The Killie Trust held the first of many Business Network Meetings(BNM) on the 7th of February 2013 at the Coffee Press in Bank Street, Kilmarnock. These meetings are part of the the Trust’s Community Ownership Group initiative, their aim is to build closer relationships between local businesses and the Trust. These relationships will be vital for the long term sustainability of Kilmarnock Football Club and the local community.
We invited a wide variety of local businesses to this meeting and after everyone had settled down with some tea or coffee and a bite to eat the evening got started. Nigel Fitzsimmons from the Trust Board outlined the format for the evening and gave a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session. Nigel’s talk covered the history of the Trust, it’s objectives and recent activities. These activities include the Community Ownership Group or COG as it is known. There is an ever growing list of football clubs in community ownership across Europe, the UK and Scotland. Some of these include Dundee in the SPL, Swansea City in the EPL and most of the Bundesliga clubs; Germany provides some of the best examples of sound financial management, fan involvement and community ownership.
Nigel then moved on to explain the Trust’s Community Partnership initiative.
This initiative aims to promote local businesses which have similar aims and objectives to the trust and which have worked in partnership with us on a project or event.
Finally we had a question and answer session with a wide ranging discussion about the Trust movement, COG and the partnership initiative.
This was a very positive meeting and it was great to speak to so many people who have similar objectives and have the good of Kilmarnock the football club, the town and the community at heart. Everyone understands that COG will not be a quick fix but we must start somewhere. This meeting confirmed to the Trust that we have to build a greater understanding of our aims across all parts of the community. We agreed to give everyone regular updates on progress.
There will be many more of these meetings. We are also more than happy to speak to any local group as well. If you are interested in attending a BNM meeting or you would like us to give a talk about the Killie Trust and COG, please email the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember to look out for #COG and #killietrustbnm on twitter.