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.

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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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Black Friday open week at Virgin Active!

From the 20th – 24th November, Virgin Active at Blythe Valley Park will be offering you the chance to use the fantastic facilities for FREE if you are a park employee. To take advantage of this great offer you will need to book an appointment. Send an email to Joel.Foster@virginactive.co.uk or call 0121 506 9912 to book your place! Please provide the below details:

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Then keep your eyes peeled for further discounts offers on memberships on black Friday! You’ll be a fool to miss out!

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Hygge…find the joy in everyday :)

At Blythe Valley Park, we’ve been focusing on ‘Wellness at Work’ throughout the year. We know that some people can struggle throughout the winter months, due to the cold weather and shorter days – so we wanted to introduce you to the concept of Hygge to make those winter months more cosy and enjoyable. Click to read our article and look out for you Hygge delivery coming soon!

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Autumn is here…..but don’t get SAD

Autumn has begun and the days are becoming shorter. For some of us, this is a wonderful time – leaves are starting
to change colour, Christmas is drawing ever closer and we can enjoy those cosy nights in. However, many of us
struggle at this time of year, and don’t find the cooler weather or shorter days as enjoyable as others. Those of us who experience this may have a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is defined as ‘a depressive illnesscaused by shortened daylight hours and a lack of sunlight’ by The Seasonal Affective Disorder Association. Around 21% of the UK population experience some of the symptoms of SAD. It can be more commonly known as ‘Winter Blues’.  We have looked into ways to tackle ‘seasonal affective disorder’ – download our document below and get some tips!

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Healthy Eating Recipes

From 12th – 16th June 2017 is  The British Nutrition Foundations Healthy Eating Week. Here at Blythe Valley we want to help our tenant community achieve a positive work life balance – and eating plays a big part in that! We have provided some top tips for healthy eating, including its benefits and how it might help you in the workplace….AND each topic has a related recipe, from brain food to healthy snacks! Download our pdf by clicking the download button below

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Connexion commences at Blythe Valley Park

Work has commenced on IM Properties’ speculatively developed high quality industrial & distribution space at its Blythe Valley Park scheme (BVP) junction 4, M42.

The £26m, 209,000 sq ft Connexion scheme is a new build campus of five, high specification units ranging from 31,000 sq ft to 56,500 sq ft, ready for occupation by Q3, 2018.
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Gymshark bites into Blythe Valley Park

One of the UK’s fastest-growing gym-wear brands has chosen IM Properties’ (IMP) Blythe Valley Park (BVP) as the home for its new global headquarters.

Gymshark was only founded by fitness fanatic Ben Francis five years ago with the help of some school friends, but was propelled from start-up status to global brand by an intense social media strategy – and products loved by workout enthusiasts and professional athletes alike.

With customers in over 170 countries and FY17 predicted annual sale of £42 mill, it’s the current holder of the Fast Track 100 award for Britain’s fastest-growing private enterprise.

Now Gymshark has outgrown its existing premises in Redditch and signed a 10-year lease for a 42,408 sq ft two-storey office on BVP, which is one of the largest lettings on the M42 Corridor in the past five years.

The letting is testament to the strength of BVP, which in the past six months has attracted two 15,000 sq ft prelets from Prologis and Rybrook Holdings and seen PKF Cooper Parry and Abbott Global both relocate to the park from outside of the borough.
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Residential Ecology Works

Ecology works have now started on the phase two residential development land at Blythe Valley Park behind Virgin Gym. Due to the nature of the ecology works, can we please ask that country park users stick to using the formal or public footpaths when accessing the phase two land.

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Foodie Friday is back!

Foodie Friday is back on Friday 22nd September from 12 – 2pm and we are celebrating the first day of Autumn! Join us on the lawn outside Virgin Active for delicious street food, live music and the chance to win fantastic prizes with our ‘Conquer the Conker’ competition! As always there will be undercover seating – so whatever the weather you can enjoy!

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23rd August – discounted Body Shop sale at One Central Boulevard

On Wednesday 23rd August One Central Boulevard are hosting a hugely discounted Body Shop sale – with an amazing 20% – 70% off items!

Pop along to One Central Boulevard between 10.30am – 2.30pm and pick up some bargains for you or your loved ones! A percentage of the sale will be going towards our Marie Curie West Midlands fundraising target 🙂

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Planning permission granted for new Connexion scheme

Planning permission has now been granted for the new 209,000 sq ft scheme ‘Connexion’ at Blythe Valley Park. IM Properties are investing £26m in the campus of speculatively built high quality industrial & logistics units on Plot B of the site.

The brand new campus of five units ranging from 30,000 sq ft to 56,500 sq ft, will be ready for occupation by Q3, 2018. Find out more at www.blythevalleypark.co.uk/connexion/

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Zeniths Marie Curie Volunteering Day

A huge thanks to Zenith for taking part in a volunteering gardening day at Marie Curie west midlands hospice as part of our sponsorship this year. We have had fantastic feedback from the CSR team at Zenith who said:

‘The staff involved found it a very rewarding day and really enjoyed the opportunity to help.  The 2 gentleman that looked after us throughout the day were very informative and seemed to really enjoy the gardens and the work that they do at Marie Curie – we were in good hands for the day.

The gardens are really beautiful and there is obviously a lot of care and attention that goes into maintaining them to such a high standard by the team of volunteers.  It was great to see how much is done at such little cost – such as planting plants from seed to either sell  or use within the garden as well as the vegetable patches and the compost heaps used to recycle all the waste that the garden produces.

Some of the volunteers talked to people staying at the hospice who had their doors open to enjoy the gardens and the work being done definitely felt appreciated.  It clearly makes their stay a more pleasant an experience when they have a nice view and some peace and quiet to enjoy.’

If you or your colleagues are interested in volunteering at the hospice, get in touch with lyndsey.thomas@improperties.co.uk

 

 

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One Central Boulevard Book Sale!

On Tuesday 1st August from 10.30am – 2.30pm we have The Book People coming to One Central Boulevard. Pop along and pick up some holiday reads, children’s bedtime favourites or just something new! 5% of the sales will also go towards our Marie Curie fundraising target – so there is no excuse to miss out. Credit cards, debit cards and cash are accepted – see you there!

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Ice cream Thursday – Cancellation

Sadly, due to vendor cancellation, we will not be carrying out Ice Cream Thursdays during August at Blythe Valley Park. Please keep your eyes peeled for other events and offers that we have coming up over the coming months. Sorry for any disappointment caused

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