Refresh your connections with these Cardiff Networking events

Whether your LinkedIn connections are in the 100s or 1,000s, it’s good practice to follow the advice to ‘never stop networking’.

Refreshing your connections regularly will stand you in good stead for unexpected, quieter periods of business. It’ll keep you up-to-date with current business issues, give you opportunities to contribute more widely to the local business community and could even spark some great new ideas.

Which of these networking events taking place in Cardiff over January and February might be helpful to you?

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

Cardiff Business Club: Liz Nicholl CBE

When? Monday 15th January, 6.15pm

Where? St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay

How much? Networking and talk Free, Dinner £45 including VAT (members only)

What? ‘Liz Nicholl CBE is the Chief Executive of UK Sport. Having joined UK Sport in 1999, Liz has played a pioneering role in the development of the elite sport system in the UK. For ten years Liz led the work of UK Sport’s Performance Directorate, through the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympic and Paralympic cycles, as the Director of Elite Sport. Liz became the Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and was then appointed to the CEO role in September 2010.

‘As CEO, Liz’s leadership responsibilities focus on accountability for the National Lottery and Exchequer investment of around c£125m per annum which supports UK Sport’s key objectives of World Class Success and Major Event bidding and hosting. Her top priority is the responsibility to invest in and support the development of the high performance system which delivered a record breaking performance at Rio 2016 where the British Olympic and Paralympic teams finished second in the medal tables with 67 and 147 medals won respectively.’

FSB South East Wales: Networking Breakfast

When? Wednesday 17th January, 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: Cardiff Networking Breakfast & FREE Health Club Day Pass

When? 7.30am on multiple dates: Wednesday 17th January, Wednesday 31st January,  Wednesday 14th February, Wednesday 28th February

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

How much? £15-17

What? ‘Zokit is a business development network spanning Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and now RCT. We host refreshingly different networking events, master classes, awards and expos.

“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 one’s 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. We look to finish no later than 9.30am.’

CIPD: Leadership – Being Human

When? Thursday 18th January, 5.45pm

Where? Village Hotel – Cardiff

How much? Free – £12

What? ‘Please note that refreshments will be served between 17.45 and 18.30. The main event will take place between 18.30 and 20.00

Speakers: Dean Ryan, Director and Mike Edwards, Director – IF Development

Leadership by numbers is becoming increasingly popular. In this interactive session, delegates will learn how important it is to put the “person” at the centre of the leadership focus, and walk away with practical strategies to develop their own leadership style, as well as how to help others to develop in leadership roles.’

3rd Thursday Club

When? Thursday 18th January, 5.30pm

Where? Park Plaza

How much? Free

What? ‘Cardiff’s 3rd Thursday is an informal free for attendees networking event held monthly for the professional community of Cardiff.’

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Nirmal Chhabria MBA, Simec & Liberty House Group

When? Tuesday 23rd January, 7.30-9.30am

Where? SSE Swalec Stadium

How much? £35

What? ‘Nirmal is currently the Director of Projects & Director of Oil trading at the global SIMEC Group and Liberty House Group, both part the GFG Alliance owned by the British Gupta family.

‘Since joining GFG, Nirmal has played a key role in the expansion of the business, being part of the team which led the acquisitions of Caparo Industries and Tata Steel UK’s plate mills in Scotland and the created Wyelands Bank.

‘He was also a part of the bid process for Tata Steel UK’s strip products division, including the iconic Port Talbot steelworks. The process put Liberty right at the heart of the drive to save Britain’s steel industry, which was in crisis at the time.’ See website for more.


South Wales Chambers: Chamber at the Chapel

When? 5pm onwards, Thursday 25th January AND Thursday 22nd February

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.’

Zokit: Vale Light Lunch

When? 12.30-2.30pm, Thursday 25th January AND Thursday 22nd February

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. The meeting is upstairs and to the left where we have our own room. Before coming up the stairs make sure you enter your car registration number at reception to take advantage of the free parking.

‘12.30pm Grab a cuppa for a little open networking

‘1.00pm – Welcome announcements – Fill your plate from the delicious buffet – 60 second quickfire round to introduce yourself and your business to the room

‘1.30pm – Business Wisdom Session (10 minutes) – Share & Grow facilitated table conversations / One-to-one meetings

‘2.00pm – Open networking

Creative Cardiff: Show and Tell

When? Monday 29th January, 6pm-7pm

Where? Porter’s Cardiff, Bute Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 2FE

How much? Free

What? ‘Creative Cardiff’s ‘Show & Tell’ is a quarterly event that gives a platform to the exciting range of creative people and projects in the city. It brings together Cardiff’s creative community, from emerging talent to old hands, to hear about their current projects and ambitions.

