Networking events in Cardiff this March

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A round-up of affordable business networking events in Cardiff this March. 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.

FULLY BOOKED: Cardiff Business Club Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier

When? Monday 11th March, 6.15pm

Where? St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay

How much? Free (lecture), £37.50 (dinner)

What? ‘Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier is the Chief of the Air Staff, in command of the Royal Air Force since July 2016. He leads a Whole Force of some 35000 Regular and Reserve personnel and nearly 5000 Civil Servants, supported by thousands of contractors. He is personally accountable for the safe and effective operation of over 700 manned and unmanned aircraft and for meeting the airpower needs of Defence on operations world-wide.

‘Prior to assuming his current appointment, he was the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Capability) in the Ministry of Defence between 2012 and 2016, responsible for strategic force design, balance of investment and capability coherence across all areas of UK joint military capability. He has significant other previous experience in MOD capability planning, acquisition and programme delivery. His previous command appointments include Air Officer Commanding Number 2 Group, Officer Commanding RAF Lossiemouth, and Officer Commanding Number II(AC) Squadron.

‘A Tornado GR4 pilot and flying instructor, he has over 3500 flying hours and extensive operational and command experience, ranging from squadron pilot to theatre commander of British Forces. He received his knighthood in 2014 and was appointed CBE in 2004. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for operations over Iraq in 1999,and the United States Bronze Star for Iraq operations in 2003.

‘He is married to Elaine, who has provided incredible support to him and to the wider RAF family for over 30 years, and has 2 grown-up children. Air Chief Marshal Hillier reluctantly now describes himself as a former long distance runner, frustrated by injury. Instead he now relaxes by road and mountain biking, photography, hill-walking and reading.

Zokit: Cardiff Networking Breakfast

When? Wednesday 13th March and Wednesday 27th March, 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.’

HR Essentials

When? Thursday 14th March, 10am-1.30pm

Where? W2 offices, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘Come join us at the brand new and innovative W2 offices in Cardiff for our FREE HR Essentials Seminar including a light lunch and use of the W2 gym facilities.

‘This FREE seminar will help business owners prevent HR headaches. It will cover your responsibilities as an employer and how to manage your HR function from the beginning to the end of employment.

‘This is perfect for anyone wanting to learn their HR responsibilities and anyone responsible for HR as part of their role be it hiring for the first time or managing a team already.’

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Richard Thomas – Head of Digital & Marketing, BBC Wales

When? Wednesday 20th March, 7.30am-9.30am

Where? Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

How much? £35

What? ‘Richard oversees the development of a range of innovative digital and interactive products for audiences in Wales, the UK and further afield, as well as helping audiences navigate BBC Wales content across TV, radio and online.

‘Working with a range of different teams, he leads the development of integrated campaigns, on-screen creative, digital content production, brand strategy, audience insight, communications and TV scheduling.

‘He’s also been an integral part of BBC Wales’ Central Square project since joining the BBC in 2012 and is currently developing the broadcaster’s plans for the way in which it will engage with licence fee payers and the creative sector in the new building.

‘Before joining the BBC, Richard was the Managing Director of Cardiff & Co, the public private partnership established to market Cardiff to the world as a place to visit, invest and study and before that he was the Director of Marketing & Communications for the South West of England Regional Development Agency.’

FULLY BOOKED: IoD Social Wales ’99’ social evening

When? Thursday 21st March, 5.30-7.30pm

Where? The Maltings, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘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 world of entrepreneurs. Enjoy a pleasant, relaxed, social event for an informal drink/food, a chat and the opportunity to expand your professional network.

‘Mandy Weston, Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Town Square Spaces Ltd and formally founder, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise.

‘Mandy will tell her story “From Corporate to Start Up” from leading acquisition integrations for VC backed companies to taking a new career path into the start up world. In addition, an NED for the family business Wize Virtual Admin. Advisory member on the boards of WRI, Go Connect CIC, Breast Centre Wales, Big Ideas Wales Role Model and Caerphilly Education Forum. Formerly chair of Caerphilly Business Forum.’

CIPD South East Wales – Winning lessons

When? Thursday 21st March, 6-8pm

Where? Village Hotel, Cardiff

How much? £0-£12

What? ‘Join us as a selection of winning companies from the CIPD Wales Awards 2018 share their case studies and insight around topics such as change management, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, health and wellbeing.

We also hope that the award-winning stories will motivate you to start thinking ahead to entering the 2019 Awards!

Ladies lunch at Piatto Pasta House by Gio’s

When? Friday 22nd March, 12.30-2.30pm

Where? Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff

How much? £25

What? ‘Are you looking to meet, socialise or network with the amazing women in your community? Join us for ladies’ power lunch held at the brand new Piatto Pasta House by Giovanni’s. Located in the heart of Cardiff Bay on Friday, 22nd March, this is an event not to be missed.

‘Running from 12:30-2:30pm, this event is structured around helping to create a strong professional network for like-minded business professionals. On arrival, guests will collect a glass of bubbly and network informally for the first hour. During the second hour, a delicious main course and dessert lunch will be served followed by more networking. See highlights of our previous lunch, here

‘The brand new venue is the third venue opened by Giovanni Malacrino and his hard-working team. They already run restaurants on The Hayes and Park Place and this new pasta house will follow in their footsteps.

‘This event is ideal for business owners, corporate companies and SMEs all looking to make more connections.

FSB South East Wales networking briefing

When? Thursday 28th March, 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!’

Chamber After Hours and Business Expo 

When? Thursday 28th March, 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.’

CIM Wales: Leading marketers dinner 

When? Thursday 28th March, 6.30pm

Where? Cardiff & County Club, Cardiff

How much? £50

What? ‘This prestigious and intellectually stimulating round-table event is aimed at senior marketers, academicians and practitioners and other C-suite business leaders who share an active interest in marketing and related activities. It is a forum to discuss marketing and business insights and the strategic challenges facing marketing and business leaders in the marketplace and explore ways of overcoming them. It’s also a good opportunity to network with marketers and senior business leaders from different industry sectors.

‘We will also feature a high-profile marketing leader who’ll share their experience, marketing journey and the issues and opportunities faced by current marketing leaders.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

18:30 Welcome drinks reception
19:00 Guests seated and presentation by Dr Geraint Evans FCIM
20:00 Three-course dinner, followed by a Q&A with Dr Evans (after the Q&A session delegates are welcome to return to the bar for further networking).’

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