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25 Jul

25 July 2017

Young Professionals raise £650 for charity

We are delighted to announce that the Young Professionals have raised around £650 for local charity Molly Olly…

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19 Jul

19 July 2017

News from Coventry & Warwickshire First in July

New board members + Congratulations Coventry City of Culture Trust: news from Coventry & Warwickshire First in July.

 

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13 Jul

13 July 2017

Nathan Lapsley wins CW First Fantasy Football League

We’re delighted to announce that this season’s online Fantasy Football League was won by Nathan Lapsley of Wright Hassall. That means the trophy h…

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22 Jun

22 June 2017

Fearsome craftsmen and £6,000 for Heart of England Community Foundation: news from Coventry & Warwickshire

Fearsome craftsmen and £6,000 for Heart of England Community Foundation.

 

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12 Apr

12 April 2017

Sarah Perry Announced as Winner of FirstPro 2017

Sarah Perry, Managing Partner of Wright Hassall Solicitors, was named FirstPro 2017, at a gala dinner held at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday 6 April.

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09 Jan

09 January 2017

A Year in Young Professionals - 2016

Before we get too stuck in to 2017, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the highlights of being a member of Coventry and Warwickshire First …

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19 Dec

19 December 2016

From a sell-out FirstPro to private cross-sector dinners: a successful year for Coventry & Warwickshire First

Reflections on a successful 2016.

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13 Dec

13 December 2016

Young Professionals Christmas Party

On Friday 2 December we held the annual Young Professionals Christmas party.

This year we took over a section of the White Horse in Leamington Spa …

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07 Dec

07 December 2016

Coventry Bid Announced as Headline Sponsor

Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) has been announced as the headline sponsor for Coventry & Warwickshire First’s FirstPro 2017 and th…

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15 Nov

15 November 2016

Giving voice to Coventry & Warwickshire’s professionals; the agenda for Coventry & Warwickshire First’s incoming Chair 

Mike Durkin, Relationship Director at Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking, has outlined his priorities for his year in post as Chair of professio…

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27 Oct

27 October 2016

Spotlight on … Phil Ewing: Business Services Professional, FirstPro 2016

Well known and respected through Coventry and Warwickshire, Phil Ewing has helped lead his firm, Harrison Beale & Owen, through a sustained period…

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27 Oct

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 …

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10 Oct

10 October 2016

Young professionals raise £140 in Historic Warwick Charity Trail

At the end of September the Young Professionals held a new event for this year – the Historic Warwick Charity Trail.

Participants had to follow t…

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07 Oct

07 October 2016

Spotlight on … Jeremy Hyde: Highly Commended, FirstPro Legal Professional 2016

A solicitor at Wright Hassall, Jeremy advised on acquisitions, disposals,…

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28 Sep

28 September 2016

Spotlight on … Chrissie Elliot-Duxson: Highly Commended, FirstPro Young Professional, 2016

Chrissie works in marketing, student recruitment and student experience for the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick.  Chair of the C…

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20 Sep

20 September 2016

Spotlight on ... Richard Hardy: Outstanding Contribution, FirstPro 2016

Richard Hardy was one of three individuals deemed by the judges to have made an Outstanding Contribution to the professional services sector in Covent…

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31 Aug

31 August 2016

Spotlight on … Hannah Bates: Highly Commended, FirstPro Legal Professional 2016

Hannah Bates’ legal career started when she was awarded a Sports Scholarship to attend Coventry University and chose to study law and business.  Sh…

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23 Aug

23 August 2016

Spotlight on … Rachel Horner: FirstPro Finance Professional 2016

Rachel Horner is Director of SFB Tax Solutions, part of the SFB Group.  She set up the business unit in 2014 in response to a localised need for spec…

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11 Aug

11 August 2016

Spotlight On ... Larry Coltman: Outstanding Contribution, FirstPro 2016

Larry Coltman is a long-standing and highly respected litigation lawyer with his own Coventry-based practice.

