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  • Communities across the West Midlands will be coming together to hold celebratory events during the first Mayor’s Community Weekend on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018, thanks to a new partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Big Lottery Fund. Across Birmingham 38 events will be taking place during the weekend supported by National Lottery funding, including an amateur sports tournament, wildlife gardening, street parties and even Box Wars in Eastside . The Mayor’s Community Weekend will bring together people and communities who live side by side every day, to celebrate the experiences they share, make new memories and build stronger relationships within and between communities. James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people coming together for the first Mayor’s Community Weekend, and we’re proud to be using National Lottery funding to bring their ideas to […]

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  • Thomas Bieder from the Prince’s Trust tells us how, and why, you can get involved in making Brum even more diverse: “The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading youth charity and a champion of young people and diversity. We empower young people to take pride in their individuality, take responsibility for their lives and work towards a future they can be proud of. One of the ways in which we do this is through our Enterprise programme, which provides business mentoring and financial support to 18 to 30 year olds to turn their big ideas into a business reality. The Enterprise programme is often a young person’s only opportunity to realise their business ambitions and decide if self-employment is right for them, but in order for this valuable programme to run successfully we need the support of mentors! Through mentoring you can give a young person the self-belief they need […]

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  • Hattie D’Souza, Chair of BPS Birmingham Aspire’s Advance Committee and member of BPS Birmingham Future’s Mentoring Committee, and Sophie Drake, of BPS Birmingham Future’s Infrastructure Committee, have both been recognised by Birmingham Live’s inaugural 30 Under 30 campaign, a celebration of the young talent putting the city on the map. Hattie was part of the team that founded Let’s Feed Brum, a collective of volunteers who gather at the same city centre locale six evenings a week to hand out hot food to those who need it most. In her day job, Hattie is account manager for PR agency EAST VILLAGE. Sophie was appointed as the UK’s first LEP board director for young people, where she is tasked with driving greater engagement among the region’s population of 18 to 30 year-olds. Sophie now sits alongside 20 other non-executive directors to give young people a voice in the big decisions being made in […]

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  • Laura Thursfield took the overall title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) last night (Thursday 24th May) as guests from the city’s business and professional services sector attended BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards ceremony at the ICC. Financial Planner at Mazars LLP, Laura won the finance category before being crowned as this year’s overall Birmingham Young Professional of the Year. Other category winners on the night included: Finance: Laura Thursfield – Mazars LLP (overall winner) HR, Recruitment & Training: Gishan Abeyratne – BCL Legal Legal: Chrissie Wolfe – Irwin Mitchell LLP Marketing & Comms: Truchio Powell – The Alternative Events Company Property & Construction: Kuli Bajwa – RPS Consulting Services Limited Technology: Sarah Mullett – Legal and General Chair of judges, Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority said: “Congratulations to all of the winners and of course to Laura, for winning the overall […]

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  • Journalist, presenter and screenwriter Rick Edwards has been announced as the host for this year’s Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) awards. He has recently presented a documentary on Channel 4, and will now be heading to Birmingham to reveal the winners in each of the award categories as well as crowning one individual the 18th ‘Birmingham Young Professional of the Year’. Edwards, who forged his career on the stand-up circuit, is also known for presenting BBC1’s smash daytime quiz show !mpossible, ITV2’s comedy roast Safeword, BBC Three’s live current affairs debate show Free Speech and Channel 4’s Paralympic Breakfast Show. He actively campaigns for youth engagement in politics and released his first book ‘None of the Above’ in 2015, in which he describes the basics of the political process in the UK. Joining hundreds of members of the city’s professional services sector, Edwards will reveal winners across six […]

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