Pre-Christmas networking in Cardiff

Cardiff may have officially stepped into Christmas last Thursday, but 2017 isn’t over yet. There are still some great networking opportunities over the next few weeks to help you build new business connections and start 2018 off on the right foot.

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

Cardiff Business Club: Sir Michael Rake

When? Monday 13th November, 6.15pm

Where? St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay

How much? Networking and talk Free, Dinner £35 (members only)

What? ‘Sir Michael Rake, knighted in 2007 is chairman of BT Group plc (2007) and Worldpay Group plc (2015).  He is also a director of S&P Global (2008), and chairman of Majid AL Futtaim Holdings LLC (2010).

‘Mike’s business advisory roles include chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce UK, a Senior Adviser for Chatham House and a member of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Global Advisory Board.  Mike is a William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge.  He is also a member of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) Advisory Board, EPI’s Advisory Group on Education and Employment and the Productivity Leadership Group.  Mike is also Vice President of the RNIB.

‘Mike’s former principal roles include Chairman (both UK and International) of KPMG, Chairman of easyJet, President of the Confederation of British Industry, Deputy Chairman of Barclays and director of the Financial Reporting Council.’

Creative Cardiff: Visioning the New Realities

When? Thursday 16th November, 9am-1pm

Where? Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

How much? Free

What? ‘Following on from our Doing Digital, Thinking Digital event at Pinewood in 2016, Creative Cardiff and BAFTA Cymru invite you to Visioning the New Realities; a discussion on the integration of virtual reality into the creative sectors.

‘We are keen to bring the VR community together and plan to shine a light on all of the interesting and innovative work happening in Cardiff and the city region and assessing what the creative tech cluster looks like in this geographical area.

‘We are delighted to be welcoming keynote speaker Sol Rogers. Sol is the chair of Immerse UK – a cross-sector network for businesses and research organisations across all parts of the UK economy that are interested in the way that augmented and virtual reality can help drive productivity, social and economic growth – and founder of REWIND; the studio who created Magic Butterfly with Welsh National Opera.

‘There will also be the opportunity to hear a series of lightning talks from individuals, agencies and organisations based in Wales engaging in interesting VR projects in their current work.

  • David Massey – Welsh National Opera
  • Robin Moore – BBC
  • Glenn Hapgood – Orchard
  • John Culling – Cardiff University
  • Beth Meade – Wales Millennium Centre
  • Mark Johnson – Immerse UK
  • Paul Osbaldeston – Welsh Government

We’ll have a marketplace for small group demonstrations – if you’d like to bring some tech to share, please drop us a line.’

Zokit: Vale Business Breakfast

When? Thursday 16th November, 7.30am

Where? Copthorne Hotel Cardiff-Caerdydd, Copthorne Way, Cardiff, CF5 6DH

How much? £14-16

What? ‘Our Business Breakfasts are a great way to connect and grow your business at the start of the day.

-Grab a cuppa, fill your plate with our full breakfast buffet, with open networking

– Welcome announcements
– 10 second quickfire round to introduce yourself and your business to the room
– Business Wisdom Session (10 minutes):
– Share & Grow facilited table conversations / One-to-one meetings

– Open networking

– Meeting finishes but feel free to continue networking’

Zokit: Cardiff Networking Breakfast & FREE Health Club Day Pass

When? Wednesday 22nd November, 7.30-9.30am

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

How much? £15-17

What?  ‘We are pleased to offer you an opportunity to network with new members and visitors. We will also supply each delegate with a Day Pass to the Gym / Pool / Spa facilities at the Hotel (valid only on the day of the breakfast event)

‘We start with a delicious buffet / continental / cereal breakfast from 7.30am till approx 8.15am. Over breakfast each business owner is able to give a short introduction of who they are, what benefit their business offers and who they are looking to connect to. Following breakfast, you have an opportunity to choose who you’d like to have your 3 one to ones with.

‘From approx 8.15am, the breakfast sponsor is able to share a 15 / 20 min presentation on how their business is able to add value and benefit others. This can consist of a product, service, speaker or business education slot. There will be an opportunity to answer any questions following the presentation.

‘From approx 8.45am – we will start the one to ones.’

South Wales Chambers

When? Thursday 23rd November, 5pm onwards

Where? Chapel 1877 Bar & Restaurant, Churchill Way, Cardiff

What? ‘Join us for our new after hours networking event held in the gorgeous Chapel 1877 Bar & Restaurant.  The event will be relaxed and informal.  Just a chance to catch up or meet like minded individuals.  So come and join us for what promises to be a great evening.’

IoD Wales: ‘99’ Social Evening

When? Thursday 23rd November, 5-7pm

Where? Entrepreneurial Spark, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘You are warmly invited to our very first IoD Wales ’99’ Social Evening.

‘We are delighted to have join us Alex Mitchell, Chair, IoD ’99’ and Liam Giles, MD Spindogs.

‘Join IoD Wales especially our IoD 99 community, other local business owners and senior managers for an informal and informative networking event. We will discuss and exchange ideas on what is happening in the word of entrepreneurs. Enjoy a pleasant, relaxed, social event for an informal drink/food, a chat and the opportunity to expand your professional network.’

FSB South East Wales: Networking Breakfast

When? Wednesday 29th November, 8.30am-10.30am

Where? Regus Offices, Cardiff Gate

How much? Free

What? ‘This informal networking event provides a fantastic opportunity to promote your business and develop meaningful relationships with other business owners throughout south Wales.

