Business South Bank (BSB) hosts six evening networking functions a year.
The events are hosted by a member organisation and are addressed by a significant guest – ranging from Premiers to Lord Mayors and Ministers.
Past guests have included:
The Hon. Jann Stuckey, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
- The Hon. Jann Stuckey MP, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Commonwealth Games
- The Hon. Paul Langbroek MP, Minister for Education, Training & Employment
- The Hon. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
- Leo Schofield
- Colin Jenson, CEO, Brisbane City Council
- Premier Anna Bligh MP
- John Aitken, CEO, Brisbane Marketing
- The Hon. Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier MP
- Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
- Professor Suzanne Miller, CEO and Director, Queensland Museum Network
- The Hon. Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
They are designed to create the opportunity for members to introduce themselves to and get to know their business neighbours.
Approximately 150 guests attend each event. Networking functions are exclusive to BSB members and their guests.
BSB and its members host CEO Lunches to engage senior government figures and policy makers in discussion on issues of importance to the precinct.
Guest speakers have included:
Councillor Amanda Cooper, Chairman of BCC’s Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee; Colin Jensen, CEO Brisbane City Council; former Lord Mayor Campbell Newman; and The Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe MP, former Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining; The Hon. Paul Lucas MP, former Deputy Premier, Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State The Hon. Andrew Powell Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chair of Finance, Economic Development and Administrative Committee; The Hon. Jan Stuckey, MP Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games; The Hon Jeff Seeney MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infastructure and Planning; Bernadette Welch, Head of Operations, G20 Taskforce, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; Harvey Lister.
CEO Lunches are exclusive to CEOs within BSB’s Platinum and Silver membership categories.
BSB presents information sessions for members on issues identified either by the Board and its subcommittees or by members.
These have included tours of the new ABC Headquarters, an introduction to Airportlink, a presentation on the South Bank Rail Corridor Enhancement, the BaT Project, The Kurilpa Master Plan, G20 Information sessions and Queens Wharf Development information.
The information sessions are open to all BSB members and their staff.
The BSB Showcase has been described as a cross between a trade show and ‘speed dating.’
The event provides members with a fantastic opportunity to create business to business connections and expose their business to their business neighbours.
The 2016 Showcase had 50 stalls and over 290 attendees. Hundreds of new connections were made between members, with many stall holders reporting genuine leads and sales coming directly from their Showcase experience.
"Great concept – congratulations! Mutual benefit for our organisation and meeting others in the precinct," Flo Kearney, Somerville House
"Very beneficial. Needs to happen again," Alex Kemp, DKM Group
"This was very interesting and a different approach to networking," Gillian Adams, ASK Consulting
"Well worth attending, made some great contacts," Charles Noble, James Noble Family Law
BSB is committed to creating opportunities for business to grow in the South Bank precinct. The Association aims to support the staff in each business to engage with fellow members and develop their own skills base, through:
- Precinct Marketing Meetings
- Business Breakfasts
- Professional Development Workshops