Hot Networking & Events

Connecting the business community

Why Attend a Hot Networking Event?

Join us at HOT Networking. A monthly Networking Event for professionals in and around Halifax to meet, connect and collaborate at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.

You can form new collaborative connections.

We’re a friendly bunch at HOT Networking, and we pride ourselves on our informal, laid back nature. All those in our network are welcoming and open to forging professional connections; it’s not always what you know, but who you know!

You can learn something new.

Attending HOT Networking is the ideal way to learn new skills or methods to support your businesses. And, we encourage informal networking before and after speaker presentations, so you could learn about upcoming projects or developments that you could be involved in; it’s good to talk!

Support local.

Ultimately, by attending or speaking at HOT Networking, you’re supporting local businesses. You’re helping to raise the profile of Halifax Opportunities Trust and the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, too.

Speak at our HOT Networking event

Do you have a specialism you’d like to share? Are you skilled in something that you think others would benefit from?

If you’ve been to one of our Networking events before, you’ll have a good idea of the types of things people want to know and how diverse the subject matter can be. Whether it’s tips on wellbeing or myth busting about SEO; if attendees leave knowing something they didn’t already know before the session, your topic is perfect!

Latest Events

Find out more about our upcoming HOT Networking events as well as other events being held here at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.

HOT Networking – Bringing Stories to Life

Join us at HOT Networking on the 12th June to learn how to use design and animation to bring your brand to life!

Alixe Lobato is the Founder and Creative Director of Flying Duck Studio Lab. She has a background in Motion Design, VFX, Teaching, Production and Content Creation with over 20 years of award-winning experience working for some of the biggest brands and production companies in the world – (Discovery, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Nike, Microsoft, Netflix, BBC, UN, Google, Instagram…) the list is long.

She holds several degrees and diplomas in post-production, motion graphics, animation, communication, etc. Alixe previously worked as an Executive Creative Producer at Nintendo for 7 years. 

Her vast expertise in managing teams, production, marketing and building projects from scratch has given her the perfect set of skills to be on top of Flying Duck as a Start-Up entrepreneur.

She has participated in several mentor programs such as Evolve and Female Founders (Creative England), Purpose Lead (Natwest), Ad:Venture, and #WECAN (Leeds Beckett University). Has been selected by the Yorkshire Post as part of the 42 under 42 business entrepreneurs and invited as a guest speaker by the Calderdale council, IFT, Focus 2021 and other different organisations.

Winner of the Rising Star Award and Creative Company of the Year in 2023

Shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion 2024

Her love for positive and inspiring storytelling is reflected not just in her personal projects, but also in commissioned work where she pays special attention to detail and design.

  • Date: 12/06/2024
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  • Time: 8am - 10am
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  • Speaker: Alixe Lobato

Hot Networking FAQs

Are there parking spaces available?

Yes, visitor parking is free and located just across the road from the centre. It’s clearly signposted near the entrance to the Centre.

Can I invite my own network?

By all means, please spread the word of your HOT Networking presentation. We will provide you with a link to the Eventbrite page, so you can share this and encourage your connections to sign up and attend.

Do you cater for Vegetarians?

Yes, just let us know your dietary requirements upon arrival and we’ll endeavour to accommodate your needs.

How long does the networking last?

HOT Networking starts at 8am and finishes at 10am. It is held on the second Wednesday of every month.

Is there free WiFi available?

Yes, the WiFi is free in the atrium of Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.

Looking to hire our meeting rooms?

If you would like to host an event at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, we’d love to have you. Head to our Meeting Rooms page for more information.