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Top 11 Reasons we are 4 #WMGeneration

Helen Williams

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Here at the Birmingham Publicity Association we have been thinking long and hard about why we thinking Channel 4 should come to the West Midlands.

But to be honest, we didn’t have to think too much as to us, the reasons are obvious.

With the BPA having been thriving in Britain’s second city since the 1930s we believe we know a thing or two about how amazing it is, so we thought we would give you some pointers - and persuade you to get behind our campaign to get Channel 4 where it belongs.

1. Birmingham is the beating heart of the country. We are proud, we are creative and we will fight you for any claims on the Balti dish being created anywhere else.

2. We have the big five - Selfridges, Harvey Nics, John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser, the city just oozes style, class and variety on a scale never seen before. And put with it with some of the finest food offerings such as Adam’s, Purnell’s and Simpsons, then sprinkle a bit of Digbeth Dining Club into the mix, things couldn’t be sweeter in the second city.

3. With Grand Central still shiny and new, Birmingham has never looked better - and just wait until the Paradise development comes our way. It will knock your socks off.

4. The Custard Factory, Digbeth and all the up-and-coming areas which are the places to be seen, and to showcase your skills, there is no reason to be anywhere else.

5. HSBC is on its way, and along with it, hundreds of jobs. Then we also have the expanding JLR factory and  - we are pretty sure we cover all types of industry here. So Channel 4 bods will fit right in.

6. We have a bit of healthy competition with the BBC and ITV in the mix, along with Made in Birmingham telly. So come on Channel 4, you’re slacking.

7. The incredible, amazing, fantastic amount of sheer creative talent that is already here in agencies including McCann, Superdream, WAA Chosen and many more are being nurtured within the cities universities - including Birmingham City University, Birmingham University, Aston University, South and City College - and all of them offering skill training which would fit very nicely into the Channel 4 hub, thank you very much.

8. Transport links the M6, and M5, Spaghetti junction, Birmingham Airport and enough rail links to shake a stick at (and not forgetting HS2 on the way), we have got it made. Seriously you should move here, you’ll never want to look back.

9. Has anyone seen our library? And the spotted fashion inspired Selfridges building? Grand Central? And The Mailbox? All things of architectural beauty are in and around Brum, and there is plenty of room for more.

10. The West Midlands inspired the incredible Peaky Blinders series (thank you Steven Knight for this one), we have the Game of Thrones star Bran studying at one of our universities (winter is here) and the West Midlands has spawned some incredible acting talent too. So let’s keep it coming.

11. And finally, with Channel 4 having such a phenomenal creative and production hub of TV, along with being proud to be the diversity, cutting edge channel, pushing boundaries since it created Big Brother, the West Midlands is the perfect match. Birmingham was the home of the first ever reality Radio broadcast on our beloved BRMB, and so the region is used to pushing the boundaries the same way as they do.

For more details on the campaign and to demonstrate your support, visit www.thisisthebpa.co.uk/wmgeneration

#WMgeneration

 

BPA APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AT 2017 AGM

The BPA

Birmingham Publicity Association has welcomed a new President to its helm. Selena Higgins-McCarron of Global Radio was appointed at the organisation’s 71st annual general meeting this week.

Held at Global Radio’s Brindleyplace offices, the AGM also saw Natalie Pejovic, senior account manager at Superdream, appointed as vice-chair.

Selena initially joined the BPA in 2002 and previously served as chair from 2009 to 2011.

She said: “I stepped down from council when I had my little boy, but I have always loved being involved with the BPA as I always felt it was important to give something back -whether that is time, experience or money to deserving causes so I’m really pleased to have been invited back to serve as President for the next two years.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Caroline and the council to bring creative and media companies of all sizes across the greater West Midlands together to network, learn, have fun and - most importantly - raise money for our current charity LoveBrum."

Caroline Chell, Chair of the BPA said: “We’re delighted to have Selena back on board – she has always been a big supporter of the BPA and is the perfect person to help steer the organisation forward.

“I’m also thrilled that Natalie has agreed to be vice chair – while she’s only served on the BPA Council for two years, she has had a huge impact, and shows real commitment. She’s played a big part in making some of our recent events a success.

“Her commitment has been noted by the Council as a whole –  she is also the recipient of the Longley Merit Cup, which sees council members nominate the person they feel has gone above and beyond in their duties to support the BPA. The accolade is very well deserved,” she added.

Caroline also presented outgoing President Steve Price with the Chairman’s Tankard, saying: “Steve has unquestionably made one of the biggest contributions to the BPA, having served on council for more than a decade and taking on positions as both Chair and President. All of this is done on a voluntary basis and Steve’s support has made a real difference to the council’s work.”

Dedicated to bringing the creative industries in the Midlands closer together, the BPA selects key charities that its members wish to support each year.

Last year the business divided its fund raising efforts between Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, raising £10,000. The BPA is now working closely with LoveBrum supporting its endeavours to boost local causes.

Birmingham Publicity Association Launches Fundraising Partnership With LoveBrum

Helen Williams

The Birmingham Publicity Association has announced its partnership with LoveBrum, pledging to help raise funds for its community initiatives.

Whilst uniting those working within the creative industries within the Midlands area, the BPA has raised £20,000 for its nominated charities over the past two years and hopes to further the work of LoveBrum in raising the profile and providing cash injections for a wide range of regional causes.

The BPA was established more than 70 years ago, and in that time, has supported countless local causes. Chair Caroline Chell said that the LoveBRUM partnership was a different concept:

“We’re very proud of the way our organisation ticks so many boxes. We’re primarily here to bring those working in the creative industries together, but we also have a proven track record for providing as many educational and skill-honing opportunities; such as radio script-writing workshops; we also host fun, networking opportunities such as quiz nights and our legendary Christmas lunch.

“But underlying all of those events has been a charitable quest to raise as much money as possible. In 2015/16 we donated £10,000 between Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity. 

“2017/18 will see us work alongside LoveBrum, engaging with local businesses and residents – predominantly those within our own membership and extended circle – to highlight lesser-known charities and projects within the region and support them, with the ultimate aim of making Birmingham even better and more brilliant than before. We’re extremely excited to be working with such a focused and dynamic team, and we’re hoping to achieve great things,” she added. 

PJ Ellis, co-Founder and trustee of LoveBRUM commented: “We are very fortunate to have the support of the BPA and are very excited to work with them over the next few years.   

“LoveBRUM is not just about supporting local projects that are delivering real change to our already amazing city, but also about bringing people together in order to showcase the other hidden gems of Birmingham; we do this in the hope of enabling longstanding connections and to restore some real civic pride.  

“The BPA is one of these gems and we very much look forward to introducing our members from the creative industries to such an established, vibrant and fantastic organisation.  Oh, and of course the legendary Christmas lunch!!"

The BPA supports the media and creative industries in the region, while raising money for key charities that its members wish to support. Its members include global organisations to sole traders, graduate trainees right up to CEOs and MDs, media owners and agencies, advertising and marketing agencies, digital agencies, PR agencies and freelancers.

Events in 2016 included a speaker event putting Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Paul Faulkner in the spotlight to discuss the impact of Brexit, a radio script-writing workshop and the launch of the Midlands Media Mingle networking event.

The first event of 2017 will take place on March 3rd at Henry’s Cantonese Restaurant in St Paul’s Square.

Pictured: Caroline Parker, charity liaison officer for the BPA with PJ Ellis and Tim Andrews of LoveBRUM and Emma Holsey, vice chair of the BPA