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27 October 2016

Hunt for Coventry & Warwickshire’s top Young Professional is now on!

The hunt for Coventry and Warwickshire’s top young professional is now on, with the launch of the first ever YoungPro.

Run by the network for professionals, Coventry & Warwickshire First, YoungPro celebrates the breadth and depth of talent within the region’s professional and financial services sector’s next generation of leaders.

There are five categories in YoungPro – Legal, Finance, Banking, Property and Business Services.  Each category winner will combine superb performance in the workplace with a commitment to the region and the all-important and intangible x-factor.  The winners will be announced at a Gala Reception, being held at St Mary’s Guild Hall, Coventry on Friday 27 January.

The category winners will automatically be the finalists in the Young Professional category of FirstPro 2017, the results of which will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Ricoh Arena in April 2017.

Chrissie Elliot-Duxson, Chair of Coventry & Warwickshire First’s young professionals network said: “Last year Jenny Simpson, winner of the FirstPro 2017 Young Professional category, was also named the overall FirstPro.  Considering she was in the company of some of the region’s leading professionals, it was an incredible achievement.

“YoungPro gives us the chance to recognise the talent and contribution of the many other young professionals who are building their careers in Coventry and Warwickshire’s professional services.

“We want as many young people as possible to have the chance to be recognised so are encouraging everyone to nominate a talented colleague now!”

Mike Durkin, chair of Coventry & Warwickshire First and Relationship Director at Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking, continued: “Every year we receive a large number of very high calibre entries to the Young Professional category of our FirstPro awards.  We wanted to do justice to the exceptional talent of our young professionals and recognise their contribution and aspirations. Launching YoungPro gives us the perfect platform to do exactly that.”

Nominating a talented young professional is easy.  Visit Coventry & Warwickshire First’s website for more information or email the organisation’s executive support, Angela Tellyn at

Nominations close on 27 November.  The finalists will be announced on 30 November with the judging taking place on 5 December.