By Angela Roberts, Founder of Cotswold Networking.
Cotswold Networking is a vibrant and exceptional membership networking group that brings people together in the heart of Malmesbury, Cirencester, and now in the flourishing city of Cheltenham. Our newest addition, The Nook on Five, a breathtaking rooftop restaurant at Imperial Square, promises an exciting and engaging setting for our events.
The genesis of Cotswold Networking arose from a desire to break free from the confines of lockdown and rediscover the joy of face-to-face interactions with like-minded individuals. While searching for a social and friendly evening networking group, we realised that most options were daytime gatherings, which did not suit our needs. Undeterred, we decided to take matters into our own hands, and in February 2022, Cotswold Networking was born.
Supported wholeheartedly by the Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury, our monthly meetups commenced, and we spared no effort in spreading the word through social media and email marketing, skilfully leveraging our marketing expertise. Our sleek and functional website, courtesy of Focus Web Design, provided a seamless online booking experience for interested participants.
The response to our February 2022 Malmesbury launch was astounding, with 80% of attendees enthusiastically signing up to become members on the spot or within 48 hours after the event! What sets Cotswold Networking apart is our emphasis on friendliness and social events, creating a relaxed atmosphere where relationships and connections can naturally blossom.
As the one-year anniversary of our Malmesbury launch approached, we expanded our horizons and introduced a new networking group in Cirencester, attracting an audience of over 100 businesses. The Kings Head Hotel provided a charming setting for our initial gatherings, but we have since moved to the distinctive and fantastic Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden Restaurant in Cirencester. Our commitment to hosting events in enchanting venues ensures that every attendee feels they’ve had a delightful evening out.
The power of networking lies in the ability to build strong relationships that lead to professional success. By connecting with other ambitious individuals, you open doors to rare opportunities and invaluable connections. In any industry, knowing the right people can be the key to more clients and increased exposure.
At Cotswold Networking, we believe in the adage, “It’s not just what you know, but who you know.” Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who share your passions and aspirations increases your chances of achieving success. Each interaction with fellow members presents an opportunity to learn, gain inspiration, and discover new ideas to enhance your business and life.
Our ethos is centred around mutual support and helping each other’s businesses thrive. Yet, above all, we prioritize having fun throughout the process. If you’re eager to experience the power of networking in a friendly and engaging environment, we invite you to join us at one of our meetups and discover the magic of Cotswold Networking firsthand.