The clubs' heritage travels back to 1788 when the politically prohibited literary group 'Doctrina et Amicitia' was formed and active during the mid-18th century. Through various developments and the merge in 1975 the clubs' name became 'De Industrieele Groote Club'. In 2013 the club was awarded with a royal title for its 100th anniversary and named 'De Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club'.
The members consider the club a home away from home, with its warm, familiar and cosy ambience amidst the classical interior filled with rich art and culture. The club is used for meetings, luncheons or time to relax with fellow members and friends from the (inter)national business community. As follows, our objective is to unite kindred spirits from the (inter)national business community and their corresponding interests to connect business and social interests as well as accommodate and promote shared cultural interests
Additionally, the club also offers space for private events, conferences or other business events for third parties. Each event is meticulously organized and held in beautiful and captivating rooms. Where the professional staff serve our guests divers and surprising menus thoughtfully composed by our in-house chef Remco Hoffmeister.
In 1788 Doctrina et Amicitia was formed, a reading companionship with members who were also members of the politcal movement called 'Vaderlandsche Societeit' which earlier that year was banned by the government. Originating from the merchant city of Amsterdams' judiciary, the civil-law notary and the civil service communities. It functioned as a meeting ground where revolutionary committees were formed.
Society club 'de Groote Club' was founded in 1872 with the aim 'to promote pleasant alliances between members in well-designed chambers'. Accordingly, a building was erected on the corner of the Kalverstraat and Dam square. In 1922 Doctrina et Amicitia merged with the Society 'de Groote Club'; they continued together under the name 'Sociëteit De Groote Club Doctrina et Amicitia'.
During the Second World War the building was seized by the Germans and sold to an insurance company called 'De Nederlanden van 1845' with the assurance that the Club would be able to buy back their premises after the liberation. Unfortunately, this promise was never documented. De Groote Club suffered financial hardships and was unable to afford the, at this point, highly increased rent. This led to the abandonment of the building in 1975. A merger with the Industrieele Club that same year was a godsend and meant both clubs would unite as one in the property of the Industrieele Club and continue under the name 'Industriele Groote Club' (IGC).
In April 1913, in the house of entrepreneur Mr. Goedkoop, it was decided to establish the Industrieele Club, with the objective of establishing a centre for the emerging Dutch industry and trade. The founding members consisted of major industrialists and other entrepreneurs from all over the Netherlands. It was a national association, with Amsterdam serving as its domicile. The Industrieele Club started in 1913 with 178 members, yet without a property to settle in. This changed when the Industriele Club initiated the construction of the property between 1913-1916 on Dam square called 'Industria'. On the 8th of January 1916, the Club was able to take residence in the property. By then the club counted 300 members, mainly businesses.
The Industrieele Groote Club has been operational under this name since 1975 in the 'Industria' property located on the Dam. To this day the club remains operational in this building on the first and second floor. In 2013 the club was awarded with a royal distinction, henceforth continued with the name 'Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club'.
Currently all members consist of company members (stemming from the 'Industrieele Club) and private members (stemming from the 'Groote Club Doctrina et Amicitia'). The club is a world of its own located in the city of Amsterdam, where members can relax accompanied by their guests.
The Industrieele Club building Industria was designed by architect Foeke Kuipers. For the design of Industria, Kuipers was inspired by the nearby located 'Beurs van Berlage'. Similarly, Industria is built with brick combined with elements of natural stones and sculptures carefully constructed into the façade. Another similarity with the 'Beurs van Berlage' is that on each side of the building the façade has a different design, depending on the urban planning context, constructed accordingly. The construction was initiated in 1913. However, during the groundwork construction, the upper remains of the medieval lock walls of the dam in the Amstel were discovered. It turned out to be the lock from the legend of the gunpowder ship, from which the so-called expression 'drumming on the Beurs' originates from. Construction was eventually completed on January 8th 1916 after encountering several other interruptions. The building was officially opened on that day by the then Minister of Agriculture, Industry and Trade, Mr Posthuma.
Kuipers not only designed the building, but was also responsible for the furnishings. The unity between architecture and interior design signifies Industria is part of the illustrious row of early twentieth century buildings designed as 'community art' where art and applied art support and accentuate architecture.
The interior designed by Foeke Kuipers has remained partly intact. In addition to permanent features such as the parquet floor, wood panelling and ceilings, there are also various decorative wrought iron lamps and gates, stained glass screens and pieces of furniture still present in their original state. Even though, each hall has its own style, there is a common thread between each room, mainly because of the wood panelling, stained glass windows and ceilings with square fields.
In addition to the society club, there is also the Heritage Foundation of the Koninklijke IGC. The aim of this foundation is; promoting the preservation of the monumental ambience of the decor of the building Industria, for the benefit of all those interested in architecture and interior design from the construction period of Industria. Here you will find all information about the Foundation and its entire objective.
