Valley Library of Networking and Events

Think about why you are going. There are so many events you could spend all day, every day at one event or another but look at the list of events and make sure there is a valid reason for you to attend. (And getting a free breakfast isn’t one of them!!!) When I started out I attended 3-4 a week to help build up my business. I now do 1 or 2, you have to find the balance that is right for you.

When considering events they usually come in 5 categories

  • Speed Networking – You will sit with other and do a 1-2 minute pitch, when everyone has done there’s you move on to the next table until everyone is. This can also be done online
  • Informal networking – Meeting with other business owners – can be less effective and more difficult for you to get across what you do as they can end up with people splitting off into groups of people they already know
  • Business lunches – very often organised by sporting organisations
  • Events – Golf Days – behind the scenes at …
  • Exhibitions and Themed programmes – These tend to be theme around a particular purpose and will go on longer than the average networking event so there is an opportunities to have good conversations

Top Tips

  1. Before attending, make sure you have an informal mini pitch prepared and think about how you are memorable. Don’t just list the services you offer, why should they remember you over your competitors.
  2. Don’t be too pushy, these events are ways to build your connections in the first instance not to make a sale.
  3. You’ll need to be prepared to be there 10 minutes before it starts and stay all the way through to the end. If it is an exhibition they are more flexible for you to come and go as you need to but with networking events usually it is expected that you will be there for the duration.
  4. If you can’t make it let the organiser know – don’t just not show up. You will get a reputation for being a no show.
  5. What can you bring to the table, remember this is a way to build your brand and being helpful is one of the best ways to be remembered
  6. Be Social – check in, tag, message or post. This is a great way to continue to build exposure before and after the event

I regularly search through the events in South and West Yorkshire Regions. I have created a “Valley Library of Events” below. These are the ones that I have found to be useful and have helped me to build connections, get support and ultimately find new clients.

I am not paid or asked to list the events below and have no control over the events, registrations and costs. Every listing has the organiser link within it, you will need to click on these to be able to book your place.

Whilst every effort is made to keep these listings up to date and accurate, they may be changed by the organiser at short notice which is beyond our control. Please ensure that you keep the details sent to you directly from the organiser for the most up to date info.

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Our full day international trade courses are priced at £320 for members of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber and £380 for non-members.

This course gives an overview of both export and import procedures. We recommend this for individuals who only need a top-level understanding of international trade procedures or those with relevant qualifications and/or experience in the export industry who want a refresher.

What we will cover

The agenda and course objectives are as follows:

Review of the export process to include

  • The Enquiry, Incoterms 2020, Insurance, Methods of Payment, Licences & Limitations
  • Quotation, Order Acknowledgment & Pro Forma Invoice
  • Packing – Guidelines and Rules
  • Shipping Documents
  • Booking Freight and Transport Documentation
  • Proof of Export – Evidential Requirements

Review of the import process to include

  • The Enquiry, Product Considerations, Payment, Import Controls, Incoterms, Method of Transport, Documentation, Costs and Contract
  • Providing the Purchase Order
  • Booking the Shipment and Clearance Agents
  • Import Clearance, Documentation, Import Duties and Import Declarations
  • Introduction to Special Procedures


The course will run as a day session starting at 9:30am with morning and afternoon breaks and 45 minutes for lunch.

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