Networkfest: Cardiff’s business line up for October

Oktoberfest aside, business events are where the real hustle and bustle will be this October. Here’s a round-up of the free and low-cost events taking place across the capital.

* Please note, event information is only up-to-date at the time of publishing. Please check individual links below for updates.

CBF Breakfast Seminar with Lynda Campbell, LJC Associates

When? Tuesday 3rd October, 7.30am-9.30am

Where? Coleg y Cymoedd, Ystrad Mynach Campus

How much? £12-24 – Refreshments are included

What? ‘How to create a high performing culture in your organisation: Tasked with picking up and transforming a failing multi-million pound Welsh based business, Lynda Campbell created one of the most successful and most decorated customer service businesses and employers in Europe. How…? By focusing on creating a high performing culture.

‘During an interactive discussion, Lynda will share ten practical tips to help your organisation create a winning culture, as well as share the challenges and barriers she faced along the way and how she overcame them.’

Business Women Connect: Roath & Rhiwbina 

When? Tuesday 3rd October, 10am-12pm

Where? The Corner, Pen-Y-Wain Road , Cardiff, CF24 4GB

How much? £10

What? ‘Jessica Davies-Timmins – The Virtual Marketer: Jessica is a marketer, fundraiser and PR person who hates events and loves to write.

‘With over 15 years experience (despite being only 21) and too many qualifications to list, she is still fascinated by how we can persuade people to buy our products, donate money or change their perspective. Like most things in life the key to successful persuasion is planning and learning.

‘Jessica will discuss cheap but effective marketing tactics as well as how to plan and execute them; including social media, digital, advertising, PR, word of mouth and anything else that occurs to people at the time.’

Introbiz Launch of 10 Eighty-Cymru

When? Tuesday 3rd October, 3.30-6.30pm

Where? 1 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3UD

How much? £12

What? ’10Eighty Cymru is a pioneering consultancy that is focused on demonstrable improvements in organisational and people performance. Their services include: leadership and management development, team effectiveness, executive coaching, career management and career transition/outplacement.

‘Guests can enjoy a drink on arrival and plenty of networking. There’ll also be presentation which will address some of the key issues facing the workplace, including ways to kickstart the conversation around employee engagement in Wales. There’ll also be a short session on Making Difficult Conversations Easier with their Head of Leadership Development, Joan O’Connor.’

Bizmums Cardiff Evening Meet-up: Products & Services

When? Tuesday 3rd October, 7.30pm-9pm

Where? Cedar Tree Pub, Cardiff Bay

How much? Free if you’re new, £6 if you’ve been before

What? ‘We are a friendly group and all of our meetings are informal. We have a guest speaker on the theme of the month and as always there is plenty of opportunities to chat to the group and share with everyone what you do.’

Bizmums also have some local child-friendly networking sessions running in September. See:

IoD Wales Launch of New Premises Evening / First Wednesday Club

When? Wednesday 4th October 2017, 5.15-8pm

Where? Cardiff Business School, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘We are delighted to invite you to the launch of our new premises at Cardiff Business School.

‘To celebrate this important milestone for the IoD in Wales we would like to invite you to attend a very special First Wednesday Club when we will be joined by among others our Director General, Stephen Martin, and a Senior WG Minister on what will be a momentous occasion for the IoD in Wales.’

‘5.15pm  Registration, Arrival & Drinks & Canapés
5.40pm  Welcome by Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE, Director IoD Wales
5.45pm – 6.15pm  Speeches from: Stephen Martin, Director General, Institute of  Directors, Prof Martin Kitchener, Dean Cardiff Business School.
6.15pm – 8pm  Drinks, Canapés, Networking & Tours.’

CIPD/South Wales HR Forum – Evidence based management

When? Wednesday 4th October, 5.30-8pm

Where? University of South Wales, Conference Centre, Treforest, CF37 1DL

How much? £0-12

What? ‘Speakers: Rob Briner, Professor of Organisational Psychology – Queen Mary University, London and David d’Souza, Head of Engagement (branches) – CIPD

‘In an era of management fads, contradictory success stories, and fake news, good decision-making is more important than it has ever been. This practical guide will show what evidence-based management is, and how it is being used to help the HR community.”

Business Women Connect: Penarth & Barry

When? Wednesday 4th October, 10am-12pm

Where? Home Comforts at the Shaw’s, 42 Hastings Avenue, Penarth, CF64 2TG

How much? £10

What? ‘Something a little bit different this month, local Penarth resident and talented interior designer Miffy Shaw welcomes us to her home. Time for tea and cake and a Q&A session with Miffy about her role as interior designer within family business Shaw Property Developments whilst juggling life with a toddler.

Zokit Powwow Business Cardiff Expo

When? Thursday 5th October, 10am-3pm

Where? All Nations Centre, Cardiff

How much? £5-24 depending on sessions booked


‘9am Breakfast Networking, all exhibitors and pre booked visitors

10am Expo Opens / Tip Talks throughout the day

10:15am Masterclass 1 – How To Use LinkedIn To Generate More Leads For Your Business – Prab Chadha, Digital Maverick

11:30am Masterclass 2 – ‘They just won’t buy!’ – Improving Sales with NLP – Laura Evans, Unleash Your Potential

12:30 Lunch – advanced booking needed

1:30pm Masterclass 3 – to be announced

2:40pm Presentation of ‘WOW award’ and Raffle winners’

Insider Breakfast: Cardiff Captital Region

When? Friday 6th October, 7.30-9am

Where? Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus, Heol y Coleg, Parc Nantgarw, Cardiff CF15 7QY

How much? Free

What? ‘The City Deal and beyond 2017: Please join us as we debate opportunities to boost business and accelerate growth across Cardiff Capital Region.

