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  • There’s just one week to go until Professional Services Week 2017 begins! Professional Services Week, BPS Birmingham’s initiative to inspire and inform Birmingham students to consider careers in the city’s business and professional services sector, ran for the first time in 2016 and returns again next week. Over 400 year 8+ students from 20 schools will participate in a week of workshops, business walks and seminars held in professional services firms across the city. With activity taking place every day between Monday 26th June and Friday 30th June, students will get to experience life in one of the city’s professional services firms, talk to young professionals and get advice on how to take advantage of the opportunities the sector can provide them in the future. Participating schools include; Bordesley Green and Handsworth Wood Schools for Girls, Great Barr and Saltley Academy, Hodge Hill College and Balaam Wood School. Workshops and […]

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  • Research confirms it. When talking to business and professional services companies, they too undoubtedly describe it as a major concern. The BPS sector in this region is blooming and is set to grow even further. With that prosperity comes with it a single major issue – how do we source skilled young people to fulfil the growth of this sector? Birmingham Future’s Commission published several years ago was clear. The sector quite simply needs to inspire and inform young people from all backgrounds residing in the region’s schools to consider their future in the city’s professional firms. Inspiring young people whilst they are undecided on their career choices and have time to use the education system to attain the right skills and experience is vital. It is that issue that Professional Services Week looks to address. In 2016, Professional Services Week was conceived and launched. Last year, over 300 year […]

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  • The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has launched a Productivity and Skills Commission to explore some of the key issues affecting our region’s economy. BPS Birmingham is responding to its Call for Evidence– and we’d welcome your input. There’s a national challenge around productivity, but the position is even starker at a regional level – including in our own sector. There are many contributory factors to skills and productivity levels. The Call for Evidence sets out the challenge and the issues the Commission wants to investigate. In our response, we’ll be focusing on a small number of issues. These include: skills, careers advice and employment pathways; social mobility and aspiration levels; diversity of the workforce; digital connectivity, technology and automation; collaboration, inward investment and attractiveness to headquarters functions; connections to higher education; the notion of ‘good work’ and leadership. You can find out more about the Commission, including the Call […]

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  • Michael Parker took the overall title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) last night as guests from the city’s business and professional services sector attended BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards ceremony at the ICC. Associate Director at construction consultancy Gleeds, Michael took the title in the Property and Construction category before being crowned the overall winner at the awards, which were hosted by TV and radio presenter Colin Murray. This year’s Inspiring Leader – someone who has shown unwavering commitment to the city – was revealed as David Hardman MBE, CEO of Innovation Birmingham. The winner of the awards’ Aspiring Talent category, which recognises a stand-out individual aged between 16 and 24, was named as Sarah Fraser, Tax Consultant at Deloitte. Sir John Peace, Chair of Midlands Engine and of this year’s BYPY judging panel, said: “Michael demonstrated a clear understanding of the strategic issues facing Birmingham over […]

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  • With candidates including surveyors, architects, project managers and developers, property consultants, letting and sales agents, and those involved in commercial, global and domestic property sales, the Property & Construction award recognises young professionals that have excelled in this sector. Last but not least, meet our Property & Construction Finalists… Charles Jones Senior Negotiator, Christie & Co Senior Negotiator for hotels, pubs and restaurants at specialist property advisers Christie & Co, Charles has a wealth of experience supporting commercial clients with site sales, mergers and acquisitions, purchase advice, and competitor analysis. After graduating from the University of Leeds, he became the first ever graduate employed by CACI in the location planning group as an Associate Consultant, working with national clients including Nandos, Taylor Wimpey and Marstons. He is an ambassador for his sector, regularly speaking at industry events, and in his current role is responsible for organising team-building activities for his […]

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