Networking has become an important feature of modern life, as it gives you a chance to build a roster of contacts within your field of work. Meeting these people can give your career a boost, enhance your job prospects or help to give your business an edge over the competition. You may not know that the Jewellery Quarter has become a bit of a hotbed for networking, here’s our pick of venues to fulfil all of your networking and productivity needs…
1000 Trades is a well-known establishment in the Jewellery Quarter, and for good reason. It’s known for its food, drink, live music, workshops and much more. But did you know they’re also one of the main players for networking in the area? They host a networking event on the first Thursday of every month from 4.30pm, and the first drink is free! The event is for all businesses, whether you’re well established or just starting out. It’s hosted by Ian Gardner from Breslins, and it’s a relaxed environment in which to meet like-minded people and perhaps get some great advice! They have also recently partnered with Dispace to give flexible workers a chance to have somewhere in the Jewellery Quarter to be productive, with access to coffee and wi-fi! For more information go here.
Saint Pauls House
Saint Pauls House is well known for its classy bar and restaurant, as well as being a boutique hotel in the luxurious setting of St Paul’s Square. But did you know they also facilitate networking? They have partnered with BNI to bring a networking event to the region every week! You can order your food in advance when booking a space at the event, which ensures no interruptions as breakfast is already taken care of. The event consists of pitches, presentations and business referrals, plus you can continue to network with the new people you’ve met once the meeting has finished. For more info go here.
The Big Peg
The Big Peg is a big deal in the Jewellery Quarter, a large and recognisable building right in the very heart of the region. They have partnered with Business over Breakfast in order to host a bi-weekly networking event. The event allows business owners to connect with other businesses in the area, and to spread the word about what they do. The Big Peg also provide office space for many businesses in the Jewellery Quarter at a reasonable rate for whatever stage your business is at. Plus they frequently have new pop-up events occurring in the lobby, ranging from food pop-ups to jewellery being showcased. These pop-ups are a great way to make new connections as you always get a fantastic range of people in attendance. For more information go here.
Assay Studios can be found in a beautiful Grade II listed building on Newhall Street. The site was once an Assay office involved with testing precious metals and has now been transformed into this fantastic modern space. Their purpose is to facilitate collaboration, creativity and growth, and they provide this with their room hire services. They offer a range of rooms that vary in size to suit the needs of your group, so it doesn’t matter if you’re an ambitious individual or a well-established business, Assay Studios want to provide a productive environment for everyone. They also provide high-speed internet, bike storage, and showers on site! For more information go here.
So that’s our pick for some great places to network and be productive in the Jewellery Quarter! Why not head to one of these venues, grab a coffee and a wi-fi password, and start growing your business and professional circle today!