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Business networking and events


The Forest of Dean and surrounding areas have a host of vibrant business networking groups. If you run or attend a group that is not included below please email We will try to include all groups.

Forest Economic Partnership

The Forest Economic Partnership (FEP) is bringing together businesses, councils, people, ideas and resources to give the Forest of Dean a voice in the Glos2050 big conversation and to deliver a thriving and sustainable economy.

CAP Business Club Forest of Dean

The CAP Business Club is a networking group that meets three times per week: breakfast meetings Monday and Thursday and an evening meeting on a Tuesday. The members of the group help each other with business leads and referrals, business support and practical business advice. For more information:

Forest Traders Networking Evening

Whether you are an existing business, just starting out, or thinking about going into business Forest Traders offer networking evenings to support you and your business. The networking nights are at a different locations each meeting and take place every two to three months.

Bizin the Forest of Dean

This Bizin breakfast club meets every Wednesday from 7.30am at Bell's hotel and Golf Club in Coleford (£10 charge for breakfast). The group provides local area connections, opportunities to meet potential clients, as well as a range of benefits and discounts.

Forest of Dean Business Network

The Forest of Dean Business Network is a Facebook group designed for local businesses to promote and gain exposure for their companies and products, to exchange ideas and advice and network.

Women's Business Club

Friendly business networking clubs where you can build genuine, authentic relationships over a healthy lunch along with an expert speaker.

SWISH Business

The SWISH Network is open to any ladies who run their own businesses from home in Herefordshire or Monmouthshire. Monthly networking meetings are a great place to meet women in the same position as you and to ask any questions you may have about running a business from home. Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month (on Zoom right now), from 10.30-11.30am.

BNI Severn and Wye

BNI Severn and Wye meet Fridays at 6.30am at Whitemead Forest Park. The Severn and Wye chapter is a dynamic, committed group of business people, who on average increase their business by 20 per cent in the first year of membership.

Adeptio Strategic Forum

This business mastermind, networking and mentoring group meets once per month in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. For information on the upcoming courses:

GFirst LEP

GFirst LEP - the Local Enterprise Partnership for Gloucestershire supports businesses and drives sustainable economic growth throughout the county, creating jobs and business opportunities. To search for networking, education and business events near you:

The Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is designed to help your business maximise its potential, offering a range of expert-led events for companies of all shapes and sizes. For information on events to help you grow your business:

FSB Experts in Business

The FSB supports their members with a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise and support. As a smaller business owner and FSB member, you will have access to exclusive events and networking opportunities. For information on current events: