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Connect After 5

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Hosting a CA5

Business Canterbury’s CA5 (Connect After 5) events are popular networking events hosted by our members. Hosting a CA5 event is an excellent way to connect with other Business Canterbury members on a premises of your choice and expose them to your brand. The events allow you to spend quality time building relationships with other members and be part of bringing our business community together.

We MC the events covering formalities as well as introducing you/your team to say a few words as the event host. Formalities are kept to a minimum at CA5 to allow attendees plenty of time to connect with other businesses.

Contact us to book your CA5 today

And enjoy a rewarding networking event while raising the profile of your organisation.

CA5 event information

To learn more about when and where CA5 events happen, the basic event information is detailed below. Our More information section also provides further details about available dates. *Events run to this schedule whenever possible but some exceptions may apply. 

5:30pm - 7:00pm, the 3rd Thursday of each month. View our 2024 dates in More Information.
A location of your choice–
this could be your own place or a hospitality space.
Refreshments and networking
with brief speaking component/ formalities.

From $1500+GST.
Refer to More Information for further details.


Benefits of Hosting a CA5

  • Connect with an engaged audience of 60 – 100 implementation and marketing
  • Grow brand awareness for your business 
  • Promoted to a database of over 2500 businesses with an event listing on the Business Canterbury website with your logo and branding
  • Learn from the best as you collaborate with the talented Business Canterbury events team to co-host your event
  • Opportunity to provide branded collateral and promotional material to attendees
  • Opportunity to run a business card draw or other activity of your choice to collect attendees contact details
  • Opportunity to invite up to 10 of your own clients – both members and non-members.
A snapshot of some of our recent CA5 events...
Team Hutchison Ford CA5 Jan 2024

More Information

  • How does it work?
  • Event Format
  • How much does it cost?
  • Date Options
  • Terms and Conditions

Roles and Responsibilities

Business Canterbury Will:

  • List the event on the Business Canterbury website
  • Promote the event using relevant Business Canterbury Channels
  • Manage RSVPs through Business Canterbury online booking system
  • Liaise with you in the lead-up to the event regarding attendees to-date and provide the host with a list of the attendees being their name and company name*
  • Send registration confirmations and reminders to all attendees
  • Provide each guest with a personalised name badge (including host company logo)
  • Provide advice and guidelines with regards to suitable venues, presentations, and appropriate catering
  • Provide you with advice on appropriate signage and advertising material
  • MC the event
  • Attend the event, to engage with your team and the attendees

The host (you) will:

  • Book a venue/site of your choice
  • Cover all costs associated with this event including venue hire, food and beverage costs and any audio-visual equipment hire
  • Book, and manage everything required for the event such as venue, caterer and audio-visual supplier etc
  • Promote the event to your own network
  • Provide your logo for marketing purposes
  • Pay the hosting fee on confirmation of the event and signing of agreement


The event commences at 5:30 pm with networking and refreshments upon arrival. Around 6:00 pm, the MC from Business Canterbury will extend an invitation for a representative from your company to address the audience. It's worth noting that the speaking slot for your business representative is set at approximately 5 minutes. However, you and your team will have a lot of time to engage with the attendees during the networking period for further discussions, as they are an actively involved audience. Following the formalities, networking and refreshments will resume.

Costs and pricing

Member price to host a CA5 event with Business Canterbury:

  • $1500.00 + GST
  • Plus Food and beverages*

* This cost is variable depending on number of attendees and options chosen by host.


2024 CA5 Dates

Below is our list of CA5 event dates scheduled for 2024. 

Month Date
February Thursday 22 February
March Thursday 21 March
April Thursday 18 April
May Thursday 23 May
June Thursday 20 June
July Thursday 18 July
August Thursday 22 August
September Thursday 19 September
October Thursday 24 October


Terms and Conditions

  • The $1500 + GST fee does not include the cost of food, beverage and any other costs associated with the event. 
  • Hosting a Connect After 5 event is a member only benefit, and only members of Business Canterbury can attend.
  • Business Canterbury is unable to provide attendees email addresses and other contact details. You may collect this information from attendees at the event.
  • CA5 events are held at the hosts choice of venue, not at Business Canterbury.
  • Marketing content must be provided, and the event confirmed at least 4 weeks prior to the event date, to allow 3-4 weeks for promotion. 
  • Whilst Business Canterbury will promote the event, there is no guarantee of uptake by our members.
  • A cancellation period of 5 working days will apply if the event is cancelled by either the host or Business Canterbury due to lack of numbers. Accordingly, a fee of $500.00 plus GST will apply where Business Canterbury has undertaken work to the point of marketing the event to members and the event does not proceed.
  • A licensed caterer must be used if any alcohol is being served at the event.
  • If you would like to employ Business Canterbury to manage your event from start to finish, we can provide a quote to use our Event Management services.
  • There is a limit of one Connect After 5 event per month, held on the third Thursday of the month where possible. 
What previous hosts have said about their hosting experience

CA5 at Boxman Storage Ltd, 2023

"I highly recommend hosting a CA5 meeting with Business Canterbury. Not only will you benefit from a professional and accommodating team, but you'll also enjoy the advantage of showcasing your business in its best light. Thank you, Business Canterbury, for helping us make our CA5 networking meeting a resounding success!"
Steve BamfordBoxman Storage Ltd
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