Key Gloucestershire business events for your diary in January 2023

Start the year as you mean to go on – informed about what is afoot, giving yourself the maximum chance of meeting interesting people and learning new skills by keeping abreast of key events with SoGlos’s key diary dates series, in partnership with ReformIT.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
Organisations dedicated to supporting businesses big and small and to getting everyone connected offer plenty of options for January 2023.
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Starting 2023 on the right foot – inspired, informed and connected, with new skills – could set a good pattern for the rest of the year, and whether it is workshops, pep-talks, networking, or education you want, there is plenty going on in Gloucestershire to ensure the new year starts well.

BID Networking at John Lewis

The first event of 2023 by Cheltenham BID is due to be staged at the High Street branch of John Lewis & Partners on Tuesday 10 January 2023.

Due to take place in the store’s Discovery Room it is described as an informal event offering a chance to meet businesses and catch up with the BID team.

Guest speaker for the event will be Paul Wanford from Xerlife, a health and wellbeing web app designed to help you eat better, exercise more and record and monitor a range of health stats.

Tickets are free for Cheltenham BID levy paying businesses and £12.50 for non-levy payers. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served and the event will take place between 10am and noon.

Entrepreneurs’ network event

Start and Grow Enterprise, which dedicates itself to helping entrepreneurs launch businesses and support them as they grow, continues its successful series of networking events into 2023.

Free, the gatherings are aimed at entrepreneurs and SMEs. They take place every month and feature a different speaker each time.

They are billed as a chance to gain valuable tips and insights from professionals and experts as well as other start-ups and business people, allowing people to connect, share skills and hear about the valuable support for new and growing businesses from Start and Grow Enterprise. 

The first for the year will take place at The Growth Hub in Longlevens from 9.45am to noon on Wednesday 18 January 2023.

The latest innovations in agriculture

The Agri-Tech Centre at Hartpury University opens its doors on Wednesday 25 January 2023 to show farms the very latest innovations for the businesses

As Hartpury says, there are lots of considerations to make when looking at new technologies or innovations to apply to farming operations or planning and this event will aim to help you understand just what is out there and how you can benefit.

Emma Hamer, an NFU adviser, will talk about the financial support available and Ben Thompson, manager of Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre, will give an introduction to the centre and there will also be a tour of Hartpury’s commercial farm. The innovation event will run from 10.30am to 1pm.

Cirencester business community evening meeting

This is your opportunity to learn more about the Cotswolds institution that is Cirencester’s The Barn Theatre, and see how you can support it and its campaign, ‘get Behind the Barn’, all arranged by the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce.

Iwan Lewis, chief executive officer and artist director, and Di Cronin, relationship manager, will deliver a potted history of theatre, from how it developed from a Nissen hut into the inspirational theatre it is today, what its vision is for 2023 and beyond, and how the business community can make a difference.

The evening will include a behind the scenes tour. The gathering will take place at Ingleside House, Beeches Road, Cirencester, on Wednesday 11 January 2023 from 6pm to 8pm.

How to reach your customers overseas with support from the DIT

This event at Gloucester’s Growth Hub will give you a chance to hear directly from the Department for International Trade (DIT) about how it helps businesses export and grow into global markets.

The workshop will give an introduction to the support available from the DIT to both experienced and novice exporters, with a particular focus on the service provided by its international trade advisers, digital trade advisers and the global DIT network as well as information about the available funding schemes, the Export Academy and UK Export Finance.

There will be a group workshop in the morning followed by a free session where one-to-one private consultations can be booked.

Aimed at companies with a product or service ready for export and/or businesses that would like to expand their presence overseas, it will take place on Thursday 19 January 2023 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

How to successfully apply for a patent

This online one-to-one series of sessions is your chance to get an audience with experienced Gloucestershire-based patent attorney Flo Bazant who will provide an insight into the patent system, and offer tips on how to make the patent system work as a commercial tool for your company.

Participants will be given a summary of the patent application procedure, what costs to expect at different stages, and how to extract maximum value for your business.

All sessions will be held on Zoom and give the chance to speak to one of Concept IP Cheltenham’s expert partners via video link. The session will take place on Thursday 19 January 2023 from 10am to 1pm.

Journey to net zero: The future of your workplace

Business West is behind this Gloucestershire event which will focus on how the UK plans to respond to its pledge to the world that it will reach net zero by 2045 and reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2030.

In particular the event will aim to discuss how this might impact individual businesses and discuss how firms can shape post-16 technical education to better support the workforce with net zero skills needs.

The event on Tuesday 24 January 2023 from 9.30am to 11.30am will be free, but tickets are only available for a restricted time due to limited capacity. Visit Eventbrite to book. The venue will be announced shortly.

How to have an effective website that delivers great results

Whether you are a new business start-up or an established company looking to grow, having an effective website is a critical element of your overall marketing strategy and this event will show how to achieve just that.

This workshop will demonstrate how to make sure your website positions your business in the right way, highlight your unique selling points, work with your social media marketing and other promotional activities, and ensure you can be easily found on Google.

Richard Hubble, of digital marketing agency It'seeze Websites Gloucestershire, will lead the event, due to take place on Tuesday 24 January 2023 between 10am and 1pm at The Growth Hub at SGS College, Stratford Road, Stroud.

Tayntons' Curry Club

The ever-popular, long-running curry club staged by one of the county’s biggest law firms, Gloucester-based Tayntons Solicitors, brings together local businesses in an informal setting to meet new contacts or catch up with business professionals from the city and beyond.

The cost of attending is £25 per person and includes a starter and main. Tickets must be booked in advance and limited spaces are available. Curry Club will take place on Wednesday 25 January 2023 from noon to 2pm.

So you want to start a business?

If you are interested in starting your own business and want to learn more, this event at Oxstalls Campus at the University of Gloucestershire could be the one for you.

Staged by The Growth Hub in Gloucester, the event is described as ‘the first step on the way to building a successful business’ and will be led by Richard Gray, a consultant coach at Gloucestershire-based Canoe and a business growth facilitator.

It will cover the most important elements of getting ready and getting started, along with those roadblocks that we see so often when great ideas meet reality and put you right at the coalface of your business. You can also network with fellow entrepreneurs on the day.

The event will take place on Monday 30 January 2023 from 10am to 4.30pm, with a 30-minute break for lunch.

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