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  • With a month having passed since the last  Biennial Development Briefing, the Infrastructure Committee have been reflecting on the event, the conclusions drawn and the way the city’s future continues to be shaped with a handful of new developments having been announced in the last few weeks. We were hugely pleased with the turn out on the night and even more so when we saw the ongoing interest in the material produced for the event so we’ve decided to compile all of the most useful information and interesting facts together in one place… One of the conclusions from the presentation was that Birmingham is an evolving city and new development proposals are constantly being announced, with no sign of this abating any time soon. Just to reiterate this point, we wanted to share a couple of recent proposals that have been announced recently: • Bishopsgate; a proposal by Court Collaboration for […]

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  • We’re pleased to announce that Adam Dobson, Account Manager with Handelsbanken in the city, has become the new Chair of BPS Birmingham Aspire. Adam who joined Handelsbanken in the summer of 2016 after graduating from the University of Worcester, takes over the role of Chair from Ashleigh Lloyd, a Consultant in International Tax at Deloitte in Birmingham. During her incredibly successful tenure Ashleigh not only oversaw Aspire’s two committees and countless events but she was also deeply involved in BPS Birmingham’s first two Professional Services Weeks in 2016 and 2017. Ashleigh has also spearheaded an initiative to improve the accessibility of the sector to those from a more diverse range of backgrounds by launching our Trainee Professional initiative, offering one fortunate college leaver a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience working for the city’s top firms. We formally thanked Ashleigh and welcomed Adam as her successor at our Welcome to […]

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  • Establishing ‘Commissions’ to consider evidence, opine and then recommend on key topics linked to regional life appears to be the order of the day; dare I say, a political fashion of sorts. Blink and you’ve missed another one. The West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Productivity & Skills Commission has had its first session and is setting the direction for its enquiries following a call for evidence. Thirty-five submissions were received, including from BPS Birmingham which is featured in the Summary of Responses. A detailed data analysis and evidence review is now being produced which will result in reports on each of five productivity and skills drivers – innovation, skills, enterprise, investment and competition. It is clear from the Summary that a number of our key themes –the skills gap is region’s greatest weakness; careers advice is “patchy” at best and that “good work” is as important as salary in attracting and […]

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  • As we continue to measure the impact of Professional Services Week 2017, BPS Executive Director Hilary Smyth-Allen, joined Kathryn Lennon Johnson to discuss the successes, challenges and how we plan to keep on striving to improve social mobility and bridge the gap between school leavers and employers. you can listen to the full conversation with BESS TV below.  

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  • As an organisation committed to the advancement of Birmingham’s business professional services community, it should come as no surprise that BPS Birmingham Future is leading the way when it comes to innovative methods of mentoring and development. Mentoring usually involves a young or junior individual learning from someone more advanced in their career. However, more experienced members of the BPS community can benefit considerably from having a younger mentor by participating in the ‘reverse’ mentoring scheme run by Birmingham Future’s Mentoring Academy and piloted alongside Colmore Business District . How do participants benefit? Our mentees learn a lot from reverse mentoring, especially if they’re looking to develop their understanding of unfamiliar areas of the business landscape like social media, or get a new perspective from a younger professional. “Reverse mentoring is great,” says Wesleyan COO Liz McKenzie, who was paired with Hattie D’Souza, Account Manager and Head of Social Strategy […]

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