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  • Judging panel from left to right: Laura Thursfield, Independent Financial Adviser at Mazars LLP and winner of BYPY 2018; Tim Rayner, Partner at Irwin Mitchell: Katie Fulcher, Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, and Chair of BPS Birmingham Future; Sandra Wallace, DLA Piper’s Joint Managing Director Europe; Anne Brookes, Head of the Brown Shipley Birmingham office; Paul Bramwell, Managing Director of MediaCom Birmingham. DLA Piper’s Joint Managing Director Europe, Sandra Wallace, has chaired an esteemed panel of judges at Millennium Point to determine winners of BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY), which is taking place on Thursday 16th May at the ICC. Eighteen 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 […]

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  • We met with Amy Whitehouse from our committee who is our BYPY Lead and LoveBrum liaison. Here’s what she had to say: What is your background, and what is your current profession? I qualified to be a solicitor in September last year, qualifying in to the employment law team at Weightmans LLP. Prior to that I have worked for Brummie firms such as Glide Utilities, the University of Law (Birmingham) and Higgs and Sons solicitors as a paralegal. When and why did you join BPS Future? I joined as soon as I got to Birmingham back in 2013. I had just graduated from university and moved home (to Coventry). I didn’t have any professional contacts in Birmingham and was looking to pursue my legal career here. I worked for Glide Utilities, my boss James Villarreal had previously won BYPY and was really encouraging for the team to get involved in […]

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  • Daniel Goddard of Trowers & Hamlins LLP sits on our engage committee and was also our Aspiring Talent winner at BYPY 2018.   What is your background, and what is your current profession? Born and raised in the West Midlands, I was the first person in my immediate family to go to University. Fast forward to 2019, I am a Solicitor in the Corporate/Commercial team at Trowers & Hamlins, Birmingham.   When and why did you join BPS Future? I joined BPS Future when I moved to Birmingham in 2016; it’s a fantastic organisation that devotes a huge amount of time investing in the City and the professional market.   What is your favourite and most rewarding part of membership? What have you achieved as a likely result of membership? Not only does membership allow you to develop a wide range of contacts, membership gives you access to a number […]

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  •     This week – National Apprenticeship Week – highlights many inspiring stories about how apprenticeships change the lives of young people, as well as boosting business productivity. Whilst our sector contributes one in five of all jobs in the region, the statistics tell us that our sector is still underrepresented in its take up of apprenticeships, both as a method of recruiting and upskilling.   Along with City-REDI at the University of Birmingham, as the sector lead body for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) we recently led a ‘deep dive’ investigation into productivity in the BPFS sector [1]. The report formed part of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Productivity and Skills Commission. A key finding was that skills and ideas are the clear priorities for increasing productivity in the BPFS sector. They are not only issues for the future, but challenges being faced by […]

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  • We are pleased to announce that following the success of “Turning Small Talk into Big Talk” in 2018, the series is returning for 2019. Sitting alongside the prestigious Leadership Development Programme delivered with Aston University, the series provides Future members and the wider professional community an opportunity to take a deep-dive into some of the key topics effecting young professionals with the aim being to help them develop an informed opinion and be confident to articulate this with peers, leaders, clients and colleagues. Each event is opened by a keynote speaker and opens into a panel discussion with a Q&A. 2018 was a stellar start to the series. We kicked off in April with “The Millennial Mind-set”, discussing everything from workplace engagement to the practical realities of day to day life managing a millennial workforce. In June, we held our “Gender Barriers” event, exploring the topic of gender bias in […]

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