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  • Are you a keen runner? Or maybe you fancy setting yourself a goal to walk, jog or run your first 10K race? This is an opportunity to get fit while having fun with fellow Future members. Simply by running, you will also help raise awareness of the University of Birmingham’s 10,000 Lives appeal, which supports young people to access life-changing education opportunities. If you would like to raise sponsorship for every kilometre you run, you can help to change even more lives. Join Birmingham Future’s team as part of #Team UoB! Together we will join hundreds of runners from the local community for what promises to be a fun day for all at the 2018 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K Run on Sunday 6 May. Extended deadline; Wednesday 18th April sign up here Please also email Catriona.Lindsay@gowlingwlg.com to join Birmingham Future’s team!

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  • The West Midlands Combined Authority’s Chief Executive, Deborah Cadman OBE, has chaired an esteemed panel of judges to determine winners of BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY), which is taking place on Thursday 24th May at the ICC. Seventeen 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 Wesleyan) Zoe Brown, PWC Laura Thursfield, Mazars Andy Lee, NatWest HR, Recruitment & Training (sponsored by HSBC Bank) Robert Whitehouse, Sparta Global Gishan Abeyratne, BCL Legal  Legal Laura Daly, Irwin Mitchell Ben Gardner, Pinsent Mason Chrissie Wolfe, Irwin Mitchell   Marketing & Comms Sunny Gill, Silver Mountain Beth Sadler, Aston Business School Tru Powell, Alternative Events   Property & Construction Jonathan Stott, Gateley Hamer Kuli Bajwa, RPS […]

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  • Six months, £1,500 seed funding, £10,000 target. What is it? Million Makers is an entrepreneurial challenge in which teams across the UK compete over six months to raise £10,000 or more for the Prince’s Trust. Collectively, teams are aiming to raise £1,000,000 to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people around the country. We want BPS members put their skills to a great use and get involved! How and When? Recruit: We’ll form our team by mid April 2018 Launch: The competition kicks off with a regional Launch Day – a great opportunity to get to know each other and learn about the cause (27 April 2018). Plan: Build your ideas into a business plan with the support of your mentors and The Prince’s Trust (May – June 2018). Pitch: Pitch your business plan to a panel of senior business leaders, Dragons’ Den-style! Presentation skills are put to the test in order to secure […]

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  • It’s happened again. It only seems 5 minutes ago we were wishing each other Happy New Year, and suddenly here we are on the cusp on Easter. Where did the last 3 months go?! Spring is tantalisingly close…and what a start to the year it’s been! We’ve enjoyed the winter Olympics, been sub-zero heroes battling the beast from the east and seen the first of many commemorative activities take shape as we celebrate #Vote100. Birmingham has seen plenty of exciting news and developments as well! Many of you rallied to join our online petition, urging Channel 4 to make our fair city its new home. With the #WMGeneration hashtag trending across social media platforms, it’s fair to say our voices were heard. Film buffs will also know that Ready Player One is now screening at cinemas worldwide. Filmed in Birmingham, Spielberg’s science fiction action adventure (based on the Ernest Cline […]

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  • Six of the region’s most prominent professional services organisations have demonstrated their commitment to the city’s young talent by partnering with the Birmingham Young of the Year Awards (BYPY) 2018. BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship event, BYPY 2018 officially launches on Thursday 8th February, with an open-invitation celebration evening taking place at The Canal House. BNP Paribas Personal Finance is confirmed as this year’s headline sponsors for BYPY, following a successful year as sponsors of the Marketing & Communications category in 2017. Lynda Brennan, Director of HR at BNP Paribas Personal Finance, said: “As a leading employer in the region with ambitious growth plans we’re delighted to support the prestigious BYPY awards to celebrate and recognise local talent. We’re committed to creating a great place to work and we continue to help bridge the gap between education and the workplace. BYPY is a great example of providing opportunities to build and […]

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