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  • Communities across the West Midlands will be coming together to hold celebratory events during the first Mayor’s Community Weekend on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018, thanks to a new partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Big Lottery Fund. Across Birmingham 38 events will be taking place during the weekend supported by National Lottery funding, including an amateur sports tournament, wildlife gardening, street parties and even Box Wars in Eastside . The Mayor’s Community Weekend will bring together people and communities who live side by side every day, to celebrate the experiences they share, make new memories and build stronger relationships within and between communities. James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people coming together for the first Mayor’s Community Weekend, and we’re proud to be using National Lottery funding to bring their ideas to […]

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  • The words ‘National Sector Deal’ might not mean very much to most of us working within professional services in the West Midlands, but BPS Birmingham understands that the draft structure of a deal for our sector is close to being agreed and there are a number of reasons as to why this both matters and why we should care. When the Government published its Industrial Strategy White Paper late last year, it outlined many themes and challenges that would be backed with resources in order to increase U.K. productivity – and by extension – quality of life.  Sector deals are one of the ways in which these resources can flow providing a case can be made that directly links the asks to clear productivity improvements. In their own words, sector deals are “partnerships between Government and industry on sector-specific issues and create significant opportunities to boost productivity, employment, innovation and […]

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  • Laura Thursfield took the overall title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) last night (Thursday 24th May) as guests from the city’s business and professional services sector attended BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards ceremony at the ICC. Financial Planner at Mazars LLP, Laura won the finance category before being crowned as this year’s overall Birmingham Young Professional of the Year. Other category winners on the night included: Finance: Laura Thursfield – Mazars LLP (overall winner) HR, Recruitment & Training: Gishan Abeyratne – BCL Legal Legal: Chrissie Wolfe – Irwin Mitchell LLP Marketing & Comms: Truchio Powell – The Alternative Events Company Property & Construction: Kuli Bajwa – RPS Consulting Services Limited Technology: Sarah Mullett – Legal and General Chair of judges, Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority said: “Congratulations to all of the winners and of course to Laura, for winning the overall […]

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  • Journalist, presenter and screenwriter Rick Edwards has been announced as the host for this year’s Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) awards. He has recently presented a documentary on Channel 4, and will now be heading to Birmingham to reveal the winners in each of the award categories as well as crowning one individual the 18th ‘Birmingham Young Professional of the Year’. Edwards, who forged his career on the stand-up circuit, is also known for presenting BBC1’s smash daytime quiz show !mpossible, ITV2’s comedy roast Safeword, BBC Three’s live current affairs debate show Free Speech and Channel 4’s Paralympic Breakfast Show. He actively campaigns for youth engagement in politics and released his first book ‘None of the Above’ in 2015, in which he describes the basics of the political process in the UK. Joining hundreds of members of the city’s professional services sector, Edwards will reveal winners across six […]

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  • The West Midlands Combined Authority’s Chief Executive, Deborah Cadman OBE, has chaired an esteemed panel of judges to determine winners of BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY), which is taking place on Thursday 24th May at the ICC. Seventeen 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 Wesleyan) Zoe Brown, PWC Laura Thursfield, Mazars Andy Lee, NatWest HR, Recruitment & Training (sponsored by HSBC Bank) Robert Whitehouse, Sparta Global Gishan Abeyratne, BCL Legal  Legal Laura Daly, Irwin Mitchell Ben Gardner, Pinsent Mason Chrissie Wolfe, Irwin Mitchell   Marketing & Comms Sunny Gill, Silver Mountain Beth Sadler, Aston Business School Tru Powell, Alternative Events   Property & Construction Jonathan Stott, Gateley Hamer Kuli Bajwa, RPS […]

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