Our events

Speed networking business breakfast
Date: 15.11.2017
Time: 07.30am for 8am until 10am
Venue: Heronston Hotel & Spa, CF35 5AW

Imagine making more contacts in one hour than some people do in a career.

Welcome to Bridgend's smarter speed networking, an intensive session of two-minute mini-meetings. This corporate take on speed dating is the perfect place to start filling your book of contacts, with people spanning a range of different sectors and industries. It's all about maximum impact, because after your two minutes each way is up, the whistle blows, and you change partners!

Exhibit at the event
There are only five opportunities available to host a display stand at this event.

The Bridgend speed networking business breakfast will provide your company with the opportunity to have exposure to an audience of over 60 companies and the opportunity to sell your products and services to these delegates on a face to face basis at the end of the session. Exhibiting is one of the most efficient, effective and successful marketing activities available to you. No other form of marketing can get you in a room with so many potential customers actively looking for suppliers, information and guidance.

Can you afford to miss out?
Stand information: 1 x banner stand per company. A small table will be provided.


HR breakfast seminar - get ready for 2018's changes to data protection laws
Date: 21.11.2017
Time: 08.30am for 9 until 11am
Venue: Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch, Bridgend, CF35 6AF
Cost: Free to attend and includes breakfast and refreshments

Bridgend Business Forum and Hugh James are delighted to invite you to a complimentary breakfast seminar with keynote speaker Debra Barber, Chief Executive, Cardiff Airport.

Get ready for 2018s changes to data protection laws

Presenter: Helen Iles, Senior Associate / Head of Training, Hugh James

If you want peace, prepare for war...was the advice of Roman Vegetius before the fall of the Roman Empire. So too is this the advice of Helen Iles, Senior Associate and Head of Training at Hugh James regarding new rules set to hit all UK businesses in May 2018 in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

About the speaker: Debra Barber, Chief Executive Officer, Cardiff Airport

Deb retired from her role as Group Captain within the Royal Air Force in 2012 after a successful 28 year career, during which time she headed up the Air Traffic Control operation and was held in high regard as one of the RAFs notable senior female officers. At Cardiff Airport as CEO Deb is responsible for delivering the ambitious strategy for long term, sustainable growth for the Airport business, generating significant economic benefit for Wales.


Wales Exporters Association Bridgend breakfast event
Date: 22.11.2017
Time: 08am for 08.30 until 110am
Venue: Heronston Hotel & Spa, Ewenny Road, Bridgend, CF35 5AW
Cost: Free to attend (includes refreshments and breakfast)

Trading with Australasia - come along to the next Welsh Exporters Association breakfast meeting to find out how you can do business with Australia and Asia-Pacific.

Hayley Vincent, Export Advisor with Business Wales will outline the support programmes that can assist you and give some examples of successes. Sarah James, Business Development Manager for Welsh Government?s International Trade Team will tell us about their programmes and in particular the Trade Missions that will be running this year.

About the speakers
Hayley is an International Trade Adviser for Business Wales. Hayley assists Welsh companies with all aspects of international trade, providing one to one support and workshops assisting companies to internationalize their business by assessing capabilities, developing strategic export plans and brokering relationships with relevant private sector organisations. Hayley also works closely alongside the International Trade Team supporting them with the delivery of the Welsh Government export programmes.

Sarah is a Business Development Manager for Welsh Government?s International Trade Team. Sarah assists Welsh companies with all aspects of international trade issues, and a full range of support available via Welsh Government programmes and UK Government.

For further information on the Wales Exporters Association (WEA) click on the link here.


Social media in business half-day workshop: The digital online strategy for 2018 - FULLY BOOKED
Date: 06.12.2017
Time: 09am for 09.30 until 1pm
Venue: Bridgend College, Queens Road Campus, CF31 3UT
Cost: Free (includes refreshments)

As 2017 draws to a close, what should we focus on in digital marketing in 2018?

A look back at 2017
Why social media isn't like it used to be
Chatbots - why BOTS are taking over the online marketing world and how to use them
Augmented reality and virtual reality - it's going to be big very soon
Ten simple steps to dominate online presence in 2018


Social media in business half-day workshop: LinkedIn
Date: 30.01.2018
Time: 09am for 09.30 until 1pm
Venue: Bridgend College, Queens Road Campus, CF31 3UT
Cost: Free (includes refreshments)

To help you get started using your account or to learn more about LinkedIn features and functionalities, we invite you to attend a free half-day workshop

This session will include:-
A quick overview of LinkedIn for those new to the platform
LinkedIn free versus premium (all versions)
A three point strategy for LinkedIn
Advanced LinkedIn tactics


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