Cardiff business events this Autumn


The best business networking events taking place in Cardiff this Autumn – 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.

IoD South Wales First Wednesday Club

When? Wednesday 3rd October, 5.30-7.15pm

Where? Cardiff Business School,

How much? £10-£15+VAT

What? ‘This month we are hosting it in the Stock Exchange Room at Cardiff Business School (Postgraduate Teaching Centre). Our guest speaker will be Dr Woon Wong, Reader in Financial Economics, Cardiff Business School and attendees will be given an Introductory Bloomberg Session.

‘Attendees will be given the opportunity to use the application that CBS students are using in their studies which is in today’s open-source, fast-changing digital marketplace, it’s real-world experience that will best prepare students of business and finance for the world that waits. Cloistered and theoretical learning won’t confer an advantage when they compete in the job market — early immersion into the markets through the Bloomberg Terminal will.

‘In the session, you can find out about:

  • Ways for you to learn how to use Bloomberg
  • Economic theory in action, and financial markets relevant to businesses’

CBI Insight: Economic briefing

When? Thursday 4th October, 7.30am-9.30am

Where? USW Cardiff Campus, Adam St, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘A prestigious networking event which will provide expert insight and discussion on the economy and regional growth. Join us for unparalleled networking with local business leaders with an interest in the economic and financial landscape and the general business environment.

‘Hear the latest insights from CBI Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith and by Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance.

‘If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Events Manager Lisa Peterson at Spaces are limited so please register early to guarantee your space.’

Zokit Cardiff Business Expo

When? Thursday 4th October, 10.30am-3pm

Where? All Nations Centre

How much? Free to attend

What? ‘A meeting of business minds! A bustling day of collaboration and connections for your business

  • Promote your business
  • Find suppliers
  • Meet buyers
  • Connect with collaborators
  • Start and continue conversations
  • Update your business know-how with free talks and master classes

‘Expo Stands, Lots of visitors, Masterclasses, Tip Talks, Networking breakfast and lunch, space to meet for one to ones + more. Ample FREE Onsite Parking!’

Cardiff Business Club Sherry Coutu CBE

When? Wednesday 10th October, 6.15pm

Where? Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? Sherry Coutu CBE is a former CEO and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Founders4Schools and The ScaleUp Insitute and is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press and a NED of Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange Group. She also serves on the Advisory Board of

‘Philanthropically, she supports the Prince’s Trust, the Crick Institute and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Council. Sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons with distinction) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours List 2013, is author of ‘The Scale-up Report’ on UK economic growth and serves as an Ambassador for London.’

Cardiff Evening BizMums

When? Thursday 11th October and Thursday 8th November, 7.30-9pm

Where? Cedar Tree Farm Pub

How much? Your first visit is FREE, Returning Guests £7.50

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.’

Zokit: Cardiff Networking Breakfast

When? Wednesday 10th October, 24th October, 7th November and 21st November, 7.30am-9.30am

How much? £13.24 – £18.51

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 Wales: Terrifying Technology?

When? Thursday 11th October, 6pm-8pm

Where? Village Hotel, Cardiff

How much? £0-£12

What? ‘Speaker: Emma Burns, Partner – Hugh James; Mark Hendy – South East Wales Branch Team

This session provides an overview of the potential and pitfalls of developing technology in the world of HR.

The July/August 2018 edition of People Management magazine asked the question “what happens to you when technology is doing your job?”

In this presentation, our experts review current developments in technology, examine the potential and pitfalls, and lead a discussion on how they may help and where they may render us redundant!

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Carole Anne Davies, Chief Exec of the Design Commission

When? Wednesday 17th October, 7.30am-9.30am

Where? Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

How much? £35

What? ‘Carole-Anne Davies is Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales. Born in Brynmawr, she was educated at Brynmawr Comprehensive School and the Open University. She is a humanities graduate and passionate advocate of the value of culture and the arts in a variety of settings. A career predominantly in senior management roles followed her time in industry with Thorn EMI and she held roles as Director of Cardiff Bay Arts Trust; Trustee at Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales and consultant to the Scottish Government. In 2015 she was appointed founding Chair of The Gregynog Trust.

‘Carole-Anne established a co-production business model at DCFW integrating the expertise of outstanding multi-disciplinary private sector professionals with that of the core staff team. She has worked with three chairs and six Ministers in succession, bringing significant expertise and influence to projects in Wales including proposals for Tidal Lagoon Power, BBC Cymru Wales headquarters, Cardiff Central Square, Hafod Eryri, St Fagans National Museum of History, major roads programme infrastructure, the development of Swansea City Centre and most recently ambitious proposals for Cyfarthfa and wider Merthyr Tydfil.

‘Carole-Anne is an alumna of the CSCLeaders Commonwealth International Study Conference, of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Programme and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). She is a Fellow of the UWTSD, an Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Life Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs and an active mentor specializing in equalities and leadership. She is a very, very keen gardener.’

