Heroic business nominated for three top awards for their unprecedented COVID-19 support work. KuKu Connect, an innovative business networking service have supported businesses and charities for free, for over 170 days.
KuKu Connect has been recognised at home and internationally having been nominated for three different awards programmes; The Best Business Awards, The National Business Awards and The Global Business Excellence Awards for their outstanding and selfless impact in combatting the results of the pandemic upon businesses and community organisations.
KuKu Connect have supported over 30k organisations and charities every day throughout the pandemic since March and have been called COVID-19 ‘inspirational business heroes’ by those who have been supported. KuKu have been freely posting on social media and over LinkedIn promoting organisations and charity appeals with over 30m hits over social media for different businesses who have been helped so far.
KuKu Connect’s co-founders, Stephen and Philip set-up a number of innovative free support services at the outset of the pandemic open to any business or charity in March, embracing digital tech and social media. Their services have continued ever since, every day! KuKu’s COVID-19 support services have included the ‘Carry On KuKu’ video-bulletins, broadcast over social media, like a kitsch news show, giving out daily business tips, events, opportunities, business news and offers to help viewing organisations, which has been refreshing and humorous. KuKu also featured daily shout-outs for a range of individual businesses, venues and charity appeals recording over 100 videos from their kitchen, which they turned into a ‘mini-studio’.
Another free service is the now hugely popular KuKu Cocktail Hour, a networking event which uses Facebook Live where, dressed in black tie, Stephen and Philip connect businesses and charities together over virtual cocktails, offering something completely different to online networking events, which businesses have commented upon as being “a breath of fresh-air”, “a vital life-line for business”, “it’s almost as good as GoggleBox” with over 5k viewers from just one of the ‘KuKu Cocktail Hour’ networking events.
KuKu Connect’s reach and popularity has been so powerful that they have been supporting businesses all over the UK, even reaching international audiences in Europe and in the USA. KuKu’s support has impacted upon the mental health and well-being of their viewers, has raised funds with a myriad of different COVID-19 charity appeals, the NHS and even resulted in PPE materials being manufactured and distributed to hospitals and care homes and all through KuKu connecting people together.
Philip commented, “We are really touched that we have been nominated for these prestigious awards, not just one, but with two national and one international awards nominations is just amazing. We have been so proud to support so many different organisations throughout the pandemic and we are still here supporting, but we are really looking forward to hosting our physical business networking Connect Reception events as soon as is safe to do so, as we know that face-to-face networking will always be more powerful for building great business relationships.”
Stephen commented, “The awards nominations were such a surprise it has really lifted our spirits in what has been such a drastic time for us and so many organisations. The power of social media and digital technology along with some ‘KuKu style’ creativeness has been immense in terms of keeping people connected and to carry on doing business. We know just how hard the pandemic has been personally, so we are now really looking forward to meeting many of the businesses we have helped in person through our KuKu Connect Receptions.”