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Have you just started a business or simply want to be more involved in the York business scene? We are lucky to have a strong community of business owners who regularly come together to meet and support one another through various networking events in York. One simple conversation can lead to so many different paths, so never underestimate the power of a face to face conversation with someone new! Opportunities can come out of nowhere, and knowing the right people can play a huge part in them. There are numerous networking events available in York. So, whether you want to meet new people, promote your business or increase your contact list, there will be a networking event that is right for you.


We know that your time is extremely precious, so understanding which networking event is suitable for you and your business is important. Therefore, we have put together a simple guide to make things a little easier when it comes to the world of networking in York and the surrounding areas so you can choose which ones are right for you easily. Here are some of the main groups, upcoming ones and a little bit about who they are good for and what they entail:


York Creatives 

How Often: Monthly

When: First Friday of every month

Where: Piccadilly Tap at Spark York 6pm and then Brew York 8.30pm

Cost: n/a

Details: An after-work social for all.

Who is this group good for? Everyone

Contact: Visit their Facebook page


Social Vision Connects

How Often: Every 2-3 months

When: Usually 08.30

Where:  Everyman Cinema, York.

Cost: Free

Who is this group good for? Social entrepreneurs, funders, business owners and start-ups – people doing great stuff across York.


Women in Tech

How Often: Monthly

When: Second Thursday of every month

Where:  Usually at Revolution York on Coney St.

Cost: Free but must book

Who is this group good for? Like-minded people studying, working or interested in technology. Not exclusive to women!



York Trusted Professionals

How Often: Fortnightly

When: Before normal office hours

Where:  Novotel York

Cost: Membership fees apply but they offer a free trial first.

Who is this group good for? This is a business referral network which pro-actively looks for work for those in the group.



York Wellbeing Professionals

How Often: Monthly

Where:  Various locations including Hotel Du Vin, Raylor Centre, NRG Healing Centre, York.

Cost: Small fee applies

Who is this group good for? Those in the well-being industry to build connections as well as to support one another to grow, expand and run a profitable therapy business.



B for B York (Business for Breakfast)

How Often: Fortnightly

When: Alternating between Fridays and Tuesdays 7 am

Where: Hotel Du Vin York and other locations in Yorkshire

How Long: 1.5 hours

Cost: £13.37 as a guest


  • Join as a guest – see the meeting framework in action and better understand how it will work for you and your business contacts.
  • At a Business for Breakfast group, you will have sector exclusivity, meaning that there will be no other competing businesses asking for the same referrals.
  • At your BforB meeting you will not only be introduced to the group, but also invited to deliver a 60-second pitch on your business to highlight what you do, and what makes you different. It is always useful to prepare and practice your short introduction in advance.


Network York

How Often: Monthly

When: 8am – 9am

Where: Thirteen Thirty One


  • A small grouping of people from different professions and businesses.
  • The group meet monthly, share ideas, and interact with each other for everyone’s mutual benefit.
  • Closed event/meetings but more information can be gained by contacting them


The Business Network

How Often: Monthly

When: Lunchtime

Where: Various across York, Wakefield, Leeds

How Long: Usually 3 hours including lunch

Cost: £30+vat for one visit to each location and then membership is £300+vat for one year


  • The Business Network is a structured lunchtime networking group
  • Membership is corporate and by invitation. 4 to 5 members in each business category.
  • Delegate numbers are usually 35 and 50 at the Wakefield & York Events and between 55 and 70 at the Leeds Events
  • Attend once at all three groups as a visitor (paying just lunch fee) but then you need to apply for annual membership


Give Back Works

How Often: Twice a month

When:  Evening meetings

Where: Alternative member venues

How Long: 1.5 hours

Cost: Membership £250 + VAT per year + £15 management fee per month +VAT

  • Membership Benefits:
    • Facilitator support
    • Personal buddy/mentor
    • Monthly Master Class meetings
    • Online GBW TV fact sheets and guides
    • Personal profile at
    • Monthly promotional email to local consumers


    • Members are encouraged to bring guests to the monthly meetings in order to generate interest and grow the group.
    • Meetings are normally held from 18:00 to 19:30. We find early evening meetings are convenient for most people.
    • Members are asked to arrange one-to-one meetings with other members before and after each MasterClass in order to get to know each other better.
    • Members are also able to hold workshops before and after monthly meetings if there’s sufficient interest from their colleagues for the topics they would like to discuss.

