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BIRMINGHAM PUBLICITY ASSOCIATION

APPOINTS NEW CHAIR

A new chair is sitting at the helm of the Birmingham Publicity Association after Caroline Chell stepped down following her three years in post.

The group, which is 73 years old, appointed Mark McDonagh this month (April) following a vote from its members.

Mark, who is owner of marketing consultancy Conversation, was formally sworn into position at the Birmingham Publicity Associations’ annual general meeting held at the headquarters of Lightbox in the Jewellery Quarter this month. He was also awarded the Chair Cup for supporting Caroline in her role the previous year.

Sitting beside her is also Natalie Pejovic of Lightbox as vice chair for the third year running, who was also awarded the Longley Merit Cup – awarded each year to the person who has contributed  the most to the association over the previous year.

Also voted on was Stephen Walters of McCann who has been bought in as co-vice chair to support with the role alongside Natalie.

Selena Higgins-McCarron of Global Radio has also agreed to extend her presidency for a fourth year next year to 2020.

Mark said: “It really is an honour to be a part of the Birmingham Publicity Association and continue the fantastic work of Caroline and the team. We also welcome on board our new charity, Acorn’s Children’s Hospice this year too and we are proud to be raising money for them throughout our events we hold.

“My aim for 2019 is to continue to grow membership and awareness of the group and what we stand for - along with continuing to host incredible events that stand out from the crowd. We also want to make sure the group offers the very best for our members, and they have added value to being a part of the BPA. Already we have hosted a free LinkedIn training day, and we are planning many more for the future that we know will be popular as soon as we release the dates,” he added.

The BPA has existed since the 1930s, supporting 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.

 

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.

In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 870 children and supported more than 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved.

 

Membership starts from only £40 for individuals and £100 for groups.

 

To book or for more details, visit www.thisisthebpa.co.uk/events


Image: Mark McDonagh (right) has been appointed as the new BPA Chair alongside vice chair Natalie Pejovic (second from right), Stephen Walters and Selena Higgins-McCarron (left) as President


Birmingham Publicity Association chosen children’s charity to raise thousands

The BPA

A children’s hospice based in the heart of Birmingham has been chosen to benefit from invaluable fundraising by a group which unites the marketing and creative industries within the city.

 

The Acorns Children’s Hospice will from this year be benefitting from the next two years’ worth of fundraising activity by the Birmingham Publicity Association.

 

The group, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds throughout its almost 90 year history, chooses a local charity every two years to focus their fundraising efforts.

 

Following a vote by its board members, and since its two year partnership with LoveBrum came to its conclusion at the end of last year where the charity was presented with £16,500, the groups new charity has now stepped in to take the baton.

 

Money is raised throughout the year from the group, which consists of people working throughout the creative industries in the city and beyond at a number of activities, such as Spring and Christmas lunches and networking mixers.

 

Natalie Pejovic, Vice Chair of the Birmingham Publicity Association, said: “Each and every one of our members knows that while we have great fun throughout the year, when they pay for their tickets for these events, the money will be going straight to our chosen charity, as we are a not for profit organisation.

 

“We were invited to Acorns Children’s Hospice to find out more about the work that they have done, and we must admit it moved many of us to tears. We are so proud to be working alongside them right into 2020, so we invite all our members to watch this space to see some of the events we will be hosting to raise money for them.”


Natalia Keene, Corporate and Community Fundraising Manager at Acorns, added: “We’re thrilled that Birmingham Publicity Association has chosen to support Acorns for the next two years.

“Support like this is key to raising awareness of Acorns and vital funds that will enable us to continue our work caring for local children and families. 70% of our income comes from donations and fundraising by local businesses and the community so to have BPA’s backing is fantastic.

“We look forward to supporting BPA with their fundraising efforts over the next two years and developing what I’m sure will be a great partnership,” she added.

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.

In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 870 children and supported more than 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved.

Acorns needs to raise £10 million per year to provide its services both from its three hospices, based in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, and in the home.

 

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.

The BPA has existed since the 1930s, supporting 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.

 

For more details about Acorns visit www.acorns.org.uk

To become a member of the Birmingham Publicity Association and to find out more about their events, visit

Image: BPA Council Member Mark McDonagh with Natalia Keene, Corporate and Community Fundraising Manager at Acorns


Sharpen your LinkedIn Skills with a free Training Workshop

The BPA

Birmingham Publicity Association to host free morning member event

 

Wednesday 6th March

 

Marketeers in Birmingham wanting to sharpen their skills on LinkedIn and attract new business are being offered free spaces on a training course - but spaces are limited.

