Topic: The Future of Business
The Canterbury Club
The Canterbury Club
The Christchurch Business Club exists to connect enable and foster business in a collegial and enjoyable environment. The Club’s activities are centred around CBC CONVERSATIONS, a programme of excellent luncheons and functions where keynote speakers from major New Zealand businesses, national and local government, strategic infrastructure, and community organisations inform and enlighten members on current topics. The venue for many of these events is The Canterbury Club, and an active membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the Canterbury business community.
Information rich regular addresses are a key reason for the success of the Christchurch Business Club. Every two weeks (holidays aside) club members hear highly informed addresses to a club luncheon, with a forum for questions. Most speakers address the club on ‘open’ basis that assists members to take away useful information to their businesses and often the topic will provide an ‘all-of-city’ update on current issues in the Rebuild of Christchurch. Our speakers are often inaccessible in any other way and CBC provides an immensely important role in the communication of ideas on which business progress is dependent.
Our 2018 line-up is top-of-class for sheer quality!
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Happy New Year and may you have a successful and productive year ahead…although by the time you read this, 2018 has well and truly begun.
Already we’ve hosted our first luncheon for the year featuring CBC’s own Peter Guthrey, outlining his vision as newly appointed Chair of the group responsible for the re-instatement of the Christchurch and Canterbury Cathedral. That so many members and guests attended so early in the year is testament to how much interest this role has generated concerning our citys’ most iconic building and bodes well for upcoming CBC luncheons. We congratulate and support Peter and his team with their efforts to get this crucial project underway and completed on budget and on-time so the city and region can confidently move forward. Our calendar for 2018 is looking exciting with an impressive lineup of business, community, sports and civic leaders committed to share their stories with us this year.
Over the holiday break I took time out to think about my vision for the CBC for the year ahead and saw opportunities to build on the exceptional work that past -president Ric Thorpe and his committee and officers delivered in 2017 and the executive teams prior to that. Member growth has been consistent with visitors and member induction numbers trending upwards. Luncheons and events continue to offer value with strong attendances, enhanced by an interesting speaker programme within which business and social connections have flourished.
To meet the evolving needs of our growing member base, I and my executive team will focus on three core objectives this year:
1/ Ensure current and new member engagement with a ‘must-attend’ programme (luncheons, speakers, After-5’s and social activities) that attract strong attendances and deliver consistently top quality experiences.
2/ Grow our business partnership portfolio by leveraging existing relationships whilst seeking out at least 2-3 new commercial & community partners and sponsors that have a good fit with the aims and culture of the Club.
3/ Grow CBC membership by 10% by EOY 2018.
If we can achieve these and other CBC goals by this time next year, the club will be well-positioned for 2018 and beyond, reflecting the growing optimism that Christchurch the city of opportunity, is becoming.
I look forward to working with all members in the year ahead and welcoming visitors and guests to share the unique experience that is, the Christchurch Business Club, now in it’s 87th year!
The year had many highlights for me. We hosted two of the country’s political leaders, James Shaw of the Green Party and Bill English, the Prime Minister at the time.
Our profile has been lifted this year with many successful events and luncheons. Hosted with BNZ, we heard from Richard Peebles on future developments of the city. Very recently we’ve had a great event celebrating the Melbourne Cup, A great success very well supported by the Canterbury Club.
The Christchurch Business club prides itself on being Christchurch’s Premier Business Networking Organisation. Our organisation prospers because of business entities and the biggest threat facing businesses today, regardless of size, age or sector is cybercrime.
The Christchurch Business Club is fortunate to have members who specialize in cybercrime solutions and can tailor packages that meet the needs of both an individual, or business, regardless of size.