7 Networking Events & Clubs to Join in Edinburgh

7 Networking Events & Clubs to Join in Edinburgh

Networking can be a powerful tool for your small business, but only if you choose the right events. I’ve used networking for several years now to grow my small business, so check out this list of my favourite networking events & clubs to join in Edinburgh.

To make the decision easier for you, I have also included some further information about each event. This way you can pick and choose the ones that are most relevant to you.

Getting ready to boost your small business with some networking? Here are 7 networking events & clubs to join in Edinburgh!

7 Networking Events & Clubs to Join in Edinburgh: edinburgh chamber of commerceEdinburgh Chamber of Commerce

When: multiple events per month
Where: venues across Edinburgh
Who: all types & sizes of local businesses
Access: members only, price varies
Website: edinburghchamber.co.uk

When it comes to networking events & clubs to join in Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is a great choice. They offer support and advice, as well as lots of different networking events.

With a diverse range of events happening throughout each month, you’re sure to find something that catches your attention.

As well as informal mixers and coffee mornings, there are also regular networking lunches, talks from key Edinburgh businesspeople and workshops, Q&As and seminars.

Look out for the Early Start workshops (held monthly from 8.30-10am). They’re great for new Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce members as they’re informal and allow you to meet a diverse range of people and businesses.

Find out about the 7 Lessons I’ve Learned in Business Networking.


7 Networking Events and Clubs to Join in Edinburgh: creative mornings EdinburghCreative Mornings Edinburgh

When: last Friday of the month
Where: venues across Edinburgh
Who: creative businesses
Access: everyone welcome, free tickets must be booked in advance
Website: creativemornings.com/cities/edi

Among the networking events & clubs to join in Edinburgh, this is one I can highly recommend for creatives and makers. Part of a global networking organisation, the Edinburgh chapter of Creative Mornings meets once a month, from 8.30-10am.

Each event has a different theme and an expert speaker, who presents a 20-minute talk on a thought-provoking subject.

As well as being able to listen to interesting talks, you’ll also have time to network with other local creative businesses over coffee and breakfast.

Creative Mornings’ mission is to “foster creative community” so they encourage you to make connections with like-minded people and share your ideas.


7 Networking Events & Clubs to Join in Edinburgh: Coffee ConnectionsCoffee Connections

When: every other month on a Wednesday
Where: Village Hotel Edinburgh
Who: all types of local small businesses
Access: everyone welcome, free tickets must be booked in advance
Website: eventbrite.co.uk/colinmckeand

Coffee Connections is a networking event run by Colin McKeand and it’s so successful, it usually sells out within hours. Tip: Sign up for Colin’s Invite Mailing List to find out about the next event and when tickets are going online.

The format is simple but effective: Turn up, get yourself a coffee at Starbuck’s and then join the crowd for some high-level networking.

The event starts at 9am and finishes at around 11am, but you can drop in and leave at any time. There’s no speaker but usually, there’s a raffle and people can promote other networking events that might be of interest to you, too.


7 Networking Events and Clubs to Join in Edinburgh: edinburgh businesswomen club networkingEdinburgh Businesswomen’s Club

When: first Friday of the month
Where: The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
Who: female business owners
Access: members and non-members welcome, free drop-in
Website: edinburghbusinesswomensclub.co.uk

Among the networking events & clubs to join in Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Businesswomen’s Club is the city’s longest-running networking club for women.

Their informal First Friday networking events (from 10am-12pm) offer the chance to chat with other women in business, over a cup of tea or coffee at Contini’s Scottish Cafe & Restaurant.

The club also organises several other networking lunches, events and workshops, covering topics as varied as ‘how to do your self-assessment taxes’, to ‘how to offer gift wrapping for your customers’.


7 Networking Events and Clubs to Join in Edinburgh: connect ED networkingConnectED

When: every Tuesday
Where: Monboddo
Who: all types of local small businesses
Attendance: everyone welcome, free drop-in
Website: twitter.com/connect_edi

ConnectED is a long-standing networking event that welcomes all kinds of businesses. Held every Tuesday morning from 8.30-10am, the events are free to attend, you don’t need to become a member, and you can drop in and out as you please.

Once a month, the event also includes a talk from a business expert. In the past, these have included practical skills and general business topics.

Amongst others, there were talks about an introduction to email marketing as well as combatting stress, anxiety and depression when you’re self-employed.


7 Networking Events and Clubs to Join in Edinburgh: creative circles edinburghCreative Circles

When: first Tuesday of the month
Where: Codebase & Custom Lane
Who: creatives, makers and tech businesses
Access: members and non-members welcome, free drop-in
Website: creative-edinburgh.com

This is another one of the networking events & clubs to join in Edinburgh with a focus on creatives. Creative Circles, a drop-in networking event, held between 8.30-10am, is organised by Creative Edinburgh.

It allows creative businesses of all kinds (whether you’re a jewellery maker, app developer or photographer) to connect, chat and collaborate.

Creative Circles recently expanded to include a Creative Circles North event (which takes place at Custom Lane, in collaboration with Leith Creative), in addition to their existing networking event at Codebase.


7 Networking Events and Clubs to Join in Edinburgh: No Ties NetworkingNo Ties Networking

When: last Thursday of the month
Where: Bread Street Brasserie
Who: all types of local small businesses
Access: everyone welcome, free to attend (£12 for lunch are paid directly to the venue)
Website: eventbrite.co.uk/notiesnetworking

If you enjoy networking with like-minded people in an informal and relaxed way, this is the networking event for you. The No Ties Networking lunches take place on the last Thursday of every month from 12-2pm.

You can make meaningful connections over a tasty 2-course lunch followed by tea or coffee. There’s also a speaker slot where monthly changing members talk about useful business skills and share tips and advice.

Additionally, everyone at the event gets a “Magic Minute” to tell the group all about their own business. You will also get the chance to explain what kind of collaborations and clients you’re looking for.


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Published byDenise Strohsahl

Denise Strohsahl is an Edinburgh-based marketing consultant, specialising in helping small, local businesses get more of their ideal clients.