When Gymshark, one of the UK’s fastest growing companies approached IM Properties about relocating from Redditch to a new 42,000 sq ft headquarters (GSHQ) at Blythe Valley Park (BVP), there was an air of excitement about what they proposed.
Ben Francis, the 26-year old founder, announced on social media that he wasn’t going to create just any office, but the world’s greatest workspace! A bold statement from the young entrepreneur, however £4m and a lot of hard work later and the end product is every inch as inspiring as those created by some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies.
Six months later, Gymshark continued its journey with the IMP team, investing in a further 31,000 sq ft on BVP at its nearby Connexion scheme.
We caught up with their Chief Strategic Officer, Paul Richardson, to chat about how BVP’s sense of space, parkland setting and focus on wellbeing sat well with its brand beliefs and how Connexion was ‘meant to be’, helping Gymshark to create the campus-feel they ultimately wanted to achieve.
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.
Click read more to read about the benefits of walking meetings, and to download the routes:
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…
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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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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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
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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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 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!
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
As part of our Wellness at Work campaign – we are looking into Biophilia and how the love for the natural world can affect our working life. Most offices nowadays, contain electronic devices which can emit gases into the air in office buildings. It has been scientifically proven that having plants in the office can help to remove these kinds of gases from the air – which is why we have sent you your very own plants for your office. Not sure what Biophilia is? Click read more to read our article and download our ‘Top 10 plants for the office’ document attached #Feelgoodfoliage #Poweroftheflower #Plantasmileinyouroffice
The Mental Health Foundation has hosted Mental Health Awareness Week in the second week of May since 2000. In previous years, the week has focused on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and relationships can impact our mental health. In 2017, the theme will be ‘surviving to thriving’. This year at Blythe Valley Park, we will be looking at how we can help our occupiers step away from work and find time to relax within their working day through a range of fun and free workshops on site. Click read more to find out what they will be and how you can sign up to attend!
As part of our Wellness At Work campaign, we have looked into the benefits of walking meetings. Not only is walking good for generating innovative thoughts, but as we know it’s one of the best forms of exercise – the average person burns approximately 150 calories in 1 hour walking at 1.8 mph. Click read more to view our article on the benefits of walking meetings and click the links below to download some different walking routes around Blythe Valley Park….burn calories and think creatively!
Download one of the attached routes and take your next meeting outside! There are 30 minute and 1 hour options to choose from.