Key Gloucestershire business events for your diary in November 2022

From the county’s first net zero conference and a special event for Gloucestershire's food and hospitality firms, to a masterclass in legal considerations around redundancy and a golf-themed networking day, November could be a busy month.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
There are plenty of events in November 2022 aimed at helping keep Gloucestershire businesses not just open, but smiling too!
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Everything you wanted to know about redundancy, but were afraid to ask

Darren Sherborne and Trula Brunsdon from Sherbornes Solicitors will be running this three-hour redundancy masterclass.

Whether you’ve never dealt with redundancy before, or need a refresher, this three-hour session will assist HR professionals, owner managers and operations or finance directors to design and manage a redundancy process.

Due to take place on Tuesday 1 November 2022 from 8.30am (for 9am start) till 12pm at Sherbornes' offices at 4 Royal Crescent in Cheltenham, the masterclass is priced at £110 plus VAT per attendee and free for Sherbornes' Arcturus retainers.

Food for thought

Food for Thought is a new workshop and networking event for Gloucestershire food producers and hospitality operators.

The theme of the event will be ‘thrive not survive’. It will aim to give food businesses strategic advice to help them flourish and feature talks from marketing and brand experts, panel discussions and networking opportunities.

Speakers include Adam Starkey, founder of Five Valley’s food firm Green Gourmet; Peter Backman, an expert analyst on the structure and dynamics of the food and hospitality sector and its supply chains; James Ashe, Third Floor’s brand strategy expert; and Robyn Hardman, of Mighty.

The event is due to take place on Thursday 3 November from 8am to 12pm at the University of Gloucestershire’s Business School, Oxstalls Campus,  Longlevens.

Constructing a sustainable future

Join the Business West Chambers of Commerce Gloucestershire LSIP Team for its first in-person employer event in the national rollout of its Constructing a Sustainable Future programme, open to any county construction business that wants to discuss how net zero may impact the skills its workforce will need in the future.

In this session, delegates will discuss how they can help shape post-16 education to better support the sector's needs and how that will feed into the Local Skills Improvement Plan, a national change in the way business needs are put at the heart of education and training delivery.

Scheduled for Tuesday 8 November, 9am to 11am, at Margaret Hall, Llanthony Priory, Gloucester College.

Driving range networking

Brickhampton Golf Complex is due to stage the second of it is driving range networking evenings on Wednesday 9 November, stressing ‘you don't need to be a pro’ to attend.

All are invited and equipment is provided, if you do not have your own clubs. The aim is to repeat the first successful session, creating a fun atmosphere in which to network, whilst also raising awareness for Gloucestershire charity The Nelson Trust on the evening.

Due to take place on Wednesday 9 November 2022 from 5.15pm to 8pm, tickets are £25 per person and include a chilli and rice meal. The event is also aimed at collecting items for the Nelson Trust gift bags and shoe box appeal.

Hartpury Digital Innovation Farm autumn networking

Build business relationships and hear more about Hartpury’s vision to radically develop its 360-hectare campus to create a pioneering Digital Innovation Farm.

Hartpury’s digital innovation farm team will be on hand to help you better understand what expert, free business support packages are available for your business and to show you the facilities available.

Spaces are limited, but those lucky enough to get in will be able to enjoy a light breakfast, too. The event is part funded by GFirst LEP, Getting Building Fund and ERDF and due to take place on Wednesday 9 November 2022, 8.30am to 10am.

Brilliance in resilience breakfast

Bamboo Technology’s team is inviting decision makers from Gloucestershire businesses for an informal business breakfast.

The focus will be on helping you understand if you are getting the best out of your ICT (information and communications technology). If your business is using multiple providers for its broadband, IT services and cyber security and is looking for ways to improve its current working setup, this event is for you.

In short, this is your chance to discuss the barriers your business is facing when it comes to your digital infrastructure and how those barriers can be minimised - or removed altogether. Due to take place on Thursday 10 November at The Sober Parrot, Cheltenham.

Cheltenham BID networking breakfast

This is a free open event staged by the organisation heading up Cheltenham’s business improvement district and will deliver the very latest news about the Golden Valley Development, the major cyber-focused business and housing scheme planned for Gloucestershire.

Due to take place on Friday 11 November from 7.30am to 9.30am at The Find on Cheltenham's Regent Street, it is also a chance to meet new business contacts and network with BID businesses.

The talk will be led by Gethin Evans from the Golden Valley Development, who will also discuss how the development is expected to impact the town centre. Tickets are free for Cheltenham BID levy payers and £20 for non-levy paying businesses.

Gloucestershire Net Zero Conference

Gloucestershire’s local enterprise partnership GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub are teaming up to stage the first Gloucestershire Net Zero Conference.

Due to take place on Wednesday 16 November at The University of Gloucestershire Business School, this conference will bring together a wide array of Net Zero and Sustainability business leaders across the county.

Speakers will include Ben Goodare, head of sustainability at Renishaw; Andrew McKenzie from The Growth Hub; Matt Cleevely from Cleevely EV; net zero finance specialists from Triodos Bank; Caroline Aistrop from Green Spark Marketing; and Rob Malin from When in Rome. Due to take place from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday 16 November 2022.

Network with Constructing Excellence Gloucestershire

Join fellow members of sector group Constructing Excellence Gloucestershire for its monthly networking breakfast at Bill’s Cheltenham on Thursday 17 November 2022 from 8am to 9.30am.

After a brief welcome from its chairman, Jon White of Gloucester headquartered Quattro Design Architects, members will have an opportunity to network with contacts old and new. Breakfast will be served.

Tickets are just £15, which includes a donation to the group’s charity partner, The Gloucestershire Community Foundation.

EmPowerCyber

This special conference will bring together some of the very best cyber-focused businesses from across the county and beyond for an opportunity with a difference.

Organised by Cheltenham networking and cyber sector group CyNam, the event - to be staged at a secret location on Friday 25 November - will bring together 1,000 schoolgirls from across the county to put them in front of those businesses, to ask questions, take on challenges, and learn more about future opportunities. To find out more, contact CyNam.

GET apprenticeship recruitment open evening

Engineering Training is due to open its doors for its annual apprenticeship open evening. Anyone interested in a career in the sector or in learning more is welcome to come along and meet firms from the county face-to-face.

GET works with some of the county’s very biggest firms, like global success story Renishaw, to major aerospace firms and smaller family engineering businesses.

Due to take place on Tuesday 29 November from 4pm to 7.30pm at GET, Barnwood Point, Corinium Avenue, Gloucester. Please visit the Eventbrite website to register your intention to attend. 

Right to work checks for UK employers

Willans LLP solicitors is due to stage this special webinar for businesses to help them better understand the key points to consider when carrying out 'right to work' checks for their organisations.

The team from the Cheltenham law firm will cover such topics as your duties as an employer, a step-by-step guide to undertaking manual and electronic right to work checks, updates on changes to how those checks are made and how to navigate the Equality Act 2010.

Due to take place on Tuesday 29 November from 4pm to 5pm, please register through Willans LLP's website.

Sterling Gloucestershire Expo

Bookings for this breakfast and brunch event are underway, with organisers describing it as a chance for businesses of all shapes and sizes to showcase themselves to the county’s business community and tell everyone about what they do.

Breakfast networking starts at 6.45am and runs until 9am, with the big brunch event taking place from 10.30am to 12pm. There will also be a number of exhibitors on the day.

You can book just the networking breakfast, the networking brunch, the exhibition… or all three. Due to take place on Tuesday 29 November at Kingsholm Stadium in Kingsholm, Gloucester.

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