We asked him about his win and his ca…

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04 Aug

04 August 2016

Spotlight on … Ravinder Bagri: FirstPro Banking Professional 2016

Business Development Director at Santander Corporate & Commercial, Ravinder Bagri has worked tirelessly to promote the bank’s commercial busines…

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03 Aug

03 August 2016

Young Professionals Summer Networking

On Tuesday 26 July we held the Young Professionals Summer Networking at The Moorings at Myton.

It was great to see some new faces including Raymond…

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02 Aug

02 August 2016

Spotlight on … Emma Gamble: FirstPro Legal Professional 2016

Emma is an outstanding contributor to Shakespeare Martineau, her team and the community.  She has climbed the ladder to partnership through hard work…

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22 Jul

22 July 2016

Clay Pigeon Shooting at First Friday!

July’s First Friday was a delicious high tea followed by a tour of the facilities at the Heart of England Conference Centre, which included a little c…

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18 Jul

18 July 2016

The annual Young Professionals v Young Lawyers Rounders tournament

On 30th June we held our annual joint event with the Warwickshire Young Lawyers. As usual this took the form of a game of rounders followed…

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05 Jul

05 July 2016

The best region in the UK to do business!

This was the message of Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority, who addressed a full house at the Belgrade at our qua…

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05 Jul

05 July 2016

'We need to invest in marketing our city'

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs & Regeneration addressed our First Friday, held at the Charterhouse.

His message was positive and h…

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28 Jun

28 June 2016

Spotlight on … Jenny Simpson

It’s easy to see why Jenny Simpson, of SFB Group won FirstPro 2016.

At just 23 years old she is already a fully qu…

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23 Jun

23 June 2016

£3,900 raised by Coventry & Warwickshire’s professionals

Coventry and Warwickshire’s professionals raised £2,900 for the Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation (COBF).

The region’s professional s…

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05 May

05 May 2016

New charity of the year for Young Professionals

We’re delighted to announce that the Young Professionals charity of the year for the next 12 months is Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Molly Olly’s Wishes aim…

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22 Apr

22 April 2016

Jenny Simpson named FirstPro 2016: carrying the torch for professional services in Coventry & Warwickshire

 

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13 Apr

13 April 2016

Young professionals raise over £1,500 for Myton Hospice!

Over the past 12 months the Young Professionals have been raising money for Myton Hospice.

 
We’re absolutely delighted to announce that ou…

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04 Apr

04 April 2016

FirstPro 2016 Finalists Announced

The shortlist for each of category of Coventry & Warwickshire First’s FirstPro Awards 2016 has now been announced.

From more than 80 nominati…

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23 Mar

23 March 2016

Fantastic food and company at Young Professionals Spring social

Last night (22 March) around 30 of Coventry and Warwickshire’s young professionals got together for a curry night at The Stag and Pheasant in Covent…

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29 Feb

29 February 2016

Young Professional Paige Howitt Wins Charity Fundraiser of the Year

We are delighted to announce that earlier this month our very own Young Professionals Charity Officer, Paige Howitt, won the Charity Fundraiser of the…

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16 Feb

16 February 2016

Spotlight on ... Carl Malcom, Young Professional 2015

“Winning FirstPro Young Professional has brought new and exciting opportunities my way,” said Carl Malcolm, then of Dafferns Chartered Accountants…

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16 Feb

16 February 2016

Spotlight on ... Vikki Whittemore

Firstpro 2015’s Business Services Professional

“I was surprised and chuffed in equal measure when my name was read out on the evening,” …

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09 Feb

09 February 2016

Three young professionals teams for the IIC quiz

February’s young professionals Thirsty Thursday event took place at the Standard Triumph Club in Coventry and was followed by the Insurance Institute …

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02 Feb

02 February 2016

Spotlight on ... James Walton, Property Professional 2015

FirstPro 2016: Nominate Now!

James Walton of Sheldon Bosley, FirstPro 2015’s Property Professional of the Year says “go…

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29 Jan

29 January 2016

'Spotlight on' Kelly Schofield - Commercial Litigation Paralegal

Role on Young Professionals Committee – Mentor Scheme Coordinator

Age – 25

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29 Jan

29 January 2016

Seeking FirstPro 2016!

