Key Gloucestershire business events for your diary in December 2022

From engineering breakfasts and opportunities to celebrate Christmas in style while raising money for Sue Ryder, to a veterans’ jobs fair, networking, business seminars and masterclasses, SoGlos teams up with ReformIT to list some key dates for your diary in December 2022.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
Professor Steve Draper is limbering up to deliver Hartpury University's first ever Christmas lecture - on how the art of drumming can benefit humankind.
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Engineering breakfast

If you got your hands on this article early, there is still time to hightail it to the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus for its ‘engineering breakfast', due to take place on Thursday 1 December 2022.

This is your chance to have a light breakfast on the university, while learning about its brand-new Level 7 professional engineer apprenticeship programme and other degree apprenticeships on offer, as well as bag a tour of the facilities.

Arrive for 8.30am at Park Campus engineering headquarters (LC-040) for tea, coffee and pastries. Speakers begin at 9am, followed by a tour of the facilities at 9.50am, before the event closes at 10.15am.

Sue Ryder's Christmas party

Pittville Pump Room will host this festive seasonal gathering in aid of Sue Ryder on Friday 2 December 2022. Described as ‘an elegant evening of dinner, dancing and Christmas celebrations’, all funds raised will go to the much-loved Leckhampton Court hospice.

Due to take place from 7pm to 1am, this is a formal black-tie event for families, friends and colleagues, as well as anyone who wishes to attend, to toast the festive season together.

Described as perfect for entertaining business partners, clients or stakeholders as well, prices start from £90 a ticket with a table for 10 costing £850. Tickets include a seasonal three-course meal with wine. Entertainment will be courtesy of Cheltenham-based band, The Chip Shop Boys.

Independent Five Valleys business owners

Enjoy the buzz that comes from being part of Hive Meets, which offers a chance to connect with like-minded and local business owners from in and around Woodchester.

This informal monthly gathering is for independent business owners, start-ups and reactive freelancers and takes place at Woodchester Mill, North Woodchester, which can be found next to Sofas and Stuff on Selsey Road.

The event is hosted by Carmel King, founder of Hive London and a freelance photographer, and Lucy Harvey, personal coach and business mentor. Due to take place on Monday 5 December 2022, from 9.15am to 10.30am. Tickets are £10.

Visit Dean Wye Christmas networking

Dean Forest Railway will host the forthcoming meet and greet, staged by Visit Dean Wye.

If you are a partner of Visit Dean Wye, the voice of the tourism and hospitality sector in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, you should have been invited along to this event.

It is also your chance to meet the organisation’s new head of tourism, Rebecca Clay. Due to take place on Monday 5 December 2022, from 2pm to 4 pm. If you want to see behind the scenes of the Dean Forest Railway, arrive for 1pm.

There will be a mince pie and mulled wine or hot drink for everyone and the carriages will be open for partners to see.

Boost your leadership skills and business performance

Gloucestershire Business School is hosting this free taster session of the Help to Grow: Management course, described as ‘transformational’ by businesses that have taken up the challenge to date.

Due to take place online on Wednesday 7 December 2022 from 9.15am to 10am, the 45-minute session will serve as a general introduction to the course, the contents of the 12 different modules, how it all works in practice over its 12-week duration, and how you can make the most out of it as a business owner or leader.

Guaranteed to give you some positive food for thought as you go into the Christmas break and a chance to consider the challenge of taking up the course in 2023.

Gloucester jobs fair

This pre-Christmas online event on Tuesday 6 December 2022 is billed as a ‘veterans virtual jobs fair’, and is free and due to take place between 11am and 2pm.

HireX says its virtual job fairs ‘connect you directly with veteran-friendly employers’ and offer the chance to land an interview with up to 40 business over the three hours.

Free to veterans and their spouses, attendees register, receive an email with access to the virtual platform up to five days before the event and can register for available jobs and set up interviews in advance.

How to plan a social media strategy

Staged and hosted by Gloucestershire’s The Growth Hub business support service, this event is led by guest speaker Caroline McShane of Social Honeycomb.

McShane will help you see how your business, however small or large, can get strategic and plan how to use social media to get in front of customers at less cost - and continue to grow.

The Social Honeycomb boss is an experienced social media advisor, who provides expert social media advice, training and management to a variety of businesses and people, but predominantly within sports, health and wellbeing industries. Due to take place on Tuesday 6 December 2022 at The Growth Hub, Gloucester.

A festive construction-themed AccXtravaganza

AccXel's Forest of Dean headquarters in Cinderford.

To celebrate its first year in business, the high profile Gloucestershire construction school success AccXel is staging its AccXtravaganza! party on Wednesday 7 December 2022.

More than 200 industry professionals and other guests are expected at the Lloyds Banking Group-sponsored event, which will take place between noon and 4.30pm at the AccXel centre itself on Steam Mills Road, Cinderford.

