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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About this event

This workshop is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Join us to discover key ways to boost your profitability and the value of your business as well as the typical methods of selling it.

This event will help ambitious, innovative businesses understand how they can become more successful, faster.

Join us to discover key ways to boost the profitability and value of your business as well as the typical methods of selling it.

Who should attend this workshop?

Please note that this workshop is open to trading SMEs based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Businesses located outside of this area will be unable to attend and instead directed to alternative support.

What will we cover?

  • Why having good management information regarding the performance of your business is essential – and how you can obtain this valuable information.
  • How HMRC backed tax reliefs that reward innovative businesses can reduce your tax bills or produce tax repayments.
  • How intellectual property can protect and boost the performance, brand and value of your business.
  • The various options available when looking to sell your business – Employee Ownership Trusts, trade sales and Management Buyouts.


    • 9:30am – 9:45am – Registration and Networking
    • 9:45am – 10:00am – Introduction to D2N2 Growth Hub
    • 10:00am – 11:00am – Presentations
    • 11:00am – 12:30pm – Q&A and Networking

Who’ll be presenting this workshop?

Alicia Williams

GENUS, Shorts

Alicia has over 10 years experience working in accounts, having joined Shorts as a Management Accountant. Her role quickly expanded into training and implementation of Xero and add-on software for our clients.

Alicia is now Shorts’ Client FD / Digital Improvement Lead and a Xero Specialist, passionate about making our clients’ business processes more efficient and streamlined, using her extensive experience of cloud-based accounting software.

Matt Pierce

RADIUS, Shorts

Matt is R&D Tax Manager at Shorts, with over 10 years of experience in R&D Consultancy and Innovation Portfolio Management roles.

Matt has extensive experience of R&D Tax Relief and Patent Box Tax Relief, supporting innovative UK businesses across a wide range of sectors. Allowing companies to better understand R&D Tax Credit Legislation, how they may utilise R&D and Patent Box Tax Relief, and supporting them in the development of both technical and financial claim submissions against their Research and Development activities.

Kerry Russell

IP Lawyer, Shakespeare Martineau

Kerry is a solicitor specialising in Intellectual Property. Her IP expertise centres around contentious IP disputes relating to patents, trade marks, passing off, design rights, copyright and confidential information.

Kerry has experience of issues ranging from, complex disputes involving ownership of copyright subsisting in software code, rights in databases (including copyright, database right and confidential information) to experience of non-contentious IP, including drafting collaboration agreements, IP licences and assignments, advising clients in relation to confidentiality agreements and advising on IP aspects of corporate transactions.

Kerry is also experienced in drafting and advising on IT contracts; including drafting/reviewing supply agreements for telecoms re-sellers, software development agreements and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Martin Dean

Corporate Finance, Shorts

With over 10 years experience in practice, Martin has significant Corporate Finance experience having been involved in disposals to both trade buyers and via Employee Ownership Trusts, acquisitions, Management Buy Outs/Ins, Financial Due Diligence, valuations, business plans and forecasting.

Martin forms a key part of Shorts’ award-winning Corporate Finance team, taking a lead role in client projects alongside the Corporate Finance Partner and Corporate Finance Director.

Martin was shortlisted for Emerging Dealmaker of the Year at the Insider Dealmaker Awards 2021

ERDF – SME Enrolment Form

Having booked onto this event you will be required to complete an SME Enrolment form via our online portal if you have not already done so. We require this form to be completed as part of the eligibility requirements of our ERDF funding.

The form must be completed in full prior to your attendance at this event. The form only needs to be completed once, after this you will be able to access multiple Growth Hub events and adviser support. Further information will be provided directly after your registration is received.

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