Co-working every Friday morning 9.30am – 12 noon at Smokey Joe’s café, Bennington Street GL50 4ED
Laptop Friday is an opportunity to meet local business people and work, swap ideas or network in a friendly atmosphere over a coffee. If you work from home and spend a lot of time on your own it's a chance to get out and about while still keeping an eye on those important emails and tweets. There are new people almost every week and everyone is welcome. Just come along between 9.30am and 12 noon and introduce yourself to our organisers Nigel Knowlman and Louise Jenner. For more information visit the Laptop Friday Facebook page or contact Nigel Knowlman.
Below: 7th Anniversary of Laptop Friday
LtR: Louise, Belinda, Nigel, Jonathan. Photo: Glenn Parker
The second Tuesday evening every month (except August) 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Beehive, Montpellier Villas GL50 2XE
Skillspace Networking aims to support small businesses in Cheltenham with a talk every month on a topic of interest, from cyber security to social media. There is plenty of time for networking before and after the talk and '15 seconds of fame' to introduce yourself and your business to other attendees. The event is free but we ask everyone to contribute £1 to nibbles after the talk.
Future Skillspace events:
Tuesday 13 February Jack Henry, DF Legal: How to chase bad debts effectively.
There will be plenty of time for networking before and after the talk, with 15 seconds of fame to introduce yourself to other attendees, and nibbles afterwards for a contribution of just £1. Join us from 7.30pm in the Beehive, with the talk starting at 8pm.
20 March Clare, Tidal Training - A brief overview of first aid (note that this is the third Tuesday of the month to avoid race week)
10 April - Louisa Clark, Project Manager, Start and Grow Enterprise (SaGE): Top tips to grow your business
For more information visit the Cheltenham Connect Facebook page or contact Belinda Wilson.
Connect Business is a free annual conference and exhibition which aims to encourage networking and local sourcing in Gloucestershire.
2017 was the seventh year the event had been hosted by Cheltenham Connect, a voluntary business community group.
More than 150 people visited the Pavillion, in Up Hatherley, to browse 22 stalls from local businesses, and hear talks on different aspects of marketing and business.
Co-organiser Belinda Wilson, Cheltenham Connect SkillSpace Group Leader, said: “The seventh Connect Business Day was a great success.
“The initial feedback has shown that attendees and standholders rated the day very highly and a good number of business connections were made, as well as business done on the day.”
“One of the main strengths of the day is that it has a very informal feel, which is encouraged by the fact that it is a real community event as Cheltenham Connect is a voluntary group.”
The event was opened by Mayor of Cheltenham Klara Sudbury and started with a talk from Dominic Cotter of BBC Gloucestershire and Kelly Ballard, head of Marketing Cheltenham.
A panel discussion on achieving the business dream saw Pamela Chen-Moore from Chen-Moore chopsticks, author Luan Wise and Cheltenham Town club captain Aaron Downes go head to head.
Nigel Knowlman, director of the Business Kitchen, has been to the event for the last three years.
He said: “It’s fantastic to see the local businesses that are doing so well.
“There are so many interesting companies here. Connect Business is a great organisation run by volunteers.”
Stalls included the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, Cheltenham Coworking, Nettl of Cheltenham and the Federation of Small Businesses.
In the afternoon MP for Cheltenham Alex Chalk addressed the event. He spoke about varied topics including business growth, the upcoming cyber hub and improvements to the A417.
For more information visit the Connect Business Day website.