Look for networking not work this October

In the short-term quest to get more work, networking can often be neglected. But looking for opportunities to build your network rather than win contracts can pay off in the long-run.

It’​s much easier to offer up your services to someone you’ve already met. Since you know something about them, you can tailor your message so it’s just right for them. To give you a helping hand, here’s a list of the business networking events taking place in Cardiff this October.

* 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.

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Ryan Giggs

When? Thursday 3rd October, 7.30-9.30am

Where? Sophia Gardens Cardiff Stadium

How much? £35

What: ‘Former Welsh international and current Welsh football manager, Ryan Giggs OBE, holds the accolade of being the most decorated footballer in history.

‘Born in Cardiff, his family moved to Manchester when he was six, where he signed for Manchester City’s School of Excellence before joining Manchester United on his 14th birthday. From there, he never looked back, making his professional debut for the club in 1991, going on to spend the next 23 years in their first team, making 963 appearances for them (a club record) and scoring 168 goals.

‘During his record-breaking time at Manchester United, Ryan won 34 winners medals, including: 13 Premier Leagues; 4 FA Cups; and 2 UEFA Champions Leagues. He was also named PFA Player of the Year in 2009 and Sports Personality of the Year in the same year.

‘Between 1991 and 2007, Ryan also made 64 appearances for Wales, scoring 12 times.

‘After retiring from professional football in 2014, Ryan was named Interim Manager of Manchester United before becoming Assistant Manager. In 2018, he became Wales Manager, replacing Chris Coleman.

‘In his first game in charge of Wales, the team beat China 6-0 in the 2018 China Cup. Since then, they have played a number of friendlies as well as winning 2, losing 2 in The UEFA Nations League, including a memorable 4-1 victory over Ireland.

‘In his time as manager, he has spoken of his desire to blood youngsters and the importance of building a squad which has strength in depth.

‘Ryan is currently spearheading Wales’ campaign for qualification to the 2020 European Championships.’

FairPlay Business Network

When? Tuesday 8th October, 6-8pm

Where? S|3 Advertising, High St, Cardiff

How much? Free

What? ‘“Work is what we do, not where we go”

‘Today’s workforce needs to be mobile. Deadlines are shorter than ever and we need to make decisions faster. With multiple generations in the workforce, we must accommodate a wide range of behaviours, outlooks, expectations, and work styles.

‘To stay competitive, businesses need to consider new ways of working. Results based working provides employers with a pro-active, forward thinking approach to achieve their objectives. It enables staff to have autonomy over the way they work and creates an environment where people can maximise their potential.

‘Join us at S3 Advertising’s innovative office space to network and learn how Results Only Working can transform your business and create a more inclusive and productive workplace.

‘Hear from guest speakers who are experts in this area, with a Q&A panel to answer your questions.’

Zokit Business Expo

When? Wednesday 9th October, 10am-3pm

Where? Cardiff City Stadium

How much? General entry free, some charges for breakfast and lunch sessions

What? ‘A meeting of business minds! A bustling day of collaboration and connections for your business

  • Promote your business
  • Find suppliers
  • Meet buyers
  • Connect with collaborators
  • Start and continue conversations
  • Update your business know-how with free talks and master classes

‘Expo Stands, Lots of visitors, Masterclasses, Tip Talks, Networking breakfast, business lounge with free WiFi + more

‘Ample FREE Onsite Parking.’

Spotlight Wales Morning Networking

When? Friday 11th October, 9.30-11.30am

Where? Holiday Inn Cardiff, Coryton

How much? £10

What? ‘We would like to welcome you to Spotlight Wales Networking event, now incorporating Bridging Wales Cardiff we are looking to do what we do best thats help small businesses connect and grow.

‘There is unlimited tea and coffee and a bacon roll

‘There is no membership to this event and everyone is welcome.’

How to catch your fish: the art of networking – Jenny Bolt

When? Thursday 17th October, 10am-12.30pm

Where? Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator Hub

How much? Free

What? ‘Jenny Bolt is a working actor, director, public speaking and presentation skills coach and a workshop facilitator, with more than 10 years of experience of enabling clients achieve their potential.

‘She is one of the workshop facilitators with Funny Women and she has run immersive sessions for JLL in London, Norwich and Edinburgh, Women in Rail in York and Manchester, YouTube and FM Global. More recently she has been part of the Funny Women team running the HERlarious workshops “Stand Up to Stand Out” for NatWest in Cardiff, Peterborough, Liverpool, Maidstone and Edinburgh. She is the in-house improvisation teacher for Funny Women and runs her own school on improvisation classes in south London.

‘Her other work includes a confidence skills workshop with GSM and the DWP.

‘Jenny was recently in The Amber Trap at Theatre 503 and toured with Dusty, the Dusty Springfield musical, as well as directing students in Jess and Jo ForeverYard Gals and The Whale at Stage Works College.’


‘You know you have a lot to offer – right? You want to grow your business, make connections, and develop your client base. You walk into a room knowing you want to connect with other businesses that will be mutually beneficial – but how do you identify and approach the people who will be good for you and your business?

‘Are you asking them for help, or offering your skills to help them? Is it better to get 15 business cards and only get round to following up one, or get three you can definitely develop a future relationship with? Who can you collaborate with, and move forwards with, creating new leads, new relationships and more business, who can you make a strong connection with?’

The Big Question: How Do You Reel Them In?

‘Networking can be daunting and most of us find it really challenging (it needn’t be). In this practical workshop you will discover what works for you, and how you can develop your networking skills with confidence and creativity. You’ll learn the key three elements you need to employ to truly connect with prospective business allies. Through various carefully designed exercises and scenarios, you will discover the best way to promote yourself and your business and feel good about it!!

‘This workshop will be immersive, fun, and informative.

‘Tickets for this event are limited – book early to secure your place!’

Zokit: Cardiff Networking Breakfast

When? Wednesday 23rd October, 7.15am-9.15am

How much? £13.24 – £18.51

What? ‘The newly refurbished Village Hotel Business Club is the perfect venue for our business networking breakfasts & we are excited to be using the brand new Business Club.

‘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.’

CIPD: The False Idol Triange

When? Thursday 24th October, 10am-12.30pm

Where? Village Hotel, Cardiff

How much? Free for members, 13.32 otherwise

What? ‘What do bonobo monkeys, Mars bars, and Postman Pat have in common, and how can we learn from them! Join us for an alternative (and irreverent) perspective on trust, relationships at work, and management.

‘Speaker: Kevin Brown, Senior Lecturer – University of South Wales’

Cardiff Business Club: Warren East, Chief Executive of Rolls Royce

When? Thursday 24th October, 6pm

Where? Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

How much? Lecture only is free

What? In July 2015, Warren East became Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce succeeding John Rishton. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2014 and served as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, as well as being a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee.

Warren is a Chartered Engineer, educated at Oxford and Cranfield Universities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Distinguished Fellow of the BCS. In May 2017, Warren was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Warren worked for ARM Holdings plc and was CEO from 2001-2013. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on several boards of Engineering and Technology companies. In 2007, Warren was named Business Leader of the year at the National Business Awards and was named in Barron’s list of the world’s best 30 CEOs in 2011 and 2013. He was made CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list for services to Engineering and Technology.

Cardiff Business Network

When? Friday 25th October, 8.30am-9.30am

Where? Toshiba Tec UK Imaging Systems Ltd, Cardiff

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.’

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