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About BPS Birmingham Future

Who are we?

 BPS Birmingham is the membership organisation of choice and the voice of the business professional and financial services (BPS) sector in Greater Birmingham. We represent, promote and connect our members, their firms, our sector and the city region.

BPS Birmingham Future is the membership network for the future leaders of our sector in Greater Birmingham – young professionals with drive, momentum and passion. We focus on attracting, nurturing and retaining the best talent across the BPS sector.

Led by an awe-inspiring group of volunteer members, with the support of the Executive Team, Future makes an enormous contribution to our sector and the city region; across the political, business and civic landscapes. Eight committees feed into our passionate Leadership Team led by our Chair, Victoria Ball, who also sits on the BPS Birmingham Board.

What do we do?

 We hold around 80 events each year and run some game-changing initiatives on top of that, alongside our tireless work representing the voice of our members. Check out our Events Calendar.

Some of our key projects include:

The Future Mentoring Academy – two award-winning initiatives where our members can mentor a student as part of Aspire Mentoring, and also be mentored by one of the city’s senior leaders as part of Future Mentoring. We have two cohorts in April and October – click here to find out more. We also have a Reverse Mentoring scheme, where our members get to become the mentors to the city’s leaders.

The Future Leadership Development Programme – launched in August 2016, this programme is free and exclusively for Future members. In partnership with Aston Business School, the Future Leadership Development Programme provides members the opportunity to develop core leadership skills and style with a series of evening monthly training and speaker sessions on a range of topics over a nine month period. Worth £4,000, this course will provide participants with the tools needed to be effective leaders of the future. Find out more.

Birmingham Young Professional of the Year – our flagship awards ceremony, BYPY showcases, recognises and celebrates the rising stars of our sector every year. There are six category awards: Legal; Finance; HR, Recruitment & Training; Marketing & Communications; and Propety & Construction, in addition to an Aspiring Talent and Inspiring Leader Award.  The biggest event of its kind in the city, this simply is the one you do not want to miss! Click here for everything you need to know about nominating and celebrating the city’s talent.

Engaging Schools – attracting talent sits at the heart of what we do and we start this journey in schools. We run two successful initiatives that help to promote the opportunities available in the BPS sector to children in secondary education. Business Walks give students an opportunity to visit a number of workplaces and explore career opportunities across the professions. Our one-day Dragon’s Den workshops encourage students to create a business idea and pitch it to a panel of Dragons. Our work in schools also increased in 2016 when BPS Birmingham held the first ever Professional Services Week.

And so much more…

 Future sits at the heart of talent development and retention. From professional development courses, networking events, exploring the city’s latest developments, sport and wellbeing activities and a chance to experience the city’s culture, we offer our members a healthy calendar of activity.

Determined to play our part in the design and delivery of a strategy that influences the conditions and environment that ensures our city is the number one choice for the brightest talent to live and work here, in 2013, alongside Warwick Business School, we produced The Future Commission. The commission sets out the issues and influences affecting the recruitment and retention of talented young professionals in Birmingham and presented various findings and recommendations, which continue to be used as basis for key decision-makers.

Future doesn’t do all these amazing initiatives, events and activities in isolation. As well as working alongside BPS Birmingham’s other member networks we partner with a host of organisations across Greater Birmingham including the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Marketing Birmingham, and Colmore Business District, to name a few.