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  • 250 firms more than 1000 individual contacts drawn from 24 sectors in the city. This is the number of contacts your organisation will have open to them can by becoming a member of Birmingham Forward – whether its by getting your logo onto our letterheads and your organisation linked through our website – or by attending Networking events and conferences in person… 80,000 staff Responsible for 24% of the total employment in the Birmingham & Solihull area.
  • 250 firms more than 1000 individual contacts drawn from 24 sectors in the city. This is the number of contacts your organisation will have open to them can by becoming a member of Birmingham Forward – whether its by getting your logo onto our letterheads and your organisation linked through our website – or by attending Networking events and conferences in person… 80,000 staff Responsible for 24% of the total employment in the Birmingham & Solihull area.
  • Networking This was identified by our members as the key reason for them to join. With Birmingham Forward they know who our members are and the business sector they are in and therefore they can maximise their time at events by identifying who they wish to speak to or what they would like to get from the event. Lobbying Birmingham Forward (&Future) aim to provide a link to the key decision makers & advisers in the city (City Council, Marketing Birmingham, Chamber of Commerce, Advantage West Midlands, Learning & Skills Council). It is very important that they know the views of our members on particular issues (transport, congestion charge, property market/availability, BID) and by sitting on their respective Boards we are able to project the voice of our members into these forums. Promotion Recent event about Milton Keynes. London Office (spreading the word that we have excellent skills in the city, we are the biggest professional services sector outside of London and we can do much for a fraction of the cost.
  • Networking This was identified by our members as the key reason for them to join. With Birmingham Forward they know who our members are and the business sector they are in and therefore they can maximise their time at events by identifying who they wish to speak to or what they would like to get from the event. Lobbying Birmingham Forward (&Future) aim to provide a link to the key decision makers & advisers in the city (City Council, Marketing Birmingham, Chamber of Commerce, Advantage West Midlands, Learning & Skills Council). It is very important that they know the views of our members on particular issues (transport, congestion charge, property market/availability, BID) and by sitting on their respective Boards we are able to project the voice of our members into these forums. Promotion Recent event about Milton Keynes. London Office (spreading the word that we have excellent skills in the city, we are the biggest professional services sector outside of London and we can do much for a fraction of the cost.
  • Networking This was identified by our members as the key reason for them to join. With Birmingham Forward they know who our members are and the business sector they are in and therefore they can maximise their time at events by identifying who they wish to speak to or what they would like to get from the event. Lobbying Birmingham Forward (&Future) aim to provide a link to the key decision makers & advisers in the city (City Council, Marketing Birmingham, Chamber of Commerce, Advantage West Midlands, Learning & Skills Council). It is very important that they know the views of our members on particular issues (transport, congestion charge, property market/availability, BID) and by sitting on their respective Boards we are able to project the voice of our members into these forums. Promotion Recent event about Milton Keynes. London Office (spreading the word that we have excellent skills in the city, we are the biggest professional services sector outside of London and we can do much for a fraction of the cost.

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    • Birmingham Forward
    An Introduction Richard D Brennan – Chief Executive Monday 26 th October 2009
  • AGENDA
    • Who we Are
    • Why we Exist
    • Our Structure
    • The City we represent
    • What we Do
    • Relationships
    • Some key examples of our work
    • Birmingham Forward
    Who we Are
  • Who we Are - 1
    • Birmingham Forward
      • Corporate membership
      • 200+ member firms from 21 sectors
      • These sectors represent 24% of the people working in Greater Birmingham
      • Sector employs over 120,000 people
      • Further 50,000 new jobs forecast in the next 10 years
      • 90%+ member renewal each year
  • Who we Are - 2
    • Birmingham Future
      • Individual membership
      • Over 500 very active members from 21 sectors
      • Represents the next generation of leaders in our city
      • Seen as an extremely influential and representative voice in the region
      • Higher membership ‘churn’ due to nature of members but rapid growth and passionate commitment
    • Birmingham Forward
    Why we Exist
  • Why we exist - Mission
    • To promote the strength, range and depth
    • of professional, financial and business support services
    • in the Birmingham area
    • and to achieve recognition for the quality of those skills
    • both nationally and in world markets.
    Our 1999 Ten Year Vision
  • Structure
    • A Board of 20 Business Leaders
      • each appointed for initial 3 years, can then serve a further 3 years
    • Leaders
      • Chairman
      • Deputy Chairman
      • Immediate Past Chairman
    • Small Executive Team
  • Forward - Structure Board of Directors - 20 Voluntary – Elected Executive Committee Voluntary / Employed CHAIRMAN Elected – 1 Year DEPUTY CHAIRMAN Elected – 1 Year PAST CHAIRMAN Elected – 1 Year Committee 1 Voluntary Committee 2 Voluntary Working Party Voluntary Working Party Voluntary Working Party Voluntary Working Party Voluntary
    • ADMINISTRATION TEAM
    • Part-Time CEO
    • Manager
    • 2 x Events team
    • Communications Manager
    • Part-Time Finance support
  • Future - Structure LEADERSHIP TEAM - 14 Voluntary – ( Above + Committee Chairs) CHAIRMAN Elected – 1 Year DEPUTY CHAIRMAN Elected – 1 Year PAST CHAIRMAN Elected – 1 Year Membership Committee Graduates Committee Events Committee B.Y.P.Y Committee Mentoring Committee Marketing Committee ADMINISTRATION TEAM % of service and support City Centre Committee Diversity Committee Strategy Committee Finance Committee
    • Birmingham Forward
    The City we Represent
    • 32 million visitors each year.
