BPS Birmingham Future’s annual flagship awards ceremony, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) is ramping up the excitement ahead of the event later this week by unveiling its high profile 2014 sponsors – and SimkissGuy Recruitment are delighted to announce that we are one of them!

The event, which celebrates the achievements of young professionals in the city, is comprised of the core categories including Property and Construction, which will be sponsored by national law firm, Gateley, Finance is sponsored by accountancy training firm HTFT Partnership and Legal, which is supported by extended-stay hotel Staybridge Suites. SimkissGuy Recruitment is sponsoring the HR, Recruitment and Training category; while the Marketing category is being backed by creative agency, Connect Group. Intellectual property consultancy Forresters will be sponsoring the new Technology category, which has been re-introduced for the first time since 2003.

The event also includes two further categories celebrating established and emerging talent, with Chiltern Railways Mainline sponsoring the Inspiring Leader category, and Birmingham Metropolitan College supporting the Aspiring Talent category, which recognises exceptional 16-23 year olds, for which SimkissGuys’ very own Amelia Ladbrook is a finalist!

Claudia Santillo, chair of the BYPY committee and founder of legal recruitment consultancy Santillo Consulting, said: “The support of our sponsors is enormously important to us. Having such high profile, enthusiastic and committed sponsors on board shows every young professional the encouragement and belief that these organisations have in their future. Our sponsors for 2014 are demonstrating an investment in the success of young professionals in the city, and we are immensely proud to align BPS Birmingham Future and BYPY with each of them for the event.

2014 will also see BYPY continuing its relationship with leadership development organisation Common Purpose, which will provide a place on its Navigator course for emerging leaders to the overall winner to support them in developing their leadership skills and networks.
Claudia continued: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and partners for their ongoing and invaluable support on behalf of the BPS Birmingham Future, BYPY committee and also our nominees. We have found a selection of young people that are truly inspirational and the support received from this year’s sponsors has been instrumental to celebrating their successes.

The 2014 BYPY awards event takes place at the ICC on Thursday 1 May and will be hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter and journalist, Naga Munchetty. Steve Hollis, previous chairman of KMPG and current deputy chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership leads the judging panel, which comprises senior representatives of the city’s business community.