Voorzitter, Interne organisatie - voorjaar 2023 herkiesbaar
Vicevoorzitter, Secretaris, Tafels- en Clubactiviteiten - voorjaar 2022 herkiesbaar
Penningmeester, Ledenwerving, Erfgoed - najaar 2023 herkiesbaar
Ballotage, Horeca - voorjaar 2021 herkiesbaar
Reciprociteit, Netwerken en Alumniclubs - najaar 2021 herkiesbaar
Gebouw - voorjaar 2021 niet herkiesbaar
Communicatie, Ledenbehoud - najaar 2021 herkiesbaar
Our objective is to unite kindred spirits from the (inter)national business community and their corresponding interests to connect business and social interests as well as accommodate and promote shared cultural interests.
The Club values good manners with respect for each other and each other's privacy. The atmosphere is casual, intimate and warm, nonetheless a number of house rules apply.
Every member is expected to know and comply with the house rules of the Koninklijke IGC.
The house rules do not apply to third parties in rented rooms. A guest who has access to a rented room, without the introduction of an IGC member, does not have access to the members areas (club room, restaurant or bar).
Dress code rules must be complied with when visiting the club. Members must inform their guests about the dress code in order to avoid disappointments.
At all times, following are not permitted: shorts or three-quarter pants; mini-skirts; polo shirts of t-shirts; spaghetti straps; sports or other casual wear; tracksuits; sports or gym shoes; coarse boots; sandals; flip flops; swimwear; leggings or anything similar and for men: sweaters or jumpers.
The club is also formed by a large number of theme-oriented meetings, designed and organized by so-called Tables ('Tafels'), they meet with each other in own chosen frequencies. The club has more than 30 different Tables and they play an important role in connecting and engaging members with the club and its activities. Tables are free to decide whether guests (non-members) are permitted to join their activities.
Introducing a guest gives, subject to exceptions, the right to access the general areas: club room, bar, restaurant and rooms on the 2nd floor, where the meetings take place.
The guest introduction policy is always specifically indicated for individual events. Candidate members may not invite guests yet.
Neither members nor their guests are permitted to make any recordings (sound/video) in the club rooms without the prior permission of the Board.Members and guests are requested to be exceedingly reserved to post announcement or statements of any nature relating to the Koninklijke IGC (or to any Tables/Committees related to the club) on social media (such as Twitter and Facebook). To post any information with or without pictures or videos of members and/or speakers as well as quoting statements from either or both is not appreciated.
The logo and name of the Koninklijke IGC are protected under the provisions of the Trademark and Copyright Act. Members are permitted to use the logo for internal communication related to club activities, provided that the logo is not modified and the use of the logo will not harm the name of the association and its members. In order to use the logo in external communications, prior written consent from the Board or management is required.
Use of the logo for publication purposes, or related communication intended for third parties (on social media) is not allowed.
To guarantee the confidentiality of conversations within the club, and the openness of (guest) speakers, the 'Chatham House Rule' applies: When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. This also applies to the use of social media.
In the context of respecting each other's privacy (members and guests) and certainly that of our speakers, the (writing) press does not have any access to the Club, except in exceptional cases, for this exception written permission must be submitted to the board in advance.
The use of computers, laptops and tablets is only allowed in the bar and club room until 5pm, without disturbing other guests. Guests are allowed to take calls in the hallway but not in any other room. Please turn the phone off or on 'silent' in the other Club locations.
It is permitted at all times to use a smartphone for making appointments and to show photos, provided that others are not disturbed.
Members can enter the club with their personal membership card.
Guests always register at the reception and their introducing member preferably also registers them in the guest book. If a guest wishes to pay for their own bill, they can pay for their meal by debit card at the reception and pay for the drinks at the bar.
(Over)-coats, hats, caps, (attaché) suitcases, shopping bags, backpacks and umbrellas can be deposited at the reception.
Smoking, which also includes any alternative form, such as e-cigarettes, is not allowed in the Club premises, with the exception of the balcony.
If you have registered for a Table or Club event for dinner, you will receive proof of payment after registration at the reception. At the dinner table, you will be prompted to provide the proof of payment. Members are responsible for their own cancellation or 'no show', as well as that of their guest.
Membership and contribution apply per calendar year; you can register all year round.
Cancellation of membership must be submitted in writing before November 1st.
The membership invoice must be paid before the 1st of February of the concerning year.
Members are responsible for controlling compliance of the house rules. If you see that a member or guest does not comply with the house rules, you can politely inform the member or guest. Alternatively, you can notify the organizer of the meeting (who will then (politely) address this to the member or guest), in both cases without jeopardizing hospitality of the Club.
Should this not be followed up, the final consequence may be that the member / guest is requested to leave the Club.
Should the orderliness of the Club be at stake, you can ask a member of the Board, of present, to act accordingly.
In the event of a complaint about food, drinks or the facilities of an event, the staff on site are the first point of contact to resolve complaints immediately.
If you have a complaint about staff behaviour or appearance, you can report this to the director or, in his absence, to another member of the management team.
A complaint about the director or about the club, we request you to write (by e-mail) addressed to the Board.
The Club lounge and bar are opened from Monday to Thursday from 10am to 11pm and on Friday from 10am to 3pm. The Bar and Clubroom are exclusive for members and their guests. The private restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 12pm till 9pm and on Friday from noon till 3pm.Reservations can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 020-6242220.Members and their guests are required to comply with the house rules of the club. Gentleman are required to wear a jacket and tie (optional till 5pm). Ladies are required to dress with similar formality.
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