The search for FirstPro 2016 is now on!

Coventry & Warwickshire First’s FirstPro recognises exceptional professionals in Coventry and Warwick…

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04 Jan

04 January 2016

A year in Young Professionals

Before throwing myself into 2016 I paused to take a look back at some of the highlights of being a…

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08 Dec

08 December 2015

Young Professionals Christmas Social at Le Bistrot Pierre

The Young Professionals annual Christmas party took place last Friday 4th December at Le Bistrot Pierre in Leamington Spa. We started at Th…

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20 Nov

20 November 2015

Spotlight on … Maria Thomas, FirstPro 2015

“In April this year Maria Thomas, Relationship Manager at Barclays Bank was named FirstPro 2015.”

What did it feel like to win FirstPro2015…

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09 Nov

09 November 2015

Young Professionals take Thirsty Thursday to Gus Bhandal’s new pub

On bonfire night we held this month’s Young Professionals ‘Thirsty Thursday’ networking event. This month we were delighted to hold it at former…

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04 Nov

04 November 2015

A win for Poppleton and Appleby and £611 raised at Young Professionals quiz

On Tuesday 3 November we held a Halloween themed quiz in aid of our chosen charity, Myton Hospice.

We’re delighted to announce that with the team…

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Mike Durkin
04 Nov

04 November 2015

Spotlight on … Mike Durkin

Role: Relationship Director, Corporate & Commercial Banking.

Business: Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking. Santander…

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22 Oct

22 October 2015

"A really good mentor can provide an excellent sounding board"

Explaining why she became a mentor in the spring this year, Debbie Harper, Area Director of HSBC Bank plc, talked of the way in which she had benefitt…

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14 Oct

14 October 2015

"The process empowers the young professionals"

Cheryll Rawbone, Chair of Arthur J Gallagher in Coventry, began mentoring a young PR professional in April.  Speaking about our mentoring scheme she …

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Andrew Smith
02 Oct

02 October 2015

Spotlight on ... Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is the new Chair of Coventry & Warwickshire First.  We put him in the spotlight – read on to find out why he was on the radio when a…

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30 Sep

30 September 2015

"I'm already better at managing my workload"

“I joined the mentoring programme for two reasons; to improve my networking skills and get an independent perspective on how I can develop in my cur…

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28 Sep

28 September 2015

"Seeing things anew myself"

“Being a mentor, helping a young professional develop their skills, is very rewarding. As well as sharing my own insights and experience I’m also …

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25 Sep

25 September 2015

'Spotlight on' Gus Bhandal, Senior Business & Investment Officer – Warwickshire Investment Partnership

Role on YP Committee – CPD Co-ordinator

Age:  37

From: Coventry

Gus is the longest …

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Andrew Smith
24 Sep

24 September 2015

Andrew Smith sets out his agenda for 2015 / 16

Andrew Smith, partner at Shakespeare Martineau and the incoming Chair of Coventry & Warwickshire First, has set out four principle objectives for…

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23 Sep

23 September 2015

Andrew Smith takes up the mantle of Chair

Talent development and a clear voice for the region’s professionals: Coventry & Warwickshire First’s agenda for 2015 / 16

“One o…

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Martin Gibbs
22 Sep

22 September 2015

A reinvigorated events programme, a valuable consultation and the launch of the mentoring programme: Martin Gibbs' achievements as Chair of Coventry & Warwickshire First

During his year in office as Chair of Coventry & Warwickshire First (2014-2015) Martin Gibbs, Managing Partner at Dafferns Chartered Accountants h…

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18 Sep

18 September 2015

A duo of events to reach £1,000 fundraising target

Over the past two weeks the young professionals have completed both the Wolf Run and Myton Moonlight Walk in aid of their chosen charity for 2015, Myt…

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17 Sep

17 September 2015

Membership has been very worthwhile for us

Making new contacts through networking is important in my job: to raise the profile of The HR Dept (South Warwickshire).

