Monday 1 May 2017
It’s a marriage of true love – love of supporting local businesses, that is. Ryde Business Forum and Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce will be merging into a new, large organisation which will be called Riverside Business Chamber.
Tony Abboud, President of Ryde Business Forum, and Stefan Sojka, President of Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce, signed a Heads of Agreement document to that effect, witnessed by City of Ryde Mayor Clr Bill Pickering, at a joint Business After Hours function hosted by Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW on Monday 1 May.
“We believe merging into one Chamber which will cover and support our entire district, and encompass the Hunters Hill and Lane Cove areas should the Council mergers go ahead, is the best way to support our local businesses,” said Mr Abboud. “We will have more resources, events and products to help our members. We have support from the City of Ryde for our merger.
“As a larger organisation, as the peak business body for our region, we will also be able to offer stronger advocacy services and keep our local economy growing.
“We will continue to support and promote our local Chambers of Commerce in our region, and we will also reinstate Macquarie Park Chamber and Ryde Chamber to support local business precincts,” Mr Abboud said.
Stefan Sojka said, “In both our organisations we have a number of members who belong to both entities. It’s better for them to only pay one membership fee and get access to a wider membership base for networking and growing their business.”
Both organisations will now seek approval from their members to complete the merger, with Riverside Business Chamber expecting to come to life early in the new financial year.
Media enquiries and further quotes:
Tony Abboud 0418 225 435
Stefan Sojka 0408 868 292
Sabrina Ferguson, Executive Officer, RBF 0412 096 525