Supported by Headline Sponsors:

BristolExpo

25th September 2019

WeTheCurious

1 Millennium Square

Bristol

10am - 3pm

Networking events at Get Connected Bristol

 

Although the entire Expo can be seen as a networking opportunity, there are some organised networking events within the Expo that can make it easier to connect.

There is a breakfast networking event before the Expo, then there are 2 Speed Networking sessions suitable for all sectors. There are 14 Sector-specific events, to bring whole sectors together (and anyone who wants to network within these sectors). To end, there is a Cabernet & Connections event for a relaxed, all-sector networking opportunity

 

 

 

BREAKFAST NETWORKING

 

Breakfast Networking

8.30am-10.00am

 

 

Have a great start to your visit to the Get Connected Bristol Expo with this networking breakfast.

Discover a no-hassle, no-pressure, no-egos way to network!  Come and join the highly successful WeMeanBusiness networks in this fun and interactive session, networking WMB style. All you need to bring is yourself, an open mind, and a great big smile.

 

Suitable for all business people from small and medium-sized businesses from the South West region. Make some great contacts as well as learn some new networking skills from a networking expert.

 

8.30am  -  Arrive – enjoy breakfast & Coffee/tea

 

9am Short welcome and intro - Setting the scene

 

Networking exercise 1 & review

 

Networking exercise 2 & review

 

Networking exercise 3 & review

 

10.00am Wrap up & exchange of business cards and goodbyes

 

There is a £10+vat charge to cover breakfast.

 

 

 

 

SPEED  NETWORKING

 

Warm up your visit to the Bristol Business Expo with these 2 Speed Networking events:

 

Speed Networking 1   11.30am - 12.00pm

Please arrive at 11.15am for a prompt 11.30am start to the session.

 

 

Speed Networking 2   1.45pm - 2.15pm

Please arrive at 1.30pm for a prompt 1.45pm start to the session

 

Speed Networking is a popular way of making new connections, because it gets the job done, and quickly! Book yourself in and meet dozens of business people from the region in this free networking opportunity. You'll take it in turns to have a minute to introduce yourself and your business to fellow business people taking part, with the goal to find shared interests and opportunities to take beyond the session. Bring plenty of business cards.

 

As well as this particular Speed Networking, the entire Expo is networking centric - business people from all business categories are invited to attend and network throughout the event: IT, Property, Manufacturers, Financial, Business to Business Services, Business to Consumer Services, Retailers & Distributors, Publishers, Transportation, Charities etc.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

SECTOR NETWORKING

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for IT & Techies

10.00-10.30am

Book Free Tickets

This Networking Session is Kindly Sponsored by Withers & Rogers LLP 

 

 

Working in tech? Are you a web developer? Do you know a thing or two about website enhancement and desktop applications? Maybe you are an expert in database management. Is web security your specialism or are you experienced in HTML, CSS or JavaScript?

 

If you work in technology and IT or would like to meet up with tech and IT experts than this networking session is right for you. You might be joining us because you would like to meet an e-commerce specialist? Maybe you are looking for another team member to lift your business to the next level?   Come along, have a coffee and have a chat with other techies and IT specialists or meet business owners who would like to get in touch with IT experts.

 

Free to attend. This networking session takes place 10-10.30am

 

(Please note, this networking session is open to all. It is not exclusively open to IT professionals and techies. Everyone, regardless of business sector, is welcome to attend.)

 

ABOUT THE SPONSOR

Withers & Rogers is one of Europe’s largest dedicated intellectual property law firms, with offices across the UK and Munich. Established more than 130 years ago, we remain as passionate as ever about making intellectual property work to our clients’ best advantage. Today, our clients include many renowned, innovative organisations from across Europe, North America and Asia.

 

https://www.withersrogers.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for importers, exporters and manufacturing

10.00am-10.30am

Book Free Tickets

This Networking Session is Kindly Sponsored by Bishop Fleming

 

The aim of this networking session is to put together importers, exporters, manufacturers and businesses that supply this business sector.

 

Join us for coffee/tea and have a chat with other traders and manufacturers.

 

How to minimize waste, how to increase productivity, how to improve performance, how to evolve the product, what about packaging? This networking session gives you the chance to collaborate with professionals with a similar background and challenges and with experts who can be available for support, advice or funding.

 

(Please note, this networking session is open to all. It is not exclusively open to international trade and manufacturing professionals. Everyone, regardless of business sector, is welcome to attend.)

 

ABOUT THE SPONSOR

 

Bishop Fleming is a leading provider of accounting, tax and business consultancy, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in areas such as personal tax, corporate finance, business recovery and insolvency, business & international tax, payroll services, forensic and litigation support, grant services, VAT, audit assurance and accounting.

 

The firm is ranked in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For and is a member of Kreston International, a network of independent accounting firms in more than 100 countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Creative and Marketing Professionals

10.45-11.15am

Book Free Tickets

 

This networking session, open to all but with a focus on marketing, design, advertising and PR professionals takes place 10.45-11.15am and is part of Get Connected business expo Bristol 10am-3pm.

