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Urbano Business

All Urbano networking events are open to any business person, regardless of sector, area or status. Each month Urbano holds networking seminars under the banner of one or more 'strands': Business, People, Finance, Create, Build & Host.

To view full details of our speaker list and themes download our Membership Pack

Urbano is one network and membership gives you the right to attend any event. Non-members can also attend any event to a maximum of TWO URBANO PER COMPANY. Urbano believes that all businesses can learn from one another and this diversity leads to sharing of information and transfers of best practice, opportunities to collaborate, form associations and increased new business potential.

If you haven't been to an event, book one here: London Networking Events.

(And don't leave the website until you have added yourself to the event invites database!)

Urbano Business

Every succesful business is built on three important pillars: business, finance, and people. Yet ask any business owner or company director what it is they do and they will say 'architect', 'lawyer', 'bar owner', 'recruitment agent', never 'entrepreneur' or 'business person'.

Urbano wants to change that mindset.

Urbano's networking seminars (usually breakfasts) fall under the umbrella of one or more of the three themes - business, people, finance, and sector-specific groups - Media, Build & Host.

For instance, the MD of a successful food company spoke to an Urbano Business AND Host audience, and covered areas like investment, branding, production, market research and response, exporting to new markets, employment issues etc.

Urbano nusiness seminars take the conference format and strip away the time-wasting, cost and add energy, focus and networking. Each event lasts around two hours, and features guest speakers who are leaders or opinion-formers in their sector or area of speciality. The speaker and the audience they attract is designed to act as a catalyst to collaboration, opportunity and new business between all the attendees.

Attendees are always a diverse mix of directors, partners, business owners, managers and other senior representatives from a range of sectors and specialities. Attendees at all Urbano events tend to be largersand more established compnaies that other networks, though we never discriminate and encourage all sizes of business to meet and build connections.

Previous Urbano speakers have included:

Peter Barron - Google's Director of External Affairs
Ella Bennett - HR Director, Fujitsu UK & Ireland
Pauline Bickerton - Entrepreneur in Residence at Cass Business School
Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne - Founder & Director of Genius Foods
Spencer Dale - Chief Economist to the Bank of England
Simon Dixon - CEO, Bank To The Future & Bitcoin specialist
Charlie Duff - Global Social Media Relations Manager, Ernst & Young,
Jonathan Fisher, Specialist tax QC
Nicola Horlick - 'Superwoman', CEO of Derby Street Films
Richard Gillies - Marks & Spencer's Director of Plan A & Sustainable Business
Daisy Goodwin - MD, Silver River Productions
Jo Haigh - Dealmaker and responsible for over 300 multi-million deals
Ben Heald - SiftMedia CEO. Founder of HR Zone, Business Zone and Accounting Web
Wayne Hemingway, Hemingway Design Studio
Kate Holt - HR Director at KPMG UK
Kevin McCloud - Grand Designs/Hab Housing
Craig McCoy - HR Director, BUPA
Lara Morgan - Entrepreneur & previous CEO of Pacific Health (sold for £20M)
Modwenna Rees-Mogg - Editor of Angel News
John Roberts - HR Director, Ford UK
Sarwant Singh, Global Business Trends Forecaster, Frost & Sullivan
Graham Snowdon - Editor, The Guardian's Work Supplement
Jo Taylor - Head of Talent Management, TalkTalk
Darren Westlake - CEO, CrowdCube
John Whiting, Office of Tax Simplification
William Webb - President of the IET
Duncan Hine - Cybersecurity advisor to the government
Bill Barclay, Director of Music at the Shakespeare'es Globe
Will Hardie, architect and television presenter
Gwyn Roberts, Communities Lead at BRE

Edward Lucas, Senior Editor the Economist

September 7th 2017 - Urbano Build Networking Breakfast Event with RIBA President Ben Derbyshire

All Urbano events are open to any business person, regardless of sector, area or status of the business.

The speakers usually fall under one or more of Urbano's Network Groups, which are online networking communities for members who have company or personal interest in one or more of the groups's focuses. For instance, Wayne Hemingway was a featured Build event, but he also covered Business & Media areas.

The other Networking Groups pages will tell you more about past and future speakers for their specific interest groups, but please note: Urbano events are open to all and it is this diversity that makes each event unique and effective.

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Next Events

  1. London Networking Event - Urbano Women in Business Networking Lunch

    Wednesday June 19th, 12:30pm

    Urbano Women In Business Summer Garden Party & Networking Lunch at Lambeth Palace with a delicious menu created by their in-house chef

    Read more > Lambeth Palace
  2. London networking event - Urbano Media & People Community networking event

    Wednesday June 26th, 6:00pm

    Urbano Media & Creatives and People communities special networking evening at W London Leicester Square - complete with glitterballs at every turn and a very tasty menu!

    Read more > W London Leicester Square
  3. London Networking Event - Urbano Women in Business Networking Lunch In Fitzrovia

    Wednesday July 10th, 12:30pm

    Urbano Women In Business & UWACTE (Urbano Women in Architecture Construction Technology Engineering) Community networking lunch at Mr Fogg's Fitzrovia - a wonder of flora and fauna

    Read more > Mr Fogg's House Of Botanicals
  4. London Networking Event - Urbano Networking Evening Westminster London

    Wednesday July 17th, 6:00pm

    Urbano networking evening - free for Urbano Members - at The Army & Navy Club in St James's, Westminster.

    Read more > Army & Navy Club
  5. London networking event - Urbano Networking Lunch in Covent Garden

    Thursday July 25th, 12:00pm

    Urbano networking lunch in Covent Garden, especially for those in the Media & Creative Sectors!

    Read more > Inamo Covent Garden
  6. London Networking Event - Networking Lunch in Shoreditch

    Wednesday July 31st, 12:30pm

    Urbano July networking lunch hosted by Rich Mix in Shoreditch.

    Read more > Rich Mix
  7. London Networking Event - August Networking lunch in the City

    Wednesday August 7th, 12:30pm

    Urbano summer networking lunch hosted by Eight Members Club Moorgate in the City of London.

    Read more > Eight Members Club Moorgate
  8. London networking event - Urbano August networking evening in St James's

    Thursday August 15th, 6:00pm

    Urbano's August networking at the Wellington Club in St James's. Free for Urbano Members.

    Read more > The Wellington Club
  9. London Networking Event - Networking lunch in Leicester Square

    Wednesday August 21st, 12:30pm

    Urbano August networking lunch hosted by Waxy O'Connor's in Leicester Square.

    Read more > Waxy O'Connor's London
  10. London networking event - Urbano Networking lunch on southbank

    Wednesday September 4th, 12:30pm

    Back to school! Urbano's September networking lunch at Brasserie Blanc Southbank.

    Read more > Brasserie Blanc Southbank
  11. London Networking Event - Women in Business & UWACTE Networking Breakfast

    Wednesday September 18th, 8:00am

    Urbano's Women in Business Networking Breakfast is hosted by the St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar.

    Read more > St.Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar
  12. London Networking Event - Urbano Networking Evening at Tobacco Dock in Wapping

    Wednesday September 25th, 6:00pm

    Urbano networking evening - free for members - at Tobacco Dock in Wapping.

    Read more > Tobacco Dock

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