8 key Gloucestershire business events for your diary in October 2023

October 2023 is a jam-packed month for Gloucestershire — with European Cyber Security Month, Cheltenham Literature Festival and the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2023 all taking place. SoGlos rounds up some of the highlights...

By Sarah Kent  |  Published
The county is buzzing with big cyber and business events this October 2023 — plus the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards, too!
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Gloucestershire is buzzing this month, with everything from the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival to European Cyber Security Month taking place across the county — not to mention the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2023!

SoGlos rounds up some of the top cyber and business events happening in Gloucestershire this month, in partnership with ReformIT...

Improve the holistic wellbeing of your team at Hartpury University

An official TRING networking event, exclusively for business owners, leaders and managers, attendees can go on a deep dive into the holistic wellbeing of team members — and how it can enhance team success — at this workshop at the Agri Tech Centre at Hartpury University

This ticketed event takes place on Thursday 5 October 2023 from 8.30am until 11am and guides participants through the methodology and techniques for fostering a healthy team culture and environment. Hear from industry experts, including senior business coach of ActionCOACH Cheltenham, Neil Martin; CEO of Gloucester-Hartpury, James Forrester; managing director of HR People Support, Sarah Cook; and managing director at Hooray Recruitment, Richard Arthur — with tickets costing £12 per person including refreshments. 

Women's Business Conference & Awards Wales & South England 2023 at Cheltenham Racecourse

Hosted by the Women's Business Club UK, for female business owners in Wales and the south west, this all-day event takes place on Wednesday 11 October 2023 from 8.45am to 5pm at Cheltenham Racecourse — and online for those not able to attend in-person.

With workshops, talks, speed networking and lunch to look forward to, this event connects dynamic female business leaders with world-class speakers and celebrates businesses from across the region. Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite and cost from £45 for a virtual ticket and from £165 for an in-person ticket.

AI — Beyond the Hype Getting Hands-on with Generative AI with CyNam

This flagship CyNam event coincides with Cheltenham Literature Festival and takes place at different times and venues in town on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October 2023, highlighting the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with the program encouraging girls and women to pursue careers in STEM. A prestigious list of speakers includes Katie Prescott, technology business editor of The TimesDavid Runciman, politics professor at the University of Cambridge; and Michael Wooldridge, computer science professor at the University of Oxford.

Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite. Attendees choose one event from a list of six at registration and will be directed to individual venues after booking.

Malware awareness and training at the University of Gloucestershire

Taking place on Wednesday 11 October 2023 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the University of Gloucestershire's Park Campus in Cheltenham, this free talk is all about malware awareness and training — and how to make an attacker's job harder.

Led by cyber architect and PhD student, Alex Cameron, the event covers what real cyber attacks look like as well as how emergent simulated attack training can supplement existing training, supporting your business and its staff through a cyber security breach. This event is hosted by BCS Chartered Institute for IT and is free to attend, with tickets available on Eventbrite.

BID Networking at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Another business event taking place at this year's Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham BID has organised a free networking session for levy paying members that includes entry for The Times Radio Debate: What Election Year Is It?

Held in the VIP Lounge at the festival on Friday 13 October 2023 from 10.45am to 1pm, networkers can talk to like-minded BID businesses as well as hearing from key speakers at Cheltenham Festivals, followed by a live event in The Times and Sunday Times Forum.

Tickets are exclusive to Cheltenham BID levy payers and are limited to two tickets per BID business — available from Eventbrite.

Netwalking STROUD for Creative and Wellbeing Female Entrepreneurs in Stroud

Started by the Creative Wellbeing Circle for female entrepreneurs working in the creative and wellbeing industries, this netwalking event throws the traditional networking session out the window, instead taking attendees on a walk through Stratford Park in Stroud, connecting with nature, while mingling with like-minded business owners.

The netwalk on Tuesday 17 October 2023 lasts for one hour from 10am, with a drink at the park cafe after. Business owners are encouraged to bring business cards and details of any events they would like to share. Tickets cost £11.55 each and can be booked via Eventbrite.

Business growth strategy workshop at Gloucester Growth Hub

Leading business coaching firm, ActionCOACH Cheltenham, is hosting an all-day business growth strategy workshop at the Gloucester Growth Hub from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Thursday 19 October 2023, to help ambitious Gloucestershire business owners to unlock their potential.

In partnership with the University of Gloucestershire, the workshop explores 'The Secrets of Time, Team and Money' — teaching delegates how to achieve more by working less; the six secrets behind a winning team; why discounting can be damaging to a business; and plenty more. The workshop costs £125 plus VAT and places can be secured via the ActionCOACH website.

The SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards 2023

The ultimate awards night celebrating the very best of Gloucestershire's business community, the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards recognises and celebrates innovative start-ups through to the top 100 businesses in the county, with this year set to be SoGlos's biggest awards night yet.

The invitation-only event takes place on Thursday 19 October 2023 at the Gloucester South Community Fire Station in Tuffley — but for anyone who doesn't have a sought-after ticket for the in-person event, you can follow all the action on SoGlos's social media channels as we announce the winners live on the night. 

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