Friday 25 August was the launch of the new Scottish Borders Young Professionals (SBYP). SBYP aim to provide social opportunities for those starting their professional careers in the Borders or reestablishing themselves in a new field.
Over 90% of businesses within the Borders are small and medium-sized enterprises, Economic Profile for the Scottish Borders, (2013). With a high proportion of sole traders and micro-businesses, socialising and professional collaboration can be more challenging.
This newly established group aims to provide a free social hub for those living and working in the local area.
SBYP Chairman and YLDP 2016-17 alum, Tim Taylor commented:
“Due to the rurality and sparse population of the Scottish Borders it can be really difficult for those starting their professional career to develop and maintain those all-important relationships with their peers.
“Couple this with the fact that we have such a high amount of independently practicing professionals, and SME’s, there’s a high likelihood that those starting their career journey could end up working in solitude without sharing their fresh ideas, opinions and best practice.
“The group welcomes people not only young, but those who are in the early stages of establishing their professional career.”
SBYP Group Secretary and YLDP 2017-18 young leader, Kirsty Mills commented:
“We’re aiming to create a really inclusive group that’s open to anyone in the early stages of their career. We’ve already established a diverse community of members spanning industries including Law, Finance, Marketing etc.
“Often people in the early stages of these career pathways have studied for 6 years or more at University or through professional accreditation. Establishing a professional career in the Borders is extremely rewarding but there’s a real need for easily accessible opportunities for people to build their professional contacts and develop friendships”.
“Whether you’re a first time graduate or someone with more life experience who’s starting a new path, we’d love to hear from you and let you know about SBYP events”.
For sponsorship opportunities please contact Mary Hemingway, SBYP Treasurer via Scotbordersyp@gmail.com.