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 do business with the Council

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?

Our next event will be on 7 December from 2pm to 3pm when you can hear our Procurement Officer explain how to write successful tenders for local government contracts. 

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

How to attract and retain the best people for your jobs, 15 June 2022

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

The following organisations organise business events and webinars

Alternative networking events can be found on the Meetup website.

We include a list of interesting local events and webinars in our Business Support newsletter. You can subscribe to our newsletter via our online form.

Business networks

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

Sector specific networks

  • 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. They work with members and partners, opening up new opportunities to unlock innovation and R&D projects, power new collaborations, and strengthen competitive edge.

Networks for women in business

  • 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 women executives and entrepreneurs.

Networks for underrepresented groups

 

FSB’s Business Without Barriers hub features inspiring interviews with successful disabled entrepreneurs and personal accounts from employers who are helping to break down barriers to employment.

Hatch Enterprise supports underrepresented business founders, such as: women, disabled entrepreneurs and/or founders from an ethnic minority. They help to create, launch and grow sustainable and impactful businesses through tailored programmes.

Let’s Grow Business Together is a LGBT+ business hub. They offer free resources, interviews, advice, and networking events for LGBT+ small business owners and employers, who look to make their workplace more inclusive.