Welcome to…
         Birmingham’s Future



www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
Matt Taylor
     Birmingham Future Chairman



www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
Tina Robinson
            Birmingham Future
           Membership Committee


www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
Mission Statement
                      Birmingham Future
Our vision is to develop the future membership and leaders of a
...
Who Are We
• Birmingham Future is affiliated to Birmingham Forward as the
  representative body for Birmingham’s young pro...
Organisation & Committee Structure
                             Matt Taylor
                             Chairman

       ...
Events 2009
       • New Members lunches
       • Professional development presentations
              • ‘work/life balanc...
Member Benefits
       • Meet the future directors or partners of firms with whom you
         will be dealing in the year...
Paul Fielding
                Colmore BID


www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
Anthony McCourt
          Birmingham Young
        Professional of the Year


www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
Claire-Elaine Arthurs
             Mentoring Scheme


www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
Birmingham Future Mentoring
                 Scheme
• Launched in 2002
• Our Vision:
  “To offer a well designed and manag...
Birmingham Future Mentoring
                 Scheme
•   How It Works:
•   What is Mentoring?
•   Matching
•   What Do I Ha...
Birmingham Future Mentoring
            Scheme
What Can I Expect?
• Faster career progress
• Increased confidence
• Help w...
2008 Winner

www.birminghamyoungprofessional.co.uk
www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
Testimonials
   “I joined Birmingham Future after attending the AGM in 2005 and meeting
   roughly 30 new people within th...
How do I become a member?
•   Telephone: 0121 632 2200
•   Online: www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
•   Through your firm’s Birm...
Help forge Birmingham’s
       future……..




www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
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  • Thank you for joining me, name, today to introduce Birmingham’s organisation for young, upcoming professionals, Birmingham Future.I anticipate that the presentation will take approximately 20 minutes, but rather than me simply telling you about the existence of Birmingham Future, I want to focus on what members can get out of being part of the only young, professional group which is wholly supported by the city and its constituent firms and companies.
  • It is important that the Birmingham Future organisation has a focused goal or raison d’etre, and the mission statement as shown here confirms precisely what that is. We are the only organisation specific to young professionals, designed to enable them to develop relationships with their peers and to form the relevant business relationships which will assist them in future. In addition, for the really aspirational characters amongst you, this is an arena through which you can dramatically raise your profile and that of your company, and ensure that you stand out above the rest. Essentially, this is a forum through which you can parade your expertise and build a reputation for such expertise
  • We have a total of approximately 450 individual members from the following sectors: tbcSome of the most supportive member firms are: HBJ Gateley Wareing, Eversheds, DeloitteBut there is nothing to state that only employees of these firms can join. We actively encourage membership from smaller firms where there is potentially more to be gained through the additional contacts to be madeIt is really about providing you with the opportunity to interact with the people, with whom you will be looking to do business in future. It is far easier to build your business with contacts met through a professional sociable environment early on than to try and develop those at a later stage when contacts have already been developed.
  • I mentioned aspirational, strong characters in an earlier slide. Birmingham Future provides the opportunity to form part of a committee structure, fully supported by the City and the Business Community. The leaders of each of the Future committees, as shown above have progressed into these positions and through this have developed strong contacts within the major spheres of influence throughout the city. Within these committees, there is an opportunity for all members to play an active role within the marketing and management of the Birmingham Future organisation
  • These are obviously just a few of our events from the last yearThere are several each month, with a few notable highlights such as the BYPY dinner and the Annual BallThe majority are designed to provide useful training to complement your progression with your career in the most beneficial way including presentation skills, time management courses and personal development. Please have a look at the website for a complete list of events
  • Being a member is not simply about turning up to events, shaking a few hands and listening to a presenter for an hour. To enhance the membership, you will be able to receive special terms negotiated with various Birmingham businesses, from reduced costs in bars and restaurants to subsidised fees at law firms, so used wisely, this can pay for the membership fee in itself
  • Only Birmingham’s young professionals can be nominated for the Young Professional of the Year awards which culminates in the awards ceremony and dinner held last at the ICC, and attracts over 500 guests including some very recognisable names from the Birmingham business community. To win this award or any of the individual sector awards presents huge opportunities in terms of reputation and career progression and again, the opportunity to put yourself ahead of your competition.
  • The website is packed with useful information. Go and have a look at it. For those of you with a pen, the address is
  • To join and to benefit immediately, phone the future office an 0121 632 2200 to receive a membership pack. Better still, go online and complete the application form. Membership is on an annual basis so that when you join you will be able to benefit from a full 12 months networking opportunities.Alternatively, if your Company is a Birmingham Forward Member, there should be a Future contact. If you are not sure who it is, again phone the office and we will be happy to let you know. So, where do you want to be in the years ahead?
  • Perhaps you could help to forge Birmingham’s Future
  • Birmingham Future Presentation May 2009

