Cardiff business networking events March-April 2020

* Please be aware that, since publishing, the majority of these events have been cancelled, rescheduled or moved online in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Here it is: Glew’s round-up of business networking events taking place in Cardiff over March and April.

* 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 Wales First Wednesday Club: James Lewindon, Konexo, a Division of Eversheds Sutherland

When? Wednesday 4th March, 6-8pm

Where? Cardiff Castle

How much? £15-20+VAT

What? ‘What is the best way to create a fully integrated strategy into your organisation and how is it best implemented? How do you ensure that you and your business are able to benefit from a firm foundation for growth.

‘Speaker: James Lewindon –  Head of Legal Resourcing UK – Konexo, a Division of Eversheds Sutherland.

‘James leads Konexo Legal Resourcing in the UK, having worked with the team from its inception. James joined Eversheds Sutherland in 2011, bringing ten years’ experience in project and programme management and worked on the set up and delivery of a new legal service (law firm led flexible lawyer contracting) that was the first of its type in the UK. This has grown to £10m+ and expanded into Europe and APAC region. With over 1,000 consultants in the Konexo UK legal pool, and now offering project managers, business analysts and hybrid onsite/offsite legal solutions, strategic change has been a constant of this growing business. James works with world leading global brands/organisations delivering projects in legal business strategy, financial and management controls, information technology, operations and resourcing solutions across the UK, EMEA and APAC regions.  James gained an MBA Distinction from the University of Bath, and is PRINCE2 Practitioner qualified.

‘James will chat through his career journey that started with teaching history in a secondary school to managing strategy deployment for clients in an international law firm. He will cover his experiences of best practice in companies that have successfully set, deployed and delivered strategic change. He will also identify common mistakes (many he’s made himself). From setting a small team/business strategy to implementing global strategy change.’

Zokit Online Business Networking & Know-how

When? Thursday 5th March, 12noon-1pm

Where? Online

How much? £9.11-£15

What? ‘Avoid the traffic, grab a cuppa and network from your office or sofa! Zokit Online Business Networking & Know-how is just like a live Zokit Event… simply done online.

‘You just need a way of getting online and a webcam, speaker and mic (most devices have these inbuilt). Use your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

‘You’ll be emailed the link to the video conferencing and instructions nearer the time of the meeting.’

Startup Stiwdio Founder Friday with James Shapland, Founder of Coffee#1

When? Friday 6th March, 2-3pm

Where? University of South Wales Cardiff Campus, Adam St

How much? Free

What? ‘James left his job in the City of London to found Coffee #1 in 2000 and grew the business to 15 shops across Wales and England – which threatened the big 3 – before selling the chain to SA Brain. & Co.

‘James will share the pivotal moments in his entrepreneurial journey and as well as keys tips on how to grow a startup business and how to build a strong brand within a highly competitive sector.

‘James will also share his tips on success and perhaps talk about his future plans…There will be a Q&A after his talk.’

Cardiff Business Club: Sir Simon Bollom

When? Monday 9th March, 6pm

Where? Swalec Stadium, Cardiff

How much? Lecture free, dinner £40 (Members only)

What? ‘Sir Simon Bollom graduated from Southampton University in 1981 with an honours degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the RAF as an engineering officer for 35 years and his last appointment was as Chief of Materiel (Air) in Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and RAF Chief Engineer on the Air Force Board. During his service career he served in a variety of operational and staff appointments, with the last 15 years focussed on acquisition and support delivery.

He retired from the RAF in April 2016 and having enjoyed a short career break interspersed with some consulting, he returned to the DE&S as Chief of Materiel (Ships) in April 2017 responsible for acquisition and support of surface ships for the Royal Navy. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer DE&S in May 2018.

Appointed as Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 2011, he became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and was made a Knight Command in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours List.’

Zokit: Cardiff Networking Breakfast

When? Wednesday 11th March, Wednesday 25th March, Wednesday 8th April and Wednesday 22nd April

Where? The Village Hotel, Coryton

How much? £14.30 – £21.67

What? ‘The 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, there is an opportunity to continue networking after this time.’

South Wales Chamber of Commerce: Enhancing Workplace Wellbeing

When? Wednesday 11th March, 8-10.30am

Where? White Rose Resource Centre, Caerphilly

How much? Free

What? ‘Workplace wellbeing is higher on the business agenda in the UK than ever. One in six workers experiences a mental health problem at any one time with stress responsible for almost half of working days lost in Britain due to health issues.

‘Costs for employers have risen 16% since 2017 with rising presenteeism being the major driver and young people the most vulnerable employee group. The case for employers to invest is better than ever with £5 saved for every £1 spent.

‘Recent research shows people living in former industrial areas such as the upper Rhymney valley enjoy fewer years of healthy living compared to more affluent areas of the UK. This affects their personal and professional lives.

‘To assess workplace wellbeing with the aim of improving it using the Reddot365 digital methodology with a selected cohort of businesses linking with the IWN and associated activities.

