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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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  • As we pass the midpoint of Professional Services Week 2017 and my feet welcome the well-earned rest from walking around the city, I’ve been reflecting on the conversations had over the past three days with participating students, teachers and business volunteers. Undoubtedly the energy and enthusiasm has been high from all sides. We’ve shared insights, experience and tips and in most cases, a passion for this city…except the last part of that statement appears to be more true for the volunteers and hosts and less so for the young residents taking part. Professional Services Week is absolutely about promoting access to the professions and the vast array of associated jobs within professional services businesses. But today has reminded me of the need to ‘sell’ Birmingham, particularly to Birmingham’s young citizens as a key part of the Week’s core messages. Typically, this need takes two forms, neither of which are that […]

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  • BPS Birmingham has commenced work as a delivery partner for the Careers and Enterprise Company’s operations in the GBSLEP area that will see BPS Executive Director, Hilary Smyth-Allen, take a part time role as an Enterprise Co-ordinator for the business and professional services sector in the region. Hilary’s connections, knowledge and experience of the issues facing the sector and understanding of the need for effective and sustained engagement with schools will be invaluable to the role of sector co-ordinator. As part of the partnership agreement, BPS Birmingham will recruit at least 10 Enterprise Advisors from within the region’s professional services sector who will be matched with a school to work strategically with the school’s senior leadership team to raise the bar on delivering quality careers advice and guidance for all pupils. At the heart of the programme is better coordination amongst stakeholders and matching resources with the greatest needs across […]

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  • The GBSLEP Growth Hub have a new project underway, to undertake an enhancement to the current Access to Finance search portal. The new portal seeks to bridge the gap between the businesses looking for finance and the funders seeking to provide it As part of this exciting process, the LEP are currently seeking a number of advisors to help test the newly designed portal and, to help shape the way in which it operates. To find out more or get involved, email hello@bpsbirmingam.co.uk

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