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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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  • 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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