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Small business access to the big guysIn the first of an independent series on organisations and associations you could join to help grow your business, we focus on the Trans-Tasman Business Circle.

The Trans-Tasman Business Circle is a networking organisation with many differences. For a start, it’s a profitable small business. Billing itself as the “premier executive network for Australia and New Zealand, providing access to high-level business and Government leaders,” it has a lot to live up to. But according to its members, it meets their expectations. And exceeds them.

Its premium subscribers include the big four banks, Telstra, Air New Zealand, IAG, Minter Ellison, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Qantas. But it’s not just for the corporates. Your SME can afford to join too and have access to some amazing networking opportunities.

Recognising the growing links between Australia and New Zealand, CEO John Weiss founded the Circle in 1993 to provide a network for business and Government leaders from these economies to collaborate and share ideas. In the past 15 years, the Circle has grown to provide a multi-tiered level of engagement for subscribers. The most prominent business and political leaders from the region are regular speakers at its many high-profile events.

To give you an idea, there are at least 16 events in August alone and speakers at these include New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, David Wyss, chief economist for Standard & Poors and John Palmer, chairman of Air New Zealand.

Paul Magee, MD of VeCommerce, says: “I have been a member of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle for more than five years and continue to be impressed by John Weiss and his team as they deliver outstanding value to me and my company. The wide variety of functions and events that the Circle organises provide relevant, insightful speakers on a wide range of topics, which are invaluable to business executives. I am constantly amazed at the quality of speakers who address Trans-Tasman events.”

He adds: “The opportunity to network with other business people in a friendly and professional environment is outstanding. The Circle facilitates opportunities to meet with relevant senior executives across a range of industries John and his very capable team have always provided me with excellent service on both sides of the Tasman and they have gone out of their way to ensure that we get maximum value from our association with them.”

Corporates too, benefit from their membership. David Thodey, Group MD Telstra Enterprise and Government, says: “Australia and New Zealand continue to grow closer in many respects. The services of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle are an important asset for organisations such as Telstra. Our support of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle began in 2001, and we look forward to continuing to engage with its members to build even stronger partnerships with organisations and senior executives on both sides of the Tasman.”

Building on its 15 years of experience in organising major events, the Circle has recently launched a new division, Outside the Circle Events, which offers a comprehensive event management service. This includes everything from consultation, concept and design, through to venue sourcing and liaison, product launches and award ceremonies.

A subscription to the Trans-Tasman Business Circles starts from $1,500 a year, rising to $15,000 a year for prime subscribers. Find out more at www.transtasmanbusiness.com.au

The Trans-Tasman Business Circle Explained

Premier organisation

Its dynamic network consistently brings together influential leaders of business and government to briefits subscribers exclusively.

Extensive reach

The network extends across Australia and New Zealand including the major organisations in each market. It provides connections to C-level leaders including chairmen, CEOs, CFOs and CIOs. Programmes are provided in Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Wellington. Industries include financial services, media, telecommunications, Government at all levels, infrastructure, transport, energy and manufacturing.


The Circle shares its extensive reach into private and public sector leadership, with its subscribers. Face-to-face networking is key to building sustainable business relationships and it helps your executives build their networks to meet strategic objectives.

Strategic alignment

It designs its activities around the identified business objectives of its subscribers, including tailor-made programmes where appropriate..


  • Trans-Tasman Business Circle enjoys close relationships with:
  • AusTrade
  • Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum
  • Australian American Leadership Dialogue
  • Business Council of Australia
  • Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (Australia)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (New Zealand)
  • New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
  • Rugby Union Players Association
  • Tourism New Zealand


The Trans-Tasman Business Circle recognises that cashflow is of the utmost importance to SMEs. Therefore they are happy to consider monthly payment terms rather than paying a year’s membership up front. To discuss this please email John Weiss at john@transtasmanbusiness.com.au

Find out more about the Circle at www.transtasmanbusiness.com.au

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Jen Bishop

Jen Bishop

Jen was the publisher at Loyalty Media and editor of Dynamic Business, Australia's largest circulating small business magazine, from 2008 until 2012. She is now a full-time blogger at The Interiors Addict.

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