Our business has grown rap…

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16 Sep

16 September 2015

"Excellent opportunities to interact"

“Membership of Coventry & Warwickshire First provides excellent opportunities to interact with the wider professional community in the region.

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15 Sep

15 September 2015

'Good tips I'm putting into practice'

A trainee accountant with Dafferns Chartered Accountants, Sophie Breeze joined the mentoring programme to gain an insight into how to grow as a young …

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08 Sep

08 September 2015

Making a difference

A mentor through the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurs Keith Boxley, Relationship Director at Barclays Bank plc quickly stepped forward to j…

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07 Sep

07 September 2015

Driving Economic Growth in Coventry & Warwickshire

During the spring and summer of 2015 legal, financial, property and businesses services professionals came together to discuss the issues affecting th…

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Martyn Howard
02 Sep

02 September 2015

Six months on and Coventry & Warwickshire’s professionals are relishing mentoring

Six months on from its conception Coventry & Warwickshire First’s mentoring programme is proving its value, home growing talent as a means of ta…

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27 Aug

27 August 2015

News from our members: 'more than just insolvency practitioners'

Member firm Poppleton & Appleby has just completed an assignment for a client which resulted in the survival of a business, despite difficult circ…

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26 Aug

26 August 2015

One week to go until the YP Wolf Run for Myton Hospice

Next week sees four of the Young Professionals committee take on the treacherous Wolf Run. Rebecca Freeman, Carl Malcolm, Paige Howitt and Phil Ballar…

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25 Aug

25 August 2015

Mentor "helped me understand my strengths"

Paige Howitt, Senior Accountant at SFB Group talked to us about the benefits of participation in Coventry & Warwickshire First’s mentoring program…

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24 Aug

24 August 2015

"Being a mentor has given me a new perspective"

Susan Hopcraft, Partner at Wright Hassall explained the value she sees in being a mentor for Coventry & Warwickshire First’s mentoring programme.

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Mike Durkin
21 Aug

21 August 2015

Membership has "led to two-way referrals of many business opportunities"

“I became involved with Coventry & Warwickshire First in 2010 and immediately arranged for Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking to join as…

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18 Aug

18 August 2015

Build contacts and improve networking through the mentoring programme

Hannah Bates of Band Hatton Button is a mentee on the Coventry & Warwickshire mentoring programme.  We asked her what she thought of the program…

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12 Aug

12 August 2015

"An excellent forum for sharing ideas and best practice"

We asked Vikki Whittemore, BD & Marketing Director of Wright Hassall LLP about the benefits to the firm of membership.

“Coventry & Warwick…

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11 Aug

11 August 2015

SFB win Young Professionals table football tournament

Last Thursday, 6 August, saw the young professionals host a table football tournament in celebration of the start of the new football season.

Doubl…

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11 Aug

11 August 2015

From the skills challenge to the WMCA: business services professionals debate factors affecting growth

Leading business services professionals in Coventry & Warwickshire came together to discuss and debate the sub-regional economy and the factors af…

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10 Aug

10 August 2015

Politics of planning and power of nimbies: barriers to growth cited by the region's property professionals

Leading property professionals in Coventry & Warwickshire came together to discuss and debate the sub-regional economy and the factors affecting i…

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06 Aug

06 August 2015

Tackling the skills shortage

An acute skills shortage is one of the biggest factors affecting the growth of Coventry and Warwickshire’s professional and business services firms….

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04 Aug

04 August 2015

Legal Services Report

As part of our initiative ‘Driving Economic Growth’ w…

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03 Aug

03 August 2015

Why are you a member?