South Wales Chambers – Brexit Outcome: Next steps for business

When? Tuesday 23rd October, 8am-10am

Where? Atradius, Cardiff Bay

How much? Free for members, £15+VAT for non-members

What? ‘Brexit negotiation are due to come to a climax at the EU Summit on 18 October. Whatever the outcome it’s likely to affect all businesses one way or another. This event, which takes place the week after the Summit, is your chance to discuss the actions your business needs to take with our expert panel.

‘All key managers; owners, chief executives, finance directors and sales managers should attend.’

Superwoman 2018

When? Thursday 25th October, 5pm-8.30pm

Where? ACT and Cardiff Skills Centre, Ocean Park House, Cardiff

How much? £35

What? ‘We’re tweaking our format this year, which is our fourteenth. We’ve been lucky enough to line up even more fabulous speakers than usual so talks will be shorter and the pace of the evening a little quicker. As always, there’ll be fabulous wine and nibbles and the opportunity of catching up with contacts while raising money for a good cause. This year our charity is Bobath Wales, which provides
physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy to children all over Wales who have cerebral palsy.’

South Wales Chamber networking

When? Thursday 25th October, 5pm and Thursday 29th November, 5pm

Where? Venue tbc

How much? Free, but you need to register

What? ‘Join us for an informal after work networking event in Cardiff.’

Wales HR Network: The changing face of the workplace

When? Wednesday 31st October, 8.30am-10.30am

Where? The Old Library, Cardiff

How much? £12.50+VAT

What? ‘Jayne Jones, Director, Positive About People: Former Wales HR Awards winner, Jayne Jones has vast experience of HR and Learning and Development, and will be talking about the changing face of the workplace, employee expectations, empowering employees in relation to their learning needs and how this fits into an overarching L&D strategy.

‘Toby Townrow, Co-Founder and Communications Director at DronEvolution: As a passionate and enthusiastic consultant, facilitator and coach, Toby will be discussing the business need for employee engagement in general (including the four pillars of engagement as defined by Engage for Success) and the death of the annual appraisal in particular.

Cardiff Business Club Sir John Kingman

When? Monday 5th November, 12noon

Where? Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘Sir John Kingman was appointed as Chairman of Legal & General Group plc from October 24, 2016.

‘John is also non-executive Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a new body established by the British Government to oversee the strategic direction of science and innovation funding in the UK, with a budget of over £6bn a year.

‘John has had a long Whitehall career; as Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury, he had responsibility for the Treasury’s economics ministry functions, for policy relating to business, financial services and infrastructure. He was closely involved in the UK response to the financial crisis, handling the resolution of Northern Rock and leading negotiations with RBS, Lloyds and HBOS on their £37bn recapitalisation. He was the first Chief Executive of UK Financial Investments Ltd (UKFI). From 2010-12, John was Global Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Rothschild.

‘John is a Trustee of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a Trustee of the National Gallery, a World Fellow of Yale University, a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University. He recently chaired the judges for the 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize, a £250,000 prize awarded for the best solution to a public policy problem.’

IoD South Wales First Wednesday Club

When? Wednesday 7th November, 5.30-7.15pm

Where? Cornerstone, Cardiff

How much? £10-£15+VAT

What? ‘We have booked a new venue for this monthly event, and we will be holding it at Spiro’s fine dining venue – Cornerstone, Arts Centre & Community Hub, a beautiful grade 11 listed building in the Mezzanine area. This month’s presentation will be by Dan Langford, Group Marketing Director of leading, multi-specialist recruitment firm Acorn. The title of Dan’s presentation is ‘Leveraging Welsh connections to develop new business opportunities in London.’

Wales’ National Business Expo

When? Thursday 22nd November, 9am-4pm

Where? Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘Following the success of the Introbiz Expo 2017, we’re very excited to share with you the news that the event this year will be even bigger and better than before! With over 250 exhibitors, world renowned keynote speakers and plenty of business advice to take back into your business, it’s certainly not an event to be missed!

‘Last year’s Expo saw The Apprentice winners Mark Wright and Alana Spencer take to the stage as well as founder, Lyndon Wood and sporting stars Jamie Baulch, Christian Malcolm, Ryan Jones, plus many more. We welcomed 250 exhibitors from a range of industries and sectors, there were 7 free seminars and workshops, including those presented by Google, Business Doctors, Konica Minolta and more.

‘There’ll be more details released over the coming weeks so make sure you keep visiting the Introbiz Expo website to find out more.’

IoD Wales: Cardiff ’99’ Evening

When? Thursday 29th November, 7-9pm

Where? Entrepreneurial Spark, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘You are warmly invited to our IoD Wales ’99’ Social Evening. We are delighted to have join us Alex Mitchell, Chair, IoD ’99’ and Andrea Callanan, MD Inspire Me.

‘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.’



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