Reflections on the past year at the AGM of Rosebank Business Association
By John Subritzky
There was a great turnout for the AGM. The crowd socialised over drinks and hors d’oeuvres before the meeting got underway. Reconnecting and networking with like-minded businesspeople is an important benefit of attending RBA events.
The meeting was emceed by RBA Chairperson Stefan Crooks. He said that compelling conversations had helped to navigate the challenges of the last few years. “Whilst we now have some clear air
moving out of the “Covid revolution” I can honestly say that I have experienced amazing conversations amongst the RBA team, and our members that clearly show that we have great tenacity and resilience within our business district.”
Membership is stable at 281 despite businesses closing, moving, and Covid. Executive Engagement Manager, Kim Watts, said that there was no looking back from a move eight months ago to a flat management structure at the RBA. There has also been a shift in focus from business success to Rosebank being a place for business, people, and community success. There is renewed interest in employee wellbeing with the Rosebank Wellbeing Collab gaining momentum. There is local community engagement via social media, as well as supporting community projects such as the reopening of the Kurt Brehmer Walkway.
With the rebuild of their website in January 2022, the new fresh look has up-to-date news and added features. Business Development Manager, Phil Clode, said, “Part of the brief was to integrate our new CRM with our website so we can have an up to the minute business directory that talks with the website. We achieved this and now have one of the best BID websites in the country. We also added new aspects to the website and simplified content for ease of use.”
Submissions have been made on many issues as part of the RBA’s advocacy on behalf of businesses. The RBA achieves greater traction as a collective voice with government (both central and local) and other stakeholders on issues and opportunities that affect local business.
Events are starting to be hosted again as an important opportunity to network, collaborate and engage with others.
New members were elected to the RBA Board: Sophia Bristow, Managing Director of Eurotech Design, and Rebecca Harris, General Manager, Intelligent Design, were the successful nominations.
The formal part of the meeting ended with a short message from venue host Sophia Bristow about the journey of Eurotech Design over recent years. She stated that investment in IT infrastructure had helped them to survive Covid. They have celebrated recent deals that have given them significant product volumes with suppliers.
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