‘Each of the speakers will give a 10-minute lightning talk. And they’ll bring an object. The object might be the source of their inspiration, a tool of their trade or a comfort blanket. The speakers will share their work and explain the importance of the object they’ve brought along.

‘Matt Callanan: Matt Callanan is a former worldwide DJ and music producer turned filmmaker. He is also the founder of kindness project We Make Good Happen. After a decade long career touring the world and producing music, Matt took his creative skills to the BBC in London where he worked with a number of youth, education and comedy brands for five years.

‘On returning to Cardiff he set up Callapro Films, which has resulted in working with a number of brands and companies around the world producing video content, short docs and branded films. He has filmed in the slums of Africa, on top of volcanoes in Indonesia and with special forces teams in Hong Kong, Callapro Films is an imaginative and forward thinking video production company based in Cardiff.’ See website for more.

CIPD: Protecting your brand, reputation and people

When? Tuessday 30th January, 5.30-8pm

Where? Village Hotel – Cardiff

How much? Free – £12

What? ‘This session will highlight the dangers that the instant world of the internet and social media present. Spur of the moment, thoughtless comments, often lubricated by alcohol, can no longer be mopped up in the morning with a few sobering phone calls. From Plenty of Fish to Tinder and Grinder, Foxy Bingo, Paddy Power, Sell Your Gold, or a Pay Day Loan… it seems everybody’s doing it.

How do we keep our people safe from these threats and vulnerabilities? And where does our liability as an employer begin and end?’

IoD Wales: South Wales Business Seminar

When? Thursday 1st February, 4.30-6.30pm

Where? Cardiff Business School, Cardiff

How much? £10-15 + VAT

What? ‘When you’re looking to make a step change to rapidly scale up your business it takes a leap of faith. You also face lots of challenges such as:

• Planning for growth
• Getting the right finance partner
• Hiring the right people
• Dealing with contingencies

‘Join us on 1 February when IoD Wales Director Robert Lloyd Griffiths and Deputy Fund Manager Bethan Cousins will host a lively debate with a panel of experts, investors, corporate advisers and entrepreneurs on how to get the right foundations in place to achieve accelerated growth.

‘Our panel of experts are:

Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE, IoD Wales
Bethan Cousins, Development Bank of Wales
Steve Berry, Acuity Legal
Frank Holmes, Gambit Corporate Finance
Steve Harris, Nuvias formally SIPHON Networks Ltd
Gareth Price, Development Bank of Wales’

Caerphilly Business Forum: Menter Caerffili 

When? Tuesday 6th February, 7.30-9.30am

Where? Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus

How much? £12-24

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

‘Menter Iaith Sir Caerffili was established in 1999 to support and increase the use of the Welsh language across the communities of Caerphilly Borough. Our aim is to regenerate the Welsh language by developing opportunities for people of all ages to use the Welsh language within their communities.

‘As part of a new project by Menter Iaith Sir Caerffili we will be supporting local businesses to increase their use of the Welsh language in addition to supporting those businesses which are able to provide Welsh medium services locally. The project is funded by the Welsh Government and the rural community funding between 2014 – 2020 and also part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas.

‘During the presentation we aim to highlight the importance and benefits of using the Welsh language within business as a unique marketing tool and how it provides a clear advantage in terms of engaging with Welsh speaking customers. We will also discuss the support available which will enable local businesses to take practical steps to increase their use of the Welsh language.

‘The presentation will discuss our new project and how we have designed a step by step scheme to get you on the road to a bilingual business.’

Cardiff Evening BizMum February 2018

When? Tuesday 6th February, 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 Marketing so there will be a short talk on this topic.’

Business Women Connect: Roath+Rhiwbina Get-together

When? Tuesday 6th February, 7-9pm

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

How much? £10

What? ‘We are planning a fun evening of skittles at The Albany for our February get-together, shake off the Winter blues with a game, chats and a few drinks.’

Business Women Connect Events also running in Penarth/Barry and Cowbridge. See website for details.

