The teams from The Great Trade Up met to discuss battle plans as the charity drive moved into the final stretch.
The businesses are taking part in the trading competition set up to raise money for the new renal unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The teams, representing some of Birmingham’s top businesses, met potential buyers at the Old Joint Stock pub and theatre in Temple Row West, to swap tips and see who was in the lead.
With less than a month to go until the competition ends, the leaders are traders from law firm Beachcroft, who got their hands on a painting by artist Charlotte Latham, worth an estimated £6,000. They are followed by the team from Bentley Lamborghini, who ended up with a signed guitar from regular customer and heavy metal pioneer Tony Iommi.
The evening was also attended by friends of BCH looking to get involved in trades of their own, including Warwickshire County Cricket Club, The Angel Hotel and Restaurant, Warwick, Birmingham Speedway, the Radisson SAS Hotel, Sytner Mini Birmingham.
Sutton Coldfield College showcased excellent networking skills and managed to trade twice. They traded dinner for four at Ruby Murry Restaurant in Sutton Coldfield with Warwickshire County Cricket Club for 2020 final day tickets and then persuaded Sytner Mini Birmingham to swap the tickets for a Mini for a weekend.
Asif Ali from the Business School at Sutton Coldfield College and member of their Great Trade UP Team, said: “We’re pleased to be part of such a great fundraising game. We’ve got the whole Business School working on our trades.”
Fidelis Hynam, from Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “We’re halfway through the game and it is fantastic to have the backing of all these companies, especially in the current economic climate. The new renal unit will provide the environment that our young kidney patients deserve and it is brilliant that all the teams recognise the significance of the Great Trade UP in helping us achieve our fundraising goal.”
The Great Trade UP involves teams trying to swap up as high as they can from a single balloon. When the time is up the items they end up with will be sold, with all money going to the unit.
It is based upon the experience of Canadian Kyle McDonald who bartered his way through 14 trades, beginning with a red paperclip and ending up with a house.
The 17 teams were each given a BCH red balloon just one month ago at the launch event and have gone on to trade this for an item of a higher value. The teams will continue to trade until May 15 with the intention of finishing with an item of huge value which they then “cash in”. Whoever raises the most money will be Great Trade UP champions.
To make an offer to a team, contact the Great Trade UP organiser on 0121 333 8539 or firstname.lastname@example.org who will put you in touch with the appropriate team.