Chamber Patrons

Chamber’s support for regional ‘Finance Oscars’

Nominations are open for the West Midlands Finance Awards, which are once again being supported by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC). The awards celebrate the

achievements of the region’s top finance professionals, as well as recognising the businesses that make outstanding contributions to the economy and employment across the West Midlands. The event is organised by

recruiters Robert Walters, in partnership with the GBCC, accountants RSM and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. This year’s awards ceremony will

take place at the ICC on Thursday 15 November. Applications and nominations

are now open for the awards. Habiba Khatoon, associate

director at Robert Walters, Midlands, said: “It is a real privilege to be actively involved in celebrating the talent and achievements of finance professionals and businesses who have played a leading role in driving growth and economic success in the region. This is a great opportunity for individuals and organisations to showcase their dedication, expertise and excellence to the region’s leading businesses and employers. “We would like to wish all

entrants the best of luck and look forward to celebrating their successes at the awards ceremony.” Paul Faulkner, chief executive of

GBCC, said: “We are delighted to support the West Midlands Finance Awards, which we have described as the Oscars of the region’s financial scene. The sector continues to grow in its importance

Medical school is ‘socially-inclusive’

A major expansion of home student places at the new Aston Medical School will enable aspiring doctors from less disadvantaged backgrounds to break into the medical profession. Following a nationwide

competition to secure new medical school places announced by the Government, 100 new government-funded places will be made available at Aston University’s new medical school in central Birmingham. Opening its doors to

Celebration of talent: Habiba Khatoon

and it’s entirely justified that members of it will again get their moment in the spotlight through the awards.” Entrants can apply or be

nominated for the following categories: • Finance Director of the Year • Rising Star of the Year (Non/Part-Qualified)

• Rising Star of the Year (Qualified)

• Finance Team of the Year (20 or less)

• Finance Team of the Year (over 20)

• Not-for-profit Finance Team of the Year

• Shared Service Centre of the Year

• Excellence in Diversity • Business Innovation The deadlines for applications

and nominations is Friday, 22 June, and second stage interviews will commence during the week starting Monday 10 September.

For more information about the awards visit: awards.html For information on sponsorship and tickets email westmidlandsfinanceawards@Rob

Extended deal secured by NEC Group

Monsoon Venue Group have signed a three-year deal with the NEC Group to deliver specialised Asian events across a number of Midlands-based venues. The partnership – which has been

in place since 2015 – and, working as an extension of the Amadeus, ICC and Vox venue sales teams, helps to bridge a gap to make venues such as the ICC and the Vox more accessible for Asian events. Pav Shergill, Monsoon Venue

group director, said: “We are delighted to have extended our partnership with the NEC Group for

a further three years. “We have a fantastic relationship

with Amadeus and the venues they cater within which allows us to work in partnership to deliver once in a lifetime events for our clients across the Asian community. “The way we work together

benefits both the clients and the venues. The events we support at Monsoon Venue Group – such as weddings and private dinners – are very personal and emotive and require a lot of attention. By my team managing the relationship between the client and the venue,

the venues are able to concentrate on their core business.” James Elston, sales director for

the ICC and Vox conference venues, said: “Working in partnership with Monsoon Venue Group brings in a high level of knowledge and expertise to deliver the best possible events for the Asian community. “Our venues are able to host

events for 10 people all the way up to 1,700 in the city centre and the timing of events being delivered by Monsoon Venue Group enable us to maximise the use of our venues throughout the year.”

students this September, Aston Medical School’s mission is to become the most socially-inclusive institution of its kind in the UK, with up to 40 per cent of its intake coming from widening participation backgrounds in Birmingham, the surrounding areas and further afield. In its successful bid to the

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Health Education England (HEE), the University also set out how Aston Medical School would meet regional health needs by focusing on key areas of shortage, including general practice, psychiatry and mental health. Research into the

backgrounds of 30,000 medical school applicants has shown that people from the lowest income groups are the least likely to apply for medical school. Just three per cent of successful applicants come from the lowest income decile. By contrast, over 80 per cent of those receiving offers of a place come from wealthy homes, with parents in the highest socio-economic group. Aston University vice-

chancellor Professor Alec Cameron said: “The Government's decision to award Aston Medical School funding for 100 places is a vote of confidence in our plan to create the most socially inclusive medical school in the UK.”


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