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 events.
General business networking
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Business support events and webinars
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 webinars offering businesses a chance to learn how to successfully tender for Council contracts. Our next event is to be confirmed: please email Openforbusiness@scambs.gov.uk if you would like to join our waiting list.
How to achieve data-driven business growth, 10 August 2021
As SMEs start to think about moving from recovery into growth, how can they take advantage of existing resources like data? What funding is available to support them?
Futures by Design helps SMEs innovate, grow and increase productivity by using their data to make informed business decisions. Smaller businesses are a critical part of the South Cambridgeshire economy, but their success may be improved by a clearer understanding of the data they hold. Learn how Futures by Design supports SMEs to stimulate innovation through better use of knowledge and data.
South Cambridgeshire District Council recently launched their Growth Fund grant scheme to support local SMEs from any sector who had to put plans to develop their business on hold due to the pandemic restrictions. Hear how to successfully apply for funds to invest in the tools needed to analyse your data to improve performance.Register for this free to attend webinar to hear:
- Overview and objectives of the Futures by Design Project
- How they work with SMEs
- Benefits to SMEs
- Case studies
- How SMEs can get involved
- How the South Cambridgeshire Growth Fund can help SMEs use data to grow
Alan Todd, Project Consultant, Futures by Design
Adele Gritten, Business and Economic Development Manager, South Cambridgeshire District Council
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 Open For Business newsletter.
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