FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Green 4 Announce ‘Game Changing’ New Software http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3738/title=green+4+announce+%91game+changing%92+new+software Green 4 Solutions have announced the 2015 version of its Go system, for visitor attractions, leisure venues and sports clubs. The UK based software firm described the release as a game changer for the sports and visitor attractions industries. Weve put a lot of work into industry research and speaking with our customers to make sure we truly understand their challenges, said Jonathan Buck, Head of Product. After an extensive period of research and... Everton Embarks On Emotive Season Ticket Campaign http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3737/title=everton+embarks+on+emotive+season+ticket+campaign Everton has embarked on its biggest and most important sales drive of the year with a clever and emotive marketing campaign which has already proved a huge hit with fans. The Club launched its heartfelt 2015/16 Season Ticket campaign entitled We Are Chosen in late February, drawing inspiration from the Clubs mantra Evertonians are born not manufactured. We do not choose, we are chosen. The previous years campaign achieved record-breaking sales of Season... Supporters Direct Launches Football Reform Manifesto http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3736/title=supporters+direct+launches+football+reform+manifesto With around ten weeks until the General Election, Supporters Direct (SD), the organisation that enables supporter ownership and involvement in clubs, has launched its own manifesto to reform English football. Chief Executive Robin Osterley highlighted two of the chief demands being made by SD: We dont think that it is too much to ask that supporters know exactly which person actually owns their club. We think its equally reasonable to expect that the rights of... Dave Whelan Steps Down As Chairman of Wigan Athletic http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3735/title=dave+whelan+steps+down+as+chairman+of+wigan+athletic Wigan Athletic have confirmed that Chairman Dave Whelan has resigned his position as Chairman of the football club, with immediate effect, putting an end to his 20 year tenure in charge of the club. Mr Whelans grandson David Sharpe will be formally elected as new Chairman of Wigan Athletic by the Board of Directors at a date to be confirmed soon, and will be assisted in the running of the club by Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson. The Whelan family will remain as majority shareholders but... Arsenal In Community Celebrates 30 Years http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3734/title=arsenal+in+community+celebrates+30+years Arsenal in the Community celebrated its 30th anniversary at Sundays match against Everton. The community team were welcomed pitchside before kick-off, where they unveiled a banner to mark the milestone. This banner will be permanently on the upper tier at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal in the Community has worked with more than 1.3 million individuals since its inception in 1985, delivering six and half million hours of sessions. Through its sport, education and training, social inclusion,... SportAccord Sign Marketing Research Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3733/title=sportaccord+sign+marketing+research+partnership SportAccord Convention has announced that Repucom will once again be the Official Marketing Research Partner for this years World Sport Business Summit taking place from 19-24 April 2015 at the Sochi Expocentre, Sochi, Russia. Were delighted to be partnering with SportAccord Convention for another year; an event that clearly shapes the sports landscape annually. said Paul Smith, Repucom Founder and CEO. Equally, Repucom strives to help clients navigate... Scottish Football Must Push For More TV Money http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3732/title=+scottish+football+must+push+for+more+tv+money Scottish football urgently needs to attract more money if the game is not to fall further behind its English counterparts, according to a leading sports accountant. Charles Barnett, a partner in the Professional Sports Group at accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP, believes that the forthcoming 5.136bn Sky and BT Sport TV money -which will run for three years from 2016 - will go into even more inflated players wages and put Premier League and almost certainly most... Tranmere Rovers Sign Stagecoach Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3731/title=tranmere+rovers+sign+stagecoach+partnership Tranmere Rovers have signed a new commercial partnership with bus operator Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire. The agreement, which will run initially until the end of the 2015/16 season, will see Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire become the official Transport Partner to Tranmere Rovers. Jamie Reid, operations