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Bristol business networks for all company sizes

Joanne Lunt

Community Host

19th Sep 2018

One of the huge advantages of working in a dynamic and thriving city such as Bristol is that we are thoroughly spoilt for choice when it comes to business networking!

As passionate believers in the power of building connections and community, we attend a lot of events and have insight into the best meet ups out there. Here is a quick guide to some of our favourites which all serve different purposes!

For directors looking for extra business support.

The Institute of Directors in the South West is a network that supports and represents business leaders throughout the region. IoD South West holds a number of networking events and keynote talks throughout the year. If you’re a scaling business looking for extra support, keep an eye out on their calendar of events.

For businesses looking for additional brand exposure.

 

The South West Business Showcase which happens twice a year offers a great platform for local companies to share their latest products and meet like-minded business leaders from across the region.  Check out the dedicated breakfast networking events.

For businesses looking for help with exporting.

As well as running regular events and training workshops, Business West offers bespoke information and advice on exporting to help businesses expand overseas markets. One-to-one business support is available from International Trade Advisors to gain insights into target export markets.

For creative businesses looking to showcase their portfolio.

Bristol is a hub for the creative industry and there are a number of networks that offer the resource and support creative professionals need to thrive. Glug Bristol is a great place to meet likeminded individuals and keep up-to-date with the latest creative projects happening in the city.

Another fantastic platform to find creative talent or shout about inspiring creative projects is Bristol Media. Members have a number of benefits including a range of exclusive discounts and special offers with local businesses

For small businesses looking for more support..

Starting a business can be daunting but we think Enterprise Nation has done a super job connecting business owners and helping them feel like part of a wider business community. The network offers everything from small business workshops, conferences (the popular Female Festival of Entrepreneurs is back in Bristol this October!) and even dedicated Enterprise Nation advisors that can help with everything from legal issues to accounting.

For professionals looking to broaden their network.

The concept behind LinkedIn Local is simple – to help people make connections with the people behind their LinkedIn profiles.  The events are an informal way for professionals to broaden their business network by connecting with people face-to-face.

We’ve had the pleasure of hosting a LinkedIn Local event here at Origin Workspace. LinkedIn Local tends to sell out quickly so ensure you act quickly.

For businesses looking for marketing support.

Rules of Engagement is a great network to get involved in regardless of how large or small your business is. The events are usually filled with interesting speakers sharing their experiences and projects while covering a range of topics, from working with micro-influencers to ensuring websites are user-friendly.

As you can see, there is a plethora of fantastic business networks in Bristol for whatever stage you’re at. If you’ve recently come across a network that you value and think we should join, do let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Joanne Lunt

Community Host

Joanne is our friendly community host – the first person you’re likely to meet if you come for a tour at Origin Workspace and always ready to meet and greet members, visitors and guests. A key part of Joanne’s role is helping to connect businesses that are in the space to encourage and promote collaboration. Behind the scenes, Joanne is also responsible for dealing with membership enquiries and applications. She’s also busy developing the Origin Connect Card by finding new businesses to sign-up to the card and promoting it to members. Joanne’s love of travelling has taken her backpacking across the globe and working as a chalet host, giving her lots of experience of meeting new people and building relationships. Her passion for fitness means you’re also likely to find her at one of our regular Workout + Network events!

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