Business networking and events

Business networking and events

Business networking can provide you with the opportunity to share expertise and knowledge, find suppliers, collaborate, market your business and build new skills. This can happen through networking groups or attending events.

Business support events and webinars

We offer a series of free to attend events and webinars that provide a chance for local businesses to engage with Council services and learn skills to help your business develop and grow.

How to attract and retain the best people for your jobs: An introduction to recruiting 

Do you need to recruit staff but aren't sure how to market your business as an attractive place to work? Don’t know how to utilise the resources you’ve got? Don't know where to place job ads?

We are hosting a free webinar for local businesses at 1pm on 15 June where you'll hear recruitment expert Sharon Livermore from Kameo Recruitment how to attract and retain the best people for your jobs. After all, your workforce is your business.

Register for free

How to tender for Council contracts

Local authorities outsource a number of different services, be that building services, catering, printing or IT. How do they decide which supplier to contract, and how can local businesses, especially smaller ones, win bids for these contracts?

Attend the free webinar below on 27 July at 2pm to hear our Procurement Officer explain the process of tendering for local government contracts.

Register for webinar


If you missed any of our previous webinars, the recordings are available below.

Making your business greener, 25 February 2022

How can your business make Cambridgeshire safer and more inclusive for all? 26 January 2022

Looking after your mental health, 20 January 2022

Looking after your mental health, 8 December 2021

Greener businesses, 25 February 2021

Understanding building control, 27 January 2021


Upcoming business events in the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire area can be found on the following websites and we include a list of interesting local events in our Business Support newsletter. You can subscribe to our newsletter via our online form.

Alternative networking events can be found on the Meetup website.

  • Black Business Network is the home of black business owners and start-up entrepreneurs, designed to strengthen business connections, financing and knowledge.

  • Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce holds free informal networking events and training opportunities at a range of venues across the county. 
  • Cambridge Network is a cross-sector membership organisation that brings people together - from business and academia - to meet each other and share ideas, encouraging collaboration for greater success.
  • Cambridge 100 is one of Cambridge's longest-established business clubs where entrepreneurs, innovators, and professionals come together over quarterly dinners and listen to renowned business leaders.
  • At Drive Networking events local successful business owners share their experience of growing a business in an informative environment.
  • Cambridge Cleantech is a network organisation supporting the growth of sustainable, ‘clean technology’ companies in the United Kingdom
  • Cambridge Wireless is a leading international network for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless and mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies
  • Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce has a number of sector specific groups including construction, HR and IT
  • One Nucleus is a life sciences and healthcare membership organisation based in Cambridge. Their support for businesses includes running at least 15 network meetings each year
  • The Smart Manufacturing Alliance is a dedicated sector network for manufacturers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, working with members and partners to open up new opportunities to unlock innovation and R&D projects, power new collaborations, and strengthen competitive edge.

  • The Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce Inspiring Women brings professional women together to share ideas and experiences in a supportive and welcoming environment.
  • Women in Business Network meetings are a great way of meeting like-minded business women.
  • Cambridge AWiSE is a regional network for women in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) in both industry and academia.
  • The Enterprising Women Cambridge Business Club meets to build relationships, learn from others and share experiences.
  • The Athena Network is a networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs.

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