Young British Chamber Business Group Update - Q1 2016

A look back at what the Young British Chamber Business Group has achieved in 2015. 

The Young British Chamber (YBC) enjoyed a productive 2015. Collectively, we hosted seven events consisting of off-site tours, mentor series and networking events.


The year began with a tour of British Airways’ new A380. We got a taste of how the other half live, enjoying first class seats – minus the bubbles – and even saw where the crew slept during the flight. An engineer showed us the cockpit, which was reminiscent of our childhood days, when it was common to visit the Captain.


Our first mentor of the year was the hugely inspiring David Percival Spencer, founder of Spencer Ogden. He literally sold everything to start his own company. The gamble paid off, as he now owns a global, multi-million pound empire.


Our obligatory Twilight Sails were again successful. If you haven’t tried it yet, we suggest you do. Sail around the bay, watch the sunset and enjoy a cold evening cocktail at the end of your voyage.


Former Navy Captain Ray Corrigan regaled us with tales of life at sea and on land as he transitioned through 20 years with the US Navy. Now Country Head for Raytheon, his insight into being adaptable with each move in your career proved to be invaluable.


Our main event for the year focused on attracting and retaining young talent in the workforce and was spearheaded by our very own President Hugo Walkinshaw, who was moderator for the evening. Our panellists came from Ogilvy, RedMart and Unilever. It was a lively debate that focused on different practices in established and start-up organisations.


The year ended with an inspiring talk from Alex Blyth, founder of MegaZip on Sentosa and explorer extraordinaire. He shared stories of expeditions and how he started his career in the military, transitioned to corporate life and now enjoys life as a thrill seeker.


We have many exciting events planned for 2016 and hope to see you there.




Visit the Young British Chamber Business Group page to learn more about the committee members and their upcoming events.