Planning a perfect networking event
Networking events are an essential part of any modern business. Whether you are looking to meet new clients or find a mentor to help your business grow, attending a networking event is the best way to learn and develop. Luckily, Birmingham has a wide range of venues perfect for hosting events.
If you're looking for a venue for your next big event, Birmingham has plenty of options. From the stylish to the contemporary to the downright quirky, here we’ve collected some of the best places to hold any kind of business event in Birmingham.
What to think about when looking for a networking venue
Networking events are about creating connections between people, but the venue you choose can have a significant impact on how successful the event is. Choosing the wrong venue will make it harder for your guests to focus on each other and build relationships. The right venue will enable them to focus on the reason they’re there and make those connections easy.
Before booking a venue or even starting to look for one, you should know how many guests you're inviting, what type of amenities are required, and what type of venue you prefer.
Before you start looking at venues, do your research. What type of networking event are you hosting? Is it for a particular industry or designed for business owners in general? It's important to go into your search with some idea of who your target audience is so you can find venues that suit their needs. This can mean finding anything from swanky bars to more casual pubs and restaurants.
If you don't have much experience finding venues for networking events, talk to others who do. They might be able to provide some recommendations or point out things you should consider that may not have occurred to you before starting your search.
What makes a networking event good
People go to networking events to mingle and form new connections, but they can be intimidating. As the organiser of an event, there are many ways to make this easier. Our top three pieces of advice are:
Use name tags. It sounds obvious, but not everyone does it. Putting someone's name in front of them is a great way to make introductions less awkward since you don't have to remember names or spell them out for others.
Pick a venue that's worth talking about. When people come to your event, it should be immediately apparent that something special is going on — and your choice of venue can help with that. Whether it's a stunning view, a great location or just a room that's been decorated with care, it will create a buzz and get people talking.
Make a program with seminars and workshops. If you're offering something more than just drinks and mingling, you'll attract people who have an interest in your particular subject matter. This will make it easier for them to find common ground with each other as well as give them more opportunities to interact with you.
Our favourite venues for hosting a networking event in Birmingham
Birmingham is a great place to host a corporate event. However, there are so many options that it can be hard to decide on just one place. To help you out, we've put together a list of our three favourite venues in Birmingham for hosting a networking event.
1) Lulu Wild: Lulu Wild is an upmarket restaurant and cocktail bar located in the heart of Birmingham. The venue has a range of modern cocktails and delicious food served by friendly staff who will make sure your event runs smoothly from start to finish. The interiors are quirky and worth talking about, making it an ideal venue to make a great impression.
2) The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery: This venue has an excellent city-centre location and has a large space that is ideal for networking events. The staff at the gallery are also very friendly and accommodating. You'll be sure to help your guests have interesting conversations mingling among the art.
3) Birmingham Botanical Gardens: The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are one of the city's most popular attractions with over 1 million visitors each year (and rising). This makes them an ideal venue for any kind of event or meeting – whether it's business-related or not!
Booking your networking venue
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