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20 Feb 2020 - 2 minutes

The best networking events for young professionals

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Manchester is booming for business with many well-known blue-chip companies moving up from the capital, and last year the city was voted as 'One of the most exciting cities in the World' by Time Out. It's a hub for tech start-ups and emergent sectors; with this, the city is awash with some fantastic networking events. Take a look at some of the best below.

Marketing Manchester

This marketing centric meet up is a popular group for the huge network of marketers based in the city. The monthly meet up always features two expert speakers, talking all stuff marketing. Speakers vary from specialist agencies like Social Chain talking about influencer marketing, to Oscar-nominated screenwriters talking about the importance of storytelling. Keep an eye on their page to find out when their next event is.


Manchester's Inter-Professional Social doesn't specialise in a particular sector, but instead tries to encourage a mix of attendees from all different areas. They co-host with several of Manchester's networking groups - covering the Legal, Accountancy, Finance, Property, Marketing and Planning sectors to name just a few. The events are usually held in bars in the city centre. A great way to meet people from all different networks in a relaxed environment. Tickets cost £10 and include a drink on arrival.

Manchester Startups

This group of over 2000 members meets up monthly at various fun locations around the city to discuss the failures and successes of the month previous. They also have local speakers who talk about all the things that helped them when their companies were in those early stages. The organisers also advise on the technicalities of having a start-up, and the team behind it offer free legal advice to members. A Great group to not only meet other like-minded people but get tools to perfect your own new business.

Northern Business Expo

This is a one-off yearly event but is well worth going to no matter what type of industry you work in. The expo attracts thousands of business owners, directors, young professionals and entrepreneurs and is a proven, simple way to stay relevant, get connected and achieve more. It's the biggest business event in the North of England, with incredible skills workshops, high-level keynote speakers and seminars all day. There are also multiple networking opportunities from speed networking, breakfast meetups, networking sessions, as well as connection walls definitely one to add to your diary.

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