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.
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.’
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.’
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.’
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: http://www.bizmums.biz/south-wales/
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.’
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.”
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.
When? Thursday 5th October, 10am-3pm
Where? All Nations Centre, Cardiff
How much? £5-24 depending on sessions booked
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’
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.’
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.’
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.’
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!’
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.’
When? Thursday 19th October
Where? Park Plaza, Cardiff
How much? Free
What? ‘Informal networking event held monthly for the professional community of Cardiff.’
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.’
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.’
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’
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!’