‘Each month we host key note speakers covering topics of interest and relevant to running a business. So come along and network with a cup of tea/coffee and some pastries.

‘Get the chance to meet members and FSB team in south Wales to find out more about what is included in the membership package and how it can benefit your business along with the opportunity to view the Regus centre and its facilities.

‘We hope you can join us for FREE marketing opportunity for your business!’

Zokit: Vale Light Lunch

When? Thursday 30th November, 12.30pm-2.30pm

Where? The Old Custom House, Penarth Marina, Penarth, CF64 ITT

How much? £15-17

What? ‘A Business Light Lunch is a great way to make connections and develop business relationships.

-Grab a cuppa for a little open networking

– Welcome announcements.

– Fill your plate from the delicious buffet

– 10 second quickfire round to introduce yourself and your business to the room

– Business Wisdom Session (10 minutes):

– Share & Grow facilitated table conversations / One-to-one meetings

– Open networking

– Meeting finishes but feel free to continue networking’

Wales HR Network: Christmas Networking event

When? Thursday 30th November, 6-9pm

Where? 29 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BA

How much? Free

What? ‘Join us for networking, prosecco and nibbles.

‘With the launch of the first ever Wales HR Awards, and some inspiring seminars and workshops it’s been a fantastic year so far for Wales HR Network – therefore, we’d like to invite our members to join us in celebrating a successful year for HR professionals and of course, the start of the festive celebrations.

‘We will also be welcoming Georgina Jones, founder of Turn Lights On, who will be sharing some motivational tips and tricks to engage and inspire your workforce.’

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Dr Richard Theo, Wealthify/ Activequote

When? Thursday 30th November, 7.30am

Where? SSE Swalec Stadium

How much? £35

What? ‘Dr. Richard Theo is Co-Founder and CEO of Wealthify, a Cardiff-based online investment service that aims to make investing accessible to anyone. In October 2017 Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, announced a significant strategic investment in Wealthify. Richard is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology who has established a string of successful businesses including Avantis – software and systems for the academic market, Zushi – Wales first conveyor belt sushi restaurant and ActiveQuote – the award-winning health and protection insurance comparison site which employs 130 in Cardiff, has won a Queen’s Award for Innovation and has featured in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the last two years. Each of Richard’s businesses have been founded on the belief of innovation through technology.

‘Using his software expertise to differentiate, innovate and derive competitive advantage, Richard’s businesses have each become leaders within their markets.’

Introbiz: Networking Breakfast

When? Monday 1st December, 7.30-9.30am

Where? Cardiff Marriott Hotel, Mill Lane, Cardiff

How much? £17

What? ‘You are invited to join us for the last networking breakfast of 2017 with Introbiz. Held at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel on Friday, 1st December from 7:30-9:30am. This event is sponsored by Sandler Training.

‘This event is open to the members of the Introbiz network as well as visitors who are looking to try the Introbiz experience. The first hour will be used for informal networking while a delicious cooked breakfast is served. The second hour will take on a more formal turn with the power group tables. Each guest will be sat on a designated table with 8 or 9 other companies, each from a different industry or sector. Each person will have 5 minutes to talk about their business and what they do and at the end of the session, there’ll be an opportunity to hand out business cards.’

Caerphilly Business Forum: Breakfast Seminar with Helen Iles on GDPR

When? Tuesday 5th December, 7.30-9.30am

Where? Tredomen Business and Technology Centre

How much? £12-14

What? ‘This is the sixth in our set of new breakfast seminars where we aim to provide insightful and helpful seminars that can help businesses throughout Caerphilly.

‘If you want peace, prepare for war…was the advice of Roman Vegetius before the fall of the Roman Empire. So too is this the advice of Helen Iles, Senior Associate and Head of Training at Hugh James regarding new rules set to hit all UK businesses in May 2018 in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR.”) Amending current data protection rules, the GDPR has the potential to further muddy the already-murky waters of data management for organisations unless they are fully prepared for its arrival and ready to deal with its impact. Whilst some data management requirements stay the same, the GDPR requires other things to be done differently, and other duties are imposed for the very first time. Attend this session to ensure your organisation is forewarned and forearmed, and in a position to defend itself against the new maximum 20 million Euro fine.’

Cardiff Evening BizMum December 2017

When? Tuesday 5th December, 7.30-9pm

Where? Cedar Tree Farm Pub

How much? Your first visit is FREE, Returning Guests £6

What? ‘Join your host, Catrin and other businesswomen in your area to promote your business, get support and advice. All decision making business women are welcome to join us.

‘This month’s theme is Growth and Expansion so there will be a short talk on this topic.’

Roath+Rhiwbina December Get-together

When? Tuesday 5th December, 7-9pm

Where? The Albany, 105 Donald Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 4TL

How much? £10

What? ‘Our festive social to end the year of events in Roath and Rhiwbina will be a Skittles evening at The Albany Pub, the lane is booked for 7pm so come along, have a few drinks and a fun evening.’

Penarth+Barry December Get-together

When? Wednesday 6th December, 10am-12noon

Where? Willmore’s, 4 Washington Buildings, Stanwell Road, ,Penarth , Vale of Glamorgan CF64 2AD

How much? £10

What? ‘We are joined by the founder and Owner of Pettigrew Bakeries David Le Masurier who will talk about his journey from hotel event management to running a traditional tea room and bakery in Cardiff.

‘New members always welcome, we provide supportive environment and encourage communication and collaboration between members.’

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