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Mobile Business School Drives in to Visit Budding Entrepreneurs

Posted on 12th April 2013 by

A business school, in the form of a distinctive double decker bus will be encouraging students to climb aboard, on Monday 15th April, in a bid to inspire budding entrepreneurs.

The NatWest Mobile Business School will be paying a visit to both Holte School in Lozells and South and City College in Handsworth, as part of a project that is being delivered in partnership with local youth organisation, Birmingham Leadership Founadtion (BLF).

A team of NatWest business advisors will be on board to provide consultations, answer queries, discuss career plans and offer advice on business start up ideas. The top deck of the bus will be the hub for a series of interactive business workshops and a range of useful literature will be on hand for visitors to take away.

Mashkura Begum, Executive Director for Birmingham Leadership Foundation, says:

“BLF is delighted to be working alongside NatWest in delivering this important event. Within Birmingham’s inner city communities there is a vast amount of untapped potential and business talent. The intention of this event is to provide important opportunities and crucial support in areas where such expert advice would usually be unavailable. It’s also important to highlight that the mobile business school is not just open to students but also to any local residents who would like to drop by and speak to NatWest’s team of business experts.”

Andrew Harrison Managing Director for Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Midlands and East of England said,

“We are delighted to be able to bring the Mobile Business School to Birmingham’s inner city communities and to work alongside Birmingham Leadership Foundation. The bus provides a unique way of taking the support, advice and expertise that we can provide out to future entrepreneurs. We are committed to delivering a first class level of enterprise education locally and will continue to work with the Birmingham Leadership Foundation and other key strategic partners.”

The NatWest Mobile Business School will be at Holte School on Monday 15th April between 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. followed by South and City Birmingham College, Handsworth Campus on Soho Road from 1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. For further information contact the BLF Team on tel: (0121) 554 0472 or email:

Story by Keira Huber    


New Alcohol Restriction Area in Handsworth Wood

Posted on 30th January 2013 by

With the New Year comes new powers to help police reduce problems with street drinking in Birmingham. Large parts of the city are now classed as alcohol – restricted areas (ARAs), meaning that drinking alcohol in public areas could now be classed as a criminal offence. Handsworth Wood is one of the wards covered by the new order. 

A unanimous vote by police and Birmingham City Council’s licensing committee voted in favour of the new powers. Inspector Karen Geddes, responsible for policing across the Perry Barr constituency said : “It will now be an offence for any person to fail to comply with an officer’s request to stop drinking when in Handsworth Wood. This order is in place to ensure Handsworth remains a safe place for people to live and go about their business without being affected by alcohol – fuelled crime and anti-social beahviour. Issues such as people hanging around drinking  in shop doorways or in open areas can cause real upset for communities not to mention having a damaging impact upon businesses.”

If someone, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with the officer’s request they are committing an offence and further action can be taken including issuing a penalty notice for disorder, or arrest and prosecution with a maximum fine of £500.

Councillor Barbara Dring, Chair of Birmingham’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee said: ” Local authorities have the power to deisgnate areas as alcohol – restricted zones to enable the police to take action against those who are, through their drinking, causing a public nuisance or likely to do so.”

Birmingham City Council will be displaying signs to raise awareness of the alcohol restricted areas.

Police Crime Commissioner Youth Consultation

Posted on 8th October 2012 by


Just a few weeks back, I attended a youth conference for the Police Crime Commissioner. The event was very inspiring with over 100 young people from all diverse youth groups (United Kingdom Youth Parliament, Young Disabled Champions and Voice Is Power). Also in attendance was a great mix of current and ex police officers; some including Sir Bishop Welbley and some Police Crime Commissioner candidates.

All the young people that took part in the debate bought their passion and their voice! Some of the key ideas that young people bought up where:

  • A strong relationship and bond their Police Crime Commissioner needs to have with them and their communities
  • Many want a commissioner with a passion for their job, and a good understanding of community needs
  • A leader that is a true representative of the community and a leader who listens to the people

Coming out from that event, it made me want to vote! I wanted to get involved and choose who will represent me and my community. If you ARE eligible and registered to vote. On November 15th who will you vote to be your Police Crime Commissioner?

Before you cast your vote, if you have any questions for candidates that are running, make sure you attend:

‘The Big Debate: Your Chance To Question Our Future Police and Crime Commissioner’.

When: 18 Oct 2012 – 18:30 to 20:00
Where: Handsworth Community Fire Safety Centre,  41 Rookery Road Handsworth,  Birmingham B21 9QU
Come along, have your say and find out what your Crime Commissioner will do to help you!
 The event is FREE so don’t miss out!

Election Results – for wards in Handsworth

Posted on 6th May 2011 by

The results of the local elections 2011 are available on the Birmingham City Council Elections website

Lozells & Handsworth – Labour candidate Waseem Zaffer won 71.0% of the vote (elected as new councillor)

Handsworth Wood – Labour candidate Paulette Hamilton won 50.8% of the vote

Soho Ward – Labour candidate Cybil Spence won 72.1% of the vote

Results for the referendum haven’t been declared yet –check here for updates

Local Elections & Referendum

Posted on 14th April 2011 by

The local elections are being held on the 5th May for information on the elections you can visit the Birmingham City Council Local Election pages.

Handsworth falls between three wards; Handsworth Wood, Lozells and East Handsworth and Soho. Each ward has three elected members. On the 5th of  depending on which ward you live in – you can vote for 1 candidate from the list for that ward.

