Wed, 10 Apr 2019

BNP Paribas Personal Finance is proud to signal its commitment to developing young talent by being headline sponsor for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year, BYPY, for the second year running.  As a major employer in the West Midlands, BNP Paribas Personal Finance actively supports young people developing the skills they need to support their progression; both through investing in apprenticeships and through its partnership with Dallaglio RugbyWorks to reach more vulnerable young people in the region.

BYPY is now in its 19th year of celebrating the best professional talent in the city and is BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship event.  The awards recognise and celebrate talented individuals aged 35 and under from Birmingham’s professional services sector within the six categories: finance, HR, training and recruitment, legal, marketing & communications, and property & construction, with one candidate being named ‘Birmingham Young Professional of the Year’.

The 2019 BYPY committee is chaired by Kirn Dibra, Risk and Control Manager at Experian.  Kirn said: “I’m thrilled to be chairing 2019’s BYPY committee, after being part of the committee for the second year. This year, we’re welcoming a group of enthusiastic new faces to the committee, who are already bringing fresh and innovative ideas to the table. BYPY is an opportunity to celebrate everything brilliant about Birmingham; our growth and development as a city, our talent, and above all, our people. I can’t wait to put on an incredible event to celebrate the best our city has to offer”.

Last year, Laura Thursfield, Financial Planner at Mazars UK, was named the overall winner of BYPY 2018, receiving a fully-funded Executive MBA scholarship worth £20,000 funded by Aston Business School.

Lynda Brennan, Director of Human Resources at BNP Paribas Personal Finance, said: “We’re delighted to support the prestigious BYPY awards to celebrate and recognise local talent. We’re committed to creating a great place to work and we continue to help bridge the gap between education and the workplace. BYPY is a great example of providing opportunities to build and retain young local talent in the region and we look forward to seeing a record level of great quality entries for the awards.”