Networking Events in Yorkshire

Posted on January 5, 2012

Yesterday, I asked the following question to my Twitter followers and personal business contacts (see image below). I was quite amazed by the quick responses that I received. Thanks to everyone who responded to me and especially to Tim Nash and Mark Hall for the personal feedback.

illiya twitter question

What networking events are there going on in Yorkshire, well..luckily for us Yorkshire business folk there are plenty of events and networking groups to attend.

Harrogate Networking Events

Harrogate has a few good networking groups, I’ve attended most of them now. It is up to you what cost and budget you’ve set a side for networking. As most of the organisations or groups will tell you regarding membership benefits, you will tend to build up trust and referrals once you start attending the groups or events more regularly.

Personally, you need to find out what works best for you. Try out a few different networking groups before you choose to commit to one.

Each group has different members and a different way of doing it. Find out what fits your business best.  I would also love to see MORE regular networking events starting up Harrogate without membership costs required.

Network North Harrogate

Frequency: Every Tuesday 7.30am

Place:
The Yorkshire Hotel
Prospect Place
Harrogate
HG1 1LA

Cost = £10.00 inc VAT.

You can attend twice before membership.

Organiser Contact Details
Alex Gordon
07949 402966

4Networking Harrogate Business Breakfast

Frequency: Two Wednesdays, each month. Next one is on Wednesday 11th of January.

Place:
The White Hart Hotel
Cold Bath Road
Harrogate
HG2 0NF

Cost = £10.00

Basic membership allows you to attend three events before deciding on membership.

Link to the group: http://www.4networking.biz/Events/Group/Harrogate

Harrogate Met Club

Frequency: Usually a Networking event once or twice a month. See www.themetclub.co.uk for details.

Place:
Hotel du Vin
Prospect Place
Harrogate
HG1 1LB

Cost = Varying costs for non members.

Organiser Contact Details
Lorraine
01423 525622

BforB Harrogate

Frequency: Every other Thursday morning

Place:
Grants Hotel
Swan Road
Harrogate
HG1 2SS

Cost = £10

Again you can attend 2-3 times as a non-member before deciding on membership.

Organiser Contact Details

Linda Stevenson
0796 663345

http://www.bforb.com

Harrogate Blah (Women Only)

Frequency: Regular meetings each month.

Cost = £20.00 per meeting

For the women of the business world in Yorkshire, there is also the Harrogate BLaH run by Rachel Auty & Ella Gascoigne.

Check their website for more details of membership. http://www.harrogateblah.co.uk/

Leeds Networking Events

Leeds is probably the best place for networking in Yorkshire. There are plenty of events to attend all over the place, I’ve not listed every single event here but the mains one I’ve heard about or have been recommended have been listed.

LSxCafé

A monthly meetup for those working in the tech, media, startup, creative & digital arena, attracting designers, developers, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, technologists and VCs.

http://lsx.co/lsxcafe/

Cost = Free

Frequency: Every First Tuesday of the month.

Place:
Old Broadcasting House
148 Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9EN Leeds
United Kingdom

The Magnet Club

When: Every First Tuesday of the month.

Place:
Shine Business Centre
Harehills Road
LS8 5HS Leeds
United Kingdom

Cost = £18.00

Wednesday 18th

Check their Twitter for more.

Simply Networking

http://www.networking4business.com/leeds-events.htm

Frequency: Monthly events

Place:
Weetwood Hall
Otley Road
LS16 5PS, Leeds
United Kingdom

Cost = £10.00

Organised by Mark Greenwood

4Networking Leeds

Frequency: Multiple dates each month

Place:
Leeds City Centre
Crown Plaza Hotel
Wellington Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire

Cost = £10.00

Basic membership allows you to attend three events before deciding on membership.

Link to the group: http://www.4networking.biz/Events/Group/Leeds

Bettakultcha

Not quite business networking, but a great place to meet new people and contacts. Bettakultcha, is a night of presentations held in Leeds. A great place to improve your fear of public speaking!

http://bettakultcha.com/category/videos/leeds/

Co-organised by, Richard Michie and Ivor Tymchak.

York Networking Events

Techtogetha

A networking event specifically for technology specialists.

FrequencyBi-Monthly event

Place:
The Catalyst
York Science Park
Innovation Way
Heslington
York
YO10 5DG

Cost = FREE

http://techtogetha.co.uk/

BforB York

Frequency: Fortnightly Fridays at 6.45am

Place:
The Bar Convent
Blossom Street
York
YO24 1AQ

Cost = £10

Again you can attend 2-3 times as a non-member before deciding on membership.

4Networking York & Pocklington

York also has a 4Networking  Group in York & Pocklington.

Other Larger Networking Organisations:

There is of course the BNI who have a various different groups active in Leeds, York & Harrogate. Leeds & North Yorkshire Chamber also run a number of networking events regularly and Harrogate has it’s own separate Chamber who also have regular networking events.

Finally, the Yorkshire Mafia also put on a number of networking events around the Yorkshire area.

I hope this helps you as it did me with your search for some great networking events and I hope you meet some new contacts and get some new leads.

If you know of any other events that I’ve not listed here, why not add them in the comments below. Or you can drop me a line and I’ll add your event to the list.