    Who is this Group good for?

    • Solo-entrepreneurs
    • Business owners
    • Start-ups
    • Local businesses


Business Builder Forum

How Often: Monthly

When: Morning meetings 7:45 am – 9:30 am

Where: Various Locations

How Long: 1 hour 45 min

Cost: £30 + VAT but first visit is complimentary


  • Beginning with a ‘Cuppa’ and Full English
  • Followed by a fun quiz then a presentation
  • Interactive workshops in small groups where you present your ideas to others afterwards
  • Chance to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners around North Yorkshire
  • Each month covers a different subject from; Leadership, Sales, Marketing, Pricing, Human Resources

Who is this group good for?

    • Business owners
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Start-ups



How Often: Every 2 weeks

When: Morning – 8-10 am

Where: Pike Hills Golf Club

How Long: 2 hours

Cost: £15 per person


  • Relaxed, friendly and productive networking
  • 30 minute open networking
  • Your proposition – 40 seconds round
  • 4Sight slot – guest speakers
  • Chance to have three 10 minute one to ones with people of your choice
  • Chance to follow up and connect with members online

Who is this group good for?

  • Start-ups
  • Business Owners
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Decision Makers



How Often: Weekly

When: Early morning

Where: York Marriott

How Long: 90 minutes

Cost:    Initial application fee + annual membership + venue fee where applicable


  • Only 1 person from each professional speciality is accepted into a chapter of BNI
  • Option to participate in trade shows and local conferences through the membership
  • Option to participate in Leadership Team training

Who is this group good for?

  • Business Development employees
  • Start-ups


First Thursday

How Often: Once a month

When: First Thursday of the month at 12 pm

Where: Manahatta, York

How Long: 1-3 hours

Cost: FREE


  • Informal networking
  • Meet and chat over a drink or two with other like-minded business professionals from in and around York
  • Free pizza

 Who is this group good for?

  • Any business looking to expand their network

Last Friday

How Often: Monthly

When: Last Friday of the month

Where: The Botanist, York.

Cost: n/a

Details: An after-work social to round up the month.

Who is this Group good for? Everyone

Contact: For more details or to be added to the list please email:


York Professionals

How Often: Monthly/Bi-Monthly

When: Morning/Evening

Where: Various venues in and around York

How Long: 2-3 hours

Cost: Member Costs – Team of 1-5 – £165 per year, Team of 6-15 – £275 per year, Team of 16+ – £450 per year + £25 per event / Non-member – £30 per event.

Individual membership £50


  • A networking group that aims to promote the skill and expertise of York’s professional services sector
  • Meetings begin with open networking
  • Followed by a talk by a member or the venue host
  • Finished with more open networking

Membership Benefits:

  • A listing in their members’ directory
  • Opportunities to showcase your professional through events
  • The opportunity to network with like-minded professionals
  • Regular information about the York and regional economy, learning how your business can maximise opportunities with members and partners and influence economic sustainability.

 Who is this group good for?

  • Professional Service Sector Businesses
  • Decision Makers
  • Business Owners
  • Business Development employees


Make It York

How Often: 1-2 events per month

When: Morning/Evening

Where: Various venues in York

How Long: 2-3 hours

Cost: £30-£40 per event


  • Providing support to businesses in York
  • Promoting and developing York as a great place to live and work
  • Help to encourage start-ups and local businesses to grow
  • The events vary between networking and masterclasses on specific business subjects

 Who is this group good for?

  •  Business owners, managers and staff of start-ups, growth-focused and established businesses.