manager at Stagecoachs Birkenhead depot, said: We are delighted to be partnering with Tranmere Rovers this is a fantastic club with a... Arsenal Show Strong Commercial Growth http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3730/title=arsenal+show+strong+commercial+growth Arsenals kit deal with Puma has helped the club post an increase in turnover from football of 12.6m. The Premier League clubs turnover from football activities rose to 148.5 million (2013 - 135.9 million). However, significant investment in the squad with a record level of expenditure on player acquisitions (93.7 million) has resulted in a higher amortisation and higher wage costs whilst profit on the sale of player registrations amounted to 26.7... Cardiff Citys Debt Increases Despite Premier League Cash http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3729/title=cardiff+city%26%23039%3Bs+debt+increases+despite+premier+league+cash Cardiff Citys total debt amounts to 174m according to their latest accounts. The Welsh club, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season also revealed a loss of almost 12m. The accounts, which cover the year ending May 2014, show that revenue increased from 14.5m to 79.9m thanks mainly to 63.9m of Premier League broadcast payments. During the accounting period, Cardiff spent 45m on transfers and paid 46.7m on wages.... QPR Post Loss Of £9.8m For Year http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3728/title=qpr+post+loss+of+%A39.8m+for+year QPR have filed its accounts for the year ending May 2014 showing d a loss of 9.8m. Sitting in 17 position in the Premier League, QPR have seen expenditure reduced by 22m, mainly driven by lower player costs; a trend they will continue in future years as the club continues to bring losses down. Also noted in the accounts is the reiteration of the clubs shareholders long term support by writing off 60m of shareholder loans to help strengthen the clubs balance... Scottish FA Appoint Brian McClair As Performance Director http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3727/title=scottish+fa+appoint+brian+mcclair+as+performance+director The Scottish FA have announced the appointment of Brian McClair as Performance Director. Brian, 51, joins after a 25-year career at Manchester United, where he served as a player, youth coach and, most recently, Director of their respected Youth Academy. He was identified unanimously as preferred candidate during a recruitment process which involved the current Scotland national coach, Gordon Strachan, previous national coaches Walter Smith and Andy Roxburgh, as well as the Scottish FAs... Shearer Backs initiative To Champion Football’s Next Generation http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3726/title=shearer+backs+initiative+to+champion+football%92s+next+generation Barclays has today unveiled a new initiative which looks to help the next generation of fans start their football love affair. The campaign is supported by a new television advert starring ex-England captain and all-time leading Barclays Premier League goal scorer Alan Shearer. The advert explores the importance of a fans first football experience through the eyes of Alan Shearer as he reminisces about his first ever visit to Newcastle Uniteds St James Park in August 1982... West Ham Launch New Website http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3725/title=west+ham+launch+new+website West Ham has launched a new website, the first website redesign for seven years aimed at enhancing fans online experience. The new website, which has been developed in partnership with digital agency Mirum, has a responsive design, giving access to the latest Hammers content - on mobile, tablet or desktop. One of the main features of the new website is My West Ham, a new all-access pass to whufc.com, giving fans free behind-the-scenes video. It will also provide a platform fans to... Supporter Ownership Week To Launch On 11th April http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3724/title=supporter+ownership+week+to+launch+on+11th+april Its Ours: Week of events will celebrate the work of supporter owned clubs Supporters Direct (SD) has today announced that Supporter Ownership Week, is to take place from the 11 th to the 18 th of April 2015 at http://www.supporters-direct.org/supporter-ownership-week SD has worked alongside supporters for the last 15 years to make the dream of supporter ownership possible, and the week is about celebrating the people whove done it, and the people who have taken or are... Chelsea Sign Mega Shirt Sponsorship Deal http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3723/title=chelsea+sign+mega+shirt+sponsorship+deal Chelsea have unveiled The Yokohama Rubber Company Ltd as its Official Shirt Partner in what is their largest-ever commercial deal. The new five year deal which begins at the start of the 2015/16 season is thought to be worth 200m. The partnership with one of the worlds leading tyre manufacturers will see the Yokohama brand