Personal Social Responsibility, Proud Birmingham, and Collaboration; AGENDA

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Personal Social Responsibility, Proud Birmingham, and Collaboration; AGENDA


Byline: ALEX BISHOP

I am thrilled to be writing a regular column in the Birmingham Post in my capacity as Chairman of the young professionals' organisation, Birmingham Future.

Birmingham Future has played an important role in representing young people working in the city's professional and financial services sector for many years. As this sector of the business community continues to grow both in size and importance, I believe that Birmingham Future's role as the representative voice of young professionals will also continue to grow.

Like my predecessors, as I embarked on my twelve months as chairman of Birmingham Future, I laid out the key themes that would shape my year in office. Issues on which I not only feel personally passionate about but where I believe Birmingham Future can play an active and relevant role.

My themes are Personal Social Responsibility, Proud Birmingham, and Collaboration.

Corporate Social Responsibility is increasingly a major focus for business and many companies are making major strides in this area. One of my keys aims with Birmingham Future is to complement the best corporate practice by providing opportunities for individual professionals to make a difference to their city. One of our key initiatives is our schools engagement programme run through our partnership with Educational Business Links. In addition, we are highlighting a range of opportunities for members to utilise their skills and energy to help charitable organisations throughout the city.

I was born in Birmingham and now work here as a Partner at national law firm Shoosmiths. Although I have had experience working in other cities, indeed in other countries, I was always going to come back and build my career in my home town. During my year I will take every opportunity to convey and promote my pride in Birmingham.

If any organisation is to be really effective it needs to be aware that it must not exist in isolation.

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