 

Are you a marketeer looking for more business contacts? Would you like to meet up face to face with other local creatives and digital designers? Would you like to discuss the latest social media trends? Does your company need a brand make-over and are looking to meet the right agency to help you with this? Or simply want to get out the office and meet some other creative businesses?

 

Join us if you are working in marketing, advertising, PR, and / or if you would like to meet professionals working in this field.

 

Expect relaxed friendly networking, help yourself to a tea/coffee and have a chat!

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: this networking session is NOT exclusively open to people working as creative or marketing professionals and/or wanting to connect with businesses in this sector. Everyone welcome.

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Charities and NGO's

10.45am - 11.15am

Book Free Tickets

This Networking Session is Kindly Sponsored by Metro Bank

 

At 10.45-11.15am we will be holding a networking session for Charities, NGO’s, social enterprises, not-for-profit companies - and for businesses who like to connect with them. This can be because they have a service, product that can be of benefit to them or maybe they would like to meet face to face with local charities, NGO’s.. for whom they would like to fund raise or volunteer for.

 

Join us for coffee/tea, let’s have a chat and discover mutual interests.

 

(Please note, this networking session is open to all. It is not exclusively open to charities and not-for-profit organisations. Everyone, regardless of business sector, is welcome to attend.)

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Healthcare Services

11.30am - 12.00pm

Book Free Tickets

This Networking Session is Kindly Sponsored by Unique Nursing Services

 

Does your business provide healthcare services, such as mental health in the workplace, chiropractic, first aid training, sports injury care, or personal training? Or does it sell medical equipment, produce nutritional products, provide workwear/textiles to healthcare organisations? Does it provide software for healthcare providers, does is manufacture fitness trackers, does it enable smart city technology?

 

This networking session has been created to bring together the healthcare providers and their many great suppliers from the South West. Please join us for a cup of tea/coffee and talk with other professionals about everything ranging from nutrition, and elderly care to websites and social media tailored for healthcare providers.

 

(Please note, this networking session is open to all. It is not exclusively open to healthcare professionals. Everyone, regardless of business sector, is welcome to attend.)

 

ABOUT THE SPONSOR

Unique Nursing isn’t only unique in name but in our core values and approaches to the care and support we provide. Delivering staffing solutions that work for your organisation – whether you require specialist nurses or experienced healthcare assistants. Our powerful values ‘Family, Integrity & Honesty’ are at the centre of everything we do, every conversation we have and every decision we make.

 

 

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Startups and Young Businesses

11.30am - 12.00pm

Book Free Tickets

 

 

This networking session is open to both visitors and exhibitors and will see a high volume of startups and young businesses taking part. The session takes place 11.30-12noon and is part of Get Connected business expo Bristol 10am-3pm.

 

 

 

Come and join us for some networking. This session is aimed at bringing together startups and young businesses looking for growth AND those who have the expertise and knowledge to help them accelerate.

 

In this session we are trying to match those who are just starting out and those who have skills and services which are much needed by startups. (accountants, bookkeepers, designers, funding & investment, employment lawyers, office space,… to name but a few.)

 

Join us for relaxed and friendly contact making networking - we will have tea/coffee available for you! Just bring your business cards along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Property & Construction Professionals

12.15-12.45am

Book Free Tickets

This Networking Session is Kindly Sponsored by Ratesetter

 

This networking session is open to both visitors and exhibitors and will see a high volume of property and construction professionals taking part. The session takes place 12.15-12.45pm and is part of Get Connected business expo Bristol 10am-3pm.

 

Are you working in the construction/property sector or would you like to connect with people working in the construction/property sector?

 

Then this networking session could be really useful to you.

 

You will be welcomed by your host and will be offered a complimentary drink. The rest of the session is there for you to mix and to mingle and make those all-important connections. Your host will be on hand to help with introductions.

 

This session is particularly useful if you are in the construction/property sector (all trades, residential property, commercial property, architecture, estate agents, town planning, renewable energy, property solicitors, listed buildings, mortgages, engineering, ... )

 

ABOUT THE SPONSOR

RateSetter are a leading Peer to Peer Lender who provide Residential Development and Exit Finance loans between £500k and £10 million, lending up to 65% loan to gross development value or 80% loan to costs on Development Finance, and up to 70% LTV on Exit Development Finance for projects across England and Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Accounting, Banking, Finance and Law

12.15pm -12.45pm

Book Free Tickets

This Networking Session is Kindly Sponsored by Maximise IT

 

Are you working in the finance, banking, accounting, legal sector or would you like to connect with people working in these sectors?

 

Then this networking session could be really useful to you.

 

You will be welcomed by your host and will be offered a complimentary drink. The rest of the session is there for you to mix and to mingle and make those all important connections. Your host will be on hand to help with introductions.

 

This session is particularly useful if you are in the Finance / Legal sector (accountants, lawyers, personal finance, business finance, banking, funding for start-up businesses, employment, online accounting, ... )

 

(Please note, this networking session is open to all. It is not exclusively open to accounting, banking, finance,... professionals. Everyone, regardless of business sector, is welcome to attend.)

