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The Birmingham Publicity Association supports the media and creative industries in the region, while raising money for key charities that its members wish to support.

Events

COME RAIN OR SHINE, IT'S THE BPA SUMMER PARTY
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

COME RAIN OR SHINE, IT'S THE BPA SUMMER PARTY

Help celebrate all that the glorious British summer brings with the ultimate celebration of the season with the BPA. Tickets are on sale now for the highlight of everyone’s summer with the BPA and come dressed ready for rain or shine (or both).

The Button Factory, 25 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter B1
Thursday 27th June, from 7pm until 11pm.
Tickets: £35 for members; £40 non-members

Ticket price includes a welcome drink and BBQ Food. Live music will be playing throughout the night and we will have exclusive use of the sun terrace.

There will also be the chance to mix with all the right people in the city, coupled with all the entertainment that everyone has come to expect from the BPA.

Mark McDonagh, Chair of the BPA said: “Summer time can always be a little hit and miss with the weather, but everyone who comes to one of our events always knows they are guaranteed to have a good time.

“We have some fabulous entertainment lined up, as ever some of the best food and drink on the menu, and this can be coupled with some of the best faces from within the city and beyond, it’s an event that’s not to be missed,” he added.

To book your tickets, email sarah.hughes@thisisthebpa.co.uk

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MIDLANDS MEDIA MINGLE
Sep
4
6:00 PM18:00

MIDLANDS MEDIA MINGLE

Stuck in a creative rut? Looking to expand your industry network? Or simply bored of your colleagues/friends/family/sofa (delete as appropriate)?

Then join us for another Midlands Media Mingle, which will give anyone working within the creative industries – be it advertising, design, journalism, sales, radio, TV or writing – the chance to meet new contacts, find out more about opportunities and projects within the region and extend their professional network.

The next MMM will be downstairs in The Lab at The Alchemist, Birmingham, on 12th September, and is free to attend for both members and non-members of the BPA.

So spread the word, grab your colleagues and we’ll see you there from 6pm!

Register for this free event on Eventbrite here.

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FREE TRAINING EVENT - 'STAND UP AND DELIVER' FOR PRESENTATIONS
May
15
9:00 AM09:00

FREE TRAINING EVENT - 'STAND UP AND DELIVER' FOR PRESENTATIONS

THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR BPA MEMBERS ONLY - £80 TICKET VALUE

Jack explains how to take dry, technical information and render it clear, memorable and engaging, no matter who the audience. Current clients include: McCann Worldgroup, Adam&Eve DDB, WPP Health, Havas Lynx, Virgin Media, Samsung, Google, Sainsbury’s and Microsoft.

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The 2019 BPA Spring Lunch at Zen Metro
Mar
29
12:30 PM12:30

The 2019 BPA Spring Lunch at Zen Metro

UPDATE:

Our Spring Lunch is a sell-out - thank you for your support!

If you’ve missed out – make sure you register your interest for our Summer event @ events@thisisthebpa.co.uk

Spring is set to blossom this March with our annual Spring Lunch being hosted at Zen Metro – the first of a number of fundraising drives planned for this year with a tasty Thai at the Cornwall Street based restaurant.

Your ticket will get you a three course Thai meal served platter-style and a glass of Prosecco on arrival at the exclusive restaurant, costing £40 for BPA members and £50 for non members.

The Birmingham Publicity Association aims to unite those working in the creative industries across the West Midlands and is a great way to network and have fun at the same time - along with raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Natalie Pejovic, Vice Chair of the Birmingham Publicity Association, said: “We are proud to be this year hosting our Spring Lunch in such a gorgeous venue and as we have seen in past years, tickets sell out incredibly quickly for this event.

“This year we also have our new charity onboard, Acorns Children’s Hospice, and this will be our first official fundraising drive for them. This alongside the great opportunity for networking with those within the creative industry, we are set to have a great afternoon together.”

Email events@thisistheBPA.co.uk to reserve your place.

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FREE TRAINING EVENT – How to use LinkedIn to develop new business
Mar
6
9:00 AM09:00

FREE TRAINING EVENT – How to use LinkedIn to develop new business

UPDATE:

Our workshop is a sell-out!

