James Bond fever hits Solihull with premiere bash

27 October 2015

The CIPP celebrated one year at its James Bond themed HQ last night, which is also a listed building, and threw a special charity Bond night to coincide with the launch of the 24th Bond film which helped raise £193 for local children’s hospice charity Acorns.

The CIPP has been growing rapidly since its move to its new offices based in Shirley. The building is called Goldfinger House and was named after its designer Erno Goldfinger. Goldfinger was also a close friend of Ian Fleming – author of the James Bond series. However, after a falling out with the architect Fleming reacted by naming the villain in his novel after his old friend which then perspired into the 1964 hit film Goldfinger.

Since then the building has gained a reputation for its infamous name and fascinating history. The black tie event was packed with local business leaders and rivalled the glitz and glamour of a James Bond film with fun casino games, dancing and martinis - shaken not stirred of course.

Lindsay Melvin, CEO of the CIPP, said: “We have been rapidly growing for a number of years and our new Solihull offices have helped support our expansion. We love our James Bond themed office which even includes memorabilia and rooms named after Bond films. The event was also a chance for us to thank the local area for supporting us by throwing a party and raising money for a good cause.”

Local business leaders helped raise money for Acorns via a special raffle prizes that included a signed Aston Villa shirt, tickets to a premiership football game, a designer photography voucher, a voucher to a high-class restaurant and much more.