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  • The BPS Birmingham Future Diversity & Inclusion committee carried our their inaugural survey on D&I in the professional services sector in the closing months of 2019, and we are pleased to announce the publication of their first annual report. The goal of this work is to examine the current state of diversity and inclusion within the sector in order to help BPS Birmingham and partner organisations develop a greater understanding of the current challenges faced by our city’s professional services workforce. The committee and wider organisation will then use this data to support companies and individuals create workplaces that are truly accessible and welcoming for everyone, regardless of factors like age, race, gender, sexuality, or socio-economic background. To view the report download it here: BPS Birmingham Future D&I report 2019_

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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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