Yorkshire Mafia

How Often: Monthly

When: Morning/Lunch/Evening

Where: Leeds, York, Wakefield, Sheffield, Huddersfield

How Long:  3 hours – full day

Cost: Varies


  • Provides business support
  • Bringing together Yorkshire businesses to meet, network, share experiences, learn, build relationships and trade
  • Host annual events bringing thousands of businesses together- such as Buy Yorkshire

 Who is this group good for?

  • Executives & stakeholders of Yorkshire businesses


How’s Business

How Often: Daily/Weekly

When: Morning/Lunch/Evening

Where: Various locations across Yorkshire

How Long:  2 hours

Cost: Free


  • Supporting businesses to start-up and grow
  • Host various networking and pop-up events regularly across Yorkshire
  • What are the Pop-Up Cafes?
    • 20 minutes of free advice from local experts – including industry experts from starting businesses, finance, marketing, PR, social media, tax & accountancy
    • Stay as long or as little as you want
    • No sales pitch – experts have volunteered to help the local community not to sell

 Who is this group good for?

  • Start-ups
  • Business owners seeking business advice


The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

How Often: Monthly

When: Morning

Where:Various in Yorkshire and lots online

Cost: FREE membership – £5 per meeting


  • No annual fee
  • Established framework of both face to face and virtual events
  • Structured format
  • UK wide base of like-minded individuals
  • Structured and supportive business environment


  • Structured networking with talk from a member

Who is this Group good for?

  • Small businesses – owners & decision makers


York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

How Often: Weekly/Monthly

When: Various

Where: Various locations

Cost: Membership (fee based on no. of employees) per year + individual fee per event varies

Membership Benefits:

  • Business growth & promotion
  • Business support
  • Business protection
  • Member to member offers
  • Money savings
  • Staff benefits


  • Each event varies from breakfast, lunch meetings, afternoon teas, workshops/masterclasses and specific networking events

Who is this group good for?

  • Business owners from start-ups to large organisations

For more information please call 01904 210010 or visit the website.


Yorkshire Leading Ladies

How Often: Monthly

When: Third Tuesday every month – 7:30pm

Where: Regen Centre, Riccall

Cost: Members £6 / Guests £10 (Non members always welcome)

Who is this group good for?

  • Yorkshire Leading Ladies is a business networking group run by women for women with the aim of supporting women to expand their businesses, make links in the community and learn new skills.


The YES (Yorkshire Executive Support) Network 

How Often: Monthly (with the exception of August & November)

When: The last Wednesday of every month – 6-8.30pm

Where: Various exciting venues across York and surrounding areas

Cost: Members £100 + vat payable annually ( non members always welcome and free on first visit)


By joining the YES Network you are demonstrating your commitment in championing the Executive Support profession, your role and your business by actively realising your potential, improving your professional network and strengthening your regional awareness.


  • The Annual membership includes:-◆ A programme of 10 development and social events annually
    ◆ Exclusive access to a range of inspirational speakers, trainers and activities to develop you personally and professionally
    ◆ YES Network personalised name badge
    ◆ Monthly newsletter
    ◆ Access to a closed Facebook Group Resolution Centre in order to share challenges, and experiences providing professional support
    ◆ Opportunities to present or prepare an activity for future events
    ◆ Welcome drink and nibbles/canapés on arrival at most events
    ◆ Exclusive members only special offers and discounts
    ◆ Exclusive invites to special parties, functions and events
    ◆ Entry into prize draws
    ◆ Complimentary first consultation with BEE Events for your next corporate function

Who is this group good for?

  •    The YES (Yorkshire Executive Support) Network is a networking group open to EAs, PAs, VAs or anyone conducting an Executive Support role within the region or who has the ambition to. The group is run by a former Executive PA who is now a professional Events Manager with the aim of bringing like-minded people together. It provides an inspirational, interactive and supportive environment for members to network, gain access to top-quality motivational speakers and undertake training and activities in a relaxed environment in order to develop yourself personally and professionally.


We hope these have outlined the amazing opportunities available for networking in York for you. If you would like to add anything to our list please let us know and we will add these for you! Please email us on