Still want to attend?

Make sure you pop your name on the waiting list and we’ll contact you if any spaces become available.

Join our waiting list

THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR BPA MEMBERS ONLY – £90 VALUE.

Breakfast meetings are generally a bit urgent for us at the BPA but when the topic is FREE new business training on LinkedIn, we’ll make an exception.

Join us at Mediacom Birmingham
23 Colmore Row Birmingham B3 2BS
on Wednesday 6 March 2019
from 9:00 – 12:00 PM

If you’re tasked with developing new business in 2019, you may be finding ‘cold calling’ can be tricky if you rely on email, phone calls and the occasional networking event.

Imagine there was a way of connecting with hundreds of relevant potential prospects who already know you are a trusted expert, potentially able to help them solve their business challenges – even before you have your first conversation!

The good news is – there is – and it’s called LinkedIn!

Our 3-hour workshop will help you fully understand how to use the free LinkedIn platform for new business prospecting and networking.

By the end of the session you will have updated your own profile (bring your laptop if you can) to make sure it’s fit for purpose in the role you have today.

You will learn how to make that first introduction to a new prospect and then how best to follow it up.

You’ll also understand the power of groups – how to find the ones best suited to your business and then how to become an active and engaged LinkedIn user.

The workshop will be hosted by Debra Sharron, Managing Director of Media Sales Training – a boutique specialist agency which has been delivering practical and effective programmes for media owners and commercial teams for over 15 years.

Debra’s clients include The Guardian, News UK, First Radio Sales, Condé Nast, Outdoor Plus and UBM.

Praise for Debra:

“Debra delivered an extremely useful workshop, helping our senior sales people to understand better how to use LinkedIn to widen their contacts and develop their profiles as influencers. The practical content and achievable suggestions combined to make this a valuable few hours - we all left with a clear action plan and an understanding of what we needed to do next.”

Samantha Eardley, UK Sales & Marketing Director, Collins Learning – November 2018

“Debra's social selling course was really helpful in building my professional profile on LinkedIn, and getting started on social selling. She has introduced social selling in a way which was very useful for all our sales members from associates to the management class! I will recommend anyone who would like to get themselves started on social selling.”

Emi Kashiwara , UBM plc – October 2018

The caveat: Yes, you knew there’d be one. While this is a free event for BPA members we will be asking for attendees to pre-register. We will also need to make a charge for non-attendance. Last cancellation 48 hours before the event please. Thank you.

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A Night at the Races. By order of the BPA
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

A Night at the Races. By order of the BPA

Something new for you folks. A night at the gee-gees... by order of the Birmingham Publicity Association, of course.

We’ll see you upstairs at O’Neill’s, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HG on Thursday 11th October. Gates at 7pm, first race at 8pm (razor) sharp.

We have 7 quality english races in store, compèred by a true professional, with a tote manager who knows the score, nibbles, a booming PA system and a 8ft x 6ft big screen to feast your eyes on.

You just need to bring your best form. And a wad of readies. Spread the word.

Book your spots. £15 each for BPA members, £20 each for the uninitiated.

Send a note to events@thisistheBPA.co.uk

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Midlands Media Mingle
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Midlands Media Mingle

For anyone working within the creative industries – be it advertising, design, journalism, sales, radio, TV or writing – the chance to meet new contacts, find out more about opportunities and projects within the region and extend their professional network.

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'Year of the Woman' Quiz Night
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

'Year of the Woman' Quiz Night

Fancy yourself as a bit of a quiz King or Queen? Think you know enough fun facts and trivia to be crowned this year's BPA team of 2018?

Our ever popular annual event will be taking place at the Bierkeller on Broad Street on 7th June 2018, with the theme 'Year of the Woman'.

Tickets are on sale now, costing £100 for a team of four (£120 for non-members) and includes a meal.

Cash prizes are up for grabs - so make sure you pick the best members for your team – no slackers allowed!

The evening starts at 6.30pm.

