New BA5 Sponsor

Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce welcomes new Business After Five Sponsor

“On 30 September it is the end of an era” Dot Kettle, Chief Executive of the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce said today.

“After 10 years as sponsor of the Chamber’s monthly free networking event, the last BNZ Partners BA5 will be held on 30 September at the Mudcastle, in the Moutere.   

Stephen Paul, BNZ Managing Partner Nelson Marlborough and West Coast said “It has been an absolute pleasure to have been in Partnership with the Chamber bringing Nelson/Tasman’s premier networking event to the region. The connections that people make at events such as this is what makes our region continue to grow, it is where the seed of collaboration is sown, ably supported by the fantastic work the Chamber does.”

After 100 BNZ Partners BA5s, the mantle now shifts to Chapman Employment Relations.

“Over the ten years these regular Chamber networking events have grown both in size and significance” Dot Kettle said.

“Today, hosts expect between 80 – 100 business owners to attend each function, providing an unparalleled opportunity to showcase a specific business and for attendees to build multi-level business connections.    For Chamber members, these after five networking functions provide the opportunity to talk business in a relaxed informal environment.  They help inspire and inform and for many sole operators these functions play a pivotal role in overcoming a sense of isolation.  For others, it is a great chance to connect with business owners in other industries, sectors and locations and widen their business connections.

“Each year ten businesses get the opportunity to host a BA5.  For the hosts, the functions are a key way to showcase and celebrate their business and team to a diverse range of business owners and leaders.  They provide the chance for the host business owner to deepen the understanding in the wider business community about the business, lessons they have learnt and to share their future plans.  They complement the Bowater Motor Group Business Women’s Network also run by the Chamber.  T

“We have held BNZ Partners BA5 right throughout the region at many different types of businesses.

“BA5s have been held at new buildings, some even before they are officially open, including the Quest Apartments, Cawthron, NMIT Arts and Media Centre, Saxton Stadium and the new hanger at the airport.

“BA5s have been held at emerging businesses like jewellers Benjamin Black, Pics Peanut Butter and speciality hospitality Prejo – and at well established businesses like Bowater Motor Group,  retailer Beetees, funeral directors Shone & Shirley, craft brewery Founders and the Appleshed at Mapua.

“And BA5s have been held at some of the key attractions in the region – including WOW, Art Expo, Theatre Royal, and the Nelson Provincial Museum.

“The BA5s will continue as Chapman Employment Relations becomes the new naming rights sponsor.  The first Chapman Employment Relations BA5 will be held at their own premises on 13 October” Dot Kettle said.

Kay Chapman says “We are proud to be the new sponsor of the BA5. These free events are a great networking opportunity for local businesses, and are just one of the many contributions the Chamber team makes to our business community.

“We look forward to hosting the event on 13 October which will be held in our training room. We will be  giving some practical advice on employment law challenges that are coming up, introducing the development of our online services, and ensuring everyone enjoys themselves. ” said Kay.

Dot Kettle said “The Chamber is really excited about the new sponsorship arrangement with Chapman Employment Relations.  This sponsorship enables us to continue to provide these free monthly networking functions and to add real value to our membership.  Having Kay and her team share every month some of the latest employment relations challenges, issues and new requirements will be invaluable for members.  This sponsorship provides a real opportunity for the Chamber to combine two of our important roles – creating business connections and providing business people with relevant information and advice on key issues.