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21 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham's "in the Pink" for Spring

We're looking for the best 'Blossom' photos across Birmingham. Here's a selection so far from BirminghamWeAre's 'People with Passion' - get yours to us by email at admin@freetimepays.

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Birmingham's "in the Pink" for Spring




We're looking for the best 'Blossom' photos across Birmingham. Here's a selection so far from BirminghamWeAre's 'People with Passion' - get yours to us by email at admin@freetimepays.


Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham by Christine Wright

 

Oozells Square, Brindley Place, Birmingham by Damien Walmsley 

 

Botanical Gardens, Birmingham by Christine Wright

 

Kings Heath, Birmingham by Elliott Brown

 

Oozells Square, Birmingham by Kev Maslin

 

Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham by Barry Whitehead

 

Kings Heath Park, Birmingham by Christine Wright 

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Photography
20 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Library of Birmingham at Dusk

Just after dusk the Library of Birmingham is lit up in multicolour, taken using a Canon 60D on a tripod with a delayed shutter, ISO400, F/8 and a 10 second exposure.

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Poetry
20 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Poetry launch at Waterstones - Inspirational Birmingham poets


20 Apr 2018
7pm
Waterstones, Birmingham

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Construction & regeneration
20 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Cranes Across the City

People are starting to talk about 'Boomingham', and this becomes obvious with the shear number of cranes across the city centre. Here a panoramic photo by Daniel Sturley.

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Construction & regeneration
19 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Three Snowhill

There has been more progress at Three Snowhill with the main structure nearing completion and many more windows installed. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

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The Construction of Three Snowhill




There has been more progress at Three Snowhill with the main structure nearing completion and many more windows installed. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two has gone up to the 31st floor, nearly there! There has been more progress on the main structure with some exterior framing and insulation panels installed on the lower floors. Click 'View Article' to see the gallery of photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




The core for Bank Tower Two has gone up to the 31st floor, nearly there! There has been more progress on the main structure with some exterior framing and insulation panels installed on the lower floors. Click 'View Article' to see the gallery of photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Civic pride
15 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Great Comedian Tony Hancock

The monument to the great comedian Tony Hancock is in Old Square on Corporation Street, He was born in Hall Green in May 1924 and was famous for his BBC show 'Hancock's Half Hour. Photo by Daniel Sturley.

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15 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

More windows have been installed and the roof structure continues on One Chamberlain Square. The building looks very dark at present but will have a much lighter look when the vertical window dividers are added. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




More windows have been installed and the roof structure continues on One Chamberlain Square. The building looks very dark at present but will have a much lighter look when the vertical window dividers are added. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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People & community
15 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Let's get behind this great City of Birmingham!

We're providing the digital space so together we can show the world what this great city of ours has to offer. If you take photos, create art, or run a business here in the City; whether you're a musician, a poet, play sport or run community activities, get in touch with us - we're stronger together!  

 

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Architecture
14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Bank Tower One at Left Bank

The now complete Bank Tower One  at the Left Bank development blends into the existing cluster at the west end of Brindleyplace in this photo by Daniel.

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14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Three Brindleyplace in Reflection

Here's a nice addition to the Brindleyplace feature from Daniel Sturley of Three Brindleyplace reflected in the curved windows of the Deutsche Bank Building.

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14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The City Skyline from Balsall Heath

There's a great spot in Balsall Heath looking back at the city centre, lots of new construction is continuously adding more shapes to the skyline. Here a photo by Daniel Sturley, send us yours to add to this Birmingham skyline photography feature.

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Art, culture & creativity
13 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

A quite amazing talent! - Introducing Imran Ali Bashir

Give this guy a camera, show him a building and be amazed by the creative result!  Imran is such a huge talent and yes he's from Birmingham, a city overflowing with creative inspiration!

 

Take the article to view a selection of Imran's great work.

 

Take the project link to see even more and make sure to come back to see this amazing gallery of photography as it grows. 