We asked John Rimmer of BRI Business Recovery why they are members of Coventry & Warwickshire First.  He said :

“BRI Business Recovery and Ins…

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17 Jul

17 July 2015

'Spotlight on' Rebecca Freeman - Young Professionals Chair

Job: Associate at Lodders Solicitors

Age:  30

From: Stratford upon Avon

Rebecca took over as Chair of the Young Professionals follow…

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03 Jul

03 July 2015

Young Professionals - A Thirsty Thursday in Nuneaton

This month’s TT event was held last night at Saints Bar in Nuneaton. Granted Nuneaton can be a trek, particularly at rush hour, but it was great to …

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02 Jul

02 July 2015

Acute skills shortage hurting growth

– confused, supplier-led funding increasing the challenge –

An acute skills shortage is the biggest barrier to economic growth ac…

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15 Jun

15 June 2015

A trio of sporting and social events

The Young Professionals have been incredibly busy over the past couple of weeks with three spring/ summer events. We started with our annual spring so…

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12 Jun

12 June 2015

Debating the roadmap to recovery

Business leaders and politicians are coming together on 26 June in Rugby to debate the roadmap to long-term economic recovery at a Question Time-style…

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01 Jun

01 June 2015

Driving growth

Introduction

Leading financial services professionals in Coventry & Warwickshire came together to discuss and debate the sub-r…

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28 May

28 May 2015

Raising £4,000 for Samaritans

Coventry’s professionals raised £4,000 for Coventry & District Samaritans, a sum that will enable the charity to operate its listening service …

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22 May

22 May 2015

Young Professionals team for the Wolf Run

We’re delighted to announce that young professionals committee members Paige Howitt, Carl Malcolm, Rebecca Freeman and Phil Ballard have all entered…

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11 May

11 May 2015

Young Professionals May Thirsty Thursday - New committee member

At this month’s Thirsty Thirsty (TT) event, which was held at The Almanack in Kenilworth, we were delighted to welcome our newest committee member K…

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29 Apr

29 April 2015

YP Chair Carl Malcolm wins Young Professional of the Year!

Last Thursday we attended the First Pro Awards 2015 at the Ricoh Arena, which this year was themed around the arrival of Wasps to Coventry.

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24 Apr

24 April 2015

Maria Thomas wins FirstPro 2015

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21 Apr

21 April 2015

Associate sponsors confirmed

Dafferns, Cranfield Business Recovery and HB&O have all confirmed their associate sponsorship of FirstPro 2015.

“Associate sponorship is th…

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20 Apr

20 April 2015

Samaritans is official FirstPro 2015 charity

Samaritans has been named as the official charity of FirstPro 2015.

Across the country Samaritans answers 5.2 million calls for help each year from…

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17 Apr

17 April 2015

FirstPro: Young Professional Nominees

Philip Ballard, Cranfield Business Recovery

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16 Apr

16 April 2015

FirstPro: Property Professional Nominees

Gus Bhandal, Warwickshire County Council

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15 Apr

15 April 2015

FirstPro: The Finance Professional Nominees

Mike Divers, Brooks Macdonald

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14 Apr

14 April 2015

FirstPro: The Legal Services Professional Nominees

Rachel Gwynne, Wright Hassall

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13 Apr

13 April 2015

FirstPro: The Business Services Professional Nominees

Helena Bassett, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

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10 Apr

10 April 2015

Elections – Why should I vote?

Just 44% of eligible younger voters took part in the 2010 general election. This is significantly lower than the turnout for the middle-aged and elder…

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02 Apr

02 April 2015

FirstPro 2015 shortlist announced

After more entries than in any previous year the nominees for Coventry & Warwickshire First’s FirstPro 2015 are exceptionally strong. The FirstP…

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30 Mar

30 March 2015

Spotlight on – Carl Malcolm, Assistant Corporate Services Manager at Dafferns LLP Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

Role at Young Professionals: Chair

Age: 29

From: Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay), South Africa

Carl has been the Chair of Coventry & …

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25 Mar

25 March 2015

Barclays to match fund the first £2,000 raised

Keith Boxley, Relationship Director of Barclays explained: “FirstPro is a great celebration of the talent in the professional services in the s…

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24 Mar

24 March 2015

Shakespeares to sponsor Young Professional of the Year 2015

Andrew Smith, partner at Shakespeares explained:“Our young professionals are extremely talented, with the drive and determination to take forward …

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23 Mar

23 March 2015

"Proud and a little surprised to win"

