A night of cuisine and commerce

Pictured at he launch of the Hartlepool Mussel Club are (left to right) Mussel Club founder member David Cook, Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates, Mussel Club events manager Jonathan Elkins and restaurateur Krimo Bouabda.

Pictured at he launch of the Hartlepool Mussel Club are (left to right) Mussel Club founder member David Cook, Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates, Mussel Club events manager Jonathan Elkins and restaurateur Krimo Bouabda.

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A NIGHT of networking and fine dining heralded the arrival of Hartlepool’s newest business club.

A packed audience gathered for the first meeting of The Mussel Club, at Krimo’s restaurant on the Marina. Organisers reckon the event could not have gone better.

Mussel Club founder David Cook was there to see the launch of the latest branch and said: “We came to Hartlepool because there were requests from Hartlepool’s businesses.

“This is an opportunity for people to meet more people.

“It is not about making sick and ill businesses better. It is about engaging with businesses which are already enjoying a degree of success.”

The Mussel Club is set to become a permanent monthly attraction on the Hartlepool business calendar, and details of the next meeting are expected to be announced in the next few days.

Fifty of Hartlepool’s leading businessmen and women turned up for a chance to network and enjoy tasty food.

It marked Hartlepool’s arrival as the ninth branch of the movement which started five years ago when The Mussel Club was founded over a shellfish supper by a group of 20 like-minded business people in Newcastle who wanted a relaxed, informal environment to meet and enjoy talks from guest speakers.

Nine branches now cover towns and cities such as Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Durham as well as Hartlepool.

The guest speaker for last night’s inaugural town meeting was Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates.

She said: “An attendance of 50 people was incredible and it just goes to show the strength of our local business scene, the opportunities we grasp to network and build on our current successes.”

She also paid tribute to Hartlepool businesses, admiring them for being “resilient, tenacious, forward-thinking and innovative” and looked forward to the longevity and success of the Mussel Club in Hartlepool.

Restaurateur Krimo Bouabda, who hosted the evening, said: “What better way is there to exchange ideas and keep business local?

“Hopefully, this will be the first of many meetings.”

More details about the Mussel Club are available from (0191) 5163100 or via the group’s website at www.themusselclub.com