After nearly twenty years of supporting local business the Ryde Business Forum team was recognised for its efforts on 20 September by winning the 2012 Local Chamber of the Year Award at the NSW Business Chamber’s North Eastern Sydney Business Awards.
Chairman Lydia Scuglia accepted the award on behalf of the Forum’s Board and support team. “It’s a great honour to be recognised for the support we give local businesses and also the Chambers of Commerce under our umbrella,” said Lydia.
“At a time when business people have access to networking both through social media and online activities as well as a growing number of dedicated networking associations, it’s very important to remember that Chambers of Commerce can offer much more. We are there to lobby for businesses on important issues, to help local businesses do business with each other and truly support the local economy in our region,” Lydia said.
“We are a dynamic Chamber of Commerce, and we run great events to bring people and their businesses together. To be recognised as the best Chamber in Sydney’s north eastern suburbs by NSW’s major business association is testament to the hard work our Board and team puts in to provide our members with relevant, useful and exciting events, products and services. Many of our members have been part of the RBF ‘family’ for many years, as the atmosphere at our events is always friendly and welcoming.”
Ryde Business Forum covers an area that is home to more than 12,500 companies and more than 40,000 employees. It is arguably becoming the second biggest employment CBD in greater Sydney, set to overtake Parramatta by 2020.
Over the last 12 months Ryde Business Forum has increased its membership by 15% and has existing member retention of 90%.
Ryde Business Forum is the first port of call for a new business wishing to move into the region; it has undertaken a number of initiatives to advance business and the Chamber movement within the region. Recently in partnership with City of Ryde Council the Forum launched Small Business September to assist micro businesses, home businesses, small businesses, and SMEs develop their business growth.
The Forum is an umbrella Chamber supporting smaller Chambers of Commerce in the city of Ryde, including Eastwood, Gladesville, Ryde/Macquarie Park and West Ryde. In addition it has strong links with bilateral chambers in the area: Armenian, Korean and the Chinese Business Community.
Congratulations Ryde Business Forum, winner of the 2012 Local Chamber of the Year Award