Affordable business networking events in Cardiff – June and July

Cardiff might be hotting up for summer, but it’s not quite time to cool it on the networking front. Make the most of these last few opportunities to grow your business network this June and July.

* 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 “In the Director’s Chair” – an Interview with Steve Dalton OBE

When? Wednesday 5th June, 6-8pm

Where? Cardiff Castle

How much? £15-20+VAT

What? ‘Join us for a conversation with Steve Dalton OBE – The Managing Director of Sony UK Technology Center a Division of Sony Europe B.V. and current IoD Chairman’s Award Winner for Excellence in Director and Board Practice.   We will have the opportunity to understand how as Managing Director Steve has maintained the phenomenal successes of the Pencoed operation; his approach to continuous learning, driving apprenticeships and working with the community.

Zokit: Cardiff Networking Breakfast

When? Wednesday 5th June, Wednesday 19th June, Wednesday 3rd July and Wednesday 17th July 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.’

South Wales Chamber Business Doctors Strategy Workshop

When? Thursday 6th June, 8-11am

Where? Inspiration 3, Village Hotel, 29 Pendwyallt Road, Coryton, Cardiff, CF14 7EF

How much? Free

What? ‘In Partnership with The South Wales Chamber of Commerce

‘FREE to attend the session which will look at an effective approach to Strategy for YOUR Business.

‘Topics covered:

  • Identifying Business Owner Ambitions and Aspirations.
  • Foundations for Sustainable Profitable Growth.
  • What Market are you in Anyway?
  • Your Customer Avatar?
  • Pricing for Profit.
  • People – your most significant weapon!
  • Setting Bold Ambitious Plans!’

No Agenda Networking Event by JCP Solicitors

When? Thursday 6th June, 5.30-9pm

Where? Steinbeck and Shaw, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘JCP is hosting their next No Agenda event on Thursday 6 June 2019 at Steinbeck and Shaw, Cardiff between 5:30pm – 9:00pm.

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

  • Pimm’s and a hot dog on arrival
  • Happy hour from 5-10pm
  • 2-4-1 cocktails
  • Selected beers only £2.50
  • Bottles of Prosecco £15

The event is completely free to attend. Please feel free to bring a colleague or contact with you and we invite you to share this event. Due to numbers, we will need all attendees to have signed up to the event, so please feel free to forward this link.

We look forward to seeing you there.

FSB Wales Annual dinner

When? Wednesday 19th June, 6.30pm

Where? Techniquest, Cardiff Bay

How much? £75

What? ‘Join us at the FSB Wales Annual Dinner – one of the key events in the Welsh business calendar.

‘The theme for this year is ‘SMEs Innovating for Wales’ and we’ll be recognising the role played by our smaller businesses in driving innovation and adopting new innovative practices to promote business productivity and help give Wales’ economy a competitive edge.

‘We are delighted to announce that Rt. Hon Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales, will be our guest and speaker for the evening.

‘We are also very fortunate to again receive the support ofCardiff Metropolitan University – a university which is at the forefront in supporting and engaging businesses in innovative approaches and which itself continues to build on this with its School of Technologies.

‘We are delighted to hold this event in partnership with Techniquest, a Welsh institution which has for so long promoted innovation, science and learning and has stimulated and developed the next generation of engineers and scientists. There will be an opportunity to hear about Techniquest’s exciting plans for growth and its mission. It is an event not to be missed!’

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Nick Shorrock, SEO Shire Oak Energy & Tidal Lagoon Power

When? Thursday 27th June, 7.30-9.30am

Where? Sophia Gardens Cardiff Stadium

How much? £35

What? ‘At 49, Mark is a British, clean power systems developer with 16 years’ experience growing the UK’s low carbon power generation capacity.  He has been responsible for achieving over 30 planning consents, including the development and construction of UK-based solar and wind sites with a total installed capacity of 302MW, and the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project consent for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.  At one point he owned the largest pre-consent pipeline of UK wind assets in 2006.  Mark has raised and deployed over £400m in solar and wind projects and raised £1.3bn (conditionally) for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

‘Mark pioneered two first-of-kind renewable energy investment vehicles, one specialising in early stage low carbon companies and the other focused on solar power investments.

‘Mark’s epiphany about tidal range power struck in 2011, having visited over 135 investment managers to explain virtues of investments in solar, wind, biomass, nuclear, tidal stream and tidal range. He started working towards a tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay in 2011 and created and staffed Tidal Lagoon Power in 2012 to begin work on a programme of six UK tidal lagoons, addressing project risks in the areas of environment, build cost, turbines, grid, land, planning and local stakeholders.

‘The first of these tidal lagoons, the 320MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, was awarded a Development Consent Order in 2015 and is being prepared for construction. Initial plans for a subsequent Cardiff Tidal Lagoon, around 3GW in installed capacity, were first unveiled in March 2015. The company is also actively examining opportunities for international deployment.’

FSB South East Wales networking breakfast

When? Thursday 27th June and Thursday 25th July, 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 with Toshiba Tec

When? Friday 28th June and Friday 26th July, 8.30am

Where? 1st Floor, James William House, 9 Museum Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BD

How much? Free

What? ‘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.’

South Wales Chamber Monthly Mingle

When? Tuesday 2nd July, 5-6.30pm

Where? Ronald Macdonald House Charities, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

How much?No charge but small donations to Ronald Macdonald House Charity is welcome

What? ‘Come and find out more about the work of Ronald Macdonald House Charities in this fantastic purpose built house whilst meeting like-minded business people.

‘We have 1 speaking slot available at 10 minutes, please contact for more details.

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