“Succeeding in business is all about making connections”.
These are the words of Richard Branson, and most of us would probably agree with them and know that networking plays a really valuable role in making connections.
So now the Easter holidays are coming to an end, this list of business networking events might help. Enjoy #connectingtogether
* Please note, event information is only up-to-date at the time of publishing. Please check individual links below for updates. If you’d like one of your business networking event listings added or updated, please get in touch. Please note, I do not receive any incentive for listing any event.
When? Tuesday 12th April, 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 Products and Services so there will be a short talk on this topic.’
Caerphilly Business Forum: Breakfast Seminar: How to power up your business network to generate leads and develop your business
When? Tuesday 17th April, 7.30-9.30am
Where? Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgawr Campus
How much? £12-24
What? ‘This is the tenth in our set of breakfast seminars where we aim to provide insightful and helpful seminars that can help businesses throughout Caerphilly.
‘Nicola Rylett: Talking through a handful of efficient tips and actions; from using 6 degrees of separation to how not to come across, the presentation aims to have everyone x10 their connections.
‘With over twenty years experience working in the science, technology, medical education, media and publishing industries, Nicola Rylett is a senior sales, marketing and communications executive who has held both Regional and National Director sales and marketing roles with some of the UK’s most prestigious organisations.
‘Having recently set up her own company – The Nicola Rylett Group or NRG for short – Nicola is currently supporting the change, development and growth programmes of a number of organisations within Wales.’
When? Wednesday 18th April 2018, 7.30am-9.30am
Where? SSE Swalec Stadium
How much? £35
What? ‘Wayne Harvey is a Senior Partner at Deloitte in Wales and also leads their tax practice. He has been in practice for over 30 years and a partner for 20 years. Wayne advises international businesses on acquisition planning, cross border issues and business structuring. He advises private equity houses, management teams and company founders on transactional matters, liaising with lawyers and funders. He has worked with many fast-growing businesses as well as global groups.’
When? Wednesday 18th April, 7.45-10am
Where? Village Hotel, Cardiff
How much? Free – £12
What? ‘Speaker: Steve Head – Steve Head Limited. Join us on a journey that will increase our ability to understand the power of a smile, build on strengths to develop self-esteem and confidence in yourself and your colleagues, raise self awareness, and understand the impact you already have on others.
‘This event is supported by Sitka Recruitment
‘Steve Head is a full time speaker, inspirational trainer, coach and author. Steve created the Steve Head Ltd speaking and coaching company following 17 years experience in the field of business management, people leadership and product marketing and training. His knowledge and skill take a broader spectrum when taking into account his 21+ years experience as a top sports coach.
‘Over the past 16 years Steve has delivered over 1800 sessions in the UK and Europe to help organisations, teams and individuals deliver sustained personal, team and business success, and is now one of the most sought after speakers in the UK. He is known by his clients as a dynamic speaker with practical ideas that simply work.’
When? Wednesday 18th April, 9am-11am
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!’
When? Thursday 19th April, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Where? The Old Custom House, Penarth Marina
How much? £15-17
What? ‘A Business Light Lunch is a great way to make connections and develop business relationships.
‘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
‘2.30pm – Meeting finishes but feel free to continue networking’
When? Thursday 19th April, 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.’
Where? Royal College of Music and Drama
How much? Networking and talk Free, Dinner £45 including VAT (members only)
What? ‘Vikki Heywood CBE was appointed for a second three year term as Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Chairman at the AGM in October 2015, the first time ever that the Chairman has been invited to remain. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), a position from which she stepped down in 2013.
‘Since leaving the RSC she has taken on the Chairmanship of The RSA, The Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value which published January 2015, Mountview Drama Academy and the five year First World War Centenary Arts Commissioning Programme, “14-18 Now”. She is also on the Board of the National Theatre.
‘Prior to her appointment at the RSC, Vikki was Joint Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre, the country’s foremost theatre for the development of new writing. At both the RSC and the Royal Court she was responsible for their two multiple million pound capital projects which transformed two iconic theatre buildings in London and Stratford Upon Avon.
‘Previously she has been a board member of the Society of London Theatre, The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and a member of Warwick University Council as well as a number of theatre boards.
‘She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham, becoming a Doctor of Letters in December 2009 and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012 for services to theatre.’
When? Wednesday 25th April, 7.30am
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.’
When? Thursday 26th April, 8am-10am – Welsh Business Show commences 10am
Where? Cardiff City Stadium
How much? £15
What? ‘Network with over 50 other businesses before the show even starts at the facilitated networking breakfast. Take your chance to introduce yourself and your business to a room of likeminded people.
From 10am: ‘Join over 100 businesses exhibiting and 600 businesses visiting The Welsh Business Show Cardiff 2017 held at the Cardiff City Stadium. The show will mark the 15th Welsh Business Show and the first of the three 2018 shows which will be followed by Carmarthenshire in July and Swansea in October. The shows have been established since 2010 and have grown to be Wales’ Largest Business Exhibition attracting thousands of businesses over the three shows. Free to attend, the shows have gained the reputation as Wales’ premier business shows so join us on April 26th and connect with hundreds of businesses over this one day spectacular event.’