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  • Six of the region’s most prominent professional services organisations have demonstrated their commitment to the city’s young talent by partnering with the Birmingham Young of the Year Awards (BYPY) 2018. BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship event, BYPY 2018 officially launches on Thursday 8th February, with an open-invitation celebration evening taking place at The Canal House. BNP Paribas Personal Finance is confirmed as this year’s headline sponsors for BYPY, following a successful year as sponsors of the Marketing & Communications category in 2017. Lynda Brennan, Director of HR at BNP Paribas Personal Finance, said: “As a leading employer in the region with ambitious growth plans we’re delighted to support the prestigious BYPY awards to celebrate and recognise local talent. We’re committed to creating a great place to work and we continue to help bridge the gap between education and the workplace. BYPY is a great example of providing opportunities to build and […]

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  • Happy New Year to all of our valued members and supporters! Before 2017 becomes a distant memory, we wanted to let you know about some of the things we have been doing behind the scenes these last 12 months and give a flavour of what 2018 has in store. In 2017 we spent a lot of time working to ensure we understand the needs and aspirations of our members, to ensure we continue to stay relevant and so we can shape 2018 accordingly. In amongst all the great stuff we’ve been up to (see my Christmas message for a reminder), and of which there will be more of the same; we’ve not been blind to areas for improvement in order to keep up with the evolving business landscape we operate in, and it’s up to us to make sure we stay ahead of the game to offer our members the […]

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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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