I work within Audit and Accounts at M+A Partners and will soon be finishing my ACCA qualification. We have a really positive team environment within the firm and working with like-minded professionals plays a significant role in supporting my progression.

This is why, when I had the opportunity to get involved with the Norfolk Young Professionals Group (YPG), I could see real value in meeting regularly with other professionals in the region.

My involvement started by attending some of their events, the committee members at the time saw that I was a regular face and enjoyed socialising with new contacts, so invited me to join the committee following the 2018 ball.

My role at the YPG

I am now the Chairman of the YPG, which is a new committee role. Previously, committee members changed every few years, however I am keen to remain involved for the longer term, helping new members to run their events and building the YPG reputation – which is why I have taken on more of a managerial role.

Committee members from left to right – Lilika Peutherer, Laura Tuddenham, Jasmina Grabham, Robert Sayer and Andrew Hart.

Our events and making connections

The YPG is all about making connections in business before things get too serious. When out and about in Norwich, I often walk past people I know from networking events and as our respective careers progress, these casual social interactions could turn into mutually beneficial business connections.

Our events tend to be activity based, to encourage a relaxed and friendly environment. It is great to see people attend our events for the first time and instantly feel at ease and part of the evening. Some of our latest get togethers have included a bowls tournament, pub and paddle, crazy golf and ‘not quiz n chips’.

The majority of people that attend our events are upcoming professionals from local firms. We have a large contingent of accountants and solicitors, but we are not exclusive and very much appreciate having a broad range of professionals come along. It is a common misconception that there is an age limit for the YPG, this is not the case, however our events tend to appeal to those professionals starting out on their career journeys.

YPG Charity Ball

We are really excited that after a few years’ hiatus we are able to host another YPG Charity Ball. Our balls are always one of the highlights of our social agenda and a great celebration for all attendees – enabling us to look back on another year of networking events, make positive connections and raise money for a chosen charity.

This year’s charity is Fresh Start New Beginnings which is a fantastic cause put forward by our generous sponsors Dual Asset and Brewin Dolphin.

We look forward to hosting as many new and familiar faces as possible for what is shaping up to be a lovely evening of subtle networking.

The deadline has passed for booking tickets for the ball taking place on Saturday 1 October, Top of the Terrace, Carrow Road but to avoid missing out on future events, drop YPGNorfolk@outlook.com an email if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

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