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  • The West Midlands Combined Authority’s Chief Executive, Deborah Cadman OBE, has chaired an esteemed panel of judges to determine winners of BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY), which is taking place on Thursday 24th May at the ICC. Seventeen impressive young professionals from across six categories were shortlisted and interviewed by the panel, with a winner chosen in each category as well as an overall winner. This year’s finalists have been revealed as:   Finance (sponsored by Wesleyan) Zoe Brown, PWC Laura Thursfield, Mazars Andy Lee, NatWest HR, Recruitment & Training (sponsored by HSBC Bank) Robert Whitehouse, Sparta Global Gishan Abeyratne, BCL Legal  Legal Laura Daly, Irwin Mitchell Ben Gardner, Pinsent Mason Chrissie Wolfe, Irwin Mitchell   Marketing & Comms Sunny Gill, Silver Mountain Beth Sadler, Aston Business School Tru Powell, Alternative Events   Property & Construction Jonathan Stott, Gateley Hamer Kuli Bajwa, RPS […]

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  • Six months, £1,500 seed funding, £10,000 target. What is it? Million Makers is an entrepreneurial challenge in which teams across the UK compete over six months to raise £10,000 or more for the Prince’s Trust. Collectively, teams are aiming to raise £1,000,000 to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people around the country. We want BPS members put their skills to a great use and get involved! How and When? Recruit: We’ll form our team by mid April 2018 Launch: The competition kicks off with a regional Launch Day – a great opportunity to get to know each other and learn about the cause (27 April 2018). Plan: Build your ideas into a business plan with the support of your mentors and The Prince’s Trust (May – June 2018). Pitch: Pitch your business plan to a panel of senior business leaders, Dragons’ Den-style! Presentation skills are put to the test in order to secure […]

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  • Six of the region’s most prominent professional services organisations have demonstrated their commitment to the city’s young talent by partnering with the Birmingham Young of the Year Awards (BYPY) 2018. BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship event, BYPY 2018 officially launches on Thursday 8th February, with an open-invitation celebration evening taking place at The Canal House. BNP Paribas Personal Finance is confirmed as this year’s headline sponsors for BYPY, following a successful year as sponsors of the Marketing & Communications category in 2017. Lynda Brennan, Director of HR at BNP Paribas Personal Finance, said: “As a leading employer in the region with ambitious growth plans we’re delighted to support the prestigious BYPY awards to celebrate and recognise local talent. We’re committed to creating a great place to work and we continue to help bridge the gap between education and the workplace. BYPY is a great example of providing opportunities to build and […]

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  • With a month having passed since the last  Biennial Development Briefing, the Infrastructure Committee have been reflecting on the event, the conclusions drawn and the way the city’s future continues to be shaped with a handful of new developments having been announced in the last few weeks. We were hugely pleased with the turn out on the night and even more so when we saw the ongoing interest in the material produced for the event so we’ve decided to compile all of the most useful information and interesting facts together in one place… One of the conclusions from the presentation was that Birmingham is an evolving city and new development proposals are constantly being announced, with no sign of this abating any time soon. Just to reiterate this point, we wanted to share a couple of recent proposals that have been announced recently: • Bishopsgate; a proposal by Court Collaboration for […]

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  • We’re pleased to announce that Adam Dobson, Account Manager with Handelsbanken in the city, has become the new Chair of BPS Birmingham Aspire. Adam who joined Handelsbanken in the summer of 2016 after graduating from the University of Worcester, takes over the role of Chair from Ashleigh Lloyd, a Consultant in International Tax at Deloitte in Birmingham. During her incredibly successful tenure Ashleigh not only oversaw Aspire’s two committees and countless events but she was also deeply involved in BPS Birmingham’s first two Professional Services Weeks in 2016 and 2017. Ashleigh has also spearheaded an initiative to improve the accessibility of the sector to those from a more diverse range of backgrounds by launching our Trainee Professional initiative, offering one fortunate college leaver a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience working for the city’s top firms. We formally thanked Ashleigh and welcomed Adam as her successor at our Welcome to […]

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