Green Un 23rd January 2006

January 24, 2006

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With another away match at Cheltenham last week, this week has been one of planning and organising for the committee to help guide the retail operation forward during the coming year.

Over the last two weeks, the Executive Committee have made some big financial decisions that will help us to achieve this.
One such decision was to look at and cost new I.T equipment for both our retail outlets. Our current ticketing system had to be updated, and additionally we have been looking at installing a new business management system, getting quotes from various suppliers. We identified that we need to interact with our members more than we have done in the past. Our new system will allow us to do this, and in time members will be issued with credit card type membership cards that will hold information that will make life much easier for all. Additionally, we are looking to double the number of points of sale in both our shops which will really help, especially at Pirate Leisure on a match day. With a suitable supplier now signed up to equip us with all the hardware, software and support we need, visitors to our outlets should start to see the improvements over the next few months.

Another ‘money’ decision we have taken is to refit the audio equipment in the clubhouse. Presently we have a quite outdated system, which limits our audio capabilities in our bars. With a refit we will be able to control this much more and along with new features like roving microphones, in time we will be able to re introduce the Man of the Match award at home games. An additional benefit is that we will no longer have to pay to hire in PA equipment when we hold a function, indeed we will also be able to hire this out as an extra facility when rooms are booked for functions in our bars on a non match day, so in the mid to long term it will make money as well as saving it.

Last season, we took the Executive Committee on the road to Gashead’s local pubs to let our members know our progress within the newly formed business sub committees, the Supporters Club share scheme and of course the progress on the stadium development. We are now planning to hold some more meetings in the next few months, and subject to agreeing the right venues, we will be holding evenings in some of our heartland support areas like Yate, Kingswood, Weston Super Mare and the Horfield/Filton areas. We will have board representatives present along with players or ex players as well as prominent members of the Supporters Club Executive committee to take your questions. More news of dates will be announced here within the next few weeks.

Our Social committee is running a Fantasy League this season, with almost 30 entrants. The latest standings are currently published on our website, and with the transfer window opening up, now is the time for those with teams to consider what changes they may need to make.

Thursday evening saw the return of Phil Draper’s ever-popular general knowledge quiz. These quizzes are always well attended and good fund raisers for the football club. Details of future ones will be published here.

More news next week.

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