Natbuild reveals positive trading results at Natbuild conference

by | Nov 20, 2023

Natbuild members and premium partners recently took time out from their businesses to join together for the group’s national conference at Melbourne’s Hyatt Centric. The three-day event featured a number of business sessions, supplier updates and an unforgettable mid-conference MCG experience.

The Principal’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) kicked off Natbuild’s conference where the group’s outstanding trading results for the past 12 months were shared along with a detailed overview of key measures and outcomes achieved for the trading year.

While Natbuild agrees it is always important to look at the past, the focus quickly moved to considering the market they are in and expecting over the short to medium term. Natbuild added a pre-conference survey, completed by all members/owners, with the results presented for future reference and exploration.

Natbuild Chief Executive Officer Peter Way said, “Although we are seeing a changing market, the group remains positive overall on the year ahead while also understanding that we need to keep adapting our offer to meet the market and seek out opportunities to maintain and grow our position as a collective.”

Guest speaker Simon Croft from the Housing Industry Association (HIA) presented at the first business session, discussing important upcoming changes to the National Construction Code (NCC), focussing on liveable housing, energy efficiency and condensation, whilst also providing invaluable industry knowledge to members.

Mr Way pointed out that because the group is so aligned with the trade, it is important for members to remain up to date on the changes and also the timing.

“We want to make sure that we are active in this area be prepared and help lead the dialogue, along with supporting the trade with executable solutions, rather than wait until forced to adapt or address changes when asked,” Mr Way said.

The first day was completed with a casual evening where members and suppliers could socialise and network. The event was held on premise at our conference hotel, the Hyatt Centric. Here Natbuild welcomed all delegates and emphasised the the format and focus for the following two days ahead. 

Day two kicked off with Natbuild’s ever-popular member/supplier one-on-one sessions that focused specifically on strategising growth opportunities to benefit all parties. A unique strength of the speed dating sessions was giving decision-makers the chance to be collaborative, involved and task-driven, and is also why the sessions have become a core part of conference events.

“These sessions just work, and the timing is just right with members and suppliers rating this activity as a core difference in how our group acts. We want to see everyone working together to achieve outcomes for all parties. These sessions deliver that,” Mr Way said.

The afternoon included a once-in-a-lifetime MCG tour, commencing with a culinary experience served by Grossi in the MCC’s prestigious Long Room. Guests were entertained by AFL legend Billy Browless, followed by a remarkable tour experience hosted by tour guides and a visit to the MCG Sports Museum.

The second evening featured a networking dinner at Chin Chins. Natbuild members and suppliers were treated to an exceptional Asian dining experience in a relaxed social environment.

On the final morning of conference, members and suppliers continued a second sitting of one-on-one sessions, which provided delegates with the opportunity to continue with their opportunity and business strategy discussions.

The afternoon was a mixed session commencing with guest speaker Jeff Pang from Ronan Analytics, who presented on opportunities for members to access government tenders and grants for upcoming projects. Jeff has worked with one of Natbuild’s members over the past three years and they wanted to share the opportunities that are available.

As an extension to the day one session on NCCC changes, saw the team from Partner Pacific present on their ventilation solutions. With trading terms in place and some early success it was encouraging to see the opportunity that our channel can deliver against with them.

Natbuild Platinum supplier partners, Allegion and James Hardie provided details around programs aimed at driving better outcomes. All agreed that it was great to see the structure behind the approach that would drive better outcomes as a result.

The conference concluded with a formal awards night at The Trust, a historic gem dating back to the 1920’s. The Trust is a beautiful heritage-listed building and was the perfect location for Natbuild members and suppliers to dress up, enjoy a wonderful evening and celebrate Nat¬build’s voted Member and Suppliers of the Year, hosted by Melbourne comedian Elliot Goblet.

Member and Supplier of the Year Awards:

Supplier of the Year – Timber & Woodpanels: ITI Australia

Supplier of the Year – Building Supplies: Hume Doors

Supplier of the Year – Trade Hardware: HB Fuller

Member of the Year:  Joint Winners: Building Material Supply & Williams Group