The aim is to mark an end to the first year in style, and speaking of style – guests will also be treated to a special fashion show with models taking to the catwalk sporting the latest in PPE, construction-related gear and merchandise. There will be guest speakers, workshops and exhibitions hosted by experts in the fields of sustainability, mental health, construction technology, digital technology and marketing.

Cirencester Chamber Christmas Social

Cirencester Chamber is due to hold its Christmas social event at the town’s Growth Hub on Wednesday 7 December 2022.

According to the active group, the aim of the gathering is ‘a convivial evening with festive drinks and nibbles with friends and colleagues from our local business community’.

Open to non-chamber members too, the Christmas social is due to take place between 6pm and 8pm at Cirencester Growth Hub, Stroud Road, Cirencester.

Women in Business Christmas Drinks

Sam's Montpellier restaurant in Montpellier will host Cheltenham's Women in Business Christmas event.

Elaine Warwicker of the business Canny Conversations is due to host this Women in Business Christmas drinks event at Sam's Montpellier restaurant in The Courtyard in Montpellier, Cheltenham.

Tickets for the occasion are £33, which will include canapés and a glass of fizz with a private area at the restaurant also booked for the event.

Due to take place on Tuesday 13 December 2022 from 7.30pm to 11 pm, it is described as a great chance to catch up, reflect on the year, celebrate and look to 2023.

Lessons for new entrepreneurs

This workshop staged by The Growth Hub business support network will provide ‘an opportunity to learn from the mistakes and successes of a uniquely experienced and successful entrepreneur’.

John Ferris, who now runs his eponymous business advisory service, was 50 years a company director, a chairman for more than two decades and a man who also launched six successful start-ups.

His advice will cover the dos and don’ts for new entrepreneurs and will be invaluable for anyone navigating their own business journey. Due to take place between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 8 December 2022.

Understanding who your customers are

This is the first in a series of workshops designed to help businesses create and implement a cost-effective marketing plan, staged at Tewkesbury’s The Growth Hub on Tuesday 13 December 2022 from 1pm to 4pm.

Heather Westgate of We Are Marketing UK Ltd will show you have to create a cost-effective marketing plan that will help you understand who your customers are and how to profile your existing customers to find more like them.

You will learn how to create a hierarchy of importance within your customer groups and quick and easy market research to establish what your audience is looking for and your USP in the market.

How to pitch for investment for your charity

Janina Neumann, creative director of Janina Neumann Design and social entrepreneur, will help you understand how to pitch for investment in your charity or social enterprise.

According to Neumann, whose business is helping organisations grow their brands and pitch for investment, a lack of funding or sponsorship can mean that social change does not happen, and this has a great impact on society.

Neumann helped a client generate an extra £35,000 in fundraising as a result of working together, and she will aim to show you how to do the same. Due to take place on Wednesday 14 December 2022 from 9.30am to 12.30am.

Dragon’s Den style pitch

The University of Gloucestershire Business School, home of The Growth Hub and due to host the Dragon's Den-style business pitch for Gloucestershire schools in December 2022.

This promises to be one of the high-points of the season, with teams from Gloucestershire schools in the running for prizes in a competition organised by the University of Gloucestershire and The Growth Hub.

Teams will pitch their real business ideas to a panel of businesspeople from the county as part of a process that not only seeks to inspire and engage, but help develop the next generation of talent emerging in the county.

This event promises to get even bigger, thanks to the backing of the university’s business school and its partners. But for the moment, all eyes are on this year’s final on Wednesday 14 December 2022.

Hartpury University's first public Christmas lecture 

In what promises to be a lecture with a difference, Hartpury University is about to launch the first in a series of Christmas lectures – a heady mix of music and science, focusing on the benefits of drumming on the human mind.

The event will showcase the findings of ground-breaking neuroscience research involving the university, revealing the benefits of drumming for people with autism spectrum disorder.

Professor Stephen Draper, associate dean at the university, will lead the event by exploring the story of the influential Clem Burke Drumming Project through music and in the form of a festive quiz. Guest drummer DJ Stephani B will perform and Gloucestershire-based music business Inspire Drums will also be part of the event.

Drumming into Christmas: Science of Drumming and Wellbeing is due to take place on Thursday 15 December 2022 from 7pm (6.30pm arrival) to 8.30pm.

Free co-working Friday

This one is not so much an event, as an opportunity - if you are working from home and want to try something new, looking for a temporary new office space, or want to find a place to hold staff or client to customer meetings, this could be of interest.

FigFlex offices in the middle of Gloucester is staging another of its free co-working days, a chance to have a look at what the city centre facility overlooking Gloucester Docks provides and to take advantage of its unlimited tea/coffee and free uninterrupted Wi-Fi.

Doors open at 9am on Friday 30 December 2022 at the building at the top of Southgate Street.

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