The nominations for each of the three wards are;  

Persons nominated – Handsworth Wood
Other names in full
Home address in full Description (if any)
Kingsley Seymour
8 Island Road,
B21 8NP
Liberal Democrats
Rabinder Singh
12 The Slieve,
Handsworth Wood,
B20 2NR
The Conservative Party
348 Sarehole Road,
B28 0AQ
Green Party Candidate
* Hamilton
Paulette Adassa
821 Chester Road,
B24 0BX
The Labour Party Candidate
Persons nominated – Lozells and East Handsworth
Other names in full
Home address in full Description (if any)
129 Bacchus Road,
B18 4QR
The Conservative Party
46 Stamford Road,
B20 3PN
Liberal Democrat
215 Hubert Road,
Selly Oak,
B29 6ES
Green Party Candidate
123 Leonard Road,
B19 1JH
The Labour Party Candidate
Persons nominated – Soho
Other names in full
Home address in full Description (if any)
Steven John
30 Lansdowne House,
Great Colmore Street,
B15 2AR
Green Party
Robert John
172 Poplar Avenue,
B17 8EP
The Conservative Party
* Spence
Sybil Eurlena
69 Babington Road,
B21 0QD
The Labour Party Candidate
23 Willes Road,
Winson Green,
B18 4PZ
Liberal Democrat

Election results will appaer on the local elections home page as they come in click here

 On Thursday 5 May 2011, there will be a referendum on the voting system you use to elect MPs to the House of Commons.

To find out more to help you make a decision about how to vote you can  watch the May 5 Referendum short video

For information on women and electrol refrom visit the Fawcett Society

Why electrol reform matters to Britains Black community visit the OBV site

Electrol reform popular with young people visit British Youth Council

Electrol Reform Society

Consultation on the Black Cat Site Villa Rd

Posted on 28th February 2011 by

In 2009 the buildings that were part of the old Black Cat Cafe were demolished as they had been empty and derelict for sometime. The site is situtaed on Villa Rd, Lozells. Birmingham City Council & Urban LIving have been working together to come up with a set of options that have a potential to bring some new life into this part of the Villa Rd.

Proposed Develop Project – options for the black Cat site can be viewed by click here

#Local Government Challenge coming to #Handsworth tomorrow

Posted on 16th February 2011 by

Local community or neighbourhood groups up for a challenge

Birmingham City Council has been selected to host one of the five annual Local Government Challenges. Starting in January 2011, 10 short listed contestants from local government across the country will take part in the challenges, run along the lines of the hit TV show, The Apprentice.

 Working in partnership with the Chamberlain Forum, local community and neighbourhood groups were invited to set the challenge for Birmingham. It could have been developing an action plan or business plan, researching and writing a funding bid, undertaking some local consultation, or anything else that would benefit their group.

 The two chosen winning challenges were Hands on Handsworth Resident Network and Second to None based on the Hagley Road, Edgbaston. Both challenges will take place tomorrow the 17th Feb.

We are expecting our team of five contestants to arrive in Handsworth at about 11.00. They will meet local residents who have put forward the challenge.

The Challenge: Residents are challening the contestants to help them take forward plans to improve the alleyways between Albert and Herbert Rd in Handsworth. Staff from Birmingham City Council and Groundwork will be on hand to support the team.

You can follow events during the day on hands on Handsworth twitter or the LGChallenge twitter

Job vacancies at community museums

Posted on 3rd February 2011 by

There are a number of vacanices at at local community museams inculding Soho House visit the Birmingham city council webiste and enter reference : DC11J

Closing date this Friday the 4th



Bringing the experts to you: Network Advice Bus in Handsworth

Posted on 17th January 2011 by

 CN4B is launching its pilot mobile advice surgery giving small groups and organisations access to a range of advice on capacity and organisational management issues.

Do you need FREE advice on organisation governance or women’s issues? (advice on women’s issues is provided to groups and individuals).
Then come along to one of the many mobile surgeries being held at locations around Birmingham between January & March 2011.

Get advice on:
Funding, Events, Training, Organisation Management, Domestic Violence, Health, Women’s Support Groups, Networking, Charitable Status and more…

No appointments are required and you will receive 15/20 minutes one-to-one advice with some level of follow-up support.
See list of dates on the publicity flyer >
(Feel free to download, print and display)

This is an initiative of Community Network 4 Birmingham and supported by: The Digbeth Trust/Platform Partnership, W.A.I.T.S., Chamberlain Forum and Birmingham City Council’s Midnight Bus.

A number of other agencies are assisting these sessions by offering specialist advice. We thank all those involved for their voluntary input as advisors, and particular thanks to John Shannon and Kieran Clarke for their assistance in developing this pilot initiative.

For all enquiries email or

The Handsworth dates that we have arranged our:

27th Jan 1.30 until 4.30

24th March 10am until 1.00

All free no appointment need the bus will be parked at Handsworth Leisure Centre, just off Holly Rd

Garden Waste Collection Stopping

Posted on 4th December 2010 by

Did you know that the garden waste collection service in Birmingham is stopping during the winter?

Green Waste collections have stopped between 26th November to 7th February. For more information visit the Birmingham City Council recyling pages.

Many people may still have to clear the autumn waste or continue to have active gardens through the winter months.

Why not turn this waste into a nutrient rich soil improver by composting at home?

Don’t let your garden waste mount up over winter when you can start the basis of a successful compost. While temperatures are lower the process will be slower, but will give you a fantastic head start when it comes to spring time.

Evengreener have a special offer in conjuction with your council for composting bins from £14.99.