Heads up: Cardiff small business meet-up

When? Thursday 19th March, 4-6pm

Where? Bizspace, Cardiff

How much? £5-10

What? ‘Come along and meet your fellow small business owners in Cardiff for support, advice and socialising. Held at BizSpace co-working at Trafalgar House and hosted by your local leader for Cardiff, Emma del Torto.

‘Running your own business is a rewarding experience, but sometimes we can forget to keep ourselves running just as well! As part of the new Heads Up campaign, we want to ensure small business owners have a community of fellow entrepreneurs to turn to.

‘Whether it’s to get solutions to your business challenges, make important connections or simply to have a chat with someone who knows what it’s like to be your own boss – this meet-up is for you.

‘So come along, meet your fellow entrepreneurs in Cardiff and let the community support you! Always remember, there is an us in every business.

‘February’s meet-up will feature a talk from award-winning entrepreneur, Rayner Davies who will be sharing her business story.

‘Rayner Davies is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Welsh Business Woman Of the Year, Entrepreneur of The Year, and most recently Institute of Directors – Family Business person of the Year. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of the multi-award-winning commercial cleaning business, A&R Contract Cleaning. It is a husband and wife run business with a multimillion-pound yearly turnover and over 200 hardworking, dedicated members of staff.

FSB: It’s About Time: Your Business and You

When? Friday 20th March, 9.30am-2.30pm

Where? Calon Lodge, Llanerch Vineyard Hensol Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8GG

How much? Free

What? ‘This event is brought to you by NatWest Cymru, the University of South Wales, Darwin Gray Solicitors and the Federation of Small Businesses.

‘When you’re dedicated to your business, can you achieve a healthy work-life balance?Independent research commissioned by NatWest Insight Consultancy revealed that work-life balance is the biggest challenge facing female-led businesses.

‘In fact, one female business owner told the researchers: “My love of control… I do it myself… so it is very difficult to manage that balance because I don’t really get to switch off from the business.”

‘Sounds familiar? At the latest in our series of It’s About Time events, we’ll be focusing on you. How can you – and why should you – put your own wellbeing further up your own to-do list?

‘Our keynote speaker, Lianne Weaver, will be guiding us through emotional intelligence and self-awareness, in ourselves and others. You’ll get tools and techniques you can take away and use to boost your self-awareness immediately.

‘We’ll also look at how the health of your business can impact on your own wellbeing. And we will be hearing from a panel of entrepreneurs who have faced their own challenges with finding a balance, and experts with tips to share. The event will include roundtable discussions, and Office Om will be teaching us some mindfulness and movement techniques to help decrease stress and increase wellbeing.

‘There will also be plenty of opportunity to network and connect with other women in business over coffee and lunch.

‘It’s About Time…Your Business & You will start with registration, networking and coffee at 9.30am and will close at 2.30pm.

‘Whilst this is a Women In Business event you don’t have to be a woman to come along. All are welcome!

Business Growth Wales Expo

When? Wednesday 25th March, 10am-1pm

Where? Holiday Inn, Cardiff North

How much? Free for visitors, £12 for networking breakfast

What? ‘The Business Growth Expo Cardiff will be at the Holiday Inn, Cardiff North on Wednesday 25th March 2020.

‘With around 40 Exhibitors, and a number of Free Business insight seminars throughout the day, attending is a great way to help grow your business. The event is FREE For Visitors to attend – doors open at 10am! Why not attend our networking breakfast beforehand from 8.30am – a great chance to network informally before the Expo kicks off with a bang!

‘If you are interested in exhibiting then take a look at our exhibitor and sponsorship packages on our website We can’t wait to see you on the day!’

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Sir David Norgrove

When? Thursday 26th March, 7.30-9.30am

Where? Sophia Gardens Cardiff Stadium

How much? £35

What: ‘Sir David Norgrove is Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, which was established in 2008 as an independent body at arm’s length from government and reporting directly to Parliament. The Authority oversees the Office for National Statistics (ONS) including its main office of around 2,000 staff in Newport.

‘ONS measure and publish everything from GDP to unemployment as well as overseeing the ten yearly census. The Authority also oversees the Government Statistical Service, and has the statutory objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that ‘serve the public good’.

‘Sir David was appointed Chair of the UK Statistics Authority in April 2017. He began his career as an economist at the Treasury, and worked in a Chicago bank before becoming Private Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He then joined Marks & Spencer, ending as a member of the Board, and he has been chair of the Pensions Regulator, the Low Pay Commission, and the Family Justice Board.

FSB Connect: Networking South East Wales

When? Thursday 26th March, 8.30-10.30am

Where? Regus – Cardiff Gate Business Park

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 East 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 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 this FREE marketing opportunity for your business! We look forward to welcoming you.’

The Welsh Business Show

When? Thursday 26th March, 10am-3pm

Where? Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Road

How much? Free

What? ‘The Welsh business shows are business to business exhibition attracting over 500 delgates for a day of networking, learning and connecting with like minded individuals. The show includes a networking breakfast, speed networking, a range of informative and insiring seminars delivered by UK experts and over 70 businesses exhibiting their products and services.’

