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5 upcoming business networking events in Reading

Networking is a fantastic way to learn from industry experts, meet valuable business contacts and even secure new clients. Reading has a strong business hub and has many successful companies based here making it a great place to take advantage of the many networking events that are taking place.

Of course if you’re planning a business trip to Reading why not stay in one of our fantastically positioned modern serviced apartments and enjoy networking to your hearts content!

Start your own business workshop
February 21st 2018 – 7pm – 9:30pm
The Roger Croft Room, West Berkshire Council Offices, Newbury, RG14 5LD

This free workshop is ideal for anyone who is thinking about starting their own business. It can help you with a number of aspects of running a company including:

• The legal and financial side of being a business owner
• How to identify compliance and good practice gaps in your industry
• Identifying what customers really want from you
• Understanding the best structure for your business

For this particular workshop, the focus will be on the legal aspects and ongoing processes involved in running a business. On the 7th of March, there will be another workshop which explain how to plan for success. As well as learning some valuable tools, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to meet other potential business owners.

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Business Biscotti L’Ortolan Shinfield
22nd February 2018 – 9:30am – 11:30am
L’Ortolan, Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading, RG2 9BY
£5 for visitors

Business Biscotti (www.businessbiscotti.co.uk) is a drop-in networking group which meets on the third Thursday of every month at L’Ortolan. As Reading’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, you’re in good hands at this venue. With its magical atmosphere and beautiful location, you couldn’t ask for a better place to mingle with like-minded business people.

BNI
23rd February 2018 – 6:30am – 9am
Green Park Conference Centre, 100 Longwater Avenue, Reading, RG2 6GP

If you’re a local business owner in the Thames Valley and you’re looking to grow through referral marketing, the BNI (www.bni.co.uk/) networking events are just for you. Made up of dynamic and committed professionals who are keen to refer business to each other, the group says that on average, members increase their business by 20% in the first year of joining.

The Athena Network – Athena Cappuccino Connections
27th February 2018 – 10am – midday
Millennium Madejski Hotel, Reading, RG2 0FL
Free for members, £5 for visitors

Athena Cappuccino Connections is a friendly, informal networking event just for women. At each meeting, there is an ‘Ask The Expert’ session where one person talks about their business or industry – providing a great opportunity to help you grow your business. The Athena Network (https://theathenanetwork.com/) has been designed to support and inspire as well as act a source of business contacts. Most of all, it’s a great place to have fun and meet other like-minded ladies.

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Newbury 4 Networking
27th February 2018 – 8am – 10am
The Chequers Hotel, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JB

This popular breakfast networking event is a relaxed, fun and friendly way to meet other local professionals. At every meeting, there are three 10-minute business appointments which provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about the other guests and get your company’s name out there. With more than 50,000 members online, this really is a great event if you’re looking for some fantastic networking opportunities. Visit their website for further information: www.4networking.biz/