THE launch night of a female networking group surpassed expectations according to the organiser.

Boss Girls Central Scotland has been launched by Stacey Murrie as a way for women from all walks of life to get together and make vital connections.

The group, which has over 3,000 members online, is open to women regardless of what they need connections in, whether it be business or just single mums who could use help and advice.

Stacey, who started the company, said the launch night at Inglewood House was a success.

She told the Advertiser: "It was really good, we had a lot more people than we had initially hoped.

"I started it because there are not a lot of platforms for women to network on. It appeals to everyone rather than just women in business.

"When I started out self-employed it was lonely, and being a mother can also be lonely at times.

"Everyone absolutely loved the launch. Whether it was mums starting their own business or people didn't know anyone, everyone could make a connection."

The evening took the form of a speed networking, with everyone getting to meet different people and swapping their business cards before a motivational speaker gave a talk.

Stacey added that she is hoping to make the central belt a more attractive destination for networkers rather than just Glasgow and Edinburgh as they work with their chosen charity, Women's Aid.

She also wished to pay thanks to Nicky Mathieson, her business partner, and all the boss girls who are going along the journey with them.