Following on from my January post about networking events in Edinburgh, I have since visited a few more and decided to also write about them in a “Part 2” post. So here are my views on some more free events that I have attended recently.
12pm – 2pm, last Thursday of the month at Bread Street Brasserie, 34 Bread St, Edinburgh EH3 9AF
This is a women’s only group that meets in a fancy restaurant right next door to Monboddo Bar where ConnectED meet on Tuesday mornings. No Ties tends be a fairly popular event, with about 30 attendees in January and about 20 in February. You pay £12 to the restaurant at the door and then get a set menu of a choice of two starters and two mains, with tea and coffee at the end. The food is always very lovely and filling. There is a pre-chosen host (who is different at each event) who greets all the guests and helps to keep the event in order. There is also a speaker who talks towards the end of the meal on a business topic of their choice. I really enjoyed this event as I met a good mix of women from different professions and I plan to keep attending it regularly.
12:30pm – 2pm, 1st Friday of the month at Katsuri Indian Gourmet Restaurant, 35-37 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RG
I had heard quite a bit about “Scotland’s Mr Networking” Colin McKeand at other networking events, and he is the creator of a couple of events that I will be reviewing in this blog post. The first of which being Curry Connections, which I was particularly excited about because I absolutely love curry! And it didn’t fail to disappoint, as we get a generous selection of four starters and four curries, and shared rice and naan bread around the table. This is quite a casual event containing lots of good business chat with a variety of different professions, and there were about 20 attendees. I enjoyed it and would definitely go again.
9am – 11am, once every two months at Village Hotel, 140 Crewe Road South, Edinburgh EH4 2NY
Also run by the friendly networking coach Colin McKeand is Coffee Connections, held in a posh hotel bar. This is a standing coffee morning, and it’s very popular with close to 100 attendees. I got speaking to a lot of different people, some new and some familiar (you begin to come across some of the same people as you start to network a lot!). It is a semi-casual event, but towards the end includes a business card raffle and the chance for other people to come forward and promote their networking events. Like Creative Circles, I was a little out of my comfort zone at such a massive event, but I was fine once I managed to find a good few people to have conversations with. It was a good event and I would attend it again when it’s next on.
8:30am – 10:30am, once monthly at All Bar One, George St, Edinburgh EH1 1AD
This Glasgow networking event has recently expanded to Edinburgh as the host Teresa Jackson is planning to do the same with her co-working space Collabor8te. Communic8te is held in a fairly lavish bar where everyone mingles over coffee. For the most part it is a casual event, though Teresa every now and then encourages everyone to move around and meet new people. This was another good event where I again met both new and familiar faces, and it made a good start to my morning. I made some good connections and would definitely attend again.
I have enjoyed my experience so far with serial networking. It does use up quite a lot of time and money however, so I will definitely begin to whittle down a select few to attend as my business and client base grow. I hope you enjoyed reading this bog post, and I will let you know when I discover another great business networking event!