September 24 2014 Latest news:
Ben Woods, Business writer
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The boss of an EDP Future50 company is launching a network group for young people after being left frustrated by the lack of opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.
Simon Gray, managing director of Credo Asset Finance, is kick-starting the not-for-profit organisation Next Gen Network (NGN) to give youngsters the chance to share their expertise and build professional relationships.
The networking group will be held at The Open venue on Bank Plain, Norwich, every two weeks between 8am and 10am, with the first event set for July 8.
And Mr Gray is also in discussions with Dick Palmer of The Ten Group and City College Norwich to develop a youth fund, which will encourage students throughout the region to start up a business by offering practical help and support as well as access to finance.
“I have a number of young graduates in my employment whom I would love to see developing their skills and growing a network of contacts here in Norfolk,” Mr Gray said.
“However, when we sat down and looked at networking opportunities available for young business people in the region, it was sadly lacking, so we decided to come up with our own event.”
In addition to building a new networking group, Mr Gray has been approached by Great Yarmouth Business in the Community to join a mentoring scheme designed to support the development of start-up social enterprises in the town.
Paul Barker, Credo Asset Finance employee and leader of the NGN committee, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to be working with other young people from companies throughout Norwich to bring this event together.
“We hope to have upwards of 100 people at our first meeting and from there we hope to establish a strong group of like-minded young professionals who meet regularly to network and share their experiences and contacts.”
Mr Gray added: “The future for all of us is in succession planning and encouraging the younger generation in business and I am passionate about supporting young people in Norfolk to establish their careers. I would encourage any companies out there who would like to be involved in helping to support young people in business to get in touch as we would be delighted to hear from you.”
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