Bringing people together to create strong connections is a key part of good business relations; the conversations you have around a business meeting are often just as important as the meeting itself.
So it makes sense to bring people from businesses across our communities together – we can share experiences, learn about other people’s professions and make long-standing connections which will make the business community stronger.
Why get involved in networking?
Young professionals around our Worcester, Hereford and Cheltenham offices benefit from the networks that we have created.
In Cheltenham the Prospects group holds a quarterly event for other young professionals below partner level; known as The Exchange, it’s a free informal social networking event held in Cheltenham and offering up and coming professionals the chance to meet like-minded individuals in a relaxed and social atmosphere.
Worcester Connect was set up by staff to create new networks within the city among professionals – the inaugural event drew colleagues from local accountancy firms, estate agents and business consultants.
In Hereford the Young Professionals group takes a fresh approach to networking, focusing on staff who are new to their roles across a range of firms, including entrepreneurs and new businesses. They meet in the city’s range of independent venues and are keen to support local enterprise and local suppliers or producers.
For each of our networks, meeting up with colleagues is just as important as meeting new people – it’s too easy to keep your head down in your work and not get to know the people in the next office.
Getting to know colleagues informally means that expertise is shared and everyone can cross-refer, so clients get the best advice available. Creating an internal network means that people can share their specialisms and also benefit from the support and advice of partners and senior staff more easily.
That internal network supports the growth of an external network – as we work with people in other professions, we can learn from their point of view and their expertise. Meeting up socially gives us a chance to create a different kind of relationship, and it’s a great way of creating mutual support for local businesses.
Prospects brings together the Cheltenham office’s qualified fee earners below partner level regularly to share ideas on business development opportunities.
The Exchange is a quarterly social networking event held in Cheltenham and run by the firm’s Prospects group. It draws together professionals from many different businesses across the town and surrounding area, and gives them a chance to get to know each other in a relaxed way.
The group has Connect Champions in each of the Worcester office’s teams to help create the internal network for mid-tier staff. They have built on that to create external networking events, including drinks in the Cathedral Square development and a networking breakfast.
Young Professionals of Hereford (run by our trainee solicitors and paralegals) is an informal and modern networking group, designed to provide vibrant events for local professionals who are new to their job role or field of work. We welcome a diverse array of professionals to each event, ranging from trainee lawyers and accountants to successful young entrepreneurs, website designers, photographers and estate agents.