Director for Growing Businesses and representing SMEs
Saqib Bhatti is President of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary chair of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce and by profession, a chartered accountant based in Birmingham. He is a Director at Younis Bhatti & Co Limited Chartered Accountants and an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.Younis Bhatti & Co caters for small to medium sized businesses, with clients from many walks of life with sectors ranging from manufacturing, wholesale to media.
He is currently a director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP with responsibilities for promoting diversity and business support. The GBS LEP is one of the most senior strategic boards in the region tasked by the government to promote economic growth across the Greater Solihull and Birmingham Area. Saqib also serves as a trustee on the Millennium point trust.
Saqib truly believes in promoting SME interests in the strategic development of the region and as such he has liaised with top stakeholders across the region and at a national level with a view to greater support in this regard.
Saqib qualified at a Big 4 firm, within their financial services audit practice, with his clients including top tier retail as well as private banks. Saqib believes very strongly in the responsibility to contribute to the development of the community. As such he has served as the youngest President of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce and is currently the youngest honorary chair (formerly the youngest ever and longest-serving President), in its 30 year history. He is currently the youngest ever President of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and he is working to promote West Midlands as a national and international leader in trade and business, liaising with key stakeholders around the region. In addition to this, he is working to support woman entrepreneurs and SME growth in order to encourage the wealth creators of tomorrow.
He is also on the board of the Westside Business Improvement District which focuses of running and managing the Westside part of Central Birmingham. Saqib has formerly served as a trustee of The Lord Mayor’s Charity in Birmingham. Saqib was formerly on the board of the historic and famous Lunar Society, which is a pre-eminent forum to debate and an informal medium for policy debate and development for the improvement of the society. He is currently trustee of Millennium Point Trust and a board member of the West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.
Saqib has previously worked with many charities in Pakistan. He helped to set up the Young Friends of Al-Shifa, a young movement based in Pakistan with the aim of providing work experience to youth in Pakistan at the prestigious Al-shifa Eye Trust, Pakistan. He was commended for his work, at the age of 15 by the then President of Pakistan, Rafiq Tarar. In addition he was trustee of the Attock Education Trust providing free and subsidised education and vocational training to some of the poorest areas in Pakistan including training for women allowing them to gain their independence and greater respect in society.
Saqib studied Law at the London School of Economics.