 

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A quite amazing talent! - Introducing Imran Ali Bashir




Give this guy a camera, show him a building and be amazed by the creative result!  Imran is such a huge talent and yes he's from Birmingham, a city overflowing with creative inspiration!

 

Take the article to view a selection of Imran's great work.

 

Take the project link to see even more and make sure to come back to see this amazing gallery of photography as it grows. 

 


The Cube, Birmingham.

 

'Windows and Doors', Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

 

Bullring, Birmingham.

 

Moseley Road Baths, Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

 

'Blue on Blu', Radisson Blu, Birmingham.

 

Bullring & Grand Central, Birmingham.

 

For more of Imran's stunning and creative photography, connect here

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People & community
10 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Can't Wait! Commonwealth Games hand over by Gold Coast to Birmingham

Barry Whitehead was on hand to witness rehearsals ahead of the Commonwealth Games hand-over by Gold Coast, Australia. The hand-over to Birmingham takes place on the 15th April with a performance by 400 young people broadcast live.

 

Take the article to view a selection of photos taken by Barry.

 

Watch out for new content, posts and our Passion Point launch that will recognise and reward people for getting involved and helping to promote this great City of ours.

 

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Can't Wait! Commonwealth Games hand over by Gold Coast to Birmingham




Barry Whitehead was on hand to witness rehearsals ahead of the Commonwealth Games hand-over by Gold Coast, Australia. The hand-over to Birmingham takes place on the 15th April with a performance by 400 young people broadcast live.

 

Take the article to view a selection of photos taken by Barry.

 

Watch out for new content, posts and our Passion Point launch that will recognise and reward people for getting involved and helping to promote this great City of ours.

 


 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
08 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The main structure is continuing with safety cladding added as it rises to the 12th floor. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




The main structure is continuing with safety cladding added as it rises to the 12th floor. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

The construction of One Chamberlain Square has restarted with more windows installed and the roof structure continuing. Click 'View Article' to see a few more photos from the build.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




The construction of One Chamberlain Square has restarted with more windows installed and the roof structure continuing. Click 'View Article' to see a few more photos from the build.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
07 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane Installation at Paradise Birmingham

With construction restarting at Paradise Birmingham a new crane is being installed.

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Travel & tourism
04 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

'48 Hours in Birmingham' campaign delivers real impact!

Given the great success and reach of our promotional campaign for Birmingham, we have been asked to extend it through the Spring and Summer months. Get involved and send us your suggestion (in no more than 500 words). 

 

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Construction & regeneration
04 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham pioneers Construction and Community digital engagement

A Birmingham led 'Community of Passion' delivered using FreeTimePays digital technology provides a social media channel and on-line space for Construction and Community to connect, engage and share in the huge rewards that result from major inner-city construction projects.

 

Birmingham takes the lead on this new digital initiative.

 

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Birmingham pioneers Construction and Community digital engagement




A Birmingham led 'Community of Passion' delivered using FreeTimePays digital technology provides a social media channel and on-line space for Construction and Community to connect, engage and share in the huge rewards that result from major inner-city construction projects.

 

Birmingham takes the lead on this new digital initiative.

 

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FreeTimePays has produced a unique channel for the promotion of construction and the engagement of a community that can share in the passion of regeneration and the shared enjoyment of construction for positive social impact.

 

 

ItsYourBuild is a collaborative space for projects, initiatives and ideas and promotes the delivery of positive social impact through construction and regeneration.

 

BirminghamWeAre is the first of the FreeTimePays communities to make this available and ensure that the people of Birmingham are engaged and involved as the City grows and develops with the construction and property industry playing a lead role. 

 

FreeTimePays is an on-the-go engagement channel that can be accessed and used on all devices from mobiles to laptops. 

 

Take a tour of ItsyourBuild here.

 

 

ItsYourBuild is a digital space devoted to creating positive social impact by engaging people (and organisations) in the shared passion of construction and regeneration.

