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Published on April 2nd, 2013 | by HOHBrian


Handsworth School Girl Nominated for Top City Business Award

A 16 year old school girl from Handsworth, Birmingham has been announced as a top contender for one of the city’s most prestigious business awards.

Catherine Munyarari, a student from Handsworth Grammar School and member of local youth organisation Birmingham Leadership Foundation (BLF), has been announced as just one of three finalists for the Aspiring Talent category of the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) awards. Hosted by professional network Birmingham Future, the awards, now in their 13th year, recognise the rising stars of the city’s business community, and include a special category for 16 to 23 year olds. Previous winners include Anthony McCourt, former director of The Cube and Aktar Islam, Director of Lasan restaurant and eatery. Catherine, who is currently studying for her A Levels, is one of BYPY’s youngest ever nominees, and was informed of the news moments before setting off on a Geography field trip.

Catherine says,

“I’m ecstatic to have been nominated for a BYPY Award and can not wait for the ceremony in May. I’m really proud of where I come from and want to use this as an opportunity to champion all the talent that exists in my community and put Handsworth on the map. This is one of the most exciting things to ever happen to me. ”

Catherine’s recognition arrives on the back of an eventful year for the ambitious teenager. In November she was elected as UK Youth Parliament representative for the Ladywood and Perry Barr constituency, a role she juggles along with her duties as youth representative for the East Handsworth Neighbourhood Forum. She also managed to make her mark on the public speaking circuit with a presenting role at the BLF Charity Gala in October, in front of an audience of 200 business and political leaders including Sir Albert Bore.

The winners of the 2013 BYPY awards will be announced at an awards ceremony set to take place on the 2nd May at Birmingham’s ICC.


Story and picture by Keira Huber.

Case studies and further photographs of both Kishen and Catherine are available upon request. For more information please contact Keira Huber, BLF Communications Officer on Tel: 0121 5540472 or by emailing












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One Response to Handsworth School Girl Nominated for Top City Business Award

  1. Ravi says:

    Very inspirational, she looks like someone with a bright future ahead of her!

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