PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 02 | FUTURE LINK
SUPPORTING THE REGION'S FUTURE LEADERS
MEET GURPREET BOPARAI: THE BLACK COUNTRY CHAMBER’S FUTURE LINK RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
When the Black Country Chamber of Commerce was planning their new initiative for young professionals, Future Link, they needed to find the right person to head up this important new role and take charge of events, networking and training opportunities across the region for the next generation of regional business leaders.
Step forward Gurpreet Boparai, an enthusiastic, vibrant, memorable, people person who has relished the challenge and grown the Black Countrywide network of young business professionals.
Gurpreet passionately believes that there has never been a more important time to harness and nurture the talent of the next generation.
“With performance pressure and high expectations,” explains Gurpreet, “young professionals are experiencing stress, burnout and dejection more than ever. Driven by the desire to help young professionals succeed, gain confidence, explore opportunities for personal growth and career development - Future Link was born.”
Wolverhampton born Gurpreet, joined the Chamber team with experience in the professional services sector, having worked in both the environmental and chemical industries and values how hard work and personal development is important to helping individuals realise their full potential.
His grandparents left India for a life in the West Midlands in September 1964 and instilled in his parents, who in turn influenced him, that continual learning and strong work ethic is paramount to success.
A born networker, Gurpreet works as a conduit amongst young professionals and Chamber members in the area, creating training events, seminars and social gatherings for like-minded professionals to connect, develop and support each other, in turn, offering guidance, mentoring and knowledge sharing for career progression.
Gurpreet said, “Relationship management for the Chamber of Commerce is a rewarding role and gives me a lot of satisfaction. Helping members with business growth, development and offering the support they need is at the heart of what we do.
“Being a field-based role and client-facing, it allows me to build long-lasting relationships with members and helps nurture the relationship between the member and the Chamber.
“I’m extremely proud that I have been given the opportunity to lead our young professional’s business club and the plans we have going forward in 2020 are exciting.”