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BYPY17 has officially launched!

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BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship event, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) 2017, has officially launched, with nominations opening across six categories ahead of the region’s most prominent awards celebration.

At a VIP event at Malmaison yesterday evening (Tuesday 7th February), prospective contenders were given an insight into BYPY; the best methods of nominating and how important the awards are to the region. Past winners, including BYPY16 overall winner Abby Corfan, shared how the title has escalated her professional and personal development, and described what the judges are looking for in the next Birmingham Young Professional of the Year.

Mike Colledge, Committee Chair for BYPY 2017, said: “Not only does BYPY celebrate the sector’s finest talent, it’s also recognition for the future. The title goes beyond just the awards evening and each year continues to bolster the careers of some of the city’s most successful young professionals. If you’re thinking about entering then just go for it. The process alone is a fantastic experience and you never know, you could end up taking the title.”

The awards celebrate and recognise rising talent across the finance, HR, legal, marketing and communications, property and construction, and technology industries, with one candidate being named ‘Birmingham Young Professional of the Year’. The awards also recognise a stand-out individual aged between 16 and 24 as the city’s ‘Aspiring Talent’, and honour an ‘Inspiring Leader’; someone who has shown unwavering commitment to the city, from across the professional services community.

Now in its 17th year, BYPY is one of the city’s most highly regarded accolades, celebrating talent aged 35 and under from the city’s professional services sector. The event celebrates and recognises rising talent across the finance, HR, legal, marketing and communications, property and construction, and technology industries.

The awards have seen winners go on to achieve significant business success. Sean Sales, Acquire Talent Lead at Deutsche Bank, says that taking the title enabled him to grasp opportunities that were previously unavailable, including working internationally.

“BYPY raised my profile at work immensely and enabled me to build my brand across the organisation in a way that just wouldn’t have been possible without it. As a result I was able to take part in projects and take on responsibilities that enhanced my network even further. The end result being a chance to work on global projects that opened the door to the international assignment in Florida that I am on right now,” he said.

This year’s event is being supported by Headline Sponsor, Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet), and Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Cleaves said: “As a long-standing supporter of BYPY, we are thrilled to be this year’s headline sponsor. We feel the event represents the importance of the future generation and reflects BMet’s aim to inspire and realise the dreams of emerging professionals.”

Entry for nominations closes on Monday 6th March at 5pm and the awards celebration takes place on Thursday 18th May at the ICC Birmingham.

Nomination forms and tickets can be found at: