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  • The Brindleyplace Dragonboat Race is back on Saturday 24 June 2017 Saturday 24th June is the 18th Brindleyplace Dragonboat Festival, this fantastic event has raised over £500,000 to date and this year our target is to raise a record breaking £100,000! We would love as many BPS members get involved as possible and many of our neighbours and colleagues across the city are already signed up! Sponsored by Deutsche Bank and now in its 18th year, the Dragon Boat Race is one of Birmingham’s longest running and most entertaining events. Come down to the Brindleyplace canalside to watch the ultimate battle of Brummie businesses as they compete to become the best Dragonboat paddlers in the city – all whilst being in fancy dress! In addition to the action along the canal, there’ll also be plenty of entertainment for all the family. There’s no entry fee, no tickets and the whole […]

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  • As part of the Graduate Apprentice scheme, I have the unique opportunity of spending 12 months in three leading businesses in Birmingham. I’m currently three months into my second four-month placement at Katie Bard and I must say that time has flown by! Over the past three months, I’ve been working on an exciting project which looks into the careers of candidates whom Katie Bard has introduced to organisations over the past 15 years. Katie Bard strongly believes that candidates should add value to the organisations they are placed with and should see the job as a step in their career.  This project was created by John Mortimer, the Angela Mortimer Group CEO, in order to find out more about the development of candidates’ careers after Katie Bard placed them as well as the value that they have brought to organisations. This is a great opportunity as not many interns […]

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  • The third of four Public Debates featuring all five main candidates for West Midlands Mayor will take place tomorrow (4th April 2017) exactly one month before polling day. Over 200 people are expected at Birmingham Hippodrome, with a large proportion of the audience made up by members of the public who applied for a ticket to the Birmingham Mail newspaper. Marc Reeves, Birmingham Mail editor, will chair the Public Debate along with Kevin Johnson, Managing Director of Urban Communications, the firm behind West Mids Elects. James Burn (Green), Pete Durnell (UKIP), Beverley Nielsen, (LibDem), Siôn Simon (Labour) and Andy Street (Conservative) will line up for 90 minutes of wide-ranging debate. Nominations for the WMCA Mayor close at 4.00pm tomorrow (4th April). The first two events featured lively debates over the proposed nationalisation of the M6 Toll, the impact of HS2, how to tackle housing and homelessness and whether there should […]

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  • We have linked up with Mike Dyson of Individual Development Solutions which focuses on practical solutions to personal development needs. More and more our members are expected to be proficient at such skills as public speaking, leadership, communication, negotiation etc. – but in many cases they have not had the appropriate level of support and coaching to teach them those skills. Mike has had forty years’ experience in large multinationals to develop those skills over time and was latterly Europe Head of a technical area in a leading multinational financial services organisation where he also developed a Global Education & Training solution for more than 7,000 colleagues in 60 countries. In addition, Mike has delivered training workshops for 10 years for a major international professional development organisation, with upcoming workshops in Edinburgh, Warsaw and the south east of England. We are currently working with Mike on some practical, relaxed and […]

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  • Finalists have been revealed for this year’s Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY), with 18 young professionals from across the city’s professional services sector in the running to be crowned BYPY 2017. BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship event, BYPY celebrates the city’s finest talent across six award categories, with one category winner taking the highly-coveted title of Overall BYPY Winner. For the first time, this year’s winner will also receive an Executive MBA from Aston University worth £20,000. This year’s event is being supported by Headline Sponsor Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet). BYPY 2017 Finalists: Property & Construction Charles Jones – Christie & Co Michael Parker – Gleeds Steve Townsend – Associated Architects Legal Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard – Thursfield Victoria Ball – Trowers & Hamlin Matthew Sharp – Wright Hassall HR, Recruitment & Training Rob Markwell – Pitch Consultants Alexandra Barre – Idex Katy Hanby – KPMG Finance Adam Rollason – Higgs […]

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