A new group has formed to help young professionals and business owners to meet and network.
The Business Collective is for people 35 and under. Julia Lockwood, Eleanor Trueman and Cara Postlewaight started the group to create an avenue for young people to meet in a relaxed, informal setting – there is no formal subscription, agenda or committee.
Over 20 people attended the first meeting on June 2 and a second meeting was held on June 30.
Julia, who is 25, says she has found it difficult to meet younger people in the area and the group is a way to bring like-minded people together.
“I found that I was the youngest lawyer in Warkworth by about 20 years. When I go out and network you are definitely aware of that age gap. We found there were other people in similar situations.”
The Webster Malcolm solicitor grew up in Warkworth and attended Mahurangi College and returned to Warkworth after studying for four years in Auckland.
“A lot of my friends are the same as from high school and it can be hard for new people to the area to meet others.”
People aged between 20 and 35 made up just 13 per cent of Warkworth’s population at the 2013 census, while 26 per cent of people were aged over 65.
The group is focused on the social side, but is looking for ways to get involved in community events and meet with other groups to offer skills and mentoring with a younger perspective.
The next meeting is on August 11, venue to be confirmed.