Nominations have now opened for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) 2012 along with an announcement of a brand new award

Nominations officially opened at the new Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill last night. Now in its twelfth year the awards recognise and celebrate the city’s most talented young professionals in the business and financial sectors.

This year BYPY also launches a brand new award, Aspiring Talent which recognises exceptional individuals aged between 16 and 23 currently in full time Higher or Further Education.  The aim of the award is to motivate and inspire the winner to build their professional career inBirmingham and ultimately go on to become strong ambassadors for the city.

The Aspiring Talent award sits alongside BYPY’s current six categories: communications; entrepreneurial; financial services; legal; property and construction and HR, recruitment and training. These categories are open to anyone 35 and under who is working inBirminghamand demonstrates not only professional achievements but also a real commitment to the city.

Rebecca Mawdsley Operations Director at eNL Legal and chairman of the BYPY committee said:

“We’re looking forward to not only beginning the search for the 2012 winner but also discovering some exciting up and coming talent for our new award. Over the last eleven years BYPY has crowned some exceptional winners and we felt the time was right to open up the awards to a new peer group to recogniseBirmingham’s inspirational younger offering.”

“I feel incredibly passionate about finding and developing young talent and encouraging the retention of this talent within the city. The aim of this new award is to both recognise their achievements so far but also provide them with opportunities to go on to even greater success within the city.”

“All of our category finalists benefit from great opportunities and recognition and I would strongly recommend that anyone who feels they not only possess the business acumen but also a passion and connection to the city applies.”

The new 2012 winner will join an impressive group of outstanding professionals including James Villarreal Co-Founder of Glide Utilities, Suzie Branch Director of Branch Martin Spicer Marketing and Ruth Pipkin Managing Director of Rewired PR. Last year saw Hilary Allen, a chartered quantity surveyor and associate at Davis Langdon beat off stiff competition to be crowned overall winner of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2011.

The 2012 winners will be announced at a spectacular awards ceremony at the ICC on Thursday 17th May.

E-nomination forms are now available from the BYPY website, www.birminghamyoungprofessional.co.uk and entries must be received no later than 23rd February.

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Anna Martin (WM Chambers), Amit Sharma INCO Software Solutions and Reena Kenth (WM Chambers)

Tim and June Watts (Pertemps) and Paul Cliff (Gateley LLP)

Tim Rudman (Urban Communications), Gareth Morgan (Birmingham Future) and Kevin Johnson (RJF Public Affairs)

Ron Hully (St Mowden), Jackie Hendley (KPMG), Peter Rees-Steer (Birmingham Forward) and Parminder Matharu (Brown Jacobson)

Lucie Holden (Holdens Brewery), Michele Wilby, Gary Cardin and Tahreen Kutub (Colmore Business District)