 

At FreeTimePays, we engage with people who want to make a difference, are keen to be involved in positive social change, and want to share their passion.

 

In October 2015, at the time we commenced the design and build phase of FreeTimePays, a number of social media accounts were set up using twitter in order to connect with people we believed would be keen to become involved in a digital channel devoted to the promotion of construction and regeneration.

 

 

In just 2 years, we have built a loyal following through numerous social media accounts. These accounts now have a combined following of over 100,000 people and together they deliver well over 1M impressions every month. 

 

FreeTimePays is a unique social media channel and collaborative environment and is the result of 18 months design & build.

 

FreeTimePays satisfies the demand of social media users for a space that provides a variety of functions that, up until now, has only been possible by combining different social media channels.

 

 

Community Passport gives people their own personalised space where they can demonstrate their passion, engage in activities and collect points for sharing passions.

 

Community Workspace is a secure access rights environment where people can work on their  projects (alone or with others) and make a positive impact within their community.

 

Community Matchmaker exists so that champions of great ideas can take their idea and their passion to the next level. They can share and collaborate with other people on their great ideas and they can consider and access alternative funding channels.

 

For more about FreeTimePays, connect here.

 

 

Whatever your involvement and interest in construction, regeneration or architecture, if you're passionate to see Communities connected and engaged, then you simply must experience this quite unique platform.

 

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29 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two has been stalled at the 29th floor because of high winds but the main structure is progressing fast. Click 'View Article' to see some recent photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




The core for Bank Tower Two has been stalled at the 29th floor because of high winds but the main structure is progressing fast. Click 'View Article' to see some recent photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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28 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Amazing selection of night photography in Birmingham - we're building the 'Collection'!

Take the article to view a selection of magical 'night-time photography' from 3 highly talented Birmingham photographers - Tammie Naughton, Chris Fletcher and Barry Whitehead. We think you will agree - they're quite amazing! With Birmingham's amazing and talented 'people with passion' we're going to grow this quite unique 'collection' and showcase the work of these highly talented photographers! 

 

More to come!  But for now, please take the article. 

 

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Amazing selection of night photography in Birmingham - we're building the 'Collection'!




Take the article to view a selection of magical 'night-time photography' from 3 highly talented Birmingham photographers - Tammie Naughton, Chris Fletcher and Barry Whitehead. We think you will agree - they're quite amazing! With Birmingham's amazing and talented 'people with passion' we're going to grow this quite unique 'collection' and showcase the work of these highly talented photographers! 

 

More to come!  But for now, please take the article. 

 


Malt House Pub, Brindley Place. Photo by Barry Whitehead.

 

Reflections on the canal. Photo by Chris Fletcher.

 

Reflections at The Mailbox. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

 

Reflections on the canal. Photo by Tammie Naughton.

 

Looking down to The Mailbox from Gas Street Basin. Photo by Chris Fletcher.

 

Selfridges at night. Photo by Chris Fletcher.

 

 

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Travel & tourism
27 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Harriett Lewis Journalist and avid blogger with her suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'

Take the article below to see how Harriett would recommend a visitor to our City spends '48 hours in Birmingham'.

 

For other '48 hours in Birmingham' posts and suggestions, take the project link.

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Harriett Lewis Journalist and avid blogger with her suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'




Take the article below to see how Harriett would recommend a visitor to our City spends '48 hours in Birmingham'.

 

For other '48 hours in Birmingham' posts and suggestions, take the project link.


Day 1

 

As your coach pulls in at Digbeth Coach Station ready for a 48 hour stay in Birmingham, you step straight into the city's creative district – renowned for its artistic heritage and impressive independent shopping.

 

 

You'll walk through the streets of Digbeth: stopping to admire the incredible murals that are splashed across the backs of buildings, injecting colour and life into the area. As a creative industry worker myself, admiring and encouraging raw, artistic talent is something in which I feel we must pursue - and Digbeth is the perfect place to platform such capabilities.

