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Grantham's business leaders of the future create group




About 20 potential business leaders of the future met at Allington Manor last Friday for the inaugural meeting of Grantham area Young Professionals.

The group is the brainchild of Tom Price, a 29-year-old financial advisor for Hodgson Wealth Management, plus friends Chris Bradfield, an accountant with Duncan and Toplis and Paul Squires of Reflect Recruitment.

Tom said traditional business networking groups can be daunting, something he had found at other groups, especially if they involve presentations and talks about one’s business.

Instead, he sought a more relaxed and informal gathering for younger people to get to know each other and build relationships.

William Tse, regeneration officer for InvestSK, who sponsored the event, confirmed there was a need for such a group, which helps employers form business links and will help keep business in the area.

He confirmed he was happy to work with Tom and the group. He said: “A lot of these guys are going to be the directors of the future and this will help make sure they are all well connected and able to work together and support the development of the local economy.”

Emma Houghton from Brown & Co said she had met many interesting local people at a beautiful venue on a fine, sunny evening.

Laura Ball and James Ballaam from Chatterton’s called it a fantastic event for young professionals, saying they look forward to “making new commercial connections and new friends.”

Callum Dickinson of Richardson surveyors called it a “great event at a lovely venue” and he enjoyed meeting a new group of young professionals from across the region.

Allington Manor director Leo Vincent said it was a pleasure to see everyone enjoying themselves and he was proud to host the first event. The next meeting takes place in three months’ time.



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