Mon, 12 Mar 2018

As a major employer in the West Midlands, BNP Paribas Personal Finance is proud to signal its commitment to developing young talent in the region by being headline sponsor for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year, BYPY.

BYPY recognises and celebrates talented individuals aged 35 and under from Birmingham’s professional services sector within the six categories: finance, HR, training and recruitment, legal, marketing & communications, property & construction, and construction, with one candidate being named ‘Birmingham Young Professional of the Year’.

Chair of Birmingham Future, Victoria Ball, said: “I am truly thrilled to be launching BYPY 2018 with such a fantastic line up of sponsors already behind the event. BYPY is not only an extremely important event for Birmingham Future but is one of the highlights in the region’s business calendar as, each year, we are able to identify and celebrate the young talent that exists right across the sector. It’s great to see the business community supporting our quest to celebrate this talent.

“This year is set to be another amazing celebration of the region and the impressive talent we home here. I’d encourage anyone thinking about applying to go for it, and if you’ve a worthy colleague or friend too shy to put themselves forward – do it for them! It’s an incredible experience.”

Last year, Michael Parker, Associate Director at construction consultancy Gleeds, was named the overall winner of BYPY 2017.

The award for Inspiring Leader went to David Hardman MBE, CEO of Innovation Birmingham and the winner of the Aspiring Talent category was Sarah Fraser, Tax Consultant at Deloitte.

Aston Business School has reaffirmed its commitment to the awards again, with the overall winner receiving a fully-funded Executive MBA scholarship worth £20,100.

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.”