Network celebrates a decade of helping Manchester’s youngest entrepreneurs

A networking group in Manchester that has helped some of the city’s most promising young entrepreneurs from all backgrounds is set to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

By Manchester's Finest | 5 September 2023

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Manchester Young Professionals started in 2013, with just 20 people attending its first meet-up, establishing itself as an inclusive and accessible network for people in their 20s and 30s who work across Manchester.

Founded by Rich Tyrrell and Andrew Bennie, it’s since paired hundreds of young professionals with mentors across a host of industries, and boasts 1000 active members, working with world-renowned brands from Kellogg’s to Adidas.

Manchester Young Professionals

“It’s been an incredible ten years,” said Tyrrell. “We’re incredibly proud of all we’ve done and what the team have achieved – for something that started from this feeling of isolation after moving to Manchester and to see it grow into a group that brings people from all over the city together. It feels really special.

“Our volunteers are champions for MYP within their industries. They’re integral to our process and spreading the word about events to get people from different backgrounds and sectors involved – which is part of the reason we’re growing day by day.” 

Since starting in 2013, it has held events at over 100 venues around Manchester and sold over 14,000 tickets to its networking socials, which now happen around twice a week.

It has also raised in excess of £32,000 for local and national charities including Forever Manchester, Beechwood Cancer Care, Manchester Mind and The Prince’s Trust.