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A Birmingham restaurateur has been named the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year.

Aktar Islam, 32, is chef director at Lasan restaurant and Lasan eatery. Winner of the entrepreneurial category at the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year awards, he succeeds AECOM's Hilary Allen as overall winner.

More than 850 guests attended the awards, which were hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes and organised by young professionals' networking group Birmingham Future.

Alex Carr, associate director at Lambert Smith Hampton, took the Property and Construction title, with Kate Onions, associate at law firm Gateley, winning the legal category.

Michael Shepherd, financial planner with advisory firm Clay, Rogers and Partners, and manager of MDP Financial Services, picked up the financial services crown.

The HR, recruitment and training category was won by Emily Ford-Halliday, associate director for design courses at Birmingham Metropolitan College, while Amy Kiernan, head of marketing and communications at family owned company The Sargeant Partnership, won the communications category.

Lloyds Banking Group's regional managing director David Richardson was crowned Inspiring Leader in recognition of his dedication to developing the next generation of city talent, with Anisa Haghdadi winning the inaugural Aspiring Talent award.

Rebecca Mawdsley, operations director at eNL Legal Recruitment and outgoing chair of the BYPY committee, said: "We had a fantastic evening and congratulations must go to all our category winners and especially to Aktar Islam, our BYPY 2012."


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