New event set to shake up Southampton’s business networking scene at Get Connected launch in February

On February 7th, a fast-growing network will hold its inaugural meeting at Metro Bank in Southampton, with many local businesses expected to attend.

Get Connected began in Reading as the brainchild of Kristy Roff & Suzanne Evett of the award-winning outsourcing agency Get Ahead and their local Metro Bank. They were looking for a different way to network that was more relaxed and informal. They set out to create events that were simply about bringing businesses together – not ‘networking’ as you know it.

The inaugural meeting took place at Metro Bank in Reading in February 2023. A Basingstoke meeting swiftly followed in May 2023. Following their huge success, monthly Get Connected events launched in Colchester in September and Guildford in October 2023. 2024 will see Get Connected launch in Newbury in January and Southampton in February.

Get Connected events are free, social meet-ups for local businesses to ‘Get Connected’. Everyone is welcome – there is no locking out of professions or expectations around visitors or referrals. There are no elevator pitches, and visitors are encouraged to stay for as long or as short as they like.

The Southampton event will take place on the first Wednesday of each month, at Metro Bank in West Quay, 9.00 – 10.30, commencing 7th February.

“I am delighted to launch Get Connected Southampton this year,” said Lisa Middleton, Regional Director for Get Ahead Wessex. “Get Connected is a great way to grow your local business community in a simple, relaxed, informal setting. You make what you want it to be for you. Having seen the success of Get Connected events In Reading, Basingstoke and Guildford, I look forward to bringing the same connection to the thriving Southampton business community.”

Get Ahead Wessex offers bespoke, outsourced marketing and business support to help businesses across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset get ahead.

Refreshments will be provided at the event. To reserve a place, please follow this link to Eventbrite:


Metro Bank’s Southampton store is located at Unit 1 & 2, West Quay Shopping Centre, Above Bar St, Southampton SO15 1QD. The store is open Monday – Saturday: 8:30 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm.

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