The dazzling launch of KuKu Connect Derbyshire was attended by over 100 business people from across the County, representing a wide range of sectors and sizes of businesses.

From well-known city influencers through to leaders from rural Derbyshire, exciting developing organisations and even one of the runners-up from Lord Sugar’s Apprentice TV programme; expert florist, Elizabeth McKenna.

There were messages of support from many more business leaders, which included Kavita Oberoi, OBE, Beverley J Brooks, MBE and even the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility.

KuKu Connect, led by founders Stephen Goddard and Philip Brooks-Stephen and their KuKu team, welcomed guests in the sumptuous surrounds of the historic Cathedral Quarter Hotel, where networking, or connecting as KuKu call it, lit up the room with a vibrant buzz.

Along with glasses of fizz and a sparkling display of the finest Swiss watches, jewels and diamonds from renowned Lumbers Jewellers.

James Blick Managing Director of the hotel and the Finesse Collection, welcomed guests explaining where Her Majesty The Queen dined back in 2010, as well as revealing a brand new food and drink concept for Derbyshire, which is soon to launch.

Mouth watering canapés were served with a specially created chocolate cup and mystery KuKu topping canapé, which marked the culmination of the success of the launch.

Along with the Mayor of Derby and the Chairman of Derbyshire Council, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, welcomed KuKu Connect to Derbyshire and gave his support to the new initiative, toasting to their success, as well as commending KuKu Connect for their support of businesses and the community in the region.

KuKu Connect has been recognised, by being invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

What is clear, is that KuKu Connect have created something special, where business decision makers can meet in superb venues where there is a genuine and exciting atmosphere, which is relaxed, welcoming and truly effective for networking, or, as we are now fans of KuKu, ‘Connecting’!

Photo Credit: Saul Morgan – Trent House Studios

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