The young professionals’ arm of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) will celebrate record growth over the past year at their annual dinner at the world-renowned Symphony Hall on 31st August.

Future Faces, managed by the inspirational Anna Assinder, has more than doubled its membership in the past 12 months and last year its annual dinner sold out for the first time with entries for their awards growing by 148 per cent.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “This is a phenomenal achievement by Anna and her team of elected officials. They have worked hard to develop the Future Faces product and the reward has been this amazing growth.

“Future Faces’ membership reflects what a brilliant array of young talent there is in Greater Birmingham.

“The magnificent Symphony Hall will be a fitting setting for their annual dinner in August and it promises to be yet another outstanding event on the Chamber’s extensive events calendar.

“Holding the dinner and Symphony Hall is really special due to the limited opportunities to host dinners there. It is only available for about a couple of weeks each year so the Future Faces dinner will be a chance to experience something they may not have done before.”

Future Faces exists to help businesses support young colleagues during their career development and its membership profile now spans across multiple sectors, comprising:

  • Professional, financial and IT
  • Manufacturing and construction
  • Charity and public sector
  • Marketing and events
  • Leisure and business hospitality
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurial and creative

Anna said: “I am delighted by Future Faces’ recent success. The diversity of our membership strengthens the opportunities provided at our networking and professional development events every month. Future Faces is a very much cross-sector and membership comes from across the Greater Birmingham, not just the city.

“Among many benefits, members get free access to Aston Business School’s MBA taster events programme, additional discounted tickets to theatres and other entertainment venues across the city plus free Independent Birmingham cards. We are always building the benefits for members each month.”

Sian Averill, Future Faces president, said: “It’s amazing to see how Future Faces has grown in the last 12 months not only in the sheer number of new members, but also in sector diversity too.

“We’re always hearing feedback about how refreshing it is to network with such a wide range of professionals in different sectors so it’s fantastic to see we are achieving our aims.”

Further details on Future Faces are available here.

For dinner tickets and awards entries click here.

Pictured (left to right): Alexandra Hutchinson (vice-president), Hayley Porter (vice-president), Anna Assinder (marketing relationship manager) and Sian Averill (president)