Young professionals are helping drive a shift in the business mind-set from making a profit to making a difference to the world.

That is the view of Catherine Gallagher, founder of Tunbridge Wells-based agency The Beyond Travel Company, who has started a series of ethical networking events.

The 40 year old is offering entrepreneurs and business owners the chance to share ideas on how companies can make their own small difference by starting initiatives.

She said: “I have done lots of networking in the past and they were all good for different reasons, but I felt a need for something less sales-focused and more about connection.

“It is my belief more and more companies are looking at how they can make a difference. It is ethical entrepreneurship with a focus on how business can be used for good.”

The first Tunbridge Wells Entrepreneur Social being is held today, from 12noon at Scallywag Café on Mount Ephraim.

As well as offering attendees lunch and the chance to discuss initiatives, there will also be a TED-style talk from Brad Frankel, founder of travel brand Flooglebinder, to promote ‘ideas worth doing’.

Ms Gallagher has already successfully held an ethical networking event in Penshurst, and will continue the series in Tunbridge Wells with the next event to be held on Wednesday, February 28.

She continued: “I am looking for people to combine their natural talent for business with a desire to make a positive impact.

“There is an opportunity to ask about what changes can be made to businesses. We encourage people to think global and act local.

“With the help of these events, I am giving people the forum to learn and grow. Global networking initiative Entrepreneurs Institute has provided support, but it is Ms Gallagher who has launched the event in Tunbridge Wells.

She added: “Tunbridge Wells is not the sleepy town people used to think of. It is finally moving with the times.”