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  • Judging panel from left to right: Laura Thursfield, Independent Financial Adviser at Mazars LLP and winner of BYPY 2018; Tim Rayner, Partner at Irwin Mitchell: Katie Fulcher, Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, and Chair of BPS Birmingham Future; Sandra Wallace, DLA Piper’s Joint Managing Director Europe; Anne Brookes, Head of the Brown Shipley Birmingham office; Paul Bramwell, Managing Director of MediaCom Birmingham. DLA Piper’s Joint Managing Director Europe, Sandra Wallace, has chaired an esteemed panel of judges at Millennium Point to determine winners of BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY), which is taking place on Thursday 16th May at the ICC. Eighteen 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 […]

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  • Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Executive Officer appointed as BPS Birmingham Future Chair. Katie Fulcher, Executive Officer at Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, is to be the next BPS Birmingham Future Chair. Katie will take over the reigns from solicitor Victoria Ball at an event being held at Birmingham Council House on Thursday 6th September. Katie will lead the membership organisation representing young professionals in the region for the next year. At the event guests will hear reflections from out going Chair Victoria, who this week started a new job as Legal Director at DLA Piper in their Construction and Engineering practice, and from Katie who will set out her ambitions and objectives for the year ahead. Reflecting on her year as Chair, Victoria will say how an organisation with such a diverse set of activities as Birmingham Future could not operate without the tireless contribution of its’ […]

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  • Around nine-months ago, I wrote a couple of blogs about the plethora of Commissions established in the region, set to examine a wide range of complex challenges facing the West Midlands. The Productivity and Skills Commission and the Leadership Commission caught my eye, not only because of my experience in these areas, but both set up workstreams looking at the professional services sector. First to the reporting line is the Leadership Commission. Let me be clear at the outset. The document is a wonderfully clear assessment of the size of the challenge and in that there is much value. Where a combination of stark reality and perceptions prevailed about the lack of representation in leadership positions, there is now more evidence, even though the Commission was clearly frustrated by data gaps during its work. Nonetheless, it is a significant step forward. I am also extremely proud that an initiative I have led […]

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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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