easter eggtravaganza! Join us from 12 – 2pm on the lawn outside Virgin Active for street food, live music and more! We are hosting a special egg hunt which could win you to a FREE meal at one of our vendors! Click read more to find out more…..

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Mother’s Day Moments at Virgin Active’s Health and Beauty Spa

Solihull’s Virgin Active Health and Beauty Spa are offering a blissful deal this Mother’s Day on 31st March.

During the month of March, the spa are offering a fabulous Mother and Daughter deal that can’t be missed! You can each choose either a 55 minute facial or a 40 minute deluxe manicure or pedicure for the combined cost of £65.

Book now by calling the spa on 0121 506 9880 or email beauty.solihull@virginactive.co.uk

Did you know… every Virgin Active member receives 10% off spa treatments all year round – see their list of relaxing treatments below.

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Get battered on us this Pancake Day!

Get battered on us with 50 free pancakes up for grabs this Shrove Tuesday!

The Hungry Penguin will be serving a variety of delicious pancakes from 12pm – 2pm on Tuesday 5th March, so head down to Unit 4, Connexion (see map below) to treat yourself to a tasty pancake! There are 50 free pancakes available on a first come, first served basis – click ‘read more’ for full T&Cs.

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ZF plans to move to Blythe Valley Park

One of the world’s leading global technology companies is relocating its existing Shirley based workforce to IM Properties’ (IMP) Blythe Valley Business Park (BVP), junction 4, M42. IM Properties has sold a nine acre plot to ZF for the company to develop a purpose built regional technical centre and office building, bringing current staff under one roof, from its current campus of four buildings in Shirley.
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New Bus Service at Blythe Valley Park

We are pleased to announce that a new bus service has been set up to serve Blythe Valley Park and surrounding villages by Transport for West Midlands, commencing from this Sunday 24th February.  The service will be operated by Landflight.

The new bus route, known as A7 / A8, is a seven day a week service running from 6am through to 10pm during weekdays, that will provide bus travel to and from Blythe Valley Park throughout the day.  Copies of the timetable, route map and pricing structure are available on the ‘location’ section on the website.

Please note that this is a public service, where customers will need to pay for their journeys. Whilst the new service settles, we will be continuing to run the Blythe Valley Park subsidised service to and from Solihull Station in the morning and evening peaks until those working at the Park get used to the new service.  In addition, the bus route to Birmingham International Station will continue to run in the morning and evenings. 
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Full House at Blythe as Taylor Wimpey Moves In

Taylor Wimpey has taken the last of the remaining space at IM Properties’ (IMP) One Central Boulevard at Blythe Valley Park (BVP).

Now fully occupied, Taylor Wimpey’s new 9,393 sq ft training facility opening Q1 next year, completes the occupancy of 113, 914 sq ft of space, in what is the largest multi-let office building on the M42.
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Fun packed Festive Foodie Friday is back!

Festive Foodie Friday is BACK on Friday 14th December and it’s bigger than EVER!!

Join us on the lawn outside Virgin Active for a jam packed afternoon of festive cheer, food and fun. There will be prizes to be won, food to be enjoyed and Christmas music to dance to….and all with undercover seating as always!

COMPETITION TIME!! What a better way to head into the Christmas holidays…..enter our competition raising money for Dreams Come True Charity to be in with the chance of winning £1500 towards a holiday! Donate to our charity page and be in with a chance of winning

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=BlytheValleyPark

(PLEASE SEE T’s & C’s in read more and enter now!)

And as if that wasn’t enough…..we have 6 fantastic food traders, and all are offering you to chance to win FREE LUNCH! There are 25 meals up for grabs at each trader, all you have to do is find a little numbered Santa hat hidden around the event to win! (read the T’s and C’s by clicking read more)

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Blythe Valley Park Choir

Like singing? Then why don’t you join the fantastic Blythe Valley Park Choir! A weekly singing group ran by Anya Small of the Solihull Pop Chorus for any occupier with a passion for singing – the choir welcome new members of any ability, so whether you are a regular singer or want to try something new this is for you…

Rehearsals are every Friday lunchtime in the Arup building and it is £5 per session. For more information, please get in touch with Paul Mills (paul.mills@arup.com)

