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Pat Murphy presents new business venture

By Dan Harrison

A veteran sports broadcaster is swapping the commentary box for the corporate world with the launch of his new venture. Pat Murphy has turned his hand

to providing a range of presenting, ghost writing and media training services after retiring from his role as a full-time football and cricket correspondent for BBC Sport. Pat - who continues to report on

football matches for BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sports Report show – has joined the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce under the moniker of ‘Pat Murphy Presents’. It means a wider audience – including Greater Birmingham business professionals – will be able to tap in to his expert speaking, writing and presenting skills which were honed during four decades with the BBC. As well as being available for

event hosting, public speaking, charity auctions, voiceovers and ghost-writing, Pat will also offer tutoring in his areas of expertise.

Volunteer group raises awareness

A West Midlands-based volunteer group is raising much-needed awareness and funds to support patients with blood cancer. The West Midlands Hub is made

up of Robbie Chahal (head of programme management office – Black Country Consortium), Kam Arora (practice manager, Lyng Centre), Jasdeep Singh (independent management consultant) and Harkamal Ubhi (EU projects analyst at National Grid), got together after Kam’s sister and a friend were diagnosed with blood cancer and needed an unrelated stem cell donor to save their lives. Through persistent campaigning

New venture: Pat (left) in the Edgbaston commentary box with former England cricketers Geoffrey Boycott and Ashley Giles

This includes media training,

speech writing and one-to-one tuition in areas such as public speaking and voice control. Pat said: “I’m looking forward to

new challenges in an area that is very competitive. As it’s one of the few areas of life where I have a

modicum of expertise, I can guarantee a professional approach and a few laughs along the way. “There are countless talented

executives who worry about how they present themselves in public. I will do my best to relax them, so they do themselves justice.”

the Hub has raised over £15,000 and registered over 2,500 people, helping Birmingham become the fifth region with the highest number of registered donors in the country. They have started planning their

next fundraising event on 22 September, to raise funds and to register potential donors onto the worldwide registry.

To register an interest contact Shafia Begam, at DKM, at or on 07525 233 138.

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Sweet cause: Bob and Sue Strong (Picture: Ian Parry at The Marketing Bureau)

A sweet business model By Jessica Brookes

Bob said: ‘Having worked in

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