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  • More than 80 professionals attended a dinner to celebrate graduates from BPS Birmingham Future’s second Leadership Development Programme. Held in partnership with Aston Business School, the programme saw 28 participants develop core leadership skills during a series of monthly evening workshops on a range of topics. The participants were presented with their certificates by Mark Smith, Executive Director of Business Engagement, at Aston University, at the event on Thursday 26 July at Conference Aston. Commenting on the evening, Mark Smith said: “It’s been great to celebrate the success of this initiative between Aston University and BPS Future, which is a very important relationship. “Aston University’s ethos has always been to work with business. Long may this continue and flourish with BPS Birmingham. “The graduates here tonight all have high-pressured jobs, and I’m sure there were some days when they could have stayed working, or could have gone home to relax […]

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  • Around nine-months ago, I wrote a couple of blogs about the plethora of Commissions established in the region, set to examine a wide range of complex challenges facing the West Midlands. The Productivity and Skills Commission and the Leadership Commission caught my eye, not only because of my experience in these areas, but both set up workstreams looking at the professional services sector. First to the reporting line is the Leadership Commission. Let me be clear at the outset. The document is a wonderfully clear assessment of the size of the challenge and in that there is much value. Where a combination of stark reality and perceptions prevailed about the lack of representation in leadership positions, there is now more evidence, even though the Commission was clearly frustrated by data gaps during its work. Nonetheless, it is a significant step forward. I am also extremely proud that an initiative I have led […]

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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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