28 Mar 2023

Rebranded young professionals awards announced

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Future Faces has announced the newly-rebranded Greater Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Awards, which are to take place on Friday 22 September at the Eastside Rooms.

The renamed awards reflect the BPS network, Birmingham Future, merging with the young professionals division of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce back in 2020.

Henrietta Brealey, CEO of the GBCC, announced the new name at the GBCC 's annual dinner and awards.

She said: “As many of you will know we 're proud to be home to the region 's largest cross-sector young professional network, connecting and developing the business leaders of the future.

“In 2020 the longstanding BPS network Birmingham Future, joined forces with Future Faces. To mark the next stage of this merger we 're delighted to reveal that this year 's Future Faces Chambers of Commerce Awards has been rebranded as the Greater Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Awards. ”

Lillian Elekan, chair of judges for the awards, said: “It 's a real honour to be the chair of judges for the first Greater BYPY Awards brought to you by Future Faces.

“Both Future Faces and BYPY have a longstanding legacy in the city and beyond for their young professional support, development and awards nights, so it 's exciting to bring both brands together (after a merger in 2020) in an even greater event celebrating the best young talent of Greater Birmingham.

“Birmingham remains the youngest city in Europe, with 40 per cent of our population under the age of 25, and over 30 per cent growth in our Future Faces membership this year, it 's safe to say our young professional community is thriving.

“I would like to encourage all young professionals to consider entering the awards this year, and for those of you second guessing yourself and wondering whether or not to enter, please don 't let imposter syndrome hold you back, this is your opportunity to showcase your skills and achievements and to get recognised professionally´┐Ż you may just be crowned the Greater Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2023! ”

The deadline for award entries is 10 July 2023, and the shortlist for the awards will be announced on 21 August.

The 14 awards categories are:

  1. Greater Birmingham Apprentice of the Year
  2. GBYPY - Change and Sustainability
  3. GBYPY - Creative Arts and Culture
  4. GBYPY - Engineering and Manufacturing
  5. GBYPY - Finance
  6. GBYPY - Legal
  7. GBYPY - People and Wellbeing
  8. GBYPY - Retail and Hospitality
  9. GBYPY - Sales, Marketing and Communications
  10. GBYPY - Start-ups, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  11. GBYPY - Technology and Innovation
  12. GBYPY - Third Sector
  13. GBYPY - Training and Education
  14. Future Faces Ambassador (members only)

One of the category winners will be crowned the overall Greater Birmingham Young Professional of the Year.

In addition, the President 's Award will be handed out to a recipient chosen by Future Faces president Kasim Choudhry.

Early Bird tickets are available for Future Faces members-only until Friday 28 April.

There are 50 pairs of early bird tickets available in a 'two-for- £120 ' (+VAT) offer or corporate tables of 10 available for £900 (+VAT).

From 29 April onwards, individual tickets are priced at £100 (members)/ £120 (non-members) each (plus VAT) and tables of 10 available for £1,000 (plus VAT).

A host of sponsorship opportunities - from headline sponsors to brochure adverts - are also available.

Click here for more information on tickets, sponsorship and award applications.

Pictured: Ingrida Vengalyte of Jacobs (second from left) was last year 's Greater Birmingham Young Professional of the Year