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Bournville Village Trust
George founded Bournville Village Trust (BVT), as a custodian of the Bournville Estate – the village he developed around the Cadbury chocolate factory – in 1900 following the death of his brother Richard in 1899.

By founding BVT, it meant that even after George’s death, homes, buildings, amenities, parks and open spaces on the Bournville estate could continue to benefit the community.

Since then BVT has evolved into a values-led charitable trust that is inspired by its foundation and heritage but not afraid to be bold and try new things.

We have continued to develop, maintain and provide services not only the Bournville estate but in new communities in inner-city Birmingham and Telford, always with the aim of helping people to thrive.

Bournville Works Housing Society (BWHS)
Bournville Works Housing Society (BWHS) was founded in 1919, with the Cadbury company providing a large proportion of the capital.

Around 40 acres of land was leased from BVT and by 1928, the Society had built approximately 350 houses. The Society now has 313 properties. In January 2011, the Society joined BVT and became recognised as charitable in March 2011.

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