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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 joining networking groups or by 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 our services and learn skills to help businesses develop and grow.

Webinar: How to do business with the council

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

We are committed to supporting local businesses and encourage local businesses to bid for, and win, public sector business. This webinar, taking place on Tuesday 27 February and run by our Procurement Officer, uses real life examples and is an opportunity to understand the process of tendering for local government contracts.

Sign up for this free, practical, interactive online session and learn:

  • how to find open tenders
  • how to sell to local government
  • using the right language
  • what is social value and why is it important?
  • is this the right business strategy for you?

Register now for your free place

Webinar: How to protect your business from cybercrime

Cybercrime costs the UK economy around £27bn a year, with small businesses one of the most vulnerable groups – 30% of SMEs in the East of England reported being targeted last year. Online fraud is becoming more sophisticated using phishing emails, social media and WhatsApp.

So how can your business avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime? Join our free to attend webinar at 12pm on Thursday 21 March where experts from the Eastern Cyber Resilience Centre will give you easy to follow tips and advice, using real-world examples, to improve your business resilience.

Sign up for a free place

The following organisations organise a range of in-person and virtual events for the local business community.

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.

There are a number of business networking groups located in the villages around South Cambridgeshire offering local support. Below is a list of some we know of. If you are aware of any other local groups please email the team with details.

  • Monthly business networking breakfasts are held at different venues in Girton. If you would like to attend, or host a networking event, please email Martin Dickson from Arlington Manor Care Home.
  • The Histon and Impington Business Network is a relaxed and informal group for all types of businesses in and around Histon and Impington.
  • Melbourn Business Association is a vibrant networking group that meet regularly at Bury Lane Farm Shop and other local venues.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 Athena Network is a networking, training and development business club for women executives and entrepreneurs.

 

 

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

 

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