 

 Members of the Birmingham Publicity Association are being given the chance to take part in the free course being held next month in the city centre.

 

There are just 20 free spaces available to members, which are valued at £90 each, and guests will be treated to a three hour business training session on the online forum LinkedIn.

 

The workshop will be hosted by Debra Sharron, managing director of Media Sales Training – a 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, and the training will guide guests into fully understanding how to use the free LinkedIn platform for new business prospecting and networking.

Natalie Pejovic, Vice Chair of the Birmingham Publicity Association, said: “It’s not often that we host an event like this, and for 2019 we will be focusing on developing the knowledge of our members alongside our usual networking events and raising thousands of pounds for charity.

 

“This will be the first of a number of skills based activities which will run alongside our social events calendar this year. We feel there is a real need for us all to get fully up-to-speed with LinkedIn as it is such an incredible tool which is at our fingertips, and we know Debra’s advice will be invaluable to us all. So don’t forget to bring your laptops and LinkedIn passwords on the morning too,” she said.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 6th March at Mediacom on Colmore Row from 9am until noon.

 

With just 20 spaces up for grabs, tickets will be on a first come, first serve basis, and must be pre-registered through the BPA website. Only two people per company are also asked to attend the course, so as many businesses in the city can benefit. There will also be a charge for any non-attendance and cancellations can only be made up to 48 hours before the event.

 

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.

The BPA has existed since the 1930s, supporting 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.

 

Natalie added: “If you aren’t able to get a space on this course, please do keep an eye on this space for our host of other events which will be arriving in 2019.”

Tickets are expected to go quickly, so book now at www.thisisthebpa.co.uk/events


The Birmingham Publicity Association’s Glorious and Glamorous Lunch reveals LoveBrum donation

The BPA

A ‘Gloriously Glamorous’ Christmas lunch by the Birmingham Publicity Association has revealed the total amount raised for LoveBrum.

 

Creative industries from across the city came together to celebrate both the festive season and Birmingham Publicity Association’s two year partnership with LoveBrum.

 

The group revealed they have raised a total of £16,500 with the partnership, which has seen dozens of events held throughout Birmingham to raise money for the popular charity.

 

Guests at the event, held at the Birmingham REP theatre at the beginning of this month, enjoyed music and entertainment at the sell-out lunch, which is renowned throughout the industry in bringing sparkle, style and networking on the first Friday of the festive season.

 

The money raised will go towards a number of projects throughout Birmingham.

 

The event was sponsored for the 6th year running by Elonex, with Creative Alliance sponsoring the drinks reception, and attracted over 200 people from creative agencies, designers, media, marketeers and freelancers.

 

Caroline Chell, Chair of the BPA said: “We were just thrilled to be able to show everyone the incredible amount we have managed to raise over the past two years, and want to thank LoveBrum for their support. It has been a pleasure to work with them.

“The BPA works with a charity that is close to our hearts for two years, and this partnership has been fantastic and the team there are just brilliant and we fully support what they do and are glad we have been able to help so many over this time. We will be revealing who our chosen charity for the next two years in January, but will obviously be making sure we still help Tim and PJ as much as we can.”

PJ Ellis, Co-Founder of LoveBrum who picked up the donation, said: “The BPA's support has been overwhelming.  When we set LoveBrum up, we had always hoped that these sort of relationships would be built, but never dreamed that they would happen so quickly.  We will therefore be forever grateful to the BPA for supporting us so early on into our journey.  Not only has the organisation helped us raise a substantial amount of money - every penny being committed to local projects - but it has also helped us widen our reach and network, helped raise our profile, and introduce us to some amazing people.

“We hope that we can continue to support one another in some shape or form for years to come.The BPA and everyone involved should be proud of being part of such a longstanding organisation; a platform that allows like-minded people to come together to network and socialise, but also to make a massive difference to local (and national) charities at the same time.I wish everyone involved all the best,” he said.

Caroline said that such events would not be possible without a great deal of support.

“The BPA Council puts a lot of time and effort into bringing these events to fruition, volunteering their time outside of the day jobs. They also wouldn’t be possible without a number of generous sponsors – we’d specifically like to thank our event sponsor Elonex Outdoor. Our council members too also put a lot of their time and energy in making sure these events can go ahead. Their backing is vital and very much appreciated.”

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.

PJ Ellis from LoveBrum with BPA vice chair Natalie Pejovic (left) and BPA Chair Caroline Chell with Tim Andrews and PJ Ellis from LoveBrum High Res Image

For more pictures from the evening, please see: BPA Christmas 2018 Shots

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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