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BVP Charity of the Year 2018: Dreams Come True

We are pleased to announce that we will be supporting and fundraising for the charity Dreams Come True across 2018 / 2019. Dreams Come True is UK children’s charity, whose mission is to enrich the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions across the country by making their dreams come true.
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Gymshark makes new Connexion at Blythe

Gymshark, one of the world’s fastest-growing fitness apparel brands, has taken more space at IM Properties’ (IMP) Blythe Valley Park (BVP). Last year, Gymshark chose the park as its location for their global GSHQ, relocating from Redditch and taking 42,000 sq ft of Grade A space on a 10-year lease.

Now the online fitness apparel retailer has signed up to IMP’s award winning Connexion campus of five high specification industrial & logistic units, taking 31,000 sq ft.

Only recently completed, the Connexion scheme has already won a prestigious industry award for Best Overall Scheme – Multi-Let Estate from the Industrial Agents Society.
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GKN Aerospace touches down at Blythe Valley Park

One of the most famous names in British engineering is taking office space at IM Properties’ Blythe Valley Park (BVP) scheme on junction 4, M42.

GKN Aerospace has signed up for 11,450 sq ft at One Central Boulevard (OCB), which has attracted a variety of quality occupiers since its £5 million refurbishment, which was completed in 2017.
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BLYTHE COMES FIRST TO AID SOLIHULL ACCOUNTANT’S GROWTH

IM Properties’ new speculatively built FIRST offices at Blythe Valley Park (BVP), junction 4, M42, are to be the new HQ of Solihull based accountants and business advisers, Jerroms.

Currently employing close to 100 people, with a view to increasing its size by 50 per cent in the next three years, the new 15,000 sq ft offices, which are the first speculative offices to be built on the M42 for a decade, will provide room to grow and a statement building to reflect Jerroms’ corporate ambitions.
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CELEBRATE THE START OF AUTUMN WITH FOODIE FRIDAY!

Foodie Friday is back on the 28th September, and we’re celebrating the start of Autumn! Join us from 12 – 2pm on the lawn outside Virgin Active for street food, market stalls and live music. There’s also our ‘Turn Over a New Leaf’ competition – find one of the hidden numbered leaves and win a FREE meal or sweet treat!

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Practising Mindfulness Free Workshops

Roz Kings, from ‘Present Mind’, is returning to Blythe Valley Park host a series of 5 free to attend mindfulness sessions. Roz will lead you through different mindfulness techniques in her sessions with the aim to make you feel more focused and relaxed. Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation used to bring one’s awareness to the present moment. The technique is used to wake up out of autopilot and ‘take the steering wheel’ of our attention again.

No experience is required for these sessions and you can attend as many or few as you like. The sessions will take place every Thursday from 27th September to 25th October from 12.30pm – 1.15pm. Roz will be introducing a new theme each week so that anyone can attend at any time. There are only 20 spaces available for each session, so sign up quickly by emailing emily.coombs@improperties.co.uk with the name and date of the session(s) you’d like to attend. To see details of the sessions, click read more.
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Upcoming footpath closures

Works are starting on the phase two residential land at Blythe Valley Park. This exciting news means that there will be some parts of the park and country park that are off limits. Please note that all phase two development land is now not accessible to occupiers or country park visitors until further notice.

We also have some upcoming footpath closures in parts of the country park – these closures will be started during August and will last until November 2018. Please see the attached map which highlights the country park closures

If you have any queries regarding phase two works please contact the on site supervisor Boderick Murphy on 07816173351 and Park Management on 0121 701 5580 / deborah.fennell@eu.jll.com. All works on the phase 2 residential land will be managed by M Lambe Construction.

Please continue to check bulletin for further footpath closures and updates on the works over the coming weeks.

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Residential site works are starting

Works are starting on the phase two residential land at Blythe Valley Park. This exciting news means that there will be some parts of the park and country park that are off limits. Please note that from week commencing Monday 30th July all phase two development land will not be accessible to occupiers or country park visitors until further notice. Deliveries to site will also begin next Monday and access will be via Blythe Gate, there will be regular road washing and deliveries will be managed by M Lambe Construction. If you have any queries regarding phase two works please contact the on site supervisor Boderick Murphy on 07816173351 and Park Management on 0121 701 5580 / deborah.fennell@eu.jll.com.

