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 develop skills to help you run your business successfully.
How can your business make Cambridgeshire safer and more inclusive for all?
Is your business committed to providing an inclusive environment for staff and customers? Would you like to learn from other organisations about how to become more inclusive and diverse? Sign up to the Cambridgeshire-wide Equality Pledge.
The Equality Pledge is a simple but effective way to demonstrate support for all communities. It shows customers, staff and other businesses you work with that you operate in an inclusive way, and actively recognise and value diversity and equality.
At our free webinar on 26 January, 12 noon to 1pm, we will discuss how your business can benefit from signing up to the pledge and help identify actions you might consider as a signatory to make Cambridgeshire safer and more inclusive for all.
Please note that this webinar is only open to businesses registered in the South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge areas. We reserve the right to cancel bookings from organisations that are not businesses on our area.
Making your business greener
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the planet. Attend our free webinar on 24 February from 1pm to 2pm and hear how your business can reduce its carbon use and operate more sustainably.
This case study based webinar will feature a panel of speakers demonstrating ways businesses can operate more sustainably, reducing not only their carbon and waste but also being more efficient and saving money by embracing renewable energy.
The panel will include speakers from Greater Cambridge Shared Waste, PECT and Green Blue You.
How to tender for Council contracts
Local authorities outsource a number of goods and services, be that building services, catering or IT. How do they decide which supplier to contract, and how can local businesses, especially smaller ones, win bids for these contracts?
Attend this free webinar on 20 April to hear our Procurement Officer explain the process of tendering for local government contracts.
Other local business events
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.
General business networking
- 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.
Networking for small businesses
- Members of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Greater Cambridge meet for FSB Connect on the second Tuesday of every month at South Cambridgeshire Hall in Cambourne.
- CamJelly is a casual co-working event, where freelancers, home workers and people running small businesses meet up in order to get out of their normal space, meet some new people and work in a social environment.
Village business networking
- Gamlingay Business Hub is a new networking group for businesses in and around Gamlingay. If you would like to find out more contact email@example.com
- The Histon and Impington Business Network meet at the Geographer café in Histon on the first Thursday of every month to network in a casual and relaxed environment.
- Melbourn Business Association is a vibrant networking group that meet monthly at Sheene Mill in Melbourn when possible
Sector specific networking
- 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.
- 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.
Women's business networking
- The Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce Inspiring Women brings professional women together to share ideas and experiences in a supportive and welcoming environment.
- Cambridge Women in Business meets monthly in Cambridge.
- 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 which meets regularly in Wyboston.
- Alternative networking events can be found on the Meetup website.
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