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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

CAP Business Clubs provides an effective networking opportunity to help small business owners achieve more. Members range from startups to the highly experienced. There are five clubs to choose from (visit our website for more info). Meetings are predominantly on Zoom, but also include additional monthly live meetings. 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 sessions to support you and your business. The networking mornings take place 8.30-9.30am at Rheola House, Cinderford. Your first session is free of charge and includes unlimited tea/coffee and cake, £3 a session afterwards. For more information:

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.

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.

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: