Corporate member Gateley plc, which recently floated on the London Stock Exchange, has donated £20,000 to the Birmingham Big Art Project, which aims to create an iconic piece of public art for the city.

Michael Ward, Chief Executive of Gateley plc said:  “Our decision to support the Birmingham Big Art Project comes at a time when we have just become the first UK commercial law firm to float on the London Stock Exchange.”

“Whilst this is an exceptionally exciting period for our company nationally, we are also keen to ensure that we remain committed to the importance we have always placed on supporting the local communities in the regions in which we work.”

“This is our first CSR initiative since becoming a plc in June and it is particularly fitting that it is so closely related to where we started as a company.”

“We are proud of our Birmingham roots and so are delighted to be able to support a public art project of this significance and one that we feel is going to help put Birmingham on the national and international stage it deserves.”

Glyn Pitchford, Chairman of the BBAP said: “We are absolutely thrilled with Gateley’s contribution. This project is highly aspirational and Gateley’s generosity makes it that much more a reality”.

Gavin Wade of Eastside Projects, commissioning agent for BBAP said: “We are so grateful to Gateley plc. The tradition of art is not to do what has been done before. This is a challenging competition, where the artists must truly represent the diverse metropolis that is Birmingham, through art. We eagerly anticipate their creations”.

Anita Champaneri, MD of Delicious PR has officially been invited to join the BBAP steering committee and will be leading on various fundraising initiatives to engage both the local community and the business community. Three events are planned for the autumn, the Chung Ying Walk, the RBS drinks reception and the Andy Street luncheon at Hotel du Vin.