Please continue to check bulletin as there will be further footpath closures and updates on the works over the coming weeks.

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First Homes at Blythe Valley Park given the green light

The first phase of homes at a major mixed-use development near Solihull has been given the go-ahead.
Bloor Homes has been granted detailed planning permission to build 170 new homes at IM Properties’ Blythe Valley Park (BVP), close to Junction 4 of the M42. To coincide with archaeological works taking place on site there will be some footpath closures this week commencing 23rd July (please look out for associated signs) and further closures will apply when infrastructure works start next week Monday 30th July. Keep an eye on bulletin for further updates
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Circadian Rhythm and office fit out

We all have a 24-hour internal clock that runs in the background of our brains that controls our ‘sleep/wake cycle’ – this cycle switches between sleepiness and alertness throughout the day and night.

Studies have shown that, for most adults, the biggest dips in energy happen between 2am and 4am, and again from 1pm to 3pm. This dip in energy can cause issues for those of us that work 9 – 5 jobs, because it can be difficult to motivate yourself to work hard when you feel tired.

Businesses recognise that employees need motivating during certain periods of the day, therefore they are changing the way they design offices to cater for the wellbeing of their workforce. Many businesses are creating ‘breakout areas’, where employees can get away from their computer screens, and others use bright colours that can generate a more positive working environment. Some companies at Blythe Valley Park, including PKF, Gymshark and Abbott, have taken this on board, and have created quirky and modern office spaces.

Read our article all about office fit out and the positive effects it can have on employee wellbeing

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Wimbledon on the lawn is back! With a twist

With the Wimbledon tournament in full swing we all have tennis fever! So from Monday 9th – Friday 13th July we will be setting up a mini tennis and badminton games on the lawn outside Virgin Active from 11am – 3pm. The equipment is free to use and there will be deck chairs out should your colleagues want to come and cheer you on!

So, whilst the sun is still shining challenge your mates to a lunchtime game!

 

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Summer Foodie Friday is back!

Foodie Friday is back for a summer garden party! Join us on Friday 22nd June from 12 – 2pm on the lawn outside Virgin Active for street food, live music and summer games! We are hosting a special ‘cocktail umbrella hunt’ which could win you to a FREE meal at one of our vendors! Click read more to find out how to win…

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Wavenet is latest member of the Blythe community

A fast-growing technology communications business has switched its HQ to IM Properties’ (IMP) Blythe Valley Park (BVP) on J4 of the M42.

Wavenet was established in Birmingham in 2000, and is a respected provider of data, voice and cloud solutions to thousands of businesses across the UK, growing from 40 to 70 employees over the past 12 months and annual turnover of almost £25 million.
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Mental Health Awareness Week – Free Workshops!

The Mental Health Foundation is once again hosting its annual Mental Health Awareness Week from 14th – 20th May. The theme for 2018 will be ‘stress: are we coping?’. We will be looking at how we can help our occupiers step away from work and find time to ‘de-stress’ within their working day through a range of fun and free workshops on site including yoga and practicing mindfulness. See below to find out more about the workshops and sign up to attend. But be quick! Spaces are limited on each workshop
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CREST NICHOLSON IS SECOND SIGNING AT BLYTHE VALLEY PARK

IM Properties (IMP) is pushing forward with delivering much-needed homes for young people and families in Solihull, announcing the second signing at its Blythe Valley Park (BVP) development, with award-winning housebuilder, Crest Nicholson Midlands.

Crest Nicholson will work with IMP to deliver 125 contemporary new homes, 31 of which will be affordable, including apartments, and three and four bedroom properties.
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Talent and technology tempt firm to IMP’s Connexion

A hi-tech global automotive engineering group has signed up to a 15 year lease at IM Properties’ (IMP) new Connexion campus at Blythe Valley Park (BVP), to manufacture a new hybrid transmission system.

Connexion is a £26m speculative development directly off junction 4 of the M42 offering five high-spec units from 31,000 sq ft to 56,500 sq ft.

