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  • Daniel Williams from Avison Young took home the top prize at the annual celebration of Birmingham’s finest professional services talent at the ICC last night. Head of Resourcing at Avison Young, Daniel Williams, will be “a force for good” for the city after being crowned Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY).  Daniel took home the top prize at BPS Birmingham Future’s 19th annual BYPY Awards last night which celebrate the city’s best professional services talent aged 35 and under. The awards ceremony was hosted by presenter, Mark Durden-Smith, at the ICC. Daniel was praised for his positivity and desire to push diversity and inclusivity, winning the HR, Recruitment & Training award before being chosen ahead of five other category winners to be named overall Birmingham Young Professional of the Year. He will now receive a fully funded scholarship to study for an Executive MBA at Aston Business School worth […]

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  • The BPS Birmingham initiative that brings 9+ students together with firms from the Business, Professional and Financial Services sector for a series of workplace visits, workshops and seminars will be taking place for the fourth year at the end of June. This year’s Professional Services Week (PSW) will be expanding its reach further with two days of activity in Coventry and Solihull. Sponsored by DLA Piper, Deloitte and the Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy (part of BMET) and endorsed by the West Midlands Mayor, WMCA and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, PSW is aiming to bring over 2000 9+ students into a meaningful engagement with professional firms from across the region. PSW will be held between Monday 24th and Friday 28th June. Last year’s PSW saw 45 schools register to take part resulting in 2000 students involved in a range of activities through the week at over […]

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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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  •     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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  • BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards will have a brand-new committee behind it in 2019. The team organising the 2019 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) Awards has been unveiled. The 2019 event organised by BPS Birmingham Future, a membership organisation which connects, promotes and represents professional services in the city, will take place in May at the ICC. Meet the 2019 Committee Following her role as deputy chair in 2018, the 2019 committee will be chaired by Kirn Dibra, a Risk and Control Manager at Experian. Kirn has brought together a brand-new team from a range of sectors for 2019, to support the delivery of one of the city’s most prestigious business events. 2019’s line-up consists of: Chandni Kotak, Construction Solicitor at Pinsent Masons LLP Azeem Qadir, Assistant Audit Manager at BDO UK LLP Matt Cockett, Graphics Manager at PSP Ltd Greta Geoghegan, Director of PR and Communications at […]

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