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Message from the Chair 2020

Spring Edition

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To all FBNZ’s members, sponsors and supporters, my very best wishes for a happy, relaxing and fun festive season.

No doubt there will be opportunities to reflect on the year that’s been, its highs and lows, and what it meant for each of us. However, I hope you get to spend as much time as possible connecting with those closest to you and doing the things you most enjoy.

I would like to thank all of you who have continued to engage with FBNZ during the year and support our events.


 We had to scale up our online offerings pretty quickly and, thanks to the excellent backing we have from Family Business Australia, I’m really pleased we were able to continue offering our members and sponsors world class online content.


Getting together for two networking events in the second half of the year was simply fantastic. Villa Maria and Cone Marshall generously provided their facilities and it was tremendously satisfying to see our family business and advisor community come together again to share stories, ideas and each other’s company.


There seems to be a consensus that most are looking forward to seeing 2020 out and ushering 2021. Our resilience has been tested, we’ve learnt new ways to do business, work, shop and connect, and we’ve been reminded of what’s really important in life. Whatever 2021 brings, I think we can be sure many things will change, but what won’t change is how much we each benefit from being part of a community that allows us to learn, share and connect.


FBNZ has a full programme of events and resources already lined up for the months ahead. We are here to stay and we are committed to ensuring we continue responding to the needs and wishes of our members. We’re very fortunate to have the support of Brad Scott and his team at EWM Group as our National Gold Partners and with the new addition of Grant Thornton as National Gold Partners coming on board in January next year we have some great fuel to propel us into 2021.


All the best,



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