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Local recruit, Natasha Grogan, has won an Employee Recognition Award to celebrate 20 years since IM Properties acquired Birch Coppice Business Park off junction 10, M42 in North Warwickshire.

Natasha was shortlisted along with three other employees from across the park’s occupiers, for the contribution they have made both to their employers and the community.

The 26-year-old Ocado support assistant who was born in Dordon and now lives in Polesworth, won the top award for going the extra mile and having a real impact on life at Birch Coppice.

Kevin Ashfield, development director at IM Properties said: “Natasha has undoubtedly made a real impression in her 3.5 years at Birch Coppice, not only introducing a sustainable transport scheme, but reaching out to the local community which is integral to the business park’s success and one of the less visible positive impacts of the site.”

Since joining Ocado in 2014, she has established the Midlands’ fastest growing car share scheme with some 1000 members and 350 plus active car sharers and a Disability Confidence scheme to help disabled people gain access to work.

Natasha has also made links with the local primary school, Wood End, to set up a Bookworms scheme to help pupils improve their reading skills.

Liam O’Mahony senior operations manager for Ocado who nominated Natasha added: “She is a fantastic asset to the team and great example of the quality of local recruits.

“Her enthusiasm and dedication has enabled her to advance her career and skills, whilst also forging strong links to the local community.”

Ocado moved to Birch Coppice in 2013 and is one of 21 top names including VW, UPS and Euro car parts operating at Birch Coppice, which has seen £350 million invested in it by IM Properties over the 20 year period.

Delighted to have received her award Natasha said: “It’s great to get the recognition. My job is really rewarding and every day is different.

“Having come from the local area it’s good to make a contribution to the community and see the impact the initiatives have on people’s everyday lives.”

Birch Coppice is one of a number of strategic sites IM Properties has on the M42 as a significant investor in the region and one of the UK’s largest privately owned property companies based in Coleshill.