Networking-in-York

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 that 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 the main groups that we have attended ourselves and a little bit about who they are good for and what they entail:

 

Made In York

How Often: Once a month

When: Morning/Evening

Where: Mercure Fairfield Manor Hotel

How Long: 2 hours

Cost: £15 per event – OR Membership: £50 + VAT per year + £6.56 per event

Membership Benefits:

  • 58% off ticket price to attend networking meetings
  • Chance to deliver 5 minute presentations
  • Chance to use their blog to promote your business
  • 50% discount to exhibit at any YOR Business Event

Details:

  • The meeting begins with open networking – usually there are no more than 30 people at any one meeting
  • Followed by host introduction
  • A chance to present your business in 60 seconds to the group
  • 3 x 5 minute mini presentations by members – you can also request to host a presentation for your own business
  • The meeting finishes with more open networking
  • Tea, coffees and pastries are included

Who is this Group good for?

  • Solo-entrepreneurs
  • Start-ups
  • Local businesses

 

Give Back Works

How Often: Twice a month

When: Alternative Lunch & Evening meetings

Where: Alternative member venues

How Long: 3 hours

Cost: Membership £250 + VAT per year + various cost per event (on average £5)

Membership Benefits:

  • Profile on their website
  • Use of their members forum
  • Promotions shared through their monthly newsletter
  • Ability to host an event at your business
  • Ability to host a 15-minute presentation at the event

Details:

  • Relaxed, informal networking group
  • Meeting begins with open networking
  • Round the table networking – on average 10 people per table and then you move to another table
  • Meeting ends with more open networking
  • Lunch or nibbles, tea and coffee are included

Who is this Group good for?

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

 

Business Builder Forum

How Often: Monthly

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

Where: Various Locations

How Long: 1 hour 45 min

Cost: £30 + VAT

Details:

  • 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

 

Bedern Breakfast

How Often: Every 3 months

When: Morning

Where: Bedern Hall

How Long: 2 hours

Cost: £20 per ticket

Details:

  • Peer to peer forum of CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Business Owners
  • Presentation from an inspirational member telling their story – varies each time
  • Buffet serving Full English breakfast
  • Chance to network informally at the end

Who is this Group good for?

  • Inspirational business leaders
  • Business owners
  • Directors
  • Senior Management

 

4N

How Often: Every 2 weeks

When: Morning – 8-10am

Where: Mercure Hotel

How Long: 2 hours

Cost: £15 per person

Details:

  • 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

 

York Women in Business (YWIB)

How Often: Quarterly

When: Varies

Where: Variety of locations including Bedern hall, York Medical Rooms, York Cemetery Chapel & the Bar Convent

How Long: Varies

Cost: Varies

Details:

  • Friendly, welcoming and supportive member led business network
  • Represents and promotes women in all types of commerce through York

 Who is this Group good for?

  • Both employed and self-employed women in York

 

The Business Network

How Often: Monthly

When: Lunchtime – 11am – 2pm

Where: Variety of locations

How Long: 3 hours

Cost: Membership £300 per year (+ VAT) plus £25 (+ VAT) per event

Membership Benefits:

  • Valuable and committed support
  • Advanced Fares Discount on Virgin Trains
  • Free Educational Seminars
  • Free Stand at Events
  • Free Access to The National List of Members
  • Monthly Meetings with Senior Decision Makers
  • Introductions to New Business Contacts

Details:

  • Structured lunchtime networking group
  • Attracts business owners, directors and senior level staff
  • Membership by invitation
  • Around 45 – 60 attendees at each event
  • Seating plan with allocated table numbers

Who is this Group good for?

  • Start-ups
  • Business Owners
  • Decision Makers

 

BNI

How Often: Weekly

When: Morning

Where: York/Wetherby/Harrogate

How Long: 90 minutes

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

Details:

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

Who is this Group good for?

  • Business Development employees
  • Start-ups

 

WIBN (Women in Business Network)

How Often: Monthly

When: Lunch – 12-2pm

Where: Piccolino

How Long: 2 hours

Cost: Membership Fee: £240

Member Meeting Fee: £24

Visitor Meeting Fee: £28

Details:

  • One profession per group policy – application only – allowing you to gain exclusivity within your group
  • Structured Format in a supportive and business focused environment
  • Chance to attend other group meetings to expand your network

 Who is this Group good for?

