Autumn means “back to school” season and the Avocado Social diary is already jam-packed with inspirational business and social media events. 

Social Media Week 2018 is a staple for most marketers and social media managers, but there are so many other great opportunities to learn and network. Fortunately for us, London is one of the best cities in the world for entrepreneurial events. We’ve put together our top 5 for the Autumn of 2018: 

1. How to Build Your Wellness Business – 5th September

This event hosted by our friends Samsara Communications will leave you brimming with ideas and inspirations on how to build and market your wellness brand. The evening brings a stellar line up of panellists, including the brilliant Sanctus, Sophie Scott, editor of Balance magazine and Pandora Symes, founder of Rooted London. There will be discussion around marketing yourself effectively, cutting through the noise, keeping motivated through challenges, and plenty of social media tips too. Tickets are available here.

2. Social Media for Profit – 13th September

Hosted by Mark McCulloch, founder and Chief Executive of We Are Spectacular, this half-day event aims to provide insights into how to build your sales and brand through social media. Covering topics such as; hot social trends, designing your hotel/ restaurant for Instagram, algorithms, Instagram stories, social media advertising and influencer marketing, this is going to be an afternoon brimming with useful insight and inspiration for the hospitality industry. Information on ticket purchasing can be found here.

3. The Food Exchange – 21st September

This Enterprise Nation event is a must for anyone starting or growing a food or drink business. The Food Exchange hosts 200 attendees, buyers, journalists and bloggers and aims to connect small businesses with large brand buyers looking for products and solutions just like yours.

There are also inspirational sessions from a variety of entrepreneurs who have been there and done it plus experts in topics such as sales, marketing and PR for the food industry, including; Emma Jones MBE, Founder of Enterprise Nation; Kate McCutchen, Head of Marketing at Square; Al Overton, Buying Director at Planet Organic; Adam Thompson, MD of Rebel Kitchen; Jamie McCloskey, Founder and CEO of LOVE CORN; Adrian Boswell, Buyer at Selfridges; and many others. Tickets can be purchased here.

4. Courier Live – 28th September

This is the inaugural Courier Live event, and features multiple streams of talks, panels, workshops and interviews with over 100 speakers, founders and brands including: Ali Parsa, Founder of Babylon Health; Pip Jamieson, Founder of The Dots; Asad Hamir, Founder of Kite Eyewear; Anisah Osman Britton, Founder of 23 Code Street; Florence Adepoju, Founder of MDM Flow; plus loads more.

There is also a Courier Live Market where startups, founders and backers – covering everything from food to fintech to fashion – will be demonstrating their wares. We’re looking forward to meeting the teams behind the brands and hearing their stories. Let us know if you’ll be attending so we can meet for a coffee or some of London’s best street food there. Tickets are available here.

5. Bread & Jam Festival – 4-5th October 

Bread & Jam is a two-day conference and bootcamp for emerging and scaling food and drink brands, which brings together food and drink founders and innovators, investors, media and industry leaders.

There is a host of great panel discussions, inspirational keynotes, hands-on workshops and mentoring sessions with input from the likes of; Pippa Murray, Founder of Pip & Nut; Joe Benn, Co-Founder and MD of Ugly Drinks; Gile Brook, CEO of Vita Coco; Lee Rolston from Jones Knowles Ritchie; Julia Glotz, Managing Editor of The Grocer; Simon Coley from Karma Cola; Suzie Walker, Founder of The Primal Pantry; Shilen Patel from Distill Ventures; and Michael Hayman MBE from Seven Hills.

We have a promotional code – just use avocado to claim 30% off your tickets here.

Images courtesy of Priscilla Du Preez and Robin Worrall on Unsplash.