South Wales Chambers Last Thursday Club

When? Thursday 26th March, 12.30-2.30pm

Where? Arup, Pierhead St, Cardiff

How much? Free for members, £6.25+VAT for non-members

What? ‘Decarbonisation is top of the agenda with most companies around the world right now and indeed with most of the population. But how can you, as an SME here in Wales look at reducing your carbon emissions?

‘Have you got a sustainability policy in place? Do you choose an electric vehicle or do you wait for hydrogen-powered cars to hit the production line? Where do you start? How can you help? What is carbon literacy?

‘Confused? Then why not join us for a buffet lunch at Arup Hub in Cardiff Bay for the Last Thursday Club where we will host this expert panel-led discussion, which will hopefully provide some answers and some tools which will set you on the road to reducing your carbon footprint and help the SMEs of Wales take steps towards a more circular economy.

‘This event has been kindly sponsored by the University of South Wales.

IoD Wales Mair Barron, Best Practice Coaching & Mentoring Ltd

When? Wednesday 1st April, 5.30-7.30pm

Where? John Lewis, Cardiff

How much? £15-20+VAT

What? ‘Mair is Founder and Director of Best Practice Coaching and Mentoring Ltd which she launched in 2016 to support companies and individuals facing career and performance related challenges. She also advises SMEs on how to commercialise their recruitment process with tips and techniques on how to engage sought after talent in a fiercely competitive market. Prior to setting up her own business, Mair worked for global brands including Hays PLC as a Regional Operations Director and latterly with the Welsh Practice of Odgers Berndtson, one of the world’s largest executive search firms. Mair loves people and has managed large teams of consultants to help them perform at optimum level in the metrics- led harsh world of recruitment. She is proud to be a Volunteer Mentor on the Business Wales Mentoring Programme and also a long standing member of the IOD in Wales. Joining Mair on the panel is David Donovan, Head of Branch John Lewis & Partners.’

CIM Wales: An Evening with Rory Sutherland

When? Tuesday 7th April, 5.30-8pm

Where? KuKu Club, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff

How much? £40

What? ‘Rory Sutherland, the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK, acclaimed Behavioural Economist and with over seven million views, TED Talk superstar is joining CIM Wales to show us how our ideas, products and brands can triumph in defiance of logic.

‘In our data-driven age, businesses usually try to use logic, algorithms and theory to drive sales and solve problems. But there’s a problem with this rational approach: humans are innately illogical, and make unconscious decisions based largely on our emotions. What if there was a deeper, underlying logic to explain our irrational selves? How can leading marketers tap into it to drive their brands, products and businesses to global success?

‘In this talk, Rory will blend cutting-edge behavioural science, jaw-dropping stories and a touch of branding magic, to show why the demand for logic – from so-called economists, technocrats, managers, analysts and spreadsheet-tweakers – is stifling our ability to solve problems and find creative solutions.

‘Discover the science of knowing what economists are wrong about, and how our biggest breakthroughs may lie not in logic and more data, but in the equally important skill of knowing when and how to abandon it. And, in today’s algorithmically-obsessed age, why alchemy is more valuable than ever.’

Cardiff Business Club: Katherine Bennett CBE, Airbus

When? Thursday 23rd April, 12pm

Where? The Hilton Hotel, Cardiff

How much? Lecture free, lunch £40 (Members only)

What? ‘Katherine Bennett CBE is a Senior Vice President of Airbus and has been with the company for 14 years. She leads the company’s external engagement and strategy in the UK and reports directly to the Global CEO, Guillaume Faury. Katherine has held roles in Communications and spent several years based at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France running the global public affairs function.

‘Katherine’s previous employment was with General Motors UK where she headed up their government affairs function and prior to that worked for Hill and Knowlton Public Relations in London.

‘Katherine was awarded the Order of Commander of the British Empire in January 2019 for services to the aerospace and aviation sector. This follows her Order of the British Empire award in June 2004 for services to industry and charity.  She has served on various boards of public/private enterprises focused on economic development in UK regions including the West of England LEP and is Vice President, Aerospace on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association).  She serves on the Board of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy) and is Chair of the CBI International Trade Committee. In addition, Katherine is on the Board of the French Chamber of Great Britain, UK Made Smarter Commission and Wales Government Science and Innovation Council.

‘Based out of London and Bristol, she has specific responsibility for Public Affairs for all parts of the Airbus company which employs 14,000 people in the UK.

‘In July 2018 she founded and co-chairs the UK’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which is committed to building a fair and balanced industry for women in this sector. She has also been instrumental in Women in Defence activity. She serves on the Board of the International Aviation Womens’ Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

‘Katherine is active in her local community in Wiltshire, is a church organist, a member of the UK Parliament Choir and founder of the Airbus Filton Choir.

‘The event will start with a drinks reception at 12pm, followed by the talk at 12.30pm and lunch at 1.30pm. We aim to finish at approx. 3pm.

FSB Connect: Networking South East Wales

When? Thursday 30th April, 8.30-10.30am

Where? Regus, Cardiff Gate Business Park

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 East 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 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 this FREE marketing opportunity for your business! We look forward to welcoming you.’

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