Where Can I Network In Coventry?

Networking as a business or individual over the past 12 months has been a challenge, the comfort of the traditional ways of meeting in person has been pulled from our diaries and we’ve had to adapt to the challenges or face losing some of the reach that we’ve built up over the years.



With Boris Johnson announcing the lockdown exit roadmap earlier this month, we can finally begin to make plans on the when and where when it comes to network locally this year. As 2021 unfolds, there will be events, get togethers and networking meetings announced for you to attend, but for now, many of us of have switched to online sessions.

But for the time being, we can’t see any events or meetings occurring in the immediate future, so where can you network in Coventry now?


If you’re local to Coventry and Warwickshire, #CovHour is an absolutely fantastic online networking hour on Twitter. CovHour will celebrate its 8th birthday this year, and with over 14,000 followers on Twitter, the networking hour has continued to be a huge success. More and more businesses are getting involved on Thursdays from 8-9pm and helps them to increase their reach across Twitter, find new customers/clients and simply catch up with friends and colleagues online.


Whilst it’s not something that we’re all used to, it is easy to get involved in, all you need to do is show up! You can follow along using the hashtag #covhour and get involved in conversations. Jo Brooks leads the hour, bringing conversation starters and important news and all the other members that get involved are just as friendly and entertaining! It is a great way to showcase your business, products and news to a large following and gives a better opportunity to be seen by the right people! Jo welcomes everyone, from regulars to newbies, just log in on a Thursday between 8pm & 9pm and use the hashtag #covhour in your tweets!


The Twitter networking hours don’t stop there, there is also #MidlandsHour, #WarwickHour #BusinessHour and many more! You can find the full list, with all days, times and details here: https://www.spaceandtime.co.uk/voice/all-uk-twitter-hours-hashtags-updated-regularly/. There really is something for everyone, whether you’re an early riser or a night owl. If you’re a member of the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, there is a dedicated hour on Wednesdays between 3-4pm.


If Twitter hours aren’t for you, then there are other forms of online networking events; Socially Shared host a number of events - welcome to all women in business - with a number of different workshops and training sessions that are also another great opportunity to meet new people and build your connections, whilst getting involved with all the different things they have to share!

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#Covhour was started on 22nd August 2013 and was the first online networking hour for Coventry.  It was set up with the aim to help local businesses to connect, to share information and to support each other.  Now with a community of more than 10,500 followers in less than four years, we can safely say that this has been achieved!   

 

The unique thing about this online networking group is that it was started by a local Coventry woman Joanne Brooks and unlike most other groups she does not run her own business she is employed by a business in the City.  When asked about the reason she started #Covhour Joanne replied "I enjoy connecting people and I am so proud of the city having lived here all my life, that I wanted to do my bit and to give something back.  I have met so many wonderful people through #Covhour and although it is a big commitment running the networking hour every week, I just love it!"  

Joanne continues to host #Covhour every Thursday between 8 pm and 9 pm and so why not join in this Thursday? 

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