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Meet the Member Event Review

By Business

This evening the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Australia (NCCA) combined forces to hold Meet the Member. Held at the newly opened Spaces Co-working offices in the Rialto Tower, the event encouraged networking between the Chambers. Select members of each chamber also had the opportunity to present a sixty second pitch. The members who were given the chance to pitch came from a number of industries, from tax advisory and IT to photography and furniture wholesales.


While the attendees came from a diverse range of businesses, there was a significant presence from larger firms. I was also able to talk with a number of smaller businesses, based both locally and internationally. All of the attendees I spoke with had ties to either the UK or the Netherlands in regards to business. The one thing I found quite odd was a number of people did not have business cards, some forgot them and others simply do not have a business card.


The new Spaces offices felt a lot like a library or study space from a University or Highschool. The space reminded me of my days spent studying for exams with my peers. However, the space was fantastic for a networking event. Being large enough to allow attendees to move from one conversation to another, without being so large that the space felt empty. The catering offered by ABCC, NCCA and Spaces was wonderful, catering to every preference and need. My personal favourite were the miniature burgers!


All in all the ABCC and NCCA held a great event with a wide range of fascinating conversations to be had. I would definitely attend more events from the ABCC and NCCA.


Things to Note

  • Location: Spaces, Ground Floor, Rialto Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: A diverse group of attendees from both the UK and the Netherlands
  • Cost: $40
  • Hot Tip: Take some blank business cards


  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speakers: 3.5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3.5/5

Total: 15/20

Australian British Chamber of Commerce: Regional Prosperity Through Corporate Travel and Tourism Event Review

By Business

This week the Australian British Chamber of Commerce partnered with Quest Apartment Hotels to present a panel discussion on Regional Travel and Tourism.


The discussions were started with some opening remarks from Joanne Freeman, the Director of Trade for Australia and New Zealand with the UK Department of International Trade. Joanne reflected on the growth in regional areas, such as Bendigo and Ballarat, comparing their growth to the growth of regional cities in the UK.  It was fascinating to hear the similarities between Victoria and the UK, specifically in regards to the regionalisation of business and tourism.


The panel consisted of three members, Danielle Green MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Tourism & Major Events, Paul Constaninou, Executive Chairman from Quest Apartment Hotels and Paul Matthew, Visit Victoria’s Head of Regional Tourism and Strategy. The panel was mediated by Dr. Jeff Jarvis, Director of the Graduate Tourism Program.


There was a great deal of discussion in regards to the continued development of regional centers in Victoria. It was interesting to hear about the planned development of cultural destinations in major regional centers, including the development of Arts Centers in both Ballarat and Shepparton.


I also learned a great deal about Quest Apartment Hotels, as the event was put on in partnership with Quest. I spoke with Franchise Owners from Mount Waverly and Hawthorn.


The food on offer was very tasty, with a selection of finger food, ranging from Blue Cheese and Fig Tarts to Sliders and Sausage Rolls. A definite crowd pleaser was the Arancini, with Mushroom and Cheese!


All in all the discussions had at this event provided a great deal of insight into the travel and tourism trends within Victoria, as well as a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the regional development projects being undertaken by the Federal Government, Victorian Government and regional cities. I would definitely attend events held by the Australian British Chamber or Commerce in the future.


Things to Note:

  • Location: Quest Apartment Hotels, Level 2, 390 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Fantastic insight into Regional Developments, both current and future
  • Cost: $40
  • Hot Tip: Try the sausage rolls.



  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 4.5/5
  • Speakers: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 2.5/5

Total: 15/20

Australian British Chamber of Commerce Trivia Night Review: ‘Multimedia Trivia’

By Business

This event was hosted by the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), celebrating their first ever trivia night.

The event was held at Spaces Richmond, a co-working space with a unique interior design on Church Street. The co-working hub currently has over 250 office desks. They have just announced that two new Melbourne locations in the City will open in late 2018. Located at the Rialto and the T&G Building both on Collins Street.

We attended the event, with our friend and team-member Duncan Buchanan, the Director of Adept Research.

The event began a 6pm and ended at 9pm. The first hour, attendees arrived and had the opportunity to network with other attendees.

The trivia began at 7pm sharp where all attendees sat in their teams of 4 on a designated table and created a team name. There was about 20 teams who had signed up to attend the trivia night.

The trivia was run by a program called Quiz Meisters. Quiz Meisters is not your traditional trivia. The majority of the questions asked were based on multimedia either listening to a song, watching a video or looking at an image. As well as interactive questions where team members had to stand up and move around.

Quiz Meisters provided for a fun and exciting environment which was different to any other trivia we had participated in before. The layout of the event at Spaces Richmond also provided for a informal, spacious and relaxing tone to the night.

The catering for the event was excellent. The table filled with rice paper rolls, pork buns, chicken sandwiches, sausage rolls and corn fritters. We were able to take a plate to our table and eat throughout the event. The refreshments at the bar included beer, wine, champagne and soft drink.

Although there was an opportunity to network at the beginning of the night. It was not much of an official networking event as some attendees came to the trivia night in Richmond to just relax and enjoy a night of trivia.

Location: Spaces, 580 Church Street, Richmond, 3121

Cost: To submit a team of 4, cost is $120

Highlight: The location was interesting and the event was well catered for.

Hot tip: The trivia is not your traditional trivia. Come prepared for an interactive and fresh approach to trivia.

Rating: 3/5

Image from Australian British Chamber of Commerce Website