THERE must be something in the water at a Shirley utilities firm - for SEVEN of its employees will all be tying the knot this year.
As well as a surge in marriage proposals amongst the 92 staff at Energy and Utility Skills, the Friars Gate business has also experienced its own baby boom.
Seven employees - David Law, Andrea Allison, Helen White, Kat Page, Sara Ford, Paul Finley and Ruth Sear - all plan to walk down the aisle with their prospective partners this year, while Gemma Marchant is busy planning her 2014 wedding.
Looking forward to becoming a father, staff member David Minchin and his wife Jane are expecting a baby next month, while two other employees, Rob Murphy and Jenny Barnfield had their own bundles of joy at the end of last year.
Another employee, Jo Sykes, is also expecting a baby.
"I think its amazing - Ive never known it," said office manager Carol Anderson.
"Considering we are a small firm, I cant believe how many of the staff are planning to get married or have babies - its great. And considering its the year 2013 - it doesnt seem to have put anyone off."
New recruit Kat Page only joined the firm this week and staff were flabbergasted to learn she too had planned her dream day for this year.
"I'm Pagan so we have already had our own wedding ceremony but we are planning to legally marry this year - so we get to have two celebrations," the gushing bride-to-be said.
Father-to-be David Minchin added: "They are putting the baby boom down to the Olympics. Apparently people had that feel-good factor last year."
The firm is the sector skills council for the gas, power, waste management and water industries.