It’s no secret that personal connection helps secure good business relationships. It’s largely the reason so many business owners give me when they say they need to go to more networking events. I usually agree, but am quick to empathise that allocating time to networking is a challenge.
Luckily, as with many things marketing-related, less is often more when it comes to networking – if you have a strategy for it. If you’re not sure which networking events you should be attending or whether a certain event is worth going along to, try asking yourself these six questions:
- Why do you want to network? It could be to meet new clients or suppliers, to interact with like-minded professionals or to develop your knowledge.
- What do you have to offer other networkers? Networking isn’t just about getting new business; it’s about raising your profile and helping others too.
- Who do you need to network with? If you understand this, you can choose the events targeted at your preferred audience.
- Where do you need to network? Collaborative partners may attend different types of event to prospective clients, perhaps in different locations too.
- How do you need to network? i.e. informal versus organised speed networking?
- When is the best time for you to network? Think in terms of your business calendar and the time of day/ week you’re most likely to meet the people you need to.
Now you know the why, what, who, where how and when, you’re much more likely to choose networking events that will support your business’ goals.
Please see below for a list of the upcoming business networking events in Cardiff this January 2019, and 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? Thursday 10th January, 12.30pm
Where? The Old Custom House, Penarth Marina
How much? £16-18
What? ‘A Business Light Lunch is a great way to make connections and develop business relationships.
‘A great mix of informal networking, shared business wisdom and focused one to one discussions.
‘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.’
When? Tuesday 15th January, 7.30am-9.30am
Where? Virgin Money Lounge, Old Library Building, Trinity Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BH
How much? Free
What? ‘FSB Wales and Cardiff University’s Futures Connect Team are hosting a free New Year’s Breakfast networking event to highlight how Work Placements can benefit small businesses.
‘Come along for some early morning networking and to discover how you could benefit from taking on a Cardiff student or graduate intern. Hosting an internship is a cost-effective way for businesses to access cutting edge academic knowledge and new skills, to raise profile and to ultimately contribute to your business growth. Small businesses in particular can benefit from placements through Cardiff University students and graduates.
‘Bringing in new talent to your organisation doesn’t need to be overwhelming. With support from Cardiff University’s Futures Connect team, this might just be the beginning of something brilliant!
‘This event is open to businesses of all kinds and sizes and to both FSB members and non-members. Complimentary light breakfast refreshments will be provided.’
When? Wednesday 16th January, 7.30am-9.30am
Where? Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
How much? £35
What? ‘Ken Skates was born in 1976 in Wrexham, educated at Mold Alun School and went on to study Social and Political Science at Cambridge University.
‘In his free time, Ken enjoys running, swimming, hiking and golf as well as having an interest in gardening, art and architecture. Ken was previously a journalist and assistant to Mark Tami MP.
‘In 2008, he was elected a Community Councillor. Ken’s policy interests include manufacturing, mental health, sport and leisure, eliminating poverty and political economy. His political interests include skills training, tourism, environmental protection, mental health, sport and fitness and social inclusion.
‘In June 2013 Ken Skates was appointed Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology. In September 2014, Ken was appointed Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport & Tourism. In May 2016 he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure and in November 2017 to Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Transport.‘
How much? £13.24 – £18.51
What? ‘With free parking and situated just off Junction 32 M4 at the Coryton Roundabout 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 an opportunity to meet in a warm and friendly manner over a coffee or tea. At approx 7.30am we start with an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves and their business. At approx 7.50am, we have a business wisdom slot. This could cover personal development, a new product or a podcast. We then move in to the restaurant for a delicious cooked or continental breakfast. Following breakfast you will have the opportunity for 3 x 10 mins one to one with a business of your choice. We look to finish no later than 9.15am, however, their is an opportunity to continue networking after this time.’
When? Friday 18th January, 12.30-2.30pm
Where? Holm House, Marine Parade, Cardiff, Penarth
How much? £25
What? ‘Join us for our first Ladies Lunch event of 2019 and be part of Wales’ National Business Network. Introbiz has been establish for ten years and is committed to making valuable connections for a wide ranges of businesses at our eight different types of events. Our business network can help you find the contacts you need to grow your business. Visitors are welcome to attend to learn about the many ways Introbiz can promote your business.’
When? Monday 21st January, 6.15pm
Where? Hilton Hotel, Cardiff
How much? Free
What? ‘Simon Fox has been Chief Executive of Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror) since September 2012. Simon began his career as a graduate trainee at Security Pacific Bank and then at Boston Consulting Group. Thereafter, he founded Office World, the UK’s first out-of-town office supplies retailer which he ran between 1989 and 1998.
‘He then joined Kingfisher Group and was responsible for setting up the e-commerce operations of a number of companies across Europe before becoming COO of the European electrical retailing division.
‘Between 2006 and 2012 he was Chief Executive of HMV Group, which at the time operated the HMV brand in the UK and overseas, MaMa Group (live music) and Waterstones, bookstores in the UK. Simon was previously a Non Executive Director at Guardian Media Group and now sits on the PA Group Board.’
When? Tuesday 22nd January, 7.30-9pm
Where? Cedar Tree Farm pub, Ferry Road, Cardiff
How much? Free for first visit, £7.50 for subsequent visits
What? ‘Join your host, 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 Organisation so there will be a short talk on this topic. Your first visit is FREE, Returning Guests is £7.50 (Payable on Registration).’
When? Wednesday 23rd January, 8.30am-12.30pm
Where? University of South Wales Treforest Campus, Llantwit Rd, Pontypridd CF37 1DL
How much? Free
What? ‘The University of South Wales (USW) and the Federation of Small Business (FSB) invite you to join our free SEO masterclass – Common Sense SEO for SMEs: Getting Started. This event is open to both members and non-members of the FSB.‘
When? Thursday 31st January, 5pm
Where? Steinbeck and Shaw, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff
How much? Free
What? ‘Join us for an informal after work networking event in Cardiff.
This event is FREE to attend, although registration is essential.’
When? Thursday 31st January, 6pm-8pm
Where? Village Hotel, Cardiff
How much? £0-£12
What? ‘Cathryn Sims – South East Wales Branch Team; Julian John, Director – Merthyr and the Valleys MIND
‘Mental health is now viewed, quite rightly, in the same way as physical health. Everyone has “it” and, just as physical health can benefit from exercise and healthy eating, so mental health can benefit from a similar focus. In this session, our speakers discuss opportunities to improve and strengthen your mental health and that of others, in order to develop resilience to survive the modern workplace.
This event is supported by Sitka Recruitment.’