We are a not-for-profit, relaxed and informal networking opportunity facilitated by number of local business owners who enjoy bringing people together and promoting the many positive aspects of local community.are 

Established in 2014, these local meetings are generously supported in part by the team at Newcastle-under-Lyme BID

New for 2024: we’re launching an additional, monthly networking opportunity in Stoke-on-Trent, supported in part by the City Centre BID.

Friendly and Informal Networking

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What makes us different

Networking

Enjoy a couple of hours of open networking together with the opportunity to have the floor for 60 seconds to promote your business, charity or event to the group.

Refreshments

Enjoy a coffee or other hot drink when you arrive whilst you indulge in a little open networking and listen to the latest guest speaker. with something positive to share.

Not for Profit

Our meetings are operated on a not-for-profit basis, Currently there is no cost to attend thanks to generous support from Newcastle-under-Lyme BID.

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Relaxed environment

We promote a relaxed, informal meeting with no pressure to pass referrals. We know this will happen anyway as you get to know the other people who regularly attend our meetings.

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Guest Speaker

‘Positive about our community’ We carefully choose our guest speakers to inform us about success stories, interesting projects and events that are happening on our doorstep.

No Annual Fee

There is no annual fee or joining fee to attend a connects meeting.  Connects welcomes all local entrepreneurs, businesses and organisations.

Guest Speakers

‘Positive about our community’ We carefully choose our guest speakers to inform us about success stories, interesting projects and events that are happening on our doorstep. Here are a selection of previous guest speakers, please contact us if you would like to be a guest speaker and have something positive to share.

Fiona Wallace | New Vic Theatre

The New Vic delivers a programme of international-class work made with local audiences in mind. And, through an extensive community involvement, is helping to make our community a better, safer and more inspiring place to live and work.

Stephen Roberts | Keele University

Keele University is a renowned public research institution. Its vibrant community, cutting-edge facilities, and commitment to sustainability create an ideal environment for student success.

Laurel Gallagher | Urban Wilderness CIC

Urban Wilderness CIC, is an arts organization deeply rooted in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Founded in 2018, Urban Wilderness thrives on transforming both people and places through high-quality artwork, personal creativity, and engaging events.

We would love to hear from you, please feel free to get in touch