Business Services Professional of the Year 2014

Marie Bawden, Castel Froma

“I was very proud, and a …

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20 Mar

20 March 2015

Band Hatton Button sponsors Finance Professional of the Year 2015

Partner Philip Costigan explained: “We work alongside many exceptional finance professionals in Coventry & Warwickshire.  Sponsoring the c…

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18 Mar

18 March 2015

Wright Hassall sponsors Property Professional of the Year 2015

“We have a strong commercial property team at Wright Hassall and so we understand the breadth and depth of property talent within Coventry and Warwick…

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18 Mar

18 March 2015

"Winning has meant I can serve my clients better"

“Winning was a complete surprise,’ said Paul Saunders, partner at Shakespeares LLP and winner of Legal Professional of the Year 2014.

“The co…

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17 Mar

17 March 2015

Mentoring for Young Professionals

Coventry and Warwickshire’s future business leaders can now accelerate their personal development through Coventry & Warwickshire First’s new …

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13 Mar

13 March 2015

Myton Hospice charity update - get involved!

Myton Hospice is the Young Professionals nominated charity for the next twelve months. They’re a local charity with a presence across Warwickshire. …

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Sackie Somal
09 Mar

09 March 2015

"This recognises the impact of the team"

Sackie Somal, Inward Investment Manager at Warwickshire County Council, was the winner of Property Professional of the Year 2014. “It was a real hon…

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09 Mar

09 March 2015

Martin Vickery explains why you should enter FirstPro2015

This time last year Martin Vickery of Coventry City Council was named Young Professional of the Year and FirstPro 2014.  Here he explains why you sho…

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09 Mar

09 March 2015

Charity, renovation and exam success!

This month’s Thirsty Thursday was held at Altoria in Leamington.

We’re pleased to announce that Michelle Vincent of HCB won the champagne draw,…

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05 Mar

05 March 2015

FirstPro 2015 - Nominate now!

Hear why from Martin Lindsey, SFB Wealth Management Director and Financial Professional of the Year, 2014

“If anyone i…

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24 Feb

24 February 2015

FirstPro 2015 Sponsorship Packages launched

The sponsorship packages for FirstPro 2015 have now been announced.

 

Coventry & Warw…

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23 Feb

23 February 2015

Spotlight on – Dan Smith: Insolvency Administrator from BRI

Role at Young Professionals: Joint Charities Officer

Age: 28

From: Coventry

Dan is our newest committee member and has been a great addition …

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18 Feb

18 February 2015

Driving economic growth in Coventry & Warwickshire

Recognising the professional and financial services community’s unique position as advisors to the region’s businesses, Coventry & Warwickshir…

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09 Feb

09 February 2015

Seeking to cut the regulatory burden

The February First Friday focused on Europe. Anthea McIntyre MEP spoke about the need to cut the regulatory burden on business. She welcomed the new …

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09 Feb

09 February 2015

Launching the Young Professional 2015 charity campaign

Thirsty Thursday was back in Coventry this month at The Open Arms in Cheylesmore where we launched this year’s charity campaign with a raffle for t…

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06 Feb

06 February 2015

The search for FirstPro 2015 is on!

The search for the leading professional in Coventry and Warwickshire is now underway with the launch of Coventry & Warwickshire First’s FirstPro…

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03 Feb

03 February 2015

Young Professionals
New site, new blog

Hi there young professionals

Welcome to your new blog page!

I’m Chrissie from the YP committee and I take care of all things marketing so I’…

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02 Feb

02 February 2015

Beat fraud

At our April First Friday a representative from Barclays will give an insight into financial fraud, how it’s perpetrated and how we can make sure it d…

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02 Feb

02 February 2015

Advocating on behalf of the region’s businesses

How confident are local businesses? What challenges are they facing? What are the strengths of the sub-regional economy?

Coventry & Warwickshir…

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20 Jan

20 January 2015

First Friday focused on Growth Accelerator

Offering tailored advice and support to help businesses with up to 250 people and a turnover of up to £40 million, the Growth Accelerator is a valuab…

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