7 key Gloucestershire business events for your diary in December 2023

From an annual Christmas lecture complete with festive nibbles to meeting an MP at John Lewis and a masterclass on making your charity more attractive to investors, December 2023 is set to be a thrilling end of the year for Gloucestershire's thriving business community.

By Sarah Kent  |  Published
Before you put the out of office on for Christmas, be sure to check out the fun, festive business events happening across Gloucestershire in December 2023.
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Christmas is naturally a time of year when most businesses look forward to some well-earned time off with family and friends. 

But for Gloucestershire business leaders, entrepreneurs and employees, there's still some exciting business events to attend in December before you switch the out of office on...

Cirencester Talk Business UNO Networking at Corinium Museum

A brand-new networking event for Cirencester, Talk Business is hosting a pre-launch event to introduce its UNO Networking events to businesses in the area.

Meeting twice a month at the atmospheric Corinium Museum, the pre-launch on Friday 1 December 2023, from 9am to 10.30am, offers businesses a taster of what the bi-monthly events will entail. Tickets cost £15 and are available on Eventbrite.

Helping Start-ups workshop at Cirencester Growth Hub

For entrepreneurs just about to launch of their start-up, or those in the first six months of business, this one-day Cirencester Growth Hub workshop will challenge and inspire, providing resources, advice and support to help take your start-up from a great idea to a fully formed success.

Taking place on Wednesday 6 December 2023 at The Alliston Centre on Stroud Road in Cirencester, the workshop is free to attend and runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tickets are available via The Growth Hub website.

Annual Christmas lecture at Hartpury University

Hartpury University’s director of agriculture, Professor Matt Bell, will be leading this year's festive lecture, exploring the role of big data and technology in farming and how it can improve farm-level decision making. Festive drinks and nibbles will also be available at this end of year event.

The annual Christmas lecture takes place on Wednesday 6 December 2023 from 6pm to 9pm at the university's Gloucester campus in Hartpury and is free to attend. Book via the university's website.

Gloucestershire Business Networking BIG breakfast at John Lewis Cheltenham

At the final Talk Business breakfast networking event of the year on Friday 8 December 2023, guest speaker Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham, will be chatting all things local, over a delectable feast from the Huffkins team at John Lewis in Cheltenham.

Arrive at the store at 7.30am for 90 minutes of talks, networking and a bite to eat, all while raising money for children's cancer charity Emily's Gift — those attending will also be invited to sport a hat for the charity's Crazy Hat Day.

Business bootcamp in the Forest of Dean

A Forest of Dean Growth Hub-hosted bootcamp for SME business owners and leaders, the Business Doctors will take you through an assessment of your company's health and fitness, looking for ways to improve revenue, boost growth and everything in between.

This free event is happening at the Vantage Point Business Village in Mitcheldean on Monday 11 December 2023 from 2pm to 5pm. Register through the Growth Hub website.

Winter wonders market and mingle at Leonardo Hotel Cheltenham

For a networking event with a bit of added festive sparkle, join the Women's Business Club UK at the Leonardo Hotel in Cheltenham for a winter wonders market and mingle.

On Thursday 14 December 2023 from 7pm to 9pm, support local businesses, get in some Christmas shopping, network with fellow business owners and enjoy a keynote talk, too. You can even book a stall to sell your wares! Tickets cost £25 for general admission or £35 if you'd like to book a trading stall. Book via Eventbrite.

Pitching your charity or social enterprise for investment workshop at Tewkesbury Growth Hub

For any charities or not-for-profits hoping to secure investment, this Tewkesbury Growth Hub-hosted workshop will equip you with the know-how to make your enterprise attractive to investors, learning all the tools needed for pitching and finding out how to present your social values commitment to businesses.

The free workshop, based in Tewkesbury Borough Council's Public Service Centre, takes place on Tuesday 19 December 2023 from 9.30am to 12.30pm and one-hour slots can be booked via The Growth Hub website. 

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