Sponsor to play “full role” in city life

Global bank HSBC, which earlier this year agreed a three-deal sponsorship deal with Birmingham Press Club, is investing over £200 million in Birmingham over the next few years. And it has promised to play a “full role” in city life by strengthening its involvement with the community.

“Birmingham is dynamic and entrepreneurial – the UK’s second city for financial services and a leading start-up hub. And ultimately it cements HSBC UK’s position at the heart of the UK, helping us to get closer to our 17 million retail and commercial customers and 42,000 employees right across the UK,” said

Head of External Affairs Oliver Wall. Speaking at the Press Club’s annual Midlands Media Awards, held at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Oliver said that the bank – established in the same year as thePress Club – had a long history with the city, with more than 2,500 employees already based here.

That is set to increase when HSBC’s UK headquarters – now under construction -relocates to Birmingham in mid-2017.

He added: “While our new building is making our physical presence felt, we want to go beyond that. We want to become an active member of the Birmingham community.

“Last year we supported community projects in Birmingham with funding of more than £1 million and through our partnerships with the Princes Trust and a number of other charities we have helped 25,000 disadvantaged