 

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You'll walk down Digbeth and Fazeley Canal, admiring its’ unexpected tranquility amongst the hustle and bustle of typical city life.

 

Spotting the upcoming shops, you'll call in at the Cow Vintage Clothing store: pick out an outfit of old designer garments and accessories and save yourself a penny or two in the process. (And who can say no to a bit of retail therapy?)

 

Kitted out in your new gear, you'll head to Digbeth's Dining Club: an award-winning street food event. You'll grab an outstanding burger from Flowing Cows (my all-time favourite!) and sit back and enjoy all of the live music and entertainment the venue has to offer. As the evening draws close, the night is also just beginning!

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

You'll then hit Broad Street – Birmingham's biggest and most popular nightlife scene, equipped with plenty of pubs and clubs. You'll wet your whistle with a drink (or two!) before heading on to Hare & Hounds, a live entertainment venue which showcases alternative music acts. You'll listen to a round of drum and bass acts, appreciating the platform venues such as this have on artists trying to make it big in Brum.

 

Tired yet most content, you head to your room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where you are able to appreciate the incredible skyline views across Birmingham City.

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Day 2

As a new day beckons you start the morning with a refreshing walk at Cannon Hill Park, absorbing the wildlife and admiring the hundreds of acres of conserved greenery (despite being situated in the UK's second largest city!).

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Back in the City Centre, you'll stop by for a bit of culture intake at The Ikon Gallery – a beautifully modern art venue showcasing contemporary art, absolutely free of charge.

 

Photo by Kevin Maslin

 

After enjoying an exhibition or two, you'll hit the Bullring for an afternoon of non-stop serious shopping!

 

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With endless stores to browse in, you'll be kept on your toes as you hunt for the latest fashion must-haves.

 

If there's time, you'll call in at Miss Macaroon in the Great Western Arcade for a glass of prosecco and array of tasty macaroons – the perfect sophisticated pick-me-up after an afternoon of shopping.

 

Photo by George Daley

 

To round off the evening you'll attend a stand-up comedy night at the Glee Club, and enjoy endless amounts of entertainment and laughter.

 

A perfect end to a perfect 48 hours in Brum!

 

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26 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Birmingham Skyline from Frankley Green

There's a spot in Frankley Green with amazing views across the West Midlands, Daniel popped out there to get some photos of the city centre looking across Bartley Reservoir from about 7 miles out. Using various lenses up to 300mm, a tripod and a 2 second delayed shutter release. Click 'View Article' to see the variations.

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The Birmingham Skyline from Frankley Green




There's a spot in Frankley Green with amazing views across the West Midlands, Daniel popped out there to get some photos of the city centre looking across Bartley Reservoir from about 7 miles out. Using various lenses up to 300mm, a tripod and a 2 second delayed shutter release. Click 'View Article' to see the variations.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashion
22 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Spring Pop-Up Boutique

Fashion from £5; accessories from £1 - 50% sale of all products. Come along and enjoy some inspirational fashion designs and accessories.
24 Mar 2018
12pm-6pm
The Square, Birmingham

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Construction & regeneration
22 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

ItsYourBuild - Engaging people & community in Construction & Regeneration

It is vital that the Construction industry takes a lead in the engagement of people and community. FreeTimePays is a digital space and a social media channel dedicated to the passion of construction, regeneration and architecture. It is a space where people, business and the public sector can come together, exchange ideas and together ensure that community needs and interests are being met. Let's show you just how we are helping construction invest in Community!  Take our article below. 

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ItsYourBuild - Engaging people & community in Construction & Regeneration




It is vital that the Construction industry takes a lead in the engagement of people and community. FreeTimePays is a digital space and a social media channel dedicated to the passion of construction, regeneration and architecture. It is a space where people, business and the public sector can come together, exchange ideas and together ensure that community needs and interests are being met. Let's show you just how we are helping construction invest in Community!  Take our article below. 


