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Fewer people sleeping rough across the region

Setting your strategic direction

By Sally Palethorpe, managing partner of Inspired Partners

Given the uncertain times we find ourselves in your strategic direction becomes more important than ever. The business climate is changing for many companies and it is important to check that the business can still move in the right direction. To support businesses Inspired Partners will run facilitated and virtual working sessions with leadership teams to help them articulate their strategic objectives and to stay on track. We use the ‘Orbit tool’ to

help this facilitated conversation. Our clients believe that having an external perspective really helps with their thinking as we test their assumptions and rationale which ultimately delivers a more robust strategy. To ensure a balanced strategy the ‘Orbit tool’ looks across a range of areas including turnover, profit margins, products and services, people, and recognition.

Examples include: • A Legal firm that we helped to build their strategy which in turn gave them the confidence to grow three- fold and become award- winning in their field.

• A Design organisation who changed their business model as a consequence of the review resulting in staff having more involvement in the running of the business.

• Inspired Partners use the Orbit tool internally to check that our business model is robust.

To navigate through these

uncertain times and explore how to set (or check) your future direction using the Orbit Tool, contact us to discuss how the Inspired Partners team can help you.

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Guests enjoying the new planetarium at Thinktank 24 CHAMBERLINK April 2020

The number of rough sleepers across the metropolitan West Midlands has dropped by almost a third. Latest annual figures show there

are now 115 people sleeping on the streets compared to 169 the previous year. That is a drop of 32 per cent and

means the number of rough sleepers is at its lowest number since 2015. The Government statistics also

show that nationally the numbers decreased by nine per cent. West Midlands mayor Andy

Street, who set up a regional Homelessness Task Force in 2017, welcomed the figures as a step in the right direction but said more work was still needed. “Homelessness in the West Midlands is an incredibly complex and difficult issue to tackle, but I am pleased today’s figures show

that we are making progress,” he said. “Rough sleeping in particular has

been shaming us as a region for several years, but thanks to some brilliant collaborative working we are now starting to properly address this.

‘I remain as determined as ever to continue to tackle rough sleeping’

“This is the fewest rough

sleepers we have had on our streets since 2015, and to see the numbers drop by a significant amount is pleasing. “However, one rough sleeper is

still one too many, and I remain as determined as ever to continue to tackle rough sleeping and the

wider homelessness problem right across the West Midlands.” The statistics show that all but

one of the constituent members of the WMCA have seen a decrease in rough sleepers. The breakdown across the area shows that in Birmingham the number has almost halved from 91 in 2018 to 52 in 2019, the third largest drop in the country after the London boroughs of Camden and Enfield. In Wolverhampton the number

has dropped from 19 to 14, and in Sandwell there has been a reduction from 14 to ten people sleeping rough. Coventry has seen its figure fall from 25 to 23, and Walsall has also seen a drop from 11 to six. In Dudley the figure has gone

down from five rough sleepers to four, but Solihull saw an increase of two people to six.

Record visitors for Thinktank

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, welcomed a record number of visitors through its doors during the February half term school holiday, which was the busiest since the museum opened in 2001. The award-winning science museum, which is part of Birmingham Museums Trust, welcomed more than 17,600 visitors during the popular week. The record figures follow the launch of ‘MiniBrum’, a

new interactive mini-city gallery in May 2019, which was designed with the help of children and families. In its first year ‘MiniBrum’has proven to be a hit with

visitors and played host to high-profile events, including BBC ‘Children in Need’ last November. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge also visited in

January this year to launch the ‘5 big questions on the under 5s’, a new landmark UK-wide survey which aims to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood. The gallery was supported by funders, including

support from the Inspiring Science Fund, which is co- funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome. During the Birmingham half-term holiday, Thinktank

ran its latest Destination Space programme, in partnership with The Association of Science Discovery Centres and the UK Space Agency, sharing some of the most exciting recent developments in UK space exploration and space science with visitors. This summer a new permanent gallery will open

exploring climate change and the impact that humans are having on the planet. Janine Eason, director of engagement at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “We have some exciting plans for the rest of the year, including celebrating MiniBrum’s first birthday and opening a new gallery focusing on the important topic of climate change. We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors throughout the rest of the 2020.”

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