A BANDwidth Event – FutureForge: Establishing connections

22 February 2024 | 6 min read

Author: Tom Dovaston, Accounts Executive



Why I want to give up-and-coming professionals their own networking group



At the start of our working lives, building a robust network is as vital as gaining experience and qualifications. However, traditional networking events can feel stiff, formal and daunting for professionals early in their careers, making genuine connections hard to come by. That’s why the idea for this event was born. I want to create a space where young professionals can come together as friends in a laid-back environment conducive to open, meaningful interactions.


What’s It All About?
This new event is for people at the beginning of their journey, in sectors like finance, banking, accounting, law, auditing and property, among others. It’s for those of us working towards professional qualifications or those who have recently qualified, looking to build a network of peers in the same boat. The goal is to forge a community of ambitious individuals who are passionate about what they do and are eager to support each other through exams, career challenges and opportunities.


The Vision
Imagine a network of young, ambitious professionals with decades of career growth ahead. By coming together now, we can unlock potential opportunities, share insights, and build connections that will support our careers for years to come. I believe in a collaborative spirit, where we can learn from and help each other grow.


The Atmosphere
Networking shouldn’t be daunting. That’s why these events will ditch the nametags and the formalities. The first of these quarterly get-togethers will be in a relaxed, informal and friendly bar setting. There’s no dress code; just come as you are, ready to meet like-minded individuals. Down the line, we’ll introduce speakers to provide additional insights, but the core will always be about building relationships.


Why This Matters
For young professionals, building a black book of contacts early on is invaluable. But more than that, it’s about creating a support network of people who understand the challenges and opportunities we face. Having a diverse group from across the professional services industry means we can gain many perspectives, making us all more well-rounded and informed professionals.


Join Us
This isn’t just another networking event. It’s a chance to be part of a community of young professionals who are all about growth, support and collaboration. If you’re keen to build your network in a way that feels genuine, valuable and fun, book your free ticket here. And to find out more about Future Forge and BAND check us out here.

I can’t wait to meet you all and see where this journey takes us together.

Let’s Talk


Tel: 020 8138 5560

Email: hello@weareband.co.uk

111 Charterhouse Street,
London, EC1M 6AW


Julian Davies

Julian Davies

Managing Partner at Redfin

Managing partner and Chartered Accountant with 30+ years of experience in marketing, media, and creative industries. He leads the Redfin team, offering expert advice on growth and profitability. Former owner manager of an agency acquired by a listed group; his industry insights are second to none. Off duty, you might find him on the golf or tennis court, determined to master new tricks.
Shelley Watkin

Shelley Watkin

Client Finance Director at Redfin

A qualified Chartered Accountant with 20+ years of experience in the marketing services sector. During her 5+ years at Redfin, she served as Client Finance Director offering invaluable insights into strategic and commercial matters. Shelley has also assumed the role of Finance Director for various creative agencies, guiding them through successful sales processes. If she gets free time after managing her children’s busy schedules, she likes to chill out doing yoga and gardening.