Hofer powertrain products, set up by hofer powertrain in Leamington and a joint venture with German company, ElringKlinger, will establish their advanced engineering facility at the 47,000 sq ft hi-spec unit and employ up to 50 people.
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Gymshark reveal the new GSHQ

On Saturday 7th April Gymshark revealed their brand new GSHQ (previously Trigen House) in a private launch event with family, friends and business associates. The 150 strong team are now moved into their new home at Blythe Valley Park and we look forward to seeing where the business goes next!

Check out the story on BBC news

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Wavenet is latest member of the Blythe community

A fast-growing technology communications business has switched its HQ to Blythe Valley Park. Wavenet was established in Birmingham in 2000, and is a respected provider of data, voice and cloud solutions to thousands of businesses across the UK, growing from 40 to 70 employees over the past 12 months and annual turnover of almost £25 million.

IMP asset director, Rob Hemus, says the company has taken 10,633 sq ft of new office space at One Central Boulevard (OCB) on BVP, which recently underwent a £5m refurbishment.
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BLOOR HOMES TO DELIVER FIRST PHASE OF NEW HOMES AT BLYTHE

IM Properties (IMP) has signed up Bloor Homes to deliver 170 new homes on its Blythe Valley Park (BVP) scheme near Junction 4 of the M42.

A reserved matters application will now be submitted detailing plans for the development, which represents the first phase of 750 homes granted outline consent in 2017.

IMP and Bloor Homes have worked closely with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in preparing their detailed plans for the proposed development.

Click to read the consultation newsletter attached.

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Vote for the charity we support in 2018

As you know we have been supporting Marie Curie for the past year at Blythe Valley Park, raising funds to support the local Solihull hospice. We are now looking for you to help us to choose the next charity we support. There will be a ballot box at Foodie Friday on 23rd March, and an online vote which will close on Friday 13th April 2018. We have some amazing charities to choose from which have been nominated by our occupiers – so click read more and see who you would like to vote for! Email emily.coombs@improperties.co.uk with your vote.
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Solihull Half Marathon 2018

After last year’s huge success on Sunday 8th April 2018 we are going to be hosting the second Solihull Half Marathon! There will be another scenic 13.1 mile route starting and finishing at Virgin Active on Blythe Valley Park. To find out more about the route and sign yourself up, visit the KP events website below.

Take some snaps on the day and tweet us @BlytheValley or tag us on your photos on instagram @blythevalleypark.

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Easter Foodie Friday is back!

Foodie Friday is back for Easter! And this time there will be eggtra eggcitment! Join us on Friday 23rd March from 12 – 2pm on the lawn outside Virgin Active for street food, live music and more! We are hosting a special egg hunt which could win you to a FREE meal at one of our vendors! Click read more to find out more…..
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Zenith charity Easter egg appeal

Thanks to everyone that helped support Zeniths recent Easter Egg collection for Barnados charity – they managed to collect a fantastic 157 eggs to donate to less fortunate families and couldn’t have done it without your help!

 

 

 

 

 

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Road resurfacing works

From Monday 12th March – Friday 23rd March 2018 there will be some routine road resurfacing works being carried out across the park. Please speak with Deborah Fennell or Park Security if you have any questions regarding timelines for the works.

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Feel Good Foliage – what is horticultural therapy?

Fancy doing some gardening in Blythe Valley’s country park?! This months Wellness at Work piece is focused around ‘Horticultural Therapy’ – this type of therapy uses gardening and being outdoors to help improve people’s health and wellbeing. We’re running a workshop from 12pm – 1pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018 so that you can practice ‘Horticultural Therapy’ yourself! We will also be sending you some bee and butterfly friendly seeds for you to plant at home. Click below to read our article and find out how to sign up to our workshop…..

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Rybrook drives forward at Blythe

IM Properties has completed a 15,237 sq ft prelet for Warwickshire based automotive retailer Rybrook Holdings, the first part of 260,000 sq ft of office and commercial space to be delivered at Blythe Valley Park (BVP) this year.

