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30 October 2017

The hunt for Young Pro 2018 is on!

Introducing a new category to celebrate talented apprentices.

The search for the YoungPro 2018 was launched at a Gala Reception for leaders of Coventry and Warwickshire First’s professional services community, held at Mallory Court on 26 October.

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).

Coventry & Warwickshire First’s YoungPro celebrates the breadth and depth of talent within the region’s professional and financial services sector’s next generation of leaders. It is open to all in the professional services sector who are under 35 years of age and based in Coventry or Warwickshire.

Holly Brain, of HCB Accountants and Chair of Coventry & Warwickshire First’s Young Professional Network explained: “There is a growing number of talented young apprentices in our sector. We want to recognise both their achievements and invaluable contribution to our sector. Attracting the right talent is always a challenge; the growing popularity of apprenticeships is helping us grow our own.”

Vangeya Murphy of Shakespeare Martineau, the winner of last year’s inaugural YoungPro Awards attended the launch. Explaining what the award meant to her, she encouraged everyone to give it a go!

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 Coombe Abbey.

Photocaption: Trish Willetts (Coventry Bid), Vangeya Murphy (YoungPro 2017, Holly Brain (Chair of Coventry & Warwickshire First’s Young Professionals Network)