Chamber Patrons Chamber Patrons Greater Birmingham Chambers’ leading supporters

In Brief Business transformation firm Curium Solutions have named technology sector expert Tracy Westall (pictured) as their executive chair. Tracy has held roles at tech

firm SCC, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and Birmingham Science City Board, as well as sitting on the advisory board of Innovation Birmingham and the board of Birmingham City University. She said: “Curium have a

refreshing and innovative take on leadership, change and people – all of which are areas that I am passionate about.”

Pinsent Masons has been named the most inclusive employer in the UK by lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality charity Stonewall. The law firm has also been

ranked among the UK's top trans-inclusive employers. Senior partner Richard Foley

said: “Our ranking recognises that like many other organisations we are championing LGBT+ inclusion in everything that we do.”

Contact: Henrietta Brealey T: 0121 607 1898

Home comforts: GBCC’s policy director Henrietta Brealey, chief executive Paul

Faulkner, Ian Stuart and GBCC president Saqib Bhatti

Birmingham’s ambition crucial to bank’s move

By Jessica Brookes

The boss of HSBC UK says that Birmingham’s dynamism and ambition were among the reasons that shaped the banking giant’s decision to relocate to the city. Ian Stuart, chief executive of

HSBC UK, welcomed Chamber patrons to the bank’s new £170m national headquarters at Arena Central. The 10-storey office building

houses HSBC’s ring-fenced retail and commercial banking services and takes the bank’s employee numbers in the city to 3,500.

Mr Stuart said: “A number of

factors drove us towards Birmingham. One was our history – we started here in 1836. “Another was the city’s dynamism along with the support and ambition of the bodies and organisations we spoke to. “I remember sitting around the

executive table, and being hugely impressed. People were saying ‘we want you here and we will help make it work for you’. That was really important to us.” Mr Stuart also discussed the

skills and talent needed to fill 1,000 new roles, out of 2,500 jobs

stationed at the new headquarters. He added: “We knew that there

would be about a 1,000 new roles in this building and that they were going to be highly skilled roles. “Birmingham has one of the

fastest-growing and youngest populations in Europe, it has world class universities in the city and wider region and it is at the centre of a growing transport network. “We have actually had no

problem in getting skilled people in Birmingham. Out of the 1,000 roles that were moved here, about 650 roles were filled via the local market.”

Young need exposure, says Sir Lenny

The Cadbury World has launched a new corporate events venue – the Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Room (pictured) – which accommodates up to 50 guests for meetings, training or away days.

Delegates can enjoy a buffet

lunch, refreshments, free car parking and complimentary stationery and chocolates – as well as being able to boost their experience with a number of team-building activities.

For more information call 0121 393 9526 or email

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Sir Lenny Henry claims young people need to see themselves reflected in TV shows if producers want to keep them watching. The comedian also called for increased

representation in the media during a special live event celebrating his role as Chancellor of Birmingham City University. The Dudley-born star addressed an audience of 500 staff, students and the public at an event titled ‘Sir Lenny Henry in Conversation’ at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. During an hour-long interview with broadcaster June

Sarpong, Sir Lenny said: “There’s a lot of activity to do with representation in our industry, and I’m part of that, and I’m glad I’m part of that. “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it. Young people

need to see themselves up there on the screen because otherwise they’re not going to watch anymore. “When you say diversity to people it has negative

connotations, ‘I don’t wanna do diversity, why should I do that? What are you making me do that for?’ “Whereas I think representation and inclusion is better, inclusion feels like you’re making the decision.”

Telly talk: Sir Lenny on stage with June Sarpong

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