 

FreeTimePays has produced a unique channel for the promotion of construction and the engagement of a community who can share in the passion of regeneration and the shared enjoyment of construction for positive social impact.

 

ItsYourBuild.com is a collaborative space for projects, initiatives and ideas and promotes the delivery of positive social impact through construction and regeneration.

 

 

FreeTimePays is an on-the-go engagement solution that can be used on all devices from mobiles to laptops. All FreeTimePays functionality is now accessible via www.ItsYourBuild.com

 

 

Let us show you what we have created and explain the tools we’ve developed.  Whether you’re interested as a potential investor, you’re keen to support the engagement of a community, or you’re keen to get involved as a contributor and share your passion for construction, let us tell you more.

 

 

 

It's Your Build is a digital space devoted to creating positive social impact by engaging people (and organisations) in the shared passion of construction and regeneration.

 

At FreeTimePays, we engage with people who want to make a difference, are keen to be involved in positive social change, and want to share their passion.

 

 

At FreeTimePays, we are all about making a difference and by bringing together people who share passions we will help people make a difference for themselves, for their family and within their community.

 

 

For people who get involved, share passions and help make a difference, we are launching a form of gamification that rewards people and recognises the time they are prepared to put in to help their community. 

  

 

Construction and regeneration is one of our 20+ passions, and we have set up www.ItsYourBuild.com as the first of our websites for promoting a shared passion for construction and regeneration. Through this domain, we connect and engage with people keen to become involved in growing this Community of Passion and we will provide them with access to a range of FreeTimePays digital tools. 

  

 

It’s Your Build at www.itsyourbuild.com will develop as a global engagement channel out of an initiative created and launched in Birmingham.

 

It’s Your Build is scalable and adaptable and can grow in many directions as decided by you and your community. 

 

 

In October 2015, at the time we commenced the design and build phase of FreeTimePays, a number of twitter accounts were set up as a way of engaging with people we believed would be keen to become involved in a digital channel devoted to the promotion of construction and regeneration.

 

In just 2 years, we have built a loyal following through social media accounts such as @BirminghamWeAre, @LeedsWeAre, @CardiffweAre and, of course @FreeTimePays.  These accounts have a combined following approaching 100K and deliver over 1M impressions every month. 

 

 

It’s Your Build is powered by FreeTimePays digital technology.

 

 

FreeTimePays is a unique social media channel and collaborative environment and is the result of 18 months design & build.

 

FreeTimePays satisfies the demand of social media users for a space that provides a variety of functions that, up until now, has only been possible by combining different social media channels.

 

 

Community Passport gives people their own personalised space where they can demonstrate their passion, engage in activities and collect points for sharing passions.

 

 

Community Workspace is a secure access rights environment where people can work on their  projects (alone or with others) and make a positive impact within their community.

 

 

Community Matchmaker exists so that champions of great ideas can take their idea and their passion to the next level. They can share and collaborate with other people on their great ideas and they can consider and access alternative funding channels.

 

 

People, communities and stakeholders can choose to interact with the FreeTimePays platform and make use of the digital space in many different ways and access rights are completely flexible according to need. 

 

 

People, communities and stakeholders can choose to interact with the FreeTimePays platform and make use of the digital space in many different ways.  They can build resource, run their own projects within their own workspace and create posts for public viewing by people who share their passion.

Content can take many forms and then be submitted and posted for publication on It's Your Build. This is completely in the control of the poster and is only published once approved. 

 

 

Gamification is a key feature of the FreeTimePays digital space and the deployment of passion points is flexible and adaptable. .

 

 

This is only the start of our journey. The digital journey we have mapped out embraces all that’s new and engaging. Come on the journey with us, help us grow communities of influence, create real and positive impact and generate the return and reward from being involved with ItsYourBuild.com.

 

 

 

 

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