‘City deal funding will give the region – which includes most of the South Wales Valleys, Newport and Monmouthshire – a chance to boost skills, connectivity and regeneration plans.

‘Insider’s panel of leaders will debate how the city deal can help business, and how companies can play a part in growing the region’s economy. The debate will be driven by questions from the audience on topics.

  • Ben Cottam, head of external affairs for Wales, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Peter Fox, vice chairman of Cardiff Capital Region cabinet and leader of Monmouthshire County Council
  • Liz Maher, president, South Wales Chamber of Commerce and director of Centurion VAT’

South Wales Chambers: Welsh Business Barometer

When? Tuesday 10th October, 7:30 – 10am

Where? Dragon Park, Newport International Sports Village, Newport NP19 4RA

How much? Member £16, Non-member £24

What? ‘Hear our latest Welsh Business Barometer results at this breakfast event.’

CIPD South-East Wales – Is your organisation ready for GDPR?

When? Tuesday 10th October, 5.30-8pm

Where? Village Hotel Cardiff, 29 Pendwyallt Road, Cardiff, CF14 7EF

How much? £0-12

What? ‘Speakers: Dave Teague, Regional Manager, and Helen Thomas, Senior Policy Officer – Information Commissioner’s Office

‘With so many business and services operating across borders, international consistency around data protection laws and rights is crucial to organisations and individuals. This workshop, presented by the ICO, will highlight areas that businesses need to address ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018.’

IoD South Wales – Business Breakfast

When? Thursday 12th October, 8am-9.45am

Where? Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

How much? £12.50+VAT (members), £15+VAT (non-members)

What? ‘Upskilling Wales – The Opportunities for Business: IoD Wales are delighted to invite you to a Business Leaders Breakfast with special guest speaker, Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology.’

South Wales Chamber Bobath Horse Race Night

When? Friday 13th October, 7pm

Where? Wyndham Suite at the New House Country Hotel, Thornhill, Cardiff

How much? £16pp – includes a 2-course hot buffet

What? ‘Place your bets and be a front runner at our annual Horse Race Night, this event is always a winner!’

Introbiz Ladies Lunch

When? Friday 13th October, 3.30-6.30pm

Where? Pier 64, Penarth, CF64 1TT

How much? £20

What? ‘This is the perfect way to bring in the weekend, with networking and a truly delicious 2-course lunch. Meet business owners, corporate companies and SMEs from a range of industries and sectors. On arrival, there’ll be a chilled glass of bubbly and guests will network and connect with each other.’

3rd Thursday Cardiff

When? Thursday 19th October

Where? Park Plaza, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘Informal networking event held monthly for the professional community of Cardiff.’

Superwoman 13

When? Thursday 19th October, 5-8.30pm

Where? Yr Hen Lyfrgell (The Old Library), the Hayes, Cardiff

How much? £35 –  proceeds to 2 Wish upon a Star charity

What? ‘Another fabulous blend of great talks, good food and wine, catching up with
contacts and raising some money in the process.’

Cardiff Business Club: Will Hutton, Economist

When? Monday 23rd October, 6.15pm

Where? Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

How much? Free networking and talk (dinner for members £37.50)

What? ‘Will Hutton studied sociology and economics at the University of Bristol gaining a BSocSc (2.1), he started his career as an equity salesman for a stock broker, before leaving to study for an MBA at INSEAD at Fontainebleau near Paris.

‘Hutton moved on to work in television and radio, spending ten years with the BBC, including working as economics correspondent for Newsnight from 1983 to 1988. He spent four years as editor-in-chief at The Observer and director of the Guardian before joining the Industrial Society, now known as The Work Foundation, as chief executive in 2000.’

South Wales Chambers Women in Business Lunch

When? Wednesday 25th October, 12-3.30pm

Where? Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff

How much? Member £24, Non-member £35

What? ‘Join us for a relaxed lunch event with a panel discussion from some inspirational speakers

  • Deb Barber CEO Cardiff Airport; leading a high profile large business
  • Katy Chamberlain CEO Business in Focus/ Business Wales;  providing a support services view
  • Liz Maher; Centurion VAT and president  of Chamber of Commerce; an SME perspective
  • Gary Metcalfe; Chartered Management; providing leadership support)
  • Finance Wales; regarding the financial sector
  • USW; education as agent for change’

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Ashley  Cooper, Chair of Venturefest/Founder at TES Aviation Group

When? Thursday 26th October, 7.30am-9.30am

Where? SSE Swalec Stadium

How much? £35

What? ‘Ashley is Co-Founder and Director of Catalyst Growth Partners (CGP) an investment partnership focussed on working with innovative businesses and positive people in helping then to reach the next level of success.

‘Ashley holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Director CDir from the IOD. He is Chair of Venturefest Wales 2016 (Innovate UK / KTN) and sits on the Welsh Economy Minister appointed MIT REAP Panel (Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program) focussing on Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship. He is also Chair of the Board of the Business Wales Accelerated Growth Program…Ashley is also a founder member of the InspireWales investment consortium.’

‘Structure – 7:30am: coffee or juice and networking. 8am: upstairs to the breakfast room for the presentation. After a Q&A session, it’s time for your cooked breakfast, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available. If you prefer a Pain au Chocolat and fresh fruit to black pudding then the buffet table is ready and waiting for you!’

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