‘Network to get work’ this April

Branded the one viewers love to hate, Dan Egan from Veep (my new favourite satire series) has a point when it comes to networking. Making new connections via business networking events is an essential marketing tactic for many businesses – but new contracts or sales aren’t the only benefit.

Often, the rewards of networking are more a case of ‘who you knows knows’ than ‘who you know’ and it can take time for those referrals and the return on your networking investment to show. So the earlier you start, the better.

Here’s a list of the business networking events coming up in Cardiff over the next month.

* 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.

Zokit: Cardiff Networking Breakfast

When? Wednesday 10th April and Wednesday 24th April, 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.’

The Welsh Business Show 

When? Thursday 11th April

Where? Cardiff City Stadium

How much? Free

What? ‘The Welsh Business Show Cardiff 2019 will mark the 18th Welsh Business Show. The shows were launched in Cardiff in 2010 and due to its success, was a base on which to grow the shows across Wales over the past ten years. The Cardiff show is held in the spacious Cardiff City Stadium with capacity for 80 exhibitors and a seminar room just off in the exhibition hall. The show is attended by over 500 businesses from both Wales and the West of England for a day of networking, learning and connecting with other businesses.’

3rd Thursday Club

When? Thursday 11th April, 5.30pm *2nd Thursday due to Easter*

Where? Park Plaza, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘An informal free for attendees networking event held monthly for the professional community of Cardiff. This month sponsored by Thin Cats UK.’

Cardiff Business Club: Paul Donovan, Global Chief Economist, UBS Wealth Management

When? Friday 12th April, 12noon

Where? St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay

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

What? ‘Paul Donovan is the Global Chief Economist of UBS Global Wealth Management. He is a member of the Global Investment Committee, a UBS Opinion Leader, a sponsor of UBS Speak Up and a UBS Pride Ally.

‘Paul is responsible for developing and presenting the UBS economic outlook, marketing the UBS view on economics, policy and politics around the world. He regularly appears in the print and broadcast media, and is a reluctant Tweeter on economic issues. Paul represents UBS as part of the B20 Trade and Investment Working Group. Paul started at UBS Investment Bank as an intern in 1992, and was Global Economist before moving to Global Wealth Management in August 2016.

‘Paul will be discussing:

• The way the world works is changing – what economists call the fourth industrial revolution. This is a significant shift for the global economy, with economic, social and political consequences
• These changes mean that economic data is less and less reliable
• Politics is likely to remain polarised, focused on single issues, and thus volatile
• Success as a company or country depends on maximising what economists call “Human capital” (there are Brexit implications here)
• Jobs change, but we do not all end up working for robot overlords
• Investment changes, which may give a misleading impression of what is happening in an economy like the UK
• Trade changes, which means much of the Brexit negotiations are about 50 years out of date.

Introbiz Ladies Lunch

When? Friday 12th April, 12.30-2.30pm

Where? Revolucion De Cuba, The Friary, 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.

‘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.

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

Caerphilly Business Forum Breakfast Seminar with Nicola Rylett 

When? Tuesday 17th April, 7.30am

Where? Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus

How much? £12-24

What? ‘How to power up your network to generate leads and develop your business: As a child of the 80s I always wanted to quote He-Man in a presentation, so here goes “By the power of greyskull….I have the power!” Well, to be honest we can all have the power to multiply our lead generation activities. I love to share.

‘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.

‘Nicola has previously worked providing strategic direction for a number of early stage and developing companies and has demonstrated a proven track record in building effective and efficient organisations that maximise sales revenues in the short term and increase the organisation’s long term profitability.

‘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.’

CIPD: Putting your eggs in one basket – exploring succession planning

When? Wednesday 17th April, 6-8pm

Where? Village Hotel Cardiff, 29 Pendwyallt Road, Cardiff CF14 7EF

How much? £0-12

What? ‘Speaker: Gareth Way – South East Wales Branch Team

‘In a world where employees are looking at “their next appointment”, how do we mitigate the risk of the loss of tacit knowledge and “culture creators” to ensure business continuity and success? This session will explore the question and work with delegates to develop their own answers and strategies.’

FSB South East Wales networking breakfast

When? Thursday 25th April, 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!’

Cardiff Business Network: Digitising your finance team

When? Friday 26th April, 8.30-9.30am

Where? Toshiba Tec UK Imaging Systems Ltd, 1st Floor, James William House, 9 Museum Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BD

How much? Free

What? ‘Finance processes are critical to an organisation’s success but they can be time-consuming and labour intensive. This session, discover how easy it is to increase the efficiencies in your accounting department and see how working with Document Management can speed up document storage and retrieval, free up space, and improve the information flow throughout your company.

‘We’re building a community of businesses in Cardiff. Whether you work for a small start-up or large corporation, if you have an office in or around Cardiff you are more than welcome to join us.

‘On the last Friday of every month, we meet for tea, coffee, a bite to eat, and a short presentation from one of the other attendees. The topics vary from month to month so there should be something for everybody.’

IoD Wales First Wednesday Club: The Resilient Leader

When? Wednesday 1st May, 5.30-7.30pm

Where? Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

How much? £15-20+VAT

What? ‘Following the series of practical “leadership talks” with Jean Church this event considers where change is a constant and the “bounce back” ability an essential, the application of resilience principles can be used as a powerful competitive advantage for any Leader in business.

‘Successful change requires a profound understanding of not just what it is that has to change but also how to change. Understanding the behavioral patterns that highly resilient people consistently demonstrate enables others to replicate what resilient people do, in turn increasing resilience capacity on both an individual and organisational level.

FSB Tech talks and networking

When? Thursday 2nd May, 6-8pm

Where? Federation of Small Businesses, 1 Cleeve House, Lambourne Crescent, Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 5GP

How much? Free

What? ‘Businesses looking to improve their online marketing and looking to find out how to better use cloud technology to improve how they run their businesses

‘FSB is teaming up with Web Box Digital and Team Metalogic Limited to provide this informative event to help business both improve their online marketing and understand how they can better use Cloud technology.

‘This event is free to attend. Places are limited and it is essential to register to attend.’

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