Visit the great indoors: February networking events in Cardiff

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Cardiff has some amazing venues for event hosts to choose from: the Millennium Centre’s Sony Room with its balcony view of lunchtime concerts, Techniquest with it’s after-hour events for up to 100 sit-down or 500 buffet guests, and the Castle tower rooms which you can hire for a memorable, but I imagine chilly, medieval banquet – though accessibility is limited. Can you tell I’ve been organising quite a few events recently?

One of the best parts of networking, besides making some valuable new connections, is getting to visit some of the great venues Cardiff has to offer – please see below a list of the upcoming business networking events at spas, bars and other landmarks this February 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.

IoD First Wednesday Club

When? Wednesday 6th February, 5.30-7.15pm

Where? Cardiff Castle

How much? £15-20+VAT

What? ‘Please do join us for our first event of the New Year our February First Wednesday Club. We are delighted to announce that our First Wednesday Clubs are sponsored by Qatar Airways. Our special guest speaker this month is Cllr Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council.

‘We also have a new venue for our First Wednesday Clubs as we will be holding them in the beautiful surroundings of Cardiff Castle.

‘Join us for some business networking with drinks and canapes followed by our guest speaker, then a Q & A opportunity with the Leader, then enjoy some more networking and drinks to finish.’

South Wales Chamber of Commerce: The DNA of Welsh women in business

When? Thursday 7th February, 11am

Where? Celtic Manor Resort, Caerleon, Newport

How much? £38-48

What? ‘What does a business woman need to be a Welsh woman in business?

‘Join us at this interactive session to discuss this question. Attendees will get the opportunity to voice their opinions in a facilitated session and this will feed into policy conversations post event. This event is not just for women, as it is just as important for men to be involved in this discussion.

‘ACCA members can attend the event at the South Wales Chamber of Commerce’s discounted members rate.’

Zokit Penarth Business Light Lunch 

When? Thursday 7th February, 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.’

Introbiz 10 year birthday party

When? Thursday 7th February, 6-8pm

Where? Novotel Hotel, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘Introbiz was founded in 2009, and we are now celebrating ten years in business and as we reach this milestone it’s good to reflect on how far we have come. Ten years ago Tracey Smolinski launched Introbiz around a compelling vision – to make an impact on the business community by placing businesses with their target audiences at five-star events and locations. Introbiz assembled to address the expanding and changing needs of modern businesses by targeting all channels of networking, including events, exhibiting and social media.

‘Tracey hosted her first networking event at the Novotel Hotel to a quiet crowd of eager networkers. How different it is today. With hundreds of members and no sign of slowing down, Introbiz is now recognised as Wales’ leading business networking organisation and hosts of Wales’ National Expo,attracting over 7,000 businesses and global entrepreneurs like Lord Sugar and Grant Cardone.

‘Thank you to everyone who has been part of our success, we truly appreciate your support and we very much look forward to another successful ten years. Join us for a big evening of celebration at the venue where it all began, with a drink reception, canapes and cheese & wine tasting.’

Zokit: Cardiff Networking Breakfast

When? Wednesday 13th February and Wednesday 27th February, 7.15am-9.15am

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.’

Cardiff Business Club Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt

When? Monday 18th February, 6.15pm

Where? Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt is one of the UK’s foremost computer scientists.  He is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and was one of the originators of the interdisciplinary field of Web Science.  He is Principal of Jesus College Oxford and a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Oxford. He is chairman of the Open Data Institute which he co-founded with Sir Tim Berners-Lee.  Both of them leading the development of the highly acclaimed data.gov.uk website.  In 2010, he joined the UK government’s Public Sector Transparency Board – overseeing Open Data releases across the public sector.  He was knighted in 2013 for ‘services to science and engineering’.

