The Afro-Connect launch evening was held on the 20th of March, 2015, at the Spring Bank Community Centre, Hull. There was a fantastic turnout for the event with people attending from a wide range of communities based in and around Hull, and even some from as far afield as Leeds and London.
A portion of the evening was dedicated to guest speakers Anthony Nwakunor and Justina Oraka who talked about the many benefits of networking. We were also joined by Mike Bisby, the president of the Small and Medium Enterprises in Hull who has assured the committee of his full support in this venture.
The main focus of the event was networking, so that people could come along and make new contacts as well as share information about their businesses, plans and ideas. This was facilitated in 3 ways. First by giving attendees an opportunity to make a presentation about their business to the group, followed by a communal dining experience with food and drinks provided by the professional and always lovely ladies from Community Forward. Finally the event culminated with a round of speed networking.
If you haven’t experienced speed networking before, you might imagine that it sounds like speed dating, and you’d be correct! The finale of the evening involved pairs of people having the opportunity to communicate what they do and what they’d like to achieve – and like the name suggests, each pair had a limited time and then everyone switched around. It’s a great way to bounce ideas around, make new contacts and find out about new events, businesses and causes. Best of all, it’s also fun!
The evening was a resounding success, with all of the attendees being in support of future monthly networking sessions, with the possibility of regular weekly meetings.