at the Ramada Encore

KuKu Connect were back in the Cultural Quarter of Leicester for their July Connect Reception at the surprisingly boutique Ramada Encore Hotel.

With a whopping Guest-List of over 90 businesses the hotel opened its doors for business networking for the first time and to great success.

Well done to Rob Woodcock from Arthur Jackman Associates who won our free prize draw for an overnight stay and breakfast for two people at the Ramada Encore Hotel!

Guests were greeted with wines and beers from around the world in the hotel’s lobby and reception, quickly learning that this hotel was not the standard corporate chain people might think, but in fact independently owned by a Leicestershire businessman. It was clear to guests that they were in the surroundings of a fresh boutique feel having enjoyed private views of the hotel bedrooms, brand new gym and business facilities that all come with a budget most accommodating to SMEs and corporates alike.

As always, members and guests made new business connections with a diverse group of businesses, something that KuKu Connect has gained an excellent reputation for ensuring that there is a wide mix of sectors and new faces to meet each month. Specially created KuKu Sliders of chorizo burgers and KuKumber relish were served alongside mini fish and chips and handheld Caesar and halloumi salads all served up fresh from the kitchen to launch the hotel’s new menu.

“It was a pleasure hosting KuKu Connect here at the Ramada Encore Leicester, it was great to showcase our property to KuKu Connect Members and guests. I think a quite a few members were taken back on how nice we were compared to the typical perception and I hope everyone enjoyed the tasters especially the KuKu Slider. It was the first time that we have held a networking event here at the Encore so we were thrilled that KuKu Connect brought in so many new businesses into the hotel. I hope everyone had a fab time and might bear us in mind for the future whether business meetings, coffee or an overnight stay. Thank you to KuKu Connect for helping us host an excellent evening, we really showcased our hotel and facilities and even took in new business on the night, really worthwhile and we look forward to working with KuKu Connect again and I’m already looking forward to attending the next Connect Reception.”

Rob Coltman, Head of Sales, Ramada Encore Hotel, Leicester

“We were really pleased to be able to show our members and guests there is far more on offer than you might expect from the Ramada Encore Hotel and as ever its great for us to support independently owned businesses. Rob and his team pulled out all the stops launching the new hotel menu, cooking up some fab food, especially the KuKu Sliders made just for us. The hotel is centrally located, swish, fresh and has a very high standard, again something you might not expect, the hotel bedrooms are very spacious and they serve a great breakfast too. They have excellent business meeting rates which is certainly worth looking into and you can pop in for coffee with clients at any time. Great place, friendly team and great for business.”

Stephen Goddard, Director, of KuKu Connect

As well as wine, hotel tours and delicious canapés KuKu Connect Members Out There Leicester celebrated at the Connect Reception by launching their new mobile app, available free to anyone to download. The new app is a brilliant guide to local experiences, events and a whole range of discounts and offers from coffee, to sports, health & beauty, art through to chocolate and dining out. To download the new app click here

“Thank you to Kuku Connect and Ramada Encore Leicester for hosting such a fantastic event and an enjoyable evening of networking along with some great food. As a result of the Connect Reception we have had significant interest from potential customers wishing to join our platform and we’ve had loads of downloads already. A successful evening as always and as members of KuKu Connect ourselves, we are looking forward to the next one.”

Vikesh Patel, Regional Director, Out There Leicester 

“KuKu Connect has really made a mark in Leicester, its so nice to gain so much positive feedback from our Members and businesses we work with. All the negative stereo-types of networking such as boring, endless pitches, hard sell, same old faces, the wrong level of businesses, intimidating, unfriendly and worst of all bad coffee! We have been able to combat all those connotations to produce a fresh and effective way to connect and build quality business relationships albeit in luxury surroundings and excellent hospitality, plus with a whole range of extra benefits to membership we offer exceptional value to our members. We love Leiestershire and we love the businesses we work with as they add so much passion to the business community as well as the economic and cultural offer that city and county has to offer to the wider world. So if you are thinking of joining please do and if you’ve heard about us or want to know more we welcome any business to attend once as a free guest, so visit our website for more details or email us to receive an invitation [email protected]

Philip Brooks-Stephenson, Director, of KuKu Connect


“Thank for taking the time to speak with me. I thoroughly enjoyed the networking. It was quite refreshing and I enjoyed the mix of business and the positive atmosphere. I will be looking into joining.” Sandra Pollock, East Midlands Women’s Awards

“As a result of coming to KuKu Connect I have been able to gain new business across the country, which was excellent with a further opportunity to explore in Dubai which is fantastic and I have really enjoyed the receptions and meeting new business owners and really pleased to be a member of KuKu Connect.” Karen Packwood, Owner, Spirit Spa

“Another fabulous event KuKu Connect.” Louisa Sando-Patel, Owner, Bright Owl Copyrighting & Communications

“Great evening at the Connect Reception with KuKu Connect at the Ramada Encore Hotel.” Jemma Redden, Access Generation Ltd

“Great evening tonight at KuKu Connect and for the Out There Leicester app launch, great meeting lots of new businesses too.” Lizzie Griffin, Owner, Griffin Fit

“Fab event again guys, thanks!” Craig Pearson, Business Development Head, Your IT Company

For more information on KuKu Connect and to become a Connect Member please see here

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