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19 October 2017

Coventry BID Announced as Headline Sponsor of YoungPro

Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) has been announced as the headline sponsor for YoungPro 2018.

Trish Willetts, Manager of Coventry BID said: “Sponsorship of YoungPro 2018 gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the developing talent in the city’s professional services sector. Having sponsored the event last year, we know it’s the perfect platform for promoting Coventry as a great place to work and build an exciting and challenging career.”

In its second year, YoungPro 2018 celebrates the breadth and depth of talent within the region’s professional and financial services sector’s next generation of leaders. It is delivered by Coventry & Warwickshire First’s Young Professional network and is open to all in the professional services sector who are under 35 years of age and based in Coventry or Warwickshire.

New this year is the category of Apprentice, complementing the existing categories of Legal, Finance (including Accountancy, Insolvency and Banking) and Business Services (including IT, Marketing, HR and other business support services).

Holly Brain, chair of Coventry & Warwickshire First’s Young Professionals Network said: “We’re delighted to welcome back Coventry BID as YoungPro’s headline sponsor, particularly in this exciting year as we introduce the new category of Apprentice.”

The search for YoungPro 2018 is to be launched at a Gala Reception for leaders of Coventry and Warwickshire First’s professional services community at Mallory Court on 26 October.

Nominations are welcomed from individuals, their peers, colleagues, clients and managers, with referees required for anyone self-nominating. Nominations are open until Friday 15 December 2017; all details can be found on Coventry & Warwickshire First’s website,

Each shortlisted nominee will be interviewed by a panel of judges comprising leaders in the sector. The judges will look for superb performance in the workplace, a commitment to the region and the all-important and intangible x-factor.

The category winners will be announced at a Gala Reception on Friday 26 January 2018 in the wonderful surroundings of St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry. The overall YoungPro 2018 will be announced at the FirstPro Awards Gala Dinner, taking place on Thursday 19 April 2018 at the new venue of Coombe Abbey.