‘Sir Nigel grew up in the Peak District of Derbyshire. He has a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Newcastle and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. In 1983 he joined the Department of Psychology at Nottingham where he established and led a vibrant AI group. In 1992 he became the Allan Standen Professor of Intelligent Systems. He moved to Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science in 2000. At Southampton he researched the next generation of the World Wide Web and was the first Head of Web and Internet Science Group.

‘With over 500 publications, he has researched and published on topics ranging from cognitive psychology to computational neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence to the Semantic Web. He was one of the originators of the interdisciplinary field of Web Science. He is the co-author of The Spy in the Coffee Machine and is an authority on issues to do with privacy and trust in the Digital age. In 2018 he published The Digital Ape: how to live (in peace) with smart machines, described as a ‘landmark book’.

‘He has also been heavily involved with the commercial exploitation of his research. In 2008 Garlik, a company he co-founded to help protect personal information and prevent identity theft, was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the Davos World Economic Forum also winning the prestigious UK BT Flagship IT Award. Garlik had over 500,000 users when acquired by Experian in November 2011.

‘In its 50th Anniversary year 2006-2007, Nigel was President of the British Computer Society. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Computer Society. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary DSc by the University of Nottingham. Married with two children he lives in Oxford and Lymington, Hampshire where he indulges his passion for sailing.’

New: No agenda networking club

When? Wednesday 20th February, 5.30-9pm

Where? Steinbeck and Shaw Bar and Restaurant, Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘JCP Solicitors is hosting their First No Agenda event of 2019. We would be delighted if you could join us for a glass of bubbles and nibbles.

‘No Agenda provides the perfect opportunity for networking in an informal and friendly setting, no name badges, no set questions and no agenda!’

IoD International Women’s Day lunch

When? Friday 22nd February, 12-3pm

Where? Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

How much? £35-40+VAT

What? ‘Join us for a special question time event to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff on Friday 22nd February.

‘In the Chair’s seat will be ITV’s Business and Brexit Correspondent Carole Green and our panel will comprise Everest conqueror Tori James; Maria Leijerstam who was the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole; IoD Wales Chair, Jean Church; and Eluned Morgan, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh language.’

Bizmums Cardiff

When? Tuesday 26th February, 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 Marketing so there will be a short talk on this topic. Your first visit is FREE, Returning Guests is £7.50 (Payable on Registration).’

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Professor Olwen Moseley – Dean of the School of Art and Design

When? Wednesday 27th February, 7.30am-9.30am

Where? Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

How much? £35

What? ‘Professor Olwen Moseley’s specialisms are design, design thinking, idea generation, professional practice, creative communities and design festivals. She graduated from the Central School of Art & Design, London, in 1983 and gained valuable experience working in London for several years, before returning to South Wales to work in the community design and education sector.

‘In 1989 she set up Moseley Webb Design with Richard Webb, later named See What You Mean. The company gained an enviable reputation in strategic design for print and multimedia for a range of clients, helping companies to explain complex issues visually and more easily through innovative picture technology.

‘She joined the School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly UWIC) in 1996, working in various roles such as subject leader of Graphic Communication and Director of Enterprise for the School, with responsibility for Industrial and Business Liaison and Knowledge Transfer, before taking the reigns as Dean of School in 2015.

‘In 2005 and 2009, Olwen was named by ‘Design Week’ magazine as one of the ‘Hot Top 50′ most influential people in design in the UK for her role in establishing the Cardiff Design Festival and she was the recipient of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, Inspire Wales Award 2010 for her role in the creative industries.

‘In 2012 Olwen was awarded a Cardiff Metropolitan University Teaching Fellowship, nominated by students. The award highlights the qualities particularly valued by students; linkage between theory and practice, student engagement and interactivity, respect, helping students look beyond their degree to employability, recognising the individuality of students, and concerns for student welfare and personal development planning.

‘She was awarded the title of Professorial (Personal Chair) in 2015 and was appointed as Dean of the School of Art & Design that September. She is a keen road cyclist.’

Chamber After Hours 

When? Thursday 28th February, 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.’

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