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  • More than 80 professionals attended a dinner to celebrate graduates from BPS Birmingham Future’s second Leadership Development Programme. Held in partnership with Aston Business School, the programme saw 28 participants develop core leadership skills during a series of monthly evening workshops on a range of topics. The participants were presented with their certificates by Mark Smith, Executive Director of Business Engagement, at Aston University, at the event on Thursday 26 July at Conference Aston. Commenting on the evening, Mark Smith said: “It’s been great to celebrate the success of this initiative between Aston University and BPS Future, which is a very important relationship. “Aston University’s ethos has always been to work with business. Long may this continue and flourish with BPS Birmingham. “The graduates here tonight all have high-pressured jobs, and I’m sure there were some days when they could have stayed working, or could have gone home to relax […]

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  • Around nine-months ago, I wrote a couple of blogs about the plethora of Commissions established in the region, set to examine a wide range of complex challenges facing the West Midlands. The Productivity and Skills Commission and the Leadership Commission caught my eye, not only because of my experience in these areas, but both set up workstreams looking at the professional services sector. First to the reporting line is the Leadership Commission. Let me be clear at the outset. The document is a wonderfully clear assessment of the size of the challenge and in that there is much value. Where a combination of stark reality and perceptions prevailed about the lack of representation in leadership positions, there is now more evidence, even though the Commission was clearly frustrated by data gaps during its work. Nonetheless, it is a significant step forward. I am also extremely proud that an initiative I have led […]

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  • Communities across the West Midlands will be coming together to hold celebratory events during the first Mayor’s Community Weekend on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018, thanks to a new partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Big Lottery Fund. Across Birmingham 38 events will be taking place during the weekend supported by National Lottery funding, including an amateur sports tournament, wildlife gardening, street parties and even Box Wars in Eastside . The Mayor’s Community Weekend will bring together people and communities who live side by side every day, to celebrate the experiences they share, make new memories and build stronger relationships within and between communities. James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people coming together for the first Mayor’s Community Weekend, and we’re proud to be using National Lottery funding to bring their ideas to […]

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  • Thomas Bieder from the Prince’s Trust tells us how, and why, you can get involved in making Brum even more diverse: “The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading youth charity and a champion of young people and diversity. We empower young people to take pride in their individuality, take responsibility for their lives and work towards a future they can be proud of. One of the ways in which we do this is through our Enterprise programme, which provides business mentoring and financial support to 18 to 30 year olds to turn their big ideas into a business reality. The Enterprise programme is often a young person’s only opportunity to realise their business ambitions and decide if self-employment is right for them, but in order for this valuable programme to run successfully we need the support of mentors! Through mentoring you can give a young person the self-belief they need […]

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  • Hattie D’Souza, Chair of BPS Birmingham Aspire’s Advance Committee and member of BPS Birmingham Future’s Mentoring Committee, and Sophie Drake, of BPS Birmingham Future’s Infrastructure Committee, have both been recognised by Birmingham Live’s inaugural 30 Under 30 campaign, a celebration of the young talent putting the city on the map. Hattie was part of the team that founded Let’s Feed Brum, a collective of volunteers who gather at the same city centre locale six evenings a week to hand out hot food to those who need it most. In her day job, Hattie is account manager for PR agency EAST VILLAGE. Sophie was appointed as the UK’s first LEP board director for young people, where she is tasked with driving greater engagement among the region’s population of 18 to 30 year-olds. Sophie now sits alongside 20 other non-executive directors to give young people a voice in the big decisions being made in […]

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