Cotswold Networking is a unique, amazing, friendly, supportive membership networking group with groups in Malmesbury, Cirencester, and Cheltenham.
We run our networking meetings with a semi-formal layout, but we do it in a friendly, engaging and informal way. As well as the monthly meet-ups, we also have social events each month for the members.
Cotswold Networking is all about supporting each other and helping each other’s businesses to grow, and the most important thing to us is having FUN whilst doing it. We invite you to come along to one of our meetups and see what we are all about.
In February 2022 after a few awful years in lockdown, I was eager to get back out there, meet people face-to-face and feel the buzz of connecting with great people. I wanted to find a friendly, social evening networking group in the surrounding area, but most of what I found were in the daytime, which I couldn’t do. So, after much deliberation, I decided to bite the bullet and start my own group! So, in February 2022, Cotswold Networking was born.
We started our monthly meetups at the Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury, and they have been wonderful in supporting us throughout. I am a marketing professional, so I used my skills to spread the word about the new group via social media and email marketing.
February 2023, a year on from the Malmesbury launch, I expanded the group and launched a brand-new networking group to an audience of over 100 businesses, in Cirencester at the lovely Kings Head Hotel and have since moved to the very unique and amazing Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden Restaurant in Cirencester.
in September 2023, we launched another group in Cheltenham at the fabulous Nook on Five Rooftop Restaurant and this group is growing rapidly.
One of our USP’s is that we host our events in wonderful venues, so everyone feels like they have had an evening out.
Networking is so powerful; it is about establishing relationships so that you will become more successful in business. The people with whom you forge a professional association will also introduce you to others with whom you can form professional relationships. Each person has their own network of people, so getting to know more people and having lots of contacts in business can often lead to rare opportunities in the future. Knowing the right people can pay off no matter what industry you’re in. Networking can lead to more clients and more exposure.
There is that old saying, ‘It is not what you know but who you know,’ and that rings true when you run a business. You increase your likelihood of success by building up a network of people around you who have a similar passion and are headed in the same direction. You can also learn such a lot from other people and get inspired. I am like a sponge and get excited when I come away from an encounter with a new idea or new information to research to improve my business or life.
Cotswold Networking is all about supporting each other and helping each other’s businesses to grow, and the most important thing to us is having FUN whilst doing it. Come along to one of our meetups and see what we are all about.
Angela is the founder of Indigo Lime Media, a small marketing agency which helps small and medium-sized businesses with all aspects of marketing, offering companies the commitment of an internal marketing department without the cost associated with recruiting full-time staff.
Whilst her children were young, Angela designed and created unique hand-knitted scarves and jewellery which led her to set up a ladies fashion accessory party-plan business – Glam Originals, which she built up over 10 years. Attending various networking groups, during this time, was of great support and was a key factor in helping her grow her business to a level where they had circa 50 consultants in the UK.
Angela would love to welcome you to Cotswold Networking.