Aston link with Birmingham business group

BPS Birmingham Partnership
From left to right: Alex Bishop, Chair of BPS Birmingham; Anisa Haghdadi, Aston graduate and Chair of Birmingham Aspire; Prof George Feiger, Executive Dean ABS

3 February 2014

Aston Business School has officially announced its Patronage of BPS Birmingham with a prestigious launch event at Aston University. 

Aston Business School is proud to become a patron of BPS Birmingham, the membership organisation representing the interests of the professional and financial services sector in Greater Birmingham. 

BPS is comprised of three components; BPS Leaders whose remit is to connect, promote and represent the sector locally and nationally, BPS Future which has firmly established itself as the voice of the city’s young professionals and the recently launched BPS Aspire that connects, supports and develops the city’s young people aged between 16 and 24 in education aspiring to join the business professional services sector.  Membership across BPS spans the spectrum of professional disciplines from entry level through to Managing Partners and CEOs. 

Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean of Aston Business School launched the exciting new partnership at an event attended by members of the BPS sector and academic communities. As well as an opportunity to network, Tripp Martin, MBA Careers Adviser at Aston Business School also gave a talk at the launch on how to develop your personal brand. 

Through the partnership, Aston students and Alumni will gain exclusive opportunities to network with the professional and financial services community in Birmingham and gain insights from some of the city's top professional firms and their executives. 

MBA students at Aston Business School enjoy a number of high profile business partnership opportunities. These include students working closely with Senior Management of IBM on consultancy work and Internships with Goldman Sachs GSK procurement, resulting in three students now at GSK permanently. 

George Feiger, Executive Dean of Aston Business School said: “The partnership between Aston Business School and BPS Birmingham is an exciting prospect for developing high profile links between businesses and our MBA students and Aston Alumni. This represents a commitment to the employability and ongoing professional development of our students and graduates.” 

For BPS Birmingham Chair Alex Bishop, the support of Aston Business School has perfect synergy. She said: “I am delighted to welcome Aston Business School as a patron of BPS Birmingham. At the heart of BPS Leaders, Future and Aspire is a commitment to develop, nurture and support talent who both work in and aspire to work in the business professional services sector in the city.  

“We are thrilled to have the backing of a leading Business School with the track record and reputation that Aston enjoys. We are looking forward to a productive partnership demonstrating that the BPS sector and academia can and should work together to maximise the many opportunities that exist within this city for our young talent in particular.”    

The partnership also reflects Aston’s ambition for graduates to become Birmingham’s leaders of the future and to help make Birmingham a sought after city to live, work and do business. 

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