Consequently, RSK’s environmental impact assessment, planning and design (EPD) team has created a Junior Business Development Forum, a new networking and business development initiative for junior members of the department. The last meeting, organised by RSK’s Harriet Wingfield, Jasmine Bedford, Sam James and Joe Mortlock, saw members of the team currently in the first five years of their careers travel to RSK’s office in Hemel Hempstead, UK, where they spent the afternoon networking and discussing new opportunities for the business.
Pete Whipp, managing director of the EPD business, said, “This a chance for the EPD team to harness the energy, creativity and ideas that our more junior members of staff bring to us. It will work well to augment the sales focus of the business as a whole. It is great to see the initiative taken up with such enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing the results.”
“The Junior Business Development Forum is a great opportunity for people to collaborate with others who share an interest in business development and are also fresh to their careers,” added graduate transport planner Harriet. “The forum provides an opportunity for likeminded colleagues to meet up regularly and form friendships, improve their business development skills and contribute to the wider EPD business unit. We hope that good relationships will be formed that will have knock-on effects such as improved confidence, business development from the grassroots of the business and more integrated staff.”
The last meeting consisted of fun icebreaker activities and discussions such as “What is business development?”, “What business development do we currently do?” and “Is there a specific sector we want to focus on”. Strategies and targets were also developed for implementation over the coming year. An evening of socialising and building on the relationships formed earlier in the day followed the meeting.
The new forum gives junior team members the chance to visit different RSK offices, strengthen relationships within the business and enhance their networking skills
“I am so thrilled to get the opportunity to be a part of a Junior Business Development Forum through RSK,” enthused RSK graduate environmental consultant Sydney Hougrand. “I am looking forward to working more closely with my colleagues in the future.”
The future includes visits to local networking events and more forums to enable closer collaboration between the junior members of the EPD department, including speakers to discuss topics such as the use of social media for marketing, networking skills sessions and sales sector talks from RSK sales directors.
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