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.

Doncaster Chamber Business Networking @ Bizspace

Bizspace Greasley House Ten Pound Walk Doncaster DN4 5HX Bizspace Greasley House Ten Pound Walk, Doncaster

An informal networking session with no set agenda, offering you the chance to pop along for a drink after work and meet up with existing contacts and make new connections. Networking sessions offer guests the chance to build new connections, long-term business relationships and knowledge share. Benefits of networking Strengthen business connections. Exchange & get [...]


South Yorkshire Chamber Networking (online)


Our popular City Region Business Networking Event is online The three South Yorkshire Chambers are working together to bring you a unique networking event. This event is free for Chamber Members and £10+vat for Non-Chamber Members. Membership of the Chamber is all about helping your business to grow and what better way to meet new businesses and [...]


Chamber Business Networking at the Doncaster Dome

The Dome Doncaster Leisure Park Bawtry Road DN4 7PD The Dome Doncaster Leisure Park Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 7PD

The benefits of attending a Chamber networking event cannot be overstated. After all, they offer a valuable opportunity to meet your peers, build up your business contacts and strengthen existing relationships. Of course, it also helps that a fun activity is usually involved. In the case of this particular networking event, attendees will have an [...]


South Yorkshire Christmas Quiz

The Wool Market Market Place, Market Rd, Doncaster DN1 1NG The Wool Market Market Place, Market Rd,, Doncaster

This is a Chamber Members Only Event A joint event with Barnsley & Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield Chamber, this friendly competition will cover a range of different topics, with a few special festive questions thrown in for good measure. Given that it’s open to members from across three different networks, it’s a great opportunity to [...]


Launchpad: Grants and Funding – Online


This course is for anyone looking for Grant funding from Trusts, Charities and Foundations who have never looked before or if you are an old hand at this. Wendy will ensure that you have a more systematic approach to managing your grant applications and tracking your research to make life a little simpler. Grant funding [...]

Doncaster Chamber Business Networking

DS Operation Centre, Hayfield Business Park, Field Lane, Auckley, Doncaster, DN9 3FL DS Operation Centre, Hayfield Business Park, Field Lane, Auckley,, Doncaster,, United Kingdom

Doncaster Security Operations Centre (DSOC) will be hosting a big networking event in January, where attendees will have the valuable opportunity to strengthen their existing connections and forge brand-new relationships. If you are interesting in building your contacts in the region, then this is a must-do event. As an added incentive, you will get to [...]

Doncaster Business Showcase

Doncaster Racecourse Bawtry Rd,, Doncaster

The Doncaster Business Showcase takes place on Thursday 2nd February 2023 Business Doncaster would like to welcome you to the Business Showcase 2023. From its humble beginnings 15 years ago it has grown to be the largest business networking event of its kind in Yorkshire - make it YOUR business to be part of it.

Netwalking with South Yorkshire Chambers at Gulliver’s

Gullivers Mansfield Rd,, Sheffield

The three South Yorkshire Chambers are delighted to bring back the first ‘netwalking’ event of 2023. This time at the amazing Gulliver’s Valley Resort, Rotherham.


Business Showcase 2024

Doncaster Racecourse Bawtry Rd,, Doncaster

Yorkshire’s largest business networking expo of its kind is the ultimate networking event for any business looking to develop key relationships in order to grow and prosper. The Doncaster Business Showcase is an annual event and attracts hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors. For many businesses, it is the ultimate event to be seen networking at in this region!

South Yorkshire Chambers Networking

Northern College / Wentworth Castle Wentworth Castle Barnsley, S75 3ET Northern College / Wentworth Castle Wentworth Castle, Barnsley,

Join the three South Yorkshire Chambers for a joint Networking event in the fantastic Wentworth Castle, home of the Northern College.

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