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Giving young professionals the channel to make a difference; A word from the BPS Birmingham Future Chair, Rebecca Simkiss.

OVER the past twelve months, myself and the whole BPS Birmingham Future leadership team have been working hard to ensure that Future membership is an essential part of a young professional's business life in the city. I am proud and honoured to have the opportunity to lead the organisation, and work with some of the most talented young professionals the city has to offer, each and every one of them full of drive, energy and passion.

Speaking to our members, I hear that - more than ever - we are the principal channel for young professionals to make a wide variety of contributions that result in a real difference to the business and professional services community. We continue to be the champions of our city and the voice that reflects the constantly changing needs of our sector.

Alongside Future's core activities, our proudest achievement this year has been the creation of the Future Mentoring Academy. Launched in October 2015, two sell out events generated a record 163 applications to join our Future and Aspire mentoring schemes - connecting senior leaders, young professionals and students across our sector, and providing real opportunities for personal and professional development.

BYPY is Future's flagship event and is our opportunity to highlight, promote and celebrate the young talent that exists across the city's professional firms. I am sure that not only within the nominees tonight, but the many young professionals attending the event, we have the city's future business leaders in our midst. Since the very first BYPY back in 2001, we've been helping to recognise, develop and nurture hundreds of Birmingham's brightest talents. A review of BYPY's glittering 'hall of fame' is testament that BYPY has enhanced and helped these people on their professional journey - a journey to which I am incredibly excited to welcome this year's line-up of truly inspiring finalists. It hardly seems believable, but this is the 16th BYPY and as tonight clearly demonstrates, the importance that the professional sector places on recognising its young talent grows with each passing year.

This year's BYPY event is more spectacular than ever, led by an exceptionally dedicated committee with Bina Ganatra at the helm. It promises to be a night to remember, so please do enjoy the evening and join me in congratulating each of our finalists and our overall winner of BYPY 2016.

Rebecca Simkiss Chair, BPS Birmingham Future Joint Managing Director, SimkissGuy Recruitment


Rebecca Simkiss, Chair of BPS Birmingham Future

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
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Date:May 12, 2016
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