Once again, to the sound of carols and Hogmanay, we come to the end of a successful year for AirSP. Without mentioning every one of our meetings (that’s for my report at the AGM!) let us just remember for example our very popular International Women’s Day meeting, addressed by Elena Bredikhina, of Challenge Group, when we were visited by Inga Beale; our presentation by the FCA in June and Richard King’s excellent ‘Models Without Tears’ which packed out the Broker with members and guests in October.
On the ‘social side’, besides our perennial favourite dinner at the Quai Des Artistes on the Monday of the Rendezvous, again with lots of guests as well as members, our very popular charity Quiz Night in November raised a large sum for our chosen charity as well as being great fun; and our finale (Christmas AirSPitality at the Lloyds Club, free to members) was as usual full - and full of fun.
We look forward to an even better new year we are programming for you. Starting off with a talk on ‘Blockchain’, the coming security technology, on 25 January, moving on to a presentation by Andrew Beckett and Will Scott-Gall of Kroll on ‘Avoiding Embarrassing Data Losses’, a combination of ‘war stories’ and vital hints on how to keep your client’s (and your own) important data secure – from outsider thieves and insider leakers in February and so one, we are well planned and geared up to go. Many old favourite hospitality events will be back!
We need you all to come along to our events. As I have explained, these offer great interest, quality and variety. We have something good for everyone in our market. Please do make the effort to come. You will find it well worthwhile. And please bring guests (only £10 per head per talk) – and try to recruit new members for us. More members equals more income with which we can do more and better things! But most importantly it means more vibrant events.
We have gone a number of years without a subscription increase. We have made considerable economies, for example in our secretarial costs, to achieve that. As part of our programme to improve and move AirSP forward, we would now like, for example, to invest in updating our website, improving generally our issue of information to our members and so on.
The Board has therefore resolved upon an increase in the annual subscription, effective from 1 January 2017, to £175 for small businesses and £350 for large ones. This is still a very small amount, from which AirSP provides numerous ‘freebies’ such as the Christmas party, all our talks and so on. With it, we can move the group significantly onwards and upwards.
So we look forward to seeing you all for another, we hope even greater, year in 2017. In the meantime, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, or Happy Holidays!