Rybrook Holdings, which is one of the largest privately owned premium franchise car retailer groups in the UK, will use the building as a hi-tech aftersales and preparation centre for its Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Birmingham, McLaren Birmingham and Rybrook Specialist Used Car sales centres which are located in Hockley Heath, Solihull.
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Jewellery Sale at One Central Boulevard

One Central Boulevard will once again be hosting a jewellery sale with Fairytale Design jewellery on Wednesday 28th Feb from 10.30am – 2.30pm. There will be lots of lovely pieces that will make ideal Mother`s Day gifts or presents for your loved ones!

10% of the proceeds from the sales will go towards our Marie Curie fundraising so please dig deep!

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Plot E Car Park Update

A notice for current E2 permit holders: 

Please note that as from 0700 hours on Thursday 8th February 2018 the existing parking facility on the front of the temporary car park on Plot E2 will switch across to the newly constructed rear car park to enable the remainder of the car park works to be completed.

There will be signage in place directing cars to the new parking area, but to further assist please see the attached plan.

As there will be continued movement of construction vehicles within the car par entrance & access please can pedestrians use the newly created walkways when exiting or accessing the car park and avoid the main vehicular access wherever possible. Pedestrian access points are marked up with yellow circles on the attached drawing.

It is anticipated that the permanent car park will be fully complete at the end of March and will provide parking for both permit holders and a pay and display facility. We will update you further in due course.

 

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Share the love!

Here at Blythe Valley Park there are lots of things to enjoy….whether that be the beautiful country park, our Java Lounge Coffee House or the beautiful buildings. But we want to know what YOU love most….tweet us @BlytheValley and tell us what you love about Blythe Valley Park and you’ll be in with the chance of winning £100 worth of vouchers…..just in time for Valentines day….spoil a loved one, or yourself! Click read more to view the T’s & C’s
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Charity support 2018

We are nearing the end of our charity support for Marie Curie West Midlands Hospice and we want your help to select the next charity we support at Blythe Valley Park! Have you or a a colleague got a charity which is close to your heart that you would like to see us fundraise for? Let us know! We will be voting on which charity we support at March’s Foodie Friday event – we always try our best to support a local cause but we are open to suggestions.

If you have a charity in mind, email lyndsey.thomas@improperties.co.uk with information on the charity and why you would like to support them. We will be shortlisting 5 charities that will go through to an occupier vote – so please get your suggestions through by Friday 16th March 2018.

But in the meantime – please visit our just giving page for Marie Curie and help us raise as much as possible before March!

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PKF Employee Engagement Event 2018

Join PKF as they host an upcoming engagement alliance event on February 15th 2018 from 3pm at their uber cool park view office! An event all about staff engagement, working culture and the human approach attracting and retaining talent with guest speakers and networking opportunities. You can register to attend FOR FREE if you are a Blythe Valley Park occupier – simply follow the link below and sign up using the code ‘PKFCPVIP’.
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Blythe lettings show wide appeal of the park

IM Properties (IMP) has secured a further tenant on its M42 scheme, Blythe Valley Park (BVP) Solihull, to business software design house, Configit.

Configit is the world leader in Configuration Lifecycle Management and has signed up for 9,500 sq ft for five years in the Rhodium building.

The deal follows hot on the heels of a further 2,000 sq ft being taken in Cornwall House by a leading independent exploration and production specialist operating in the natural gas and liquids sectors.
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Christmas bus services

Christmas is coming….and that means there is a slight change to some of the bus services on site over the festive period…please click read more. Be aware there will be no bus service on site on the 25th and 26th December.
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A beautiful Christmas at Heaven V Spa

The team at Heaven V spa at Virgin Active want to make your Christmas beautiful! On the 7th December they are offering heavenly treatments and goodie bags – and for only £15 a ticket! There are only a few slots remaining – get in touch with rhianne.sherry@virginactive.co.uk to buy a ticket and book yourself in for a Christmas pamper!

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Festive Foodie Friday is back!

Festive Foodie Friday is back! On Friday 8th December from 12 – 2pm we will be at the lawn outside Virgin Active for Christmas food, music and fun! There is bauble bobbing raising money for Marie Curie West Midlands hospice and a make your own bauble crafting station…if this doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit we don’t know what will! Bring your colleagues, take a snap and tweet us your #festivefoodiefriday selfie @BlytheValley twitter. Click read more to see which delicious delights will be on offer from our fabulous street food traders!
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