  • Women who wish to gain new business opportunities through WOM

 

First Thursday

How Often: Twice a month

When: First Thursday evening of the month and last Thursday lunchtime of the month

Where: Biltmore, York – sometimes alternative venues – details can be found on social media

How Long: 1-3 hours

Cost: FREE

Details:

  • 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

 

Make York

How Often: Quarterly

When: Evening

Where: Various locations in York

How Long: 1-3 hours

Cost: Varies depending on venue

Details:

  • Network of young professionals
  • Informal meet-up of young people in business in and around York
  • Nibbles usually provided at each venue

 Who is this Group good for?

  • Young Professionals

 

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

Details:

  • 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

Details:

  • 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-focussed 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

Details:

  • 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: £10

Details:

  • 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

 

Network North B2B

How Often: Weekly

When and Where:

  • Tuesday Lunchtime 12:30-2pm The Botanist York
  • Wednesday Morning 7:15am – 9am Hotel Du Vin York
  • Thursday Morning 7:15am – 9am Hotel Du Vin York

Cost: Monthly Membership £35 (+ VAT) + £10 per meeting

Membership Benefits:

  • Exclusive slot in a group for your business category
  • Membership training on how to get the best out of your meetings
  • Regular workshops and seminars
  • Opportunity to market your business on Network B2B Radio

Details:

  • Event structure:
    • Meet & Greet
    • 60 second introduction for each person
    • Breakfast
    • 10-minute presentation
    • Contribution Session
    • Brainstorm Session
  • One Business Category in each meeting
  • Structured but informal

Who is this Group good for?

  • Business Development employees
  • Start-ups
  • Decision makers

 

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

How Often: Monthly

When: Morning

Where: Scarborough – York meetings TBC

Cost: FREE membership – £5 per meeting

Benefits:

  • 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

 Details:

  • 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

Details:

  • 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

Contact
For more information please call 01904 210010

 

The York Meet Up

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How Often: Monthly

When: Afternoon 4pm – 6pm, or Morning – 8-10am

Where: Forest Farm Business Park, YO19 4RH

How Long: 2 hours

Cost: £20 + vat per person

Details:

  • Relaxed, friendly and productive networking facilitated by an experienced Event Manager
  • 15 minute open networking
  • Attendee’s 60 seconds round
  • 20 minute guest speaker, on a subject relevant to SMEs
  • Two x 10 minute one to ones two attendees at the meeting

Who is this Group good for?

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

 

REFRESH: Monthly Leadership Breakfast Boost

How Often: Once a month

When: Morning 8.15-10.00am

Where: Studio 7, Forest Farm Business Park, Fulford

How Long: 1.45 hours

Cost: £25 per event + VAT

Membership Benefits:

  • Opportunity to meet and learn from other professionals
  • Each month includes input on an aspect of people development to help you re-invigorate your approach to your work
  • Interactive workshops in small groups where you present your ideas to others afterwards
  • Chance to meet other like-minded professionals with an interest in personal and professional development around North Yorkshire

Details:

  • The meeting begins with open networking – usually there are no more than 20 people at any one meeting
  • Followed by host introduction
  • A 45 minute topic is covered each month to support continued professional development
  • The meeting finishes with more open networking
  • Tea, coffees and pastries are included

Who is this Group good for?

  • Anyone with responsibility for people in their business
  • People interested in developing their personal and leadership skills

 

York Women Mean Business (YWMB)

How Often: Once a month

When: Online support & meet-ups

Where: Facebook Group and various venues

Cost: £TBC

Membership Benefits:

  • Opportunity to get support from other female professionals in and around York
  • Find recommendations for local, independent businesses
  • The chance to meet other like-minded female professionals with an interest in personal and professional development around North Yorkshire

Who is this Group good for?

  • Women only
  • Business owners in York or surrounding YO postcode areas

 

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)

Details:

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 providing 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 or add any other groups please let us know and we will add these for you! For additions please email us on info@pickandmixms.co.uk