CR007 - Supporting Branches

Suggestion:

Create and support a country or regional role to assist branches and BCS HQ in establishing and maintaining valued and influential relationships with industry, government and NGOs in their country or region. The role would build on current initiatives from branches and the HQ Policy team.

It would be important that such a role is not seen as 'master' over any Branches.

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LOCAL HUBS

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In principle yes; in practice there are questions to be answered.
How will this work for larger businesses/ chains that have central membership but local offices and this multiple branches?
What is the business is more aligned with an SG?

AGREE. There needs to a layer

AGREE. There needs to a layer within the BCS to represent the region/country. This could allow Welsh and Scottish branches to liaise better with their government. For England there are issues which extend beyond branch boundaries but are not necessarily national. A regional level could also support branches that are struggling. This could lead to smaller branches, supported by a wider region, getting more involved with local issues.

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Absolutely essential for Scotland. Different legal system and education system to England.

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We have BCS-in-Scotland - a loose grouping of all the Branches and SGs with a presence in Scotland. Putting this on a more formal and supported footing is highly desirable. E.g. BCS-in-Scotland has no way of acquiring a budget at the moment (it's supported financially by BCS Edinburgh Branch).

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However I feel that this needs to be regional, e.g. its all very well having good contacts to organisations in London, but only if they can be interested in those of us North of the Watford Gap. It may be worth having finer granularity, e.g. a West Midlands and and East Midlands regional support officer.

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This already exists for Wales and Scotland; it could help to have regional hubs in England.

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BCS offering somewhat different in Northern Ireland; as with some other regions the legislation etc is different. Regions must have support and representation from BCS for membership to be meaningul.