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. 

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

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? We are running a series of free webinars offering businesses a chance to learn how to successfully tender for Council contracts. Our next event is on Tuesday 28 September at 2pm.

Register for the how to tender for Council contracts webinar for free now


Meet the Business Support Team

Businesses have faced unprecedented challenges over the last 18 months and uncertain times still lie ahead. The Business Support Team are here to help you access the services you need to grow your business.

We are holding a free to attend drop in session from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on 20 October to meet us and find out who we are and how we can help you.  Email us to arrange an appointment if you have a specific issue you want to talk to us about.
Looking after your mental health

The last few months have been a difficult time to run a business and people’s mental health has suffered as a result. We are running a series of free events exploring how to look after yourself as well as your business.

Whatever the size of your business, everyone needs help sometimes.

In these inspirational and solution focused sessions, our guest speakers Nick Elston and Zoe Thompson will talk through their lived experience and ways to help you cope in these challenging times.

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8 December, 1-2pm

12 January, 12-1pm

Themes include:

Mental health and wellbeing

'What has gone before'

Resilience, adversity and recovery

Acceptance and survival. 

Register now

Themes include:

Mental health and wellbeing

'What you do next that counts'

Resilience, positivity and aspiration

Acceptance and awareness.

Register interest



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

Greener businesses, 25 February 2021

Understanding building control, 27 January 2021

Meet the business support team, 20 October 2020


  • Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce holds free informal networking evenings and training opportunities at a range of venues across the county. They have also launched a Championing Business initiative to create a community of local champions from businesses to help foster individual and collective growth and forge cohesive working partnerships and engagement within local areas. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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