To book, email: sarah.hughes@global.com

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The BPA Spring Lunch at Varanasi
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

The BPA Spring Lunch at Varanasi

Say ‘Namaste’ to the BPA Spring Lunch at Varanasi

Nothing says welcome to spring more than the annual Birmingham Publicity Association Lunch - and 2018 is no exception.

The popular event will be kicking off the first of a number of fundraising drives planned for this year with a tasty curry at the Broad Street restaurant Varanasi.

Tickets are expected to sell fast for the meal on Friday 18th May at 12.30, which will include a three course Indian sharing meal and a drink at the exclusive restaurant, costing £40 for BPA members and £50 for non-members.

To book, email Sarah.Hughes@global.com.

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Mindfulness Workshop
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Mindfulness Workshop

Former Birmingham Poet Laureate and mindfulness coach Charlie Jordan is to host a special evening for BPA members wanting to rediscover their calm creativity for Spring.
 
Event host Charlie Jordan will be leading an exclusive Mindfulness Writing Workshop within the Shakespeare Memorial Room of the Library of Birmingham.
 
The free event is designed to help BPA members press the ‘pause’ button in life and refresh their writing practice.
 
Broadcaster Charlie will be guiding members to clear away their outdated habits, calm the inner critic and move writers’ block out of the way to help relax into a creative flow.
 
The mindfulness techniques are also designed to be easily integrated into your work and help focus on enjoying the writing process again.
 
Spaces are limited for the event which is suitable for both beginners, or experienced, writers.
 
Charlie, who is currently a drive time presenter on Smooth West Midlands, was Birmingham Poet Laureate in 2007/8.
 
The Mindfulness Writing Workshop will run on Wednesday 14th March between 7pm and 9pm. Booking is essential.
 
For more details, visit
charliejordan.co.uk/blog or www.thisisthebpa.co.uk
 
To book, contact
sarah.hughes@global.com 

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Platinum Christmas
Dec
2
12:30 PM12:30

Platinum Christmas

Brought to you by our sponsors:


Clear a space in your calendar and prepare to sparkle because the countdown is on to the 2016 Platinum BPA Christmas lunch.

Marking 70 splendid years of the best organisation dedicated to connecting the creative industries in the Midlands, this year's bash will be one to remember. 


Held in the 1874 Suite at Villa Park from 12.30pm on Friday December 2nd, the Platinum party will boast the best in live entertainment and fabulous food, not to mention giving guests free access to the legendary BPA after-party at Apres, Summer Row, for those who simply can't bear to call it a day when the sun goes down.

As always, demand for places is high, so book now, and dress to impress.

Tables of 10 cost a discounted £700 for members and £850 for non-members, with individual places costing £75 (members) or £90 (non-members). 

To book, or to enquire about becoming a member of the BPA, contact Sarah: sarah.hughes@thisisglobal.com 

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MMM: Midlands Media Mingle
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

MMM: Midlands Media Mingle

MMM... It's got to be worth a visit.

Stuck in a creative rut? Looking to expand your industry network? Or simply bored of your colleagues/friends/family/sofa (delete as appropriate)?

Then put November 3rd in your diary pronto and head along to the Purecraft Bar on Waterloo Street to enjoy the BPA's Midlands Media Mingle (#MMM) - a chance to meet and chat with fellow BPA members, find out more about the region's creative industries and try a few delicious Purity ales into the bargain.

There's no charge, and it's a great way to get more out of your membership. Not a member? Then head down and meet everyone anyway, you'll soon see what you've got to gain! 

See you there from 6pm! 

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BPA Quiz Night: Heroes & Villains
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

BPA Quiz Night: Heroes & Villains

WE’RE HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO TO CLAIM THE BPA QUIZ CROWN
 
Do you know your Dr Strange from your Dr Who? Your Magnificent Seven from your Suicide Squad? Do you have what it takes to be the hero of the hour in the next BPA quiz?
 
In that case, clear your diary for the evening of ‪Thursday October 13th, because the brilliant BPA Quiz is back, with cash prizes to be won
 
The Heroes and Villains themed quiz is open to teams of four and takes place from ‪6.30pm in the Manhattan Suite at Broadway Casino.  As always, there will be free parking at the Broadway Plaza complex.
 
