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Subsidiary Companies

The University carries out certain activities through its wholly owned subsidiary companies. These provide a range of services to students, staff and beyond. 

Awarding Body for the Built Environment Ltd - Company No. 5347488

Directors: Professor Julian Beer (Chair), Mr Steve Rimell, Ms Tracy Westall
Company Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson

ABBE was established in 1997 offering qualifications in the building and construction industry. As an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual, ABBE now develops qualifications and assessments for a range of sectors which are valid and reliable and are responsive to customer needs. 
BCU Property Ltd – Company No. 2776316

Directors: Ms Steve Rimell (Chair), Mr John Plumridge
Company Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson

The company's main purpose is to undertake certain property developments and major building projects on behalf of the University Group.

BCU Enterprise Ltd - Company No. 2416968

Directors: Professor Julian Beer (Chair), Mr Bob Branson, Professor Peter Francis, Mr Steve Rimell
Company Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson

The company's main purposes are to undertake trading and other activities which, for legal or commercial reasons, are more appropriately undertaken by a Ltd company and to undertake training of nurses and other health professionals for the NHS.

The recruitment of students in China is done through the China Office, operated by BCU Enterprise Ltd and was founded in 2006 in Shanghai. The office’s activities concentrate in achieving student recruitment from China through agents, partnerships and direct applications as well as organising marketing activities to promote BCU, including agent fairs, agent conferences, education exhibitions, online marketing, social media, publicity, portfolio interviews, BCU English test, alumni event. 

BCU Trustees - Company No. 2967619

Directors: Professor Philip Plowden (Chair), Mr Mark O'Dwyer, Mr Parmjit Singh, Ms Karen Stephenson
Company Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson

Acting as a trustee for the Employees’ Non-discretionary Medical Benefit Scheme for Birmingham City University. The Scheme was terminated in August 2018.

Technology Innovation Centre - Company No. 3196819

Directors: Professor Julian Beer (Chair), Professor Hanifa Shah, Mr Robert Branson
Company Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson

The main purpose of the company is to undertake the activities carried out by the University's Faculty of Computing Engineering and Built Environment (CEBE). 

Birmingham City College Ltd- Company No. 5157738

Directors: Mr Robert Branson (Chair), Ms Karen Stephenson
Company Secretary: Ms Karen Stephenson

The company has never traded and is dormant.