BPS Birmingham Future’s annual flagship event, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY), has further strengthened its status in the city region by securing two major new sponsors for 2015 and confirming the renewal of several supporters of the 2014 event.

BYPY recognises and celebrates the achievements of young professionals in Greater Birmingham across eight categories. Following the success of this year’s BYPY – which saw almost 1,000 guests attend The ICC in May – new sponsors include leading BPS sector players CBRE and Squire Patton Boggs. Meanwhile, Connect Group, Forresters, Gateley and SimkissGuy Recruitment have all committed again to celebrating young professionals.

Supporting BYPY to recognise the city region’s Inspiring Leader for 2015 is new sponsor, legal practice, Squire Patton Boggs. Nick Green, their Birmingham office’s managing partner, said: “As a business with a long history in Birmingham, we are delighted to support this year’s BYPY awards and play a part in celebrating the achievements of Greater Birmingham’s young professionals. Our region is fortunate to benefit from such a depth of outstanding young business talent, who all play a key role in the prosperity of our local economy today, and will go on to shape its future within the global economy tomorrow”.

Recognising the importance of the ever-popular after-party is new sponsor for 2015, commercial property and real estate advisors, CBRE. Managing director of their Birmingham office, Martin Guest said: “Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe and we need to ensure that we are taking advantage of this by tapping into the rich vein of talent that is on offer right on our doorstep. At CBRE, we recognise the important role graduates and property professionals, in the early stages of their careers, play in the growth and development of the firm. BYPY provides a fantastic platform to showcase Birmingham’s young talent on both a regional and national scale, reinforcing Birmingham’s credentials as a young, ambitious and forward looking city – CBRE is proud to be a sponsor”.

Sam Pennell, senior account manager at Rewired PR and BYPY15 committee chair, said: “I’m delighted to be in a position to not only confirm the continued support of several of our existing sponsors but also announce the involvement of some new ones. To have these fantastic companies already on board at such an early stage is a true testament to not only the event’s reputation and calibre of the winners, but also to the city’s continued investment in the development of its young professionals.”

SimkissGuy Recruitment will be returning to sponsor the HR, Recruitment & Training category, and joint managing director, Rebecca Simkiss said: “Future shares our passion about nurturing the up and coming talent in the region and through BYPY, provide the most wonderful showcase for the incredible wealth of outstanding young professionals that we have working around the city”.

Marketing and communications agency Connect Group returns for the second year as sponsor of the Marketing & Communications category. Their managing director, Antony Green, said: “The ethos of Connect is start something, whether that means innovating new technology, developing new ideas or thriving on new challenges. So supporting new talent through our sponsorship of BYPY is a natural fit for us. As a company with its head office in the West Midlands, we are proud to nurture the next generation of marketing professionals, while at the same time being hugely inspired by their achievements. So much so that we have committed to sponsor the event until 2016. Because as we know, great things happen when you start something”.

A long-term supporter of BPS Birmingham, law firm Gateley was quick to secure sponsorship of the Property & Construction category again. The head of their Birmingham office, Mike Ward said: “We recognise BYPY’s growing importance not only to our firm but to our clients and the region’s property sector more generally. The award ceremony is a real celebration of our city’s strengths and the next generation of talent that is being nurtured here”.


Back to support the rapidly emerging strength of Greater Birmingham’s technology scene as sponsor of the newest category is Forresters. Partner at their Birmingham office, Matt Shaw commented: “We have a long and proud history of supporting the burgeoning pool of talent that the West Midlands has to offer; the region is steeped in the inventions and foresight of others and today remains a place that does its own thing at the cutting edge of technology. Leading lights who have gone on to great things within Future and BYPY are now clients of Forresters and continue to be the strongest of advocates for the city’s BPS sector – that spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity resonates throughout the city’s history”.

Birmingham Future says that sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Finance and Legal categories as well as for headline sponsorship. There is also the chance for interested companies to support the city’s emerging talent by backing the Aspiring Talent category.

Hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter and journalist, Naga Munchetty, last May’s event saw social media consultant Jodie Cook awarded the coveted title of BYPY 2014.

Plans for BYPY in the Spring of 2015 are already underway with ticket sales and nominations launching later this year. For more information about BPS Birmingham Future and sponsoring BYPY, visit birminghamfuture.co.uk/bypy or email hello@birminghamfuture.co.uk.