IoD Wales: First Wednesday Club

When? Wednesday 7th February, 5.30-7.15pm

Where? Cardiff Business School, Cardiff

How much? £10-15 + VAT

What? ‘February First Wednesday 5.30pm – 7.15pm at Cardiff Business School. Join our Head of Europe & Trade Policy Allie Renison for Allie’s Brexit Surgery. More details to follow shortly!’

CIPD: Employee financial wellbeing

When? Wednesday 7th February, 7.45-10am

Where? TBC, Cardiff

How much? Free – £12

What? ‘Recent reports have stated that in the UK the younger generation are nowhere near saving enough for their retirement and this will undoubtedly in the foreseeable future create a huge problem for our already over stretched State Welfare system. Stuart Price, Partner at Quantum Advisory, will examine this issue further, sharing strategies to address the challenges of managing a multi-generational workforce, through initiatives such as flexible retirement, and engagement through the perceived value of benefits.’

Wales HR Network: The Psychology of Performance

When? Wednesay 7th February, 8-10am

Where? Orchard PR and Events Group, Trade Street, Cardiff, CF10 5DT

How much? £15 +VAT

What? ‘Pip Gwynn, the Director of Insight HR will be looking at how psychologists understand performance and how you can introduce a simple model for your workforce. The session will then go through these ideas at a practical level looking at how managers, HR and individuals can analyse and improve their own and others’ performance.’

Introbiz Social Event

When? Thursday 8th February, 4-6pm

Where? Novotel Hotel, Cardiff

How much? £14

What? ‘This is a great opportunity for Introbiz members, visitors and invited guests to socialise and network with entrepreneurs, corporate companies and SMEs. The event will be catered by the award-winning Spiro’s caterers. This event will be sponsored by Konica Minolta.

‘This event will run from 4-6pm and guests will be able to look around the show room and enjoy a stunning buffet. Guests can also enjoy a champagne reception on arrival.’

Other Introbiz networking events are listed on their website.

Cardiff Business Club: Carolyn Fairbairn – Director General, CBI

When? Monday 12th February, 6.15pm

Where? Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

How much? Networking and talk Free, Dinner £45 including VAT (members only)

What? ‘Carolyn Fairbairn joined the CBI as Director-General in November 2015. She spent her early career at McKinsey, before taking on a range of senior leadership roles in the media industry.

‘As a partner at McKinsey, Carolyn was a leader of the firm’s media practice. As BBC Director of Strategy, she led the BBC’s digital strategy and ran its transmission arm. Carolyn was also a member of the Executive board of ITV for four years.

‘Carolyn has extensive FTSE board experience as a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group and Capita plc. She was also a Director of the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Statistics Authority, and from 2008-11, the Financial Services Authority.’ See website for more.

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Fiona Stewart, CEO of Green Man Festival

When? Thursday 15th February, 7.30-9.30am

Where? SSE Swalec Stadium

How much? £35

What? ‘Fiona Stewart is the CEO and owner of Plantpot, a Powys live experience company which owns and produces Green Man, Wales largest music, arts and science festival with a sell-out attendance of 112000 over 7 days, and international brand reach of 1.4 billion. Green Man is one of four remaining large independent UK music festivals and has won numerous festival awards, two D&AD design awards and is 2017’s BBC 6 Music festival of the year.

‘Plantpot also produces a wide range of live experiences including Courtyard@kings cross Welsh beverage and business networking, Settlement Holidays, Nature and Nurture Spa, Einstein’s Garden science engagement, Hwyl St David’s day festival and Green Man Rising band competition.

‘Fiona has promoted artists such as Super Furry Animals, Robert Plant, PJ Harvey, Amy Winehouse, Van Morrison, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith; produced Wales contemporary music offer for 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Punch Drunk and Secret Cinema. Founded the Green Man Trust Charity to create opportunities for emerging artists, community development and science engagement. Been a consultant for the Foreign Office and British Council; produced international tours, events, managed the Big Chill and operations at Glastonbury.’ See website for more.’

CIPD: Culture and engagement

When? Tuesday 20th February, 7.45-10am

Where? Cornerstone, Charles Street, Cardiff, CF10 2GA

How much? Free – £12

What? ‘If Peter Drucker is right, and “culture eats strategy for breakfast”, why are we not focusing on it more? How then do we measure culture, develop or change it, and capitalise on it for business success?’

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