10 key Gloucestershire business events for your diary in March 2024

From GFirst LEP's final event looking back on 13 years of success to a seminar at The Queen's Hotel all about the Spring Budget and an International Women's Day event, March 2024 is packed with business events you won't want to miss.

By Sarah Kent  |  Published
Gloucestershire's business community is spoilt for choice this March 2024, with some unmissable events happening across the county, including one for International Women's Day.
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Gloucestershire is brimming with energising business-related events, with March 2024 offering everything from Spring Budget debriefs to apprenticeship open evenings and the final ever GFirst LEP event.

SoGlos has teamed up with the experts at managed service provider, ReformIT, to handpick the events to get in your planners for the month ahead. 

Unlocking key business and leadership insights for success in 2024 workshop in Cheltenham

Will Abbott, a partner at Randall & Payne accountancy firm in Cheltenham, is hosting an action-packed workshop looking at elevating leadership skills and future-proofing businesses.

Taking place on Tuesday 5 March 2024, from 9.15am to 11.30am at the firm's headquarters at Chargrove House in Shurdington, this workshop will explore the AI revolution; discover practical ways to use the latest technologies for leadership and team efficiency; understand how to combat burnout; and show how to implement a 90-day plan. Book a place via the Randall & Payne website.

Forest Economic Partnership stakeholder meeting at The Speech House Hotel

The first stakeholder meeting of 2024, the Forest Economic Partnership is getting together on Wednesday 6 March 2024 from 5pm at The Speech House Hotel.

Discussions around education, skills and digital connectivity are on the agenda, plus information about the future of the Dayhouse Quarry near Tidenham and talks from three key speakers. Book a place and find out more on the Forest Economic Partnership website.

Apprenticeship open evening at Gloucestershire College

Gloucestershire College is hosting a free open evening this Wednesday 6 March 2024, focused on its award-winning apprenticeship schemes. Meet the employers, tutors and even past students at its Gloucester Campus on Llanthony Road, with many of the county’s top employers present and ready to recruit.

From 5pm to 8pm at its Gloucester Campus, this free event showcases the vast array of options the college provides — from part time and online to full-time Level 6 degree apprenticeships, which are equivalent to a university degree. Booking is required via Eventbrite.

Vegan Business Networking event in Cheltenham

One for the plant-based business owners in the county, the Vegan Business Networking event gives fellow vegans the chance to get together, share ideas and build relationships.

Whether a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this event offers networking, support from the vegan community and some delicious vegan snacks, too! It's taking place on Thursday 7 March 2024 from 12pm to 1.30pm at 197 London Road in Charlton Kings. Tickets cost £5 and are available via Eventbrite.

Spring Budget seminar with Bishop Fleming at The Queen's Hotel in Cheltenham

Leading south west accountancy firm, Bishop Fleming, is hosting a Spring Budget seminar on Thursday 7 March 2024, with highly experienced experts on hand to discuss and explain the new budget measures in detail.

Guests can ask questions and discuss critical aspects of the new tax measures, to understand how they might affect their own personal tax position or that of their business. This event takes place from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, with tickets available on Bishop Fleming's website.

International Women's Day event with WiTCH and the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce

Become an honorary WiTCH on International Women's Day at a special event aimed at inspiring inclusion and billed as 'a morning to make change and empower women in tech, cyber and business'. 

WiTCH refers to the Women in Tech and Cyber Hub group from Cheltenham, a group for women from the technology and cyber security industries who strive to break down bias and barriers by building a community based on support, inclusion and collaboration.

The group has teamed up with the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce to bring a day of networking, talks, discussions, open forums — and even goodie bags! — to the Leonardo Hotel in Cheltenham on Friday 8 March from 8am to 2pm. Admission is free with early booking recommended on Eventbrite.

GFirst LEP's final event at the University of Gloucestershire 

After 13 years supporting Gloucestershire businesses, GFirst LEP is hosting its final ever event on Tuesday 12 March 2024 to look back on its impressive legacy before it merges with Gloucestershire County Council.

'The One About Evolution' event takes place from 4.30pm to 6.30pm in The Growth Hub at the University of Gloucestershire's Oxstalls campus, highlighting the organisation's achievements, the future of business in Gloucestershire and appreciating its support from individuals and partners over the years. Places are likely to fill up fast, so early booking is recommended via Eventbrite.

Business as a force for good event at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex

Talking all things people-positive and climate-friendly, this free event on Monday 18 March 2024 focuses on what B Corps are doing to make positive ripples through Gloucestershire's business community.

From 5pm to 8pm, speakers George Herbert of Hobbs House Bakery, Martin Holmes of Creed Foodservice and Dr Stewart Barnes of QuoLux will share insights and experiences on the themes of regenerative farming for ‘good’ food, creating social value and being a Best Large Company to Work For. Tickets are available via Eventbrite with more information on the Business on Purpose website.

Tayntons Curry Club at the Nepalese Chef in Gloucester

This ever-popular bi-monthly networking event, hosted by Gloucester-based Tayntons Solicitors, offers local businesses the opportunity to meet up in an informal setting while tucking into some classic Indian flavours.

This month's event takes place on Wednesday 20 March 2024 from 12pm until 3pm. Tickets cost £26 per person and include a starter and a main course, with a variety of classic curries on offer at the Nepalese Chef. Tickets are available via Eventbrite, with more information on Tayntons' website.

What's the difference between licensing and franchising workshop in the Forest of Dean

For business owners and senior managers thinking about expanding their companies, learn all about licensing and franchising in a free workshop on Monday 25 March 2024 at the Growth Hub in the Forest of Dean.

Find out the pros and cons of both and learn how to prepare and how to grow your business. The workshop takes place at the Vantage Point Business Village in Mitcheldean, from 10am to 1pm, with tickets via Eventbrite.

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