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Bristol's Best Networking Events

by Nicola Heaney

Did you know that Bristol is one of the best UK cities in which to start a business? According to the 2022 Startups Cities Index, if you’re looking for a UK city in which to base your fledgling business, Bristol should definitely be on your shortlist!

One of the many factors that makes Bristol such a great city for business is the sense of community across many different sectors. Although it’s a large, vibrant city, Bristol can also have that ‘village feel’ – thanks in part to the relationships built through the numerous networking events.

Looking for ways to grow your Bristol network this Summer? We’ve pulled together some of the most exciting events going on in Bristol in June/July 2023.

20th June 2023 5.30pm – 8pm Freelance Networking Drinks at the Square Club

Run by the excellent Bristol Creative Industries, this event aims to give their 200 strong network the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet plenty of new faces too. Open to freelances and anyone who engages with freelancers, it will allow you to widen networks, make new connections, discuss common problems, and discover potential opportunities for collaboration going forward. Visit Eventbrite for tickets.

21st June 2023 5pm-7pm British and Irish Trading Alliance at Riverstation

This is a free event for members and non-members of BITA, where you will have the opportunity to meet with the South West; Bristol Board, other BITA members, and local business people in a friendly and relaxed environment for social networking, and possibly enjoy a drink at the same time. Book tickets via Eventbrite.

26th June 2023 7pm – 9pm Powered Up Business Networking at Lost & Found.

Powered Up Business Networking is networking that puts the people behind the businesses first. Their aim is to encourage attendees to get to know one another – and strong business connections will follow. Each month there’s a presentation that aims to provide a valuable takeaway.

This month, the speaker is digital marketing stalwart, Adam Millington from Modular Digital. The title of his talk is called "Websites: Beyond Marketing". For tickets and more information, visit Eventbrite.

29th June 2023 10am – 12pm Enterprise Nation Small Businesses Meet-up

Enterprise Nation is an active small business network with monthly meet-ups bringing together small business owners. Each meet-up gives people the chance to share ideas, learn new skills, solve challenges and inspire one another. For tickets and details on the event, visit Eventbrite.

Fri, 30 Jun 2023 10am – 11.30am Freelance Mum Netwalk Bristol Ashton Court

The Freelance Mum netwalks are child-friendly events, designed to make connections and build relationships with fresh air and fresh thinking! They meet regularly at sites across the city, all of which have plenty of parking, open space, café and toilets.

Come and join the Freelance Mum netwalk; connect with other mums in business, grow your network and support your business. For more information, visit Eventbrite.

6th July 2023 5pm – 7pm DisruptHR Bristol at the Engine Shed

DisruptHR is a global community aiming to bring together leaders, entrepreneurs, HR professionals and Technologists to share ideas on making work better. The premise is: say something interesting. Quickly! Each speaker has just 5 minutes to share their thoughts, stories or ideas. There’s no set theme and no topic is off limits – if you’ve got something interesting to say about the world of work, they want to hear it! Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

And one for the future…

If you’re a Bristol-based business, then SETsquared should definitely be on your radar.

SETsquared is a unique enterprise partnership and a dynamic collaboration between the six leading research-led UK universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.

As a world-leading business incubator, they provide a wide range of highly acclaimed support programmes to help turn ideas into thriving businesses.

For more information on future events, visit the SETsquare website.