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  • When Jennie, Chair of the Talent Committee, told me it was time to write my first blog for the Graduate Apprentice, I was raring to go! Why? Because in the past three months I have developed and grown my professional service and networking skills beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Let’s start from the beginning… I first heard about the Graduate Apprentice scheme whilst looking for a new opportunity on completion of my internship at Deutsche Bank. I enjoyed banking but I wanted to see what else the professional services sector had to offer. After a short application form (trust me it’s short compared to a lot of other application forms out there), I received a call from Jennie asking to arrange a telephone interview which was a really great way for me to sell myself beyond the application form and find out more about the scheme. Two days […]

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  • November has been probably one of the busiest months in the calendar, last month I was lucky enough to attend a conference up in Scotland for organisations within the sight loss sector like Focus Birmingham. We are a charity that helps visually impaired people and individuals with complex disabilities in the West Midlands. Attending the conference really opened up my eyes to a lot of fundraising opportunities and marketing ideas which I am now trying to work on. I am currently in the process of working towards our 2016 events and campaigns, so you can imagine how busy the end of the year will be. I’ve been with Focus Birmingham for just over 9 months but I’ve had the best opportunity to really get stuck in and make some positive changes not only to my department but also to the organisation. I am responsible for all of our social media […]

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  • “Since becoming Chair of BPS Birmingham in June, I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet many BPS Birmingham members from across our three networks. A number of other key figures from the rest of Birmingham’s business community and civic and community sectors have also taken time out with me. My thanks to them all – the feedback has been invaluable. I am very excited to be leading BPS at such an exciting time for our sector and Greater Birmingham. There is a real sense that it is Birmingham’s time, with Grand Central and New Street station unveiled, including the John Lewis store under the watchful eye of BPS President Andy Street. The Mailbox has returned and Resorts World Birmingham has come to life. Together with a number of major events, we have demonstrated to media and visitors from across the country and beyond what a fantastic city we have. Closer […]

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  • Hollywood Monster is the largest signage contractor and wide format printer in Birmingham, with contracts also in London and throughout the UK. This family-run business was created in August 2009 with the merger of two sister companies Hollywood Signs and Monster Digital. Today, Hollywood Monster continues to build a strong reputation having won Wide Format Print Company of the Year 2011 and 2012. Giving back to the local communities and supporting charities is very important to Hollywood Monster, so much so, that they have won the CSR/Pride Award at the West Midlands Business Masters Awards in 2013 and 2015. Based in 30,000sq warehouse in Tyseley, they work with some of the biggest names in a range of sectors, including, commercial, property and construction, retail, events, TV, theatre and sport. With over 70 employees, they have a range of experts who provide clients with an impressive variety of graphics and digitally […]

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