February 09, 2022
Students from a Birmingham school got an insight into one of the region’s biggest businesses when they visited its Warwickshire headquarters last week.
Members of the winning King Edward’s School (KES) quiz team from the Lord Mayor’s Mega Quiz, plus boys from one of the school’s other quiz teams, were welcomed to Pertemps, in Meriden, and given a guided tour by Lifetime President Tim Watts and CEO Steve West.
They were also presented with a £10,000 prize, a bonus from the firm to the school for winning the annual schools’ competition three years in a row, taking the total number of KES victories to five in nine years. The quiz is entered by around 50 city institutions annually.
And Tim, who was also joined by Martin Burton MBE, Chairman of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity, has promised to donate a similar amount to any school winning the popular competition three years in a row.
He said: “It is so important to encourage young people to seize the opportunities they have, work hard and to keep moving forward.“This business was founded in Birmingham 60 years ago by my mother. We have not grown rapidly but we have grown steadily and are now the largest independent UK recruitment specialist.“Pertemps will continue to support the charity and invest in young talent and enterprise in the communities we live and work in.”
The Lord Mayor’s Mega Quiz, which is for sixth formers, is organised annually by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity, of which Pertemps is a supporter, with entry proceeds going to support a range of local charities.
Dr Katy Ricks, Chief Master of King Edward’s School, said: “We were delighted that a team of KES boys achieved a hat trick in the Lord Mayor’s Sixth Form Mega Quiz, and are grateful for the generous prize and warm welcome to Meriden Hall brought about through Pertemps’ sponsorship of the quiz.”
The visit came ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, during which Pertemps was involved in promoting opportunities across the country, including those with West Midlands Combined Authority and clients Co-op and Thames Water.