Birmingham Business Breakfast Club has received £5,000 of sponsorship from the West Bromwich Building Society.

The presentation was made yesterday by Gary Cowdrill and Richard Brown, from WBBS. BBBC is headed by chairman Tony Taylor and meets on the second Wednesday of every month. Yesterday, members and guests were treated to a talk on corporate strategy by Jean Pousson, area programme director for the Institute of Directors.

Membership is open to business people throughout the West Midlands.

Meanwhile IoD director general Miles Templeman has visited Birmingham to speak at a seminar - at the Botanical Gardens and sponsored by KPMG, HSBC and the Culture Partnership - on business opportunities in China and India.

He said: "The 20th century was largely dominated by North American and European business culture, but the 21st century is likely to be very different. Chinese and Indian companies, little known in the west at present, are likely to become household names.

"By the middle of the century around three billion people will live in China and India. With the prospect of ever increasing per capita incomes in these economies, we have as yet only scratched the surface of business opportunity. But we also have to recognise that the competitive threat from these economies is potentially awesome as well."