East Midlands Chamber’s new network for young professionals has marked the launch of its membership package by unveiling a new website.
Generation Next aims to connect business owners and employees aged between 18 and 35 with like-minded people, develop their skills and open doors to new opportunities.
Formal and informal networking events, alongside a series of educational workshops, are designed to help the next generation of business leaders build their professional networks and skills.
The network is now open to welcoming members, who can sign up through the new Generation Next website.
East Midlands Chamber director of resources and Generation Next project lead Lucy Robinson said: “Looking back at my career, I know I would have really welcomed a network like Generation Next. The project is here to support the next generation of business leaders in their career journeys.
“Whether you are aiming for your next promotion, thinking of starting your own business or just looking to develop your knowledge, experiences and meet like-minded connections, the network can help you build your future within the East Midlands.
“Covid-19 has hit the younger generation hard and we are even more dedicated to supporting those struggling in this time.”
The network’s brand was revealed at a soft launch event held at Hilton East Midlands Airport in February, attended by more than 100 delegates.
Since then, it has created a free online events programme, which welcomed a range of the Chamber’s member companies and specialist advisers, in an effort to support the younger generation of workers through the coronavirus crisis.
Today (Thursday 8 October), it launched its official membership package, which grants young professionals exclusive access to the network’s events programme, consisting of networking opportunities and workshops covering a range of skills and topics.
Members can also submit news content to the Next Generation website, access key resources and get involved in influencing regional policy.
To increase the network’s visibility, a new website has been commissioned by Chamber strategic partner Purpose Media. The new online community will serve as a hub of knowledge for young professionals, young entrepreneurs and students and graduates, as well as employers and line managers.
To mark the occasion, an animated video was created by Chamber member Orange Fox Studies, to showcase the membership offering.
East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “Generation Next is a fantastic initiative that we’re proud to launch for young professionals, entrepreneurs and the next generation of business leaders in the East Midlands.
“It’s one of the most exciting new projects we’ve had in recent years at the Chamber, whose aim is to engage with the region’s best young talent and future leaders.
“This is a place for them to develop skills, knowledge and careers, as well as create social networks with other young people working in the region.
“We have six strong universities and our long-term goal is for Generation Next to be part of an environment that helps to retain talent in the East Midlands.”
Individual membership costs £150 for 12 months, with companies that submit two or more employees for membership eligible for a 20% discount. To enquire about Generation Next membership, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up with the network via LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.