Young professionals can apply for a free 12-month business programme 

Thursday, 13th June 2019

YOUNG talented business professionals across Tamworth and Lichfield District are being offered a FREE 12-month membership to Future Faces Chamber of Commerce, for the second year running.

Following the success of the business programme last year, Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council have linked with Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s young professional division to sponsor another 9 places across the two authorities. These free places are aimed at young professionals within local businesses, offering the opportunity to network, develop and be recognised for their talent across Greater Birmingham.

Future Faces is a multi-sector programme and aims to develop future leaders. The one-year membership includes a minimum of two events per month. The first is a relaxed social networking meeting at a Birmingham venue, providing members a chance to talk to other like-minded professionals from a mix of sectors and expand ideas, business contacts and support, as well as making new friends.

The second event is a professional development workshop, designed to help members develop their leadership and professional skills. Sessions are led by influential business leaders from across a mix of sectors, all offering an insight to improving individual business potential, access to a personal development mentor and the opportunity to be on the Future Faces executive committee – a legally constituted section of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.

Members of the programme will also have access to feature their business news on the Future Faces page in Chamberlink Magazine or the weekly e-newsletter.

In addition, the programme also invites all members to their flagship celebration ceremony – the Future Faces Annual Dinner and Awards which recognises the talent of all young professionals in the area.

Lewis joined the future faces programme last year.

Lewis joined the future faces programme last year.

Lewis Mosley, a professional who was granted a 12-month free membership last year, describes how he has benefited from Future Faces: “I am a young professional who opened my own business just over a year ago. I noticed the Future Faces programme on Tamworth Borough Council website and thought this would be an excellent opportunity for me to network with like-minded professionals.

“Since joining the programme, I have been impressed with what is offered. There is a fantastic variety of events and support for everyone starting out on their career, new to a job role or looking for fresh ideas and inspiration.

“I receive weekly email updates of events, workshops and social networking meetings. I have attended a few and found them very welcoming. I can ‘practice’ networking and share ideas with professionals of similar age to myself and experience.

“The events cover a variety of topics such as ‘work place wellness’ , delivered by experienced professionals who are at hand to offer support and advice. Plus, there are scholarships up for grabs if you put your application forward.

“I would strongly recommend any up and coming professional to apply for these free places, you won’t be disappointed!”

Businesses looking to apply for a place must be located in either Tamworth or Lichfield District; only one place per business is available. Businesses must not be a current Greater Birmingham Chamber member. More information is available at:  www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/our-group/future-faces/

To request an application form, please contact Lorraine Farley, Tamworth Borough Council Economic Development & Regeneration Officer, email: Lorraine-Farley@tamworth.gov.uk or Telephone: 01827 709525.

Deadlines for all applications are on Friday 19th July 2019 at 12pm.

James Blackman, President of the Lichfield & Tamworth Chamber of Commerce, added: “The Lichfield & Tamworth Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting and mentoring young professionals within the area. Lauren Henderson is our local Ambassador for Future Faces and sits on the committee. We actively encourage any size employer to empower your future talent. This is a great initiative the Councils and the Lichfield & Tamworth Chamber have collaborated on and shows our commitment to the local businesses we’re here to support, collaborate with and grow.”

Cllr Jeremy Oates, Tamworth Borough Council Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: “Future Faces is an excellent opportunity for diverse, talented, young professionals to expand their skills and knowledge within a programme that offers professional support and a strong network of business contacts.

“Tamworth and Lichfield authorities have 12 places to offer FREE to individuals that are looking to take advantage of this amazing membership. Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce have created this annual membership to help network, develop and recognise young professionals across all sectors.

“Any business interested in applying for a place should get in touch quickly before the closing date of July 19th, 2019. I hope local business will take advantage of this rewarding membership and investment opportunity in our future business leaders.”