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Business News Go ahead for world-class venue


Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium will be given £70m to transform into a “world-class athletics venue” for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced. Mrs May made the announcement ahead of a visit to the stadium,


where she met young athletes who are hoping to be the stars of the future. News of the investment came as Birmingham took the


Commonwealth baton from the Gold Coast at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Games. Mrs May said: “Birmingham’s dynamism, diversity and ambition


capture exactly what it is to be part of the Commonwealth and I’m sure that in four years’ time, the people of this city will host an incredible event which showcases the very best of Britain to the world. “The investment I am announcing will transform the stadium into


a state-of-the-art facility benefiting the local community and the region well beyond 2022.” Plans are underway for Alexander Stadium’s capacity to increase


from 12,700 to 40,000 in time for the Commonwealth Games, and to retain 20,000 permanent seats after the event. The revamped stadium will also include new community sports


facilities within the new stand, a permanent warm-up track and a new conference meeting space created to host business and cultural events after the Games.


Transformation: How the revamped Alexander Stadium will look


Pertemps in double award win


Pertemps has been named as the highest placed recruitment company in this year’s Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For. The Warwickshire-based business, which has over


200 offices throughout the country, climbed 21 places to number 50 in the annual survey which ranks the cream of Britain’s employers. No other recruitment company finished higher. It was a double success for Pertemps at the prize


ceremony as the family-owned business, formed in 1961, was recognised with the ‘Discovering Potential Special Award’ for its work with the Ministry of Defence. It was only the third time in Best Companies’ history


that the trophy had been presented. Judges had been impressed with Pertemps’ success in finding jobs for current and former Army personnel through the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme. Chairman Tim Watts said: “To be named the best


placed recruiter proves that we are the employer of choice in our industry and are a business that continues to pride itself on having its own people at the very heart of everything we do.”


Winners: Event host Mark Durden-Smith with Kent Thompson (managing director) and Celia Perry (commercial director) of Pertemps and Esther McVey (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions)


Work experience ‘is redundant’


More than two thirds of professionals in Birmingham didn’t find it hard to secure their first job without any previous experience, according to a new survey. Research from CV-Library


reveals that 77.8 per cent of Brummies said they deemed work experience important at the start of their career. However, 67.1 per cent said


they were able to secure their first job without prior experience. The study of 1,200


professionals explored the topic of work experience and whether it is necessary in today’s working world.


Heritage Week is returning for fourth year


Birmingham Heritage Week – a city-wide festival that celebrates Birmingham’s rich and diverse heritage – is returning for a fourth year after securing sponsorship. Sponsors who will be supporting


this year’s festival include the University of Birmingham, Historic England and Colmore BID as Gold Sponsors and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as a Silver Sponsor. It is thanks to these organisations that


Birmingham Heritage Week will return to the city for 2018. Birmingham Heritage Week is a


celebration of Birmingham’s history and culture. Each year, around 70 partner organisations come together to organise over 100 events, which year on year delight in the region of 20,000 people. These events range from


exhibitions and tours, to open days and concerts. Attracting new tourists to the city, and allowing


locals a deeper insight into what makes Birmingham one of the most exciting cities in the UK. The 2018 festival, which will run 6-16 September, is set to be a cultural highlight in the calendar once more. Alex Nicholson-Evans,


commercial director at Birmingham Museums, said: “We are delighted that organisations across the city have come together to ensure the continuation of Birmingham


Heritage Week. It’s thanks to these generous sponsors that we are able to run this popular festival again.” There are still opportunities for sponsors to support the event.


For further information about Birmingham Heritage Week visit: birminghamheritageweek.co.uk Those interested in becoming a sponsor, should email: jenny.thurston@birminghammuseu ms.org.uk


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