 

ABOUT THE SPONSOR

Maximise IT are a leading provider of intelligent automation.  Our award winning product, SmartFlow, enables the automation of non-linear processes in real time, based on accurate data insight - we call it ‘Insight Led Decision Making’.  We developed SmartFlow from 15 years of experience gained from delivering automated complex complaints handling and document processing software solutions.  At the core of our business philosophy is a passion to enable employees within businesses to maximise the value they get from automation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Hospitality and Leisure Industry

1.00-1.30pm

Book Free Tickets

 

 

Are you working in the hospitality sector or would you like to connect with people working in the hospitality sector? If so, then this networking session could be just right for you.

 

 

You will be welcomed by your host and will be offered a coffee/tea/soft drink. The rest of the session is there for you to mix and to mingle and make those vital connections. Your host will be on hand to help with introductions.

 

This session is particularly useful if you are in the hospitality sector (leisure, food & drink, venues, entertainment, event planning, wedding planning, hotel, concierge, travel, equipment hire, marquee hire, music & lighting, decorations, photography & video, festival WiFi, .....) or if you would like to make contact with businesses in this field.

 

PLEASE NOTE: this networking session is not exclusively open to people working in the hospitality sector and/or wanting to connect with businesses in this sector. We welcome ALL business sectors!!

 

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Recruitment, HR and Jobseekers

1.00pm - 1.30pm

Book Free Tickets

 

 

This networking session has been created to bring together recruiters, HR professionals as well as employers and jobseekers.

 

Come along for a coffee/tea and meet face to face with recruitment specialists. The competitive and challenging recruitment environment has changed a lot in the last few years. Just think LinkedIn, facebook, online job listings and the rapidly changing social media landscape. This get-together networking session will give you the chance to network whether you are a candidate looking for your next job, a specialist recruitment agency or HR professional, or looking for talent to add to your growing company to use the traditional form of recruiting; face-to-face.

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Online Retailers & E-commerce

1.45pm - 2.15pm

Book Free Tickets

 

This networking session, open to all but with a focus on online marketing and online retail professionals takes place 1.45-2.15pm and is part of Get Connected business expo Bristol 10am-3pm.

 

Are you an online retailer? Do your customers buy directly from you online? Need help setting up your web-shop? Is electronic commerce an integral part of your business? Just starting up your new business and need someone to build your website?

 

If you are an online retailer or an e-commerce website builder than this networking session could be just right for you. Come along for a coffee/tea and have a chat with like-minded people who would like to make useful contacts in the online shopping business community.

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Training, Coaching, Education, Business Consultants

1.45pm - 2.15pm

Book Free Tickets

 

 

This session has been created for both coaches/educators and for people who would like to find out more about which training is available for their company.

 

This session is particularly useful for business coaches, health and safety specialists, performance improvement, team building, leadership coaching, cashflow experts, time management and many other trainers and educators. And of course for everybody who would like to find out what training is available for their business.

 

 

 

(Please note, this networking session is open to all. It is not exclusively open to business coaches and specialist trainers. Everyone, regardless of business sector, is welcome to attend.)

 

 

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Independent Businesses

2.30pm-3.00pm

Book Free Tickets

 

 

Shopping at an independent businesses supports local traders and in turn, the local economy, enabling local businesses to prosper and grow.

 

Are you an independent businesses or would you like to meet local independents or family businesses? Come along and meet up with other indies and hear all about their passion for the local community.

 

This networking session is for you If you are a retailer, restaurateur, independent cleaner, b&b owner, deli or bookshop…. It’s also for you if you have skills, services that are needed by independents eg. shop fitter, social media expert, brand expert, funding etc.

 

 

 

Sector Networking Session

Networking for Transport and Logistics

2.30pm - 3.00pm

Book Free Tickets

 

 

Are you working in the transport, distribution, sorting, shipping, import, export, warehousing, order fulfillment, parcel tracking, traffic management & logistics sector or would you like to connect with businesses who might have a need for these services?

 

Then this networking session could be really useful to you.

 

You will be welcomed by your host and will be offered a coffee/tea. The rest of the session is there for you to mix and to mingle and make those all-important connections. Your host will be on hand to help with introductions.

 

 

 

(Please note, this networking session is open to all. It is not exclusively open to transport & logistics professionals. Everyone, regardless of business sector, is welcome to attend.)

 

 

 

 

Free Networking Event

Cabernet & Connections

3pm - 4.00pm

 

 

Relaxed networking to help you make new useful connections, as well as strengthen existing business relationships. Connect with dozens of business people from all sectors and from across the region.

 

Complete your visit to the Expo with this relaxed Business Networking Drinks Event that takes place in the Event Cafe at the close of the main Expo at 3pm.

 

Please arrive at 3pm. There will be a welcome drink and pay bar.

 

Book yourself in and meet dozens and dozens of business people from the region in this free, informal and lively networking opportunity. Bring plenty of business cards.