Birmingham Aspire Launch Event 2014 | Hello I'm Clo
Hello I’m Clo!
Today I’m talking about an event in Birmingham I was
invited to by a great friend and attended on Wednesday evening. The event was
to launch the new BPS group ‘ Birmingham
Aspire’ which is a networking group for the aspiring inner city
professionals. Accountants, lawyers and other corporates.
I wasn’t sure I’d go along, until, some other
colleagues from The Hot 500 business group said they were also attending the
event ; as I’d been working late evenings, launching things and keeping on top
of the day to-day running of I’m Sorry
What Did You Say I wasn’t 100% sure I’d go until late afternoon, however,
there was talk of free pizza. Event
I decided on my 'Pink Friday' ISWDYS bootie wedges for the 'Corporate' occasion. It's good to break the mould.
John decided to dress up for the occasion!
After quickly getting changed in the toilets at
college, throwing on some make up and making my way towards Birmingham City
centre I started to get a little curious regarding the even I was going to
attend. I go to events all the time and half of those I never know fully what
I’m going to until I get there.
The event was hosted in Two Colmore row, which isn’t
yet fully finished.
We were on the first fully completed floor. It’s very New York office. Wide spaces, lots
of glass, manned lifts and bright, bright lights. Very bright, even at night.
The space lacked personality due to not yet being occupied- good job lots of
people turned out to support the launch and give it a vibe.
Thank you Luanda for demonstrating 'The People'
There were musical performances (Which I didn't feel entirely relevant for the theme of event, but were brill all the same.) Food and juices, talks
from the organisers and key note as well as open networking opportunities to
meet new people and connect as well as a brief Q and A about the group and what
it will provide for people who fit the target audience.
I highly recommend this group to those who are looking
at getting a summer internship or looking at a career in one of these corporate
sectors as it’s a great way to get your foot on the ladder and edge your way
in. In the opening address it was even said:
“You are already ahead of others by coming to the
If you apply to a summer programme and you’ve attended
the events, know some of the people, you’re seen as more go-getting than others,
who have not made the effort to attend.
It’s £29 per year, lets face it though. You can’t put
a price on your future. There are some really great mentors and people heading
up the scheme too who’ll be able to point you in the right direction and give
you some advice, should you need it. They’ve all got relevant experience and are
all key people of influence in the area.
Here's Abdul Shakur and Tinashe Lebron
I would really push fellow young ladies to attend!
Alex who is one of the women in the know! Is one of the go to women and is more
than happy to help out budding law students.
For me, it’s probably not for me, however I’m not
their chosen demographic. I’ll forever be self employed, running my own
businesses but if there’s one thing I’m willing to do; it’s learn. I’m all up
for networking and learning combined, so from that point of view it would be beneficial
to me to attend a few events throughout the year to keep my figure on the pulse.
Birmingham Aspire is part of Birmingham Future and
this is what they had to say on their website:
"As a member of Birmingham Future you will be given all
the tools you need to further your career, build your network of contacts,
shape the city that you love whilst having fun. Becoming a member will enable
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with some of the city’s high profile business leaders and senior decision
makers – opening doors that would otherwise be closed and ultimately
generate new business opportunities.
- Keep up to
date and have your say on key issues relevant to the city.
involved in a mentoring scheme – either as a mentor to a BCU student with
‘Inspiring Futures’ or by receiving an invaluable mentor with ‘Momentum’.
- Help shape
the organisation by joining one of our committees and showcase your
- Take part
in the phenomenon that is BYPY to raise your profile, and Graduate
Apprentice to create new job opportunities.
with likeminded individuals, put yourself on invite lists for social and
business events and cement lasting friendships."
That was my night!
Lots of love,
Clo :- ))
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