Blackman’s Brewery hosts Commerce Torquay networking event

May 11, 2024 BY

Life member Les Watson opened the event. Photos: ANGUS SMITH

Commerce Torquay held this month’s After 5 event at Blackman’s Brewery, a local favourite that brews and cans all its products on-site.

Life member Les Watson said the event focused on celebrating local businesses.

ABOVE: President Commerce Torquay Jeff Crow and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism’s Jo Birley. LEFT: (L-R) Commerce Torquay secretary Carmen Clifford, co-vice-president Sarah Minter and life member Les Watson.

“Tonight is about bringing local businesses together for networking,” he said.

“It’s a time for connecting with others.”

The After 5 event at Blackman’s Brewery. Pictured is Blackman’s Brewery founder Renn Blackman.

Commerce Torquay, operating for nearly three decades, is gearing up to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a significant event in August.

“We will have a soirée, a grand black-tie event to celebrate,” said Carmen Clifford from Commerce Torquay.

President Commerce Torquay Jeff Crow and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism’s Jo Birley. Photo: ANGUS SMITH

Networking events are experiencing a renaissance in the post-COVID era as people seek new ways to connect.

“With more people working remotely, these events provide an opportunity to meet face-to-face and promote their businesses,” Clifford said.

Life member Barrie Sutherland and Nelson Financial’s Paul Nelson. Photo: ANGUS SMITH

She also remarked on significant changes in local commerce over the years, particularly the rise in home-based businesses and increased business turnover.

Provincial Media’s Garry Flanigan, The Sands Torquay’s Annie Glasson and Provincal Media’s Jodie Pitfield. Photo: ANGUS SMITH

“We also have the Torquay Business Awards coming up in November, so stay tuned,” she said.

Commerce Torquay organises networking and social events throughout the year to foster connections among local business owners and potential new clients.

Arkana Energy’s Emma Pritchett, Happy Spaces’ Kerstin Johnson and Quay Osteo’s Laura Walsh. Photo: ANGUS SMITH

The organisation is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected annually from the membership base.

Cheers to Commerce Torquay. Pictured: Tailored Mortgage Solutions’ Michael Cullinan and nem Australia’s Andrew Jones. Photo: ANGUS SMITH

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