Durham Young Professionals, a new networking initiative, launches this week.

The group, which is supported by Handelsbanken and award-winning law firm Swinburne Maddison LLP (Swinburne Maddison), has been founded by four of their young bankers and lawyers and will put on regular events in and around Durham.

It is particularly aimed at under 35s, or those at the start of their professional careers, who live or work in County Durham and want to broaden their contact base.

Caroline Kirk, David Low, Edward Duncan and Sarah Carr have been planning this initiative for the last few months and this week marks the launch of the Durham Young Professionals’ website and social media presence.

Four events are already planned for 2017, the first of which will take place on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at the Ebony Champagne Bar in Durham city centre.

“Until now there have been no networking groups specifically for young professionals in Durham,” explained Sarah Carr, a solicitor in the corporate team at Swinburne Maddison.

“When you’re at the start of your career, it’s really important to connect with other professionals who are at a similar level – as has been proven by the success of Newcastle Young Professionals Forum and Young Guns Teesside. We hope our events will attract young entrepreneurs and professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds.”

Durham Young Professionals aims to build a community of professionals who will be able to support each other throughout their careers. They will provide open, inclusive and accessible opportunities for young professionals to connect with one another locally. Events next year include a summer garden party in the gardens of Durham’s landmark cathedral, a networking brunch and a Christmas party.

Rory Gibson, Branch Manager at Handelsbanken Durham, welcomed the launch: “We are excited to see this new networking group established, with the great opportunities it will bring for young professionals in the Durham area.”

Durham Young Professionals has been further supported by Concision, a local business which has developed the branding and online presence for the network. Daniel Roe, who heads up Concision, said:

“We were thrilled to be able to support this new network. It is a great initiative and our staff are already booked onto the first event.”

Potential attendees are encouraged to reserve their place through the website as soon as possible, as spaces are limited.

For more information, and details of sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://durhamyoungprofessionals.org or email hello@durhamyoungprofessionals.org.