Suburban Club manager Rob Finlayson with new club president Leigh Bromwell, after announcing a huge turnaround in its finances. Photo: Andrew Board.
Suburban Club manager Rob Finlayson with new club president Leigh Bromwell, after announcing a huge turnaround in its finances. Photo: Andrew Board.

Suburban Club turns loss into $220k profit

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The Nelson Suburban Club’s future is looking much brighter on the back of a massive financial turnaround of $600,000.

The club, based in Tahunanui, suffered a well-publicised $369,000 deficit in the 2013 financial year, leaving serious questions about its future and various special meetings with members to find a solution.

Its latest financial results show a much rosier picture though, with a $221,000 profit for the 2014 financial year. The turnaround has been put down to cost savings, as well as donations from club members. Club manager Rob Finlayson says the feeling within the club is very positive. “The feeling amongst people that come here is very good, but there is still a perception outside the club that things aren’t that good and that’s holding some people back from joining.”

Rob says members are under no obligation to donate towards the $100 levy, which was mentioned in media last year, and says the club is now offering a special discounted rate to join for the remaining six months of their financial year. “The club is a fantastic venue with so much going on so we’re saying to people ‘why not give it a go?’ We’re offering membership at just $25. For that you get cheap drink and food, use of all our facilities like the pool tables, dart boards and the gaming machines.”

Rob says for each member who signs up or who visits the club, the more secure it becomes.

But it’s not just members that can take advantage of the club’s facilities. Rob says the public can also use their modern facilities for private functions, business meetings, conferences, weddings, 21st birthday parties, trade shows, in fact they will welcome any enquiry at all.

A report of the club’s finances by RWCA Chartered Accountants said the turnaround was an “impressive achievement” but warned that membership needed to increase to keep the club viable in the long term.

Rob says the club has around 3500 members, down from more than 6000 two years ago. He says the majority of those “lost” members have been since news of the financial difficulties became known.

The club has also had a shake-up of its executive committee and finance management committee, with a raft of new board members. That includes a new president, Leigh Bromell, – the first female president in the club’s history.
To enquire about becoming a member of the club call 548 6815.

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