Italian and New York cuisine came to Leicester for KuKu Connect’s May Connect Reception at the Marco’s Leicester Restaurant at the Mercure Grand Hotel.

Hidden away from street view at the rear of the chic hotel reception is Marco’s (as in Marco Pierre White none the less), who hosted over 60 businesses for networking, or ‘connecting’ as we call it in style.

Marco’s tantalised guests with a specially created ‘KuKu Cosmo’ cocktail, served a plenty alongside burger sliders, goat’s cheese arancini and delicious mini crab cakes. Marco’s excel at freshly cooked fine food, but the sort of cuisine you’d happily eat everyday, simple but tasty, contrary to the belief Marco Pierre White is all about gourmet and finery, but you’d be wrong, the team are friendly and welcoming and you could happily roll in with your scruffs or your bow tie.

“Marco’s was a chic but welcoming venue for our May Connect Reception where we enjoyed another full house of businesses connecting and making lots of new connections with each other. After a day at the office there is nothing better than a warm welcome, a cocktail and a scrumptious nibble to give you a boost for networking. The right atmosphere is crucial to us as this helps create relaxed and informal networking, which is what we offer to our members. Marco’s created a great setting and with such great food and exceptionally great value , especially for their express business lunch, we will be back time and time again, I’m certain.

Stephen Goddard, Managing Director, KuKu Connect

“We had a fantastic time holding KuKu Connect at Marcos New York Italian. A great way to show off our restaurant, cuisine and to meet lots of businesses in the area”

Luke Whitaker, Restaurant Manager, Marco’s Leicester

“It was an excellent evening again with a diverse mix of businesses. We gain brilliant feedback from our members and guests month on month, often with comments on ‘its not the same old faces’, it’s a really friendly group of people, I like it being relaxed, as people are more natural and comfortable. We are so lucky we are able to take our members to some of the top and most luxurious locations each month for our Connect Receptions so if you’ve heard about us, come along as a free guest, or if you’ve already experienced KuKu Connect then please do come and join our membership.”

Philip Brooks-Stephenson, Development Director, KuKu Connect


“Another great networking event tonight with KuKu Connect at Marco’s, fabulous people, very motivating, thank you!” Helena Hughes, Payment Sense

“Thanks for a great night connecting with businesses across Leicestershire #awesome.” Anna Ball, Sence Accounting

“Another great networking event with KuKu Connect tonight at Marco’s, lovely to see you all.” Dluxe Magazine

“Some great business networking down at KuKu Connect this evening. Great food and drink with Marco’s.” Dave Orton, Mocha Marketing

“Had a wonderful evening and made some fab contacts!” Donna Cross, Oberon Gallery

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