    1. 1. Welcome to… Birmingham’s Future www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    2. 2. Matt Taylor Birmingham Future Chairman www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    3. 3. Tina Robinson Birmingham Future Membership Committee www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    4. 4. Mission Statement Birmingham Future Our vision is to develop the future membership and leaders of a vibrant, diverse and world-class professional services sector in Birmingham through: • Presenting the collective voice of Birmingham’s young professionals • Providing networking and skills development opportunities for this community • Engaging with those in ‘post-16’education to promote the benefits of a career in Birmingham’s professional services sector” www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    5. 5. Who Are We • Birmingham Future is affiliated to Birmingham Forward as the representative body for Birmingham’s young professionals • Currently 450 members • From finance, legal, creative & other professional sectors • Not limited to individuals within Birmingham Forward member firms • To create a sociable & professional environment in which to develop your skill-sets and contacts to enable you to become a recognised & successful professional in Birmingham www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    6. 6. Organisation & Committee Structure Matt Taylor Chairman Amanda Shearer Alex Bishop Deputy Immediate Past Chair BYPY – Roula Samaha City Centre – Damien Byrne Business Strategy – Gareth Diversity – Donna Codrington Morgan-Jones Membership – Gareth Poole Finance – Kirsty Allen Mentoring – Lisa Clark Talent Retention & Events – Paul Fielding Development – Anthony McCourt Marketing – Rob Langley
    7. 7. Events 2009 • New Members lunches • Professional development presentations • ‘work/life balance - have you got a life?’ • personal branding • ‘time management’ • Annual General Meeting • Birmingham Young Professional of the Year • Speed Networking • Annual Ball • Joint Forward & Future events www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    8. 8. Member Benefits • Meet the future directors or partners of firms with whom you will be dealing in the years ahead ; • Develop your competitive advantage; • Featured monthly offers with local businesses; • Active involvement in the city’s future; • Award Winning Mentoring committee www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    9. 9. Paul Fielding Colmore BID www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    10. 10. Anthony McCourt Birmingham Young Professional of the Year www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    11. 11. Claire-Elaine Arthurs Mentoring Scheme www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    12. 12. Birmingham Future Mentoring Scheme • Launched in 2002 • Our Vision: “To offer a well designed and managed mentoring programme which contributes significantly to the professional and personal development of the participants as well as investing in Birmingham’s wider business community and its next generation” • Awarded Life Long Learning Status
    13. 13. Birmingham Future Mentoring Scheme • How It Works: • What is Mentoring? • Matching • What Do I Have To Commit? • Confidentiality and Professional Ethics • Time
    14. 14. Birmingham Future Mentoring Scheme What Can I Expect? • Faster career progress • Increased confidence • Help with working through difficult issues and dealing with other people • Having a sounding board to try ideas out • Ability to draw on someone else’s experience • Someone to confide in who will provide you with moral support, encouragement and guidance • Opportunities for growth and enhanced career visibility • Constructive criticism and help in sizing up situations • The chance to keep abreast of other ways of thinking and to discover new perspectives • The opportunity to expand your networks of professional contacts
    15. 15. 2008 Winner www.birminghamyoungprofessional.co.uk
    16. 16. www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    17. 17. Testimonials “I joined Birmingham Future after attending the AGM in 2005 and meeting roughly 30 new people within the space of an hour. Now, I meet with 10 of them on a regular basis to discuss the development of Birmingham Future, have referred our own work and clients to a number of those contacts, and I have received several cases referred to me. This has been a terrific opportunity for business development, without the prescriptive, Americanised structure of a networking group, and my personal development.” “I returned to Birmingham, my city of birth, just over two years ago after studying and working elsewhere for about six years. During this time, the city changed dramatically both in terms of the high profile businesses here and the development of the city centre, including the Bullring and the Mailbox. Birmingham Future has been an excellent way for me to re- discover what the city has to offer young professionals and has given me the opportunity of meeting other like-minded people through a variety of interesting and useful events.” www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    18. 18. How do I become a member? • Telephone: 0121 632 2200 • Online: www.birminghamfuture.co.uk • Through your firm’s Birmingham Forward Key contact • Subscription Fee – £100 + VAT for individual membership www.birminghamfuture.co.uk
    19. 19. Help forge Birmingham’s future…….. www.birminghamfuture.co.uk

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