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BPS Birmingham announces LoveBrum as official charity partner

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BPS Birmingham, the membership organisation for the city’s business professional and financial services sector, has announced LoveBrum as its official charity partner.

BPS Birmingham, which incorporates BPS Birmingham Leaders, BPS Birmingham Future and BPS Birmingham Aspire, will support LoveBrum by donating proceeds from its calendar of fundraising events, as well as providing the charity with volunteers through its members. This will include Future’s flagship event, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) Awards, which this year will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) on Thursday 12 May.

Launched at the beginning of 2015, LoveBrum is a registered charity that shines a light on ‘hidden gem’ projects and causes across Birmingham. Aiming to help 12 projects per year, LoveBrum provides support to causes that may not receive the platform or funding that they deserve.

Rebecca Simkiss, chair of BPS Birmingham and joint managing director of SimkissGuy Recruitment, said: “Through our previous Charity of the Year initiative, we’ve been able to work with some fantastic charities but it’s always a shame when those partnerships come to an end.

“Our long-term charity partnership with LoveBrum means that we’ll be able to support a significant number of unsung and deserving projects within Birmingham on an on-going basis, which is something that fits well with wider BPS initiatives. Throughout the year, our Engage committee provides local schools with the chance to host Dragon’s Den events, let by Future members, as well as Business Walks, where children visit key businesses across the city to get a taste of professional life. It is important to us that we’re engaging with communities outside of the city centre, and also beyond the BPS sector.

“It also means that we are able to continue working with some of our previous chosen charities. For the past year we have been working with QEHB Charity to provide patients on the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Person’s Unit with careers advice and support. This is something that not only benefits these patients but also gives Future members the chance to give back to the community, and we can continue with this activity even as we welcome LoveBrum as charity partner.”

Tim Andrews, chairman and co-founder of LoveBrum, comments: “When we first set up LoveBrum, it was charity partnerships like this that we dreamed of – this is a great example of the city’s business community coming together to support the underdog.”

His fellow charity co-founder, PJ Ellis, added: “We are delighted that BPS Birmingham has chosen to support LoveBrum and, as well as raising money for local causes that our members can vote on, we will also be able to give BPS Birmingham members a chance to get involved in community projects that help make the city a better place.”

The charity partnership will be officially launched at BPS Birmingham Future’s annual volunteering event in March. On the night, alongside a number of other charities, LoveBrum will be showcasing its projects and demonstrating how businesses and individuals can get involved and show their support.

The event will take place on Tuesday 15th March from 6pm – 8pm at Fleetmilne on Colmore Row.