Monday, 15 June 2015

Birmingham Business Breakfast Club & FSB Chairman, Ian O’Donnell, recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Recognised in this year’s Honours is the Coventry and Warwickshire chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, Ian O’Donnell. 

Ian, who is the owner of Real Point in Hampton-in-Arden, has been awarded an MBE for his outstanding service to the community. 

The local businessman and married dad-of-two is also chairman of Birmingham Business Breakfast Club, on the board of the Solihull Safer Partnerships, an active member and trustee of the local church where he leads a weekly youth group and also finds time to be a member of Massey Ferguson running club and Parkrun. 

He said: “It was such a surprise when I opened the letter and read that I had been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. I am absolutely thrilled. 

“Running a small business is challenging but it’s also really rewarding to be able to provide employment and career opportunities for local people.  

"I am passionate about small businesses and that’s why I work so hard in my role as chairman for the FSB to help raise awareness of the needs of small firms and to lobby at both a local and national level. 

“Working with young people both in church and elsewhere is highly rewarding and the running just makes sure I have the energy for everything else.”

Monday, 1 June 2015

Free Event: ‘Formula for Success’ on 2nd June in Birmingham

We all aspire to be successful in our careers. At this event, we have three speakers who have achieved success and during this presentation they will look at how they have achieved their success and give advice on what you need to consider when building your career to ultimately also achieve success. 

This CIMA event is in association with Robert Walters, one of the world's leading specialist professional recruitment consultancies. Established in 1985, the group has built a global presence spanning 24 countries. 

Speaker Details: - 

Jill Martin - With a respected background and a proven track-record within the FMCG sector, Jill currently works for Tyrrells Potato Chips as Head of International Finance. Having previously worked for Warburtons and 2 Sisters Food Group, Jill’s commercial expertise and ability to build relationships quickly have catapulted her into an exciting venture promoting the luxury brand crisps across international markets. 

Ahmed Farooq - Ahmed has established his career within Financial Services and Manufacturing and remains a highly respected individual within the Birmingham market. Working his way through both financial and operational business units, he has firmly cemented himself as the current MD for the GI Division of The Wesleyan. 

Craig Foster - Craig is the Regional FD of HCP, a leading outsourcing business at the cornerstone of the Midlands market. Craig’s career has been established in fast-paced environments, having worked for FTSE and blue-chip retail/FMCG companies. His breadth of experience from graduate to FD demonstrates the commitment and resilience needed to successfully pursue one’s ambitions. 

Date:           2 June 2015 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm   

Location:     Kaplan Financial, Baskerville House, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2ND 

Price:           GBP 0.00   

Buffet on arrival