Entry costs £100 per team of four (members) or £120 for non-members, and includes a meal for each member.
 
To reserve your spot, email sarah.hughes@thisisglobal.com
 

 

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Speaker Event: Paul Faulkner – FREE to BPA members
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Event: Paul Faulkner – FREE to BPA members

The BPA is proud to present a members-only opportunity to discuss the post-Brexit challenges and opportunities for the creative industries with Chamber of Commerce head Paul Faulkner.

Few are more experienced to share their business insight than the former Aston Villa CEO, and the limited places for this exclusive event will be in high demand.

Paul will be our guest of honour at the Park Regis Hotel on Wednesday, September 14th for what we are confident will be an informative, enlightening and lively discussion.

The event is FREE to attend and kicks off with drinks and canapés at 6pm at Park Regis, 160 Broad St, Birmingham B15 1DT, before Paul takes to the stage.

Places are strictly limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-reserved basis.  As always, should you be unable to attend please advise so that your place can be passed to another member.

Register your attendance for this event on Eventbrite.

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Sharks vs. Bandits Golf Tournament
Jul
1
10:00 AM10:00

Sharks vs. Bandits Golf Tournament

Ladies and gentlemen, time to muster your fourballs for the BPA Charity Golf Day 2016.

DATE: Friday 1st July 2016

VENUE: Handsworth Wood Golf Club

TEE OFF: Shotgun start at 10.15am sharp to ensure to all teams finish around the same time

FOURBALL STANDARD (£280): 18 holes of golf followed by slap-up fish & chips buffet

FOURBALL DELUXE (£310): includes welcome breakfast of bacon baps, tea & coffee, 18 holes of golf followed by slap-up fish & chips buffet

Competition format

  • You will play in your designated fourball.
  • However, players will be randomly allocated to either the Sharks or Bandits team.
  • You then play Ryder Cup fourball format (¾ Handicap).
  • Each hole won represents 1 point. A halved hole is ½ point.
  • At the end of 18 holes all points from all games are totted up to see whether the Sharks or Bandits will be victorious!


Team Shirts

Each player will be given a team shirt, so we will need your player names, handicaps and shirt size (S/M/L/XL/XXL) along with your booking.

Mulligans

Each player will be able to buy up to a maximum of 3 Mulligan passes @ £10 each.

A Mulligan is a stroke that is replayed from the tee off without penalty, due to an errant shot made on the previous stroke.

The benefit being is that the hole is played and scored as if the first errant shot had never been made. Valuable!

It's a zoo out there!

Each fourball will also be given 4 animal cards. As your fourball progresses around the course you, acquire the cards based on the following golfing calamities.

  • CAMEL: In the sand.
  • DUCK: In the water.
  • GORILLA: Out-of-bounds
  • SNAKE: 3-putt (or more)

At the end of the round each card a player has in his possession represents a £10 penalty – all proceeds going to the chosen charities.

Note: Mulligans do not prevent the movement of cards.

Post-golf buffet

To keep the atmosphere light and informal, we have arranged a fish & chips buffet which can be eaten in the SPIKES bar or outside, weather permitting.

Let's have some fun, and raise some money

This event, and the BPA as a whole, is about bringing like-minded people from the creative industries together, while raising funds for charity. Our chosen charities for 2016 are the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the Birmingham Childrens Hospital.

To book, or for more information, email Nick Lovett on nick@m3communications.com or call 07968 036464.

We have a limited number of spaces available so the event is strictly first come, first served.

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BPA Rounders Battle
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

BPA Rounders Battle

Bats at the ready! Next month will see the BPA host its very first rounders challenge!

The  event will take place at Lightwoods Park at 6pm on Thursday September 10th, with teams of up to 10 people taking part.

Expect a back-to-school vibe and a great deal of fun as we raise money for our dedicated charities; Youth Space, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics – keep your fingers crossed for some early Autumn sunshine!

Places are limited and cost £5 per person for members and £10 for non-members and teams can be booked by emailing events@thisisthebpa.co.uk

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