    • Fourth most visited location by overseas visitors.
    • 42% of UK's exhibition and conferences - over 4 million visitors.
    • NEC - Europe's busiest convention centre, 180 exhibitions per year.
    • Over 7,500 bed spaces in the city centre - traditional and modern mix at affordable prices.
    Birmingham – the meeting place
    • Major population centre with over 5.0m people within a 45 minute journey to work
    • The youngest major city in Europe – highest proportion of people aged under 15
    • Richly diverse population – almost 30% other ethnic minority groups
    • 3 universities in City – 63,000 students
    • 17,000 graduates every years
    • More university students than any other city outside London
    • Further 6 universities in the region
    Birmingham – people & education
    • At the heart of the UK communications system with excellent domestic, European and International transport links
    • M6/M40/M42/M5 plus M6 Toll Road
    • Centre of rail network
    • - 3 mainline stations -New Street, Snow Hill and Birmingham International - only 81 minutes from London.
    • - 32 million passengers use New Street every year
    • Links to over seventy destinations from Birmingham International Airport
    Birmingham - travel
    • Birmingham Forward
    What we Do
  • What we do EVENTS LOBBYING NETWORKING
  • Lobbying
    • We are a key voice in the region as our 21 business areas cover 24% of all Birmingham private sector workers.
    • Currently Lobbying includes:
    • Permanent High Court in Birmingham
    • Birmingham Airport Runway Extension
    • Direct High Speed rail to London
    • Graduate retention
    • Closer links with City of London & U.K.T.I.
  • Events
    • In order to support our lobbying and to keep our members aware of current issues we hold around 80 different events a year.
    • These include:
    • Keynote speaker lunches
    • Political Briefings
    • Breakfast Connection
    • Roger Dickens lecture
    • Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY)
  • Networking
    • Most members want quality networking opportunities that lead to the eventual development of new business relationships.
    • This happens a number of ways :
      • Mix & Match lunches
      • Industry briefings
      • Legislative updates
      • Patron’s dinners
      • Senior Partners lunches
      • Political 1:1’s
    • Birmingham Forward
    Relationships
  • Relationships – Business Voice WM
    • A formal network which has 26 different membership organisations including:
      • Birmingham Forward
      • Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
      • Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
      • Institute of Directors (IOD)
      • Engineering Employers Federation (EEF)
  • Relationships – Business Voice WM
    • The total membership means that we represent over 220,000 businesses in our region
    • Key aims include:
      • A strong business voice for the region
      • ‘ One Voice’ for all communication
      • Leadership on all business issues
      • Working partnership with all 33 Local Authorities
      • Lobbying of Central Government
  • Relationships – ‘AWM Cluster Opportunity Group (COG)’
    • We believe the development of the sub-regional membership organisations are key to the further economic development of the region.
    • We therefore openly welcome the opportunities to partner with our colleagues:
      • SucceSS
      • Fine st
      • Coventry & Warwickshire First
      • Telford Business Partnership
      • Alliance 4 The Black Country
    • Birmingham Forward
    Key Examples
  • Key Example 1 – Talent Management
    • For a Global City to survive, and thrive, it needs to attract and retain the best people.
    • We contribute to this through the following:
      • Graduates into Employment
      • The Graduate Apprentice
      • Passport to Birmingham
      • Forward / Future Mentoring
      • BYPY Awards
      • Power 50
  • Talent Management - Mentoring
    • Many organisations offer Mentoring or Coaching schemes – internally and using external providers
    • We have taken this to a new level where people from different levels, and in different organisations, develop a Mentor/Mentee relationship that achieves a number of objectives for both parties:
      • Cross sector understanding
      • Good networking for both participants
      • Understanding of management drivers for Mentee
      • Understanding of current social & economic drivers for Mentor
    • The scheme is free and very successful – many strong relationships have been developed in the four years we have been running the scheme
  • 2. B.Y.P.Y.
  • Key Example 3 - Diversity
    • In the next four years Birmingham will become the first UK City where the ‘minority ethnic communities’ will become the majority.
    • Recognising this we established Birmingham Professional DiverCity some five years ago to ensure that firms in our sectors recognise the issues
    • But recognition is only the first step, positive action is required for a variety of different reasons, the most compelling being the ‘Commercial Argument’
  • Key Example 3 - Diversity
    • This is a critical area for the future success of our city and our region
    • Birmingham built its success on the “Open Welcome” it extended to everyone who was prepared to make a contribution
    • As we become more and more of a ‘global village’ we need to quickly re-learn the skills of making ‘outsiders’ welcome
    • If we do not – we have no future
    • Thank You
    Richard D Brennan, Chief Executive, Birmingham Forward [email_address]