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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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  • Last month we kick-started the second Leadership Development Programme, in partnership with Aston Business School, with an inspiring session from Shakespeare Martineau’s Head of Development, Jay Lutwyche (who leads their celebrated Academy). Over the next year, the 2017 cohort – made up of an elite selection of the city’s emerging leaders from a varied cross section of the BPS sector – will receive unparalleled guidance in honing their leadership skills and style. “Aston Business School is delighted to welcome the second cohort of the Leadership Development Programme. Over the next nine months, academics and partners of the School will provide participants with the key concepts of leadership: to inspire them as future leaders, develop their skills and confidence, and enable them to think more clearly and creatively to better deliver corporate strategy. We are delighted to be continuing our close partnership with BPS Birmingham Future, sharing our expertise with members, […]

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  • Establishing ‘Commissions’ to consider evidence, opine and then recommend on key topics linked to regional life appears to be the order of the day; dare I say, a political fashion of sorts. Blink and you’ve missed another one. The West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Productivity & Skills Commission has had its first session and is setting the direction for its enquiries following a call for evidence. Thirty-five submissions were received, including from BPS Birmingham which is featured in the Summary of Responses. A detailed data analysis and evidence review is now being produced which will result in reports on each of five productivity and skills drivers – innovation, skills, enterprise, investment and competition. It is clear from the Summary that a number of our key themes –the skills gap is region’s greatest weakness; careers advice is “patchy” at best and that “good work” is as important as salary in attracting and […]

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  • When conflicts arise, HR are often called in to help fix them. Here Gemma Dipple, HR Business Partner, gives her view on the ingredients needed to solve conflicts at work. “Of course we can’t get on with everyone and the nature of employment means that we are often working with people we wouldn’t chose to socialise with. This is part of working life. But what happens when a relationship turns sour and starts to affect how we think and feel about work? Each problem and its causes will be different from another. In my experience, the earlier problems are dealt with, and informally if the nature of them allows this, the better. Of course, some issues are too serious to be tackled less formally and these should always be discussed with your line manager or HR. Below I’ve noted some key points that I feel can help at this early […]

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