Luke Billings, a final year student of International Business and Management, has been selected for the Aspiring Talent award recognising exceptional individuals aged between 16 and 24 who are currently in full-time education and looking to embark on a professional services career in Birmingham.
He is about to take on two employees based in the region for his language school business Future Lingo Ltd, which teaches Mandarin Chinese to schoolchildren in Birmingham. Luke’s time at Aston has taken him across the world – studying across Korea, Seoul, and South Korea as part of Aston’s year abroad programme and teaching English for six weeks in China.
Away from his entrepreneurial activities Luke is also an accomplished musician, achieving a Grade 8 in both Violin and Piano which has led to many volunteering opportunities – including playing for the Queen.
He said: “I am honoured to be recognised in these prestigious awards. Birmingham has everything London has to offer in a more compact package. Its rich cultural mix is something it should be proud of and I am delighted to call it my home.
“I truly feel that Birmingham has a lot to offer and winning this award would not only help promote my own career but also help me to promote by business. With more schools offering Mandarin to their pupils via Future Lingo, this will give Birmingham’s pupils the edge they need in competing in a globalised world.”
Aston University has forged an exciting partnership with BYPY this year where the overall winner of the awards will win a fully-funded scholarship worth nearly £20,000 to study for an Executive MBA at Aston Business School.
Mike Colledge, Committee Chair for BYPY 2017, said: “BYPY highlights the incredible talent that the sector has to offer, and never has this been more apparent than in the standard of entries that we received this year. Our sifting panel has carried out one of the toughest jobs in the BYPY process, and our finalists are some of the most driven and successful individuals l that we’ve seen over the last 17 years. They will all now face our judging panel, chaired by Sir John Peace before one is crowned BYPY 2017 on 18th May. It’s a tough process, but one that has taken previous finalists and winners on a whirlwind journey of success.”
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