appearing on the clubs shirts from the first team to youth teams. The agreement was formally concluded yesterday (Wednesday) by Chairman of Yokohama, Mr... SportAccord Strikes Golden Partnership With PwC http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3722/title=sportaccord+strikes+golden+partnership+with+pwc SportAccord Convention announced today that PwC will be a Gold Partner for this years World Sport Business Summit taking place from 19-24 April 2015 at the Sochi Expocentre, Sochi, Russia. The agreement marks PwCs third year as a Gold Partner. SportAccord Convention is important to us as a platform for connecting with sport industry decision makers and speaking with them about the issues critical to their success, said Robert Gruman, who heads PwC's Global... Sporting Stories Helps Kick-out Loneliness http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3721/title=sporting+stories+helps+kick-out+loneliness New initiative from Friends of the Elderly, West Ham United Foundation and Barclays Digital Eagles seeks to bring older people and their communities together through sport. Friends of the Elderly and West Ham United Foundation have launched a new initiative, in partnership with Barclays Digital Eagles, aimed at addressing the increasing issue of loneliness amongst older people. The launch of Sporting Stories has been marked by a social event at Upton Park, where around 50 locals were welcomed by... Number 11 Invite For Sir Bobby Charltons Landmine Charity http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3720/title=number+11+invite+for+sir+bobby+charlton%26%23039%3Bs+landmine+charity England and Manchester United legend and founder of leading landmine charity, Find A Better Way, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, will unveil its five year strategic plan to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and invited dignitaries at a special reception at Downing Street next week (4 th March 2015). The Manchester United and England hero has been invited to Number 11 by the Rt. Hon. George Osborne with the charity's trustees and key supporters to give the Chancellor an overview of the charity's five year... UK’s Moneypenny Launches In The US http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3719/title=uk%92s+moneypenny+launches+in+the+us Having revolutionised the face of telephone answering and outsourced switchboards in the UK, Moneypenny has launched its pioneering service in the US. The company, which in 15 years has gone from a 10,000 start-up to the biggest business of its kind in the world, handles more than nine million calls a year for over 7,000 businesses. Ed Reeves, Co-Founder and Director of Moneypenny, said: When Moneypenny opened in the UK, the face of telephone answering was similar to how it has... FA Fines Brighton Agents For Regulation Breaches http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3718/title=fa+fines+brighton++agents+for+regulation+breaches Brighton and Hove Albion have been fined 90,000 and warned as to their future conduct after admitting to a breach of The FAs Football Agent Regulations. The breach relates to the transaction involving the transfer of Dale Stephens from Charlton Athletic to Brighton and Hove Albion on 30 January 2014. Authorised agents Alex Levack, Matthew Kleinman and Ali Rahnama have also been warned as to their future conduct and sanctioned for admitting to a breach of The FAs Football... Tottenham Hotspur To Deliver Cup Final Digital Broadcast http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3717/title=tottenham+hotspur+to+deliver+cup+final+digital+broadcast+ Tottenham Hotspur will bring its global fanbase an exclusive digital broadcast from Wembley ahead of this Sundays League Cup Final against Chelsea. Spurs TV will run a simulcast on its official Facebook page and tottenhamhotspur.com to the millions of fans around the world expected to tune in on the big day. The matchday show will be co-hosted by Ledley King, the last player to captain a Tottenham Hotspur team to Wembley glory in 2008, and feature a host of engaging build-up content.... Player Club Associations React To FIFA Task Force Recommendations http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3716/title=player++club+associations+react+to+fifa+task+force+recommendations The European Club Association (ECA), Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) and FIFPro have all responded to FIFAs Task Force recommendation of hosting the Qatar 2022 World Cup in November/December. ECA Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, said: Todays recommendation of the Task Force regarding the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar does not come as a surprise; it was rather expected. For the football family the rescheduling of the FIFA World Cup 2022 presents a... Football League Launch Capital One Cup Twitter Campaign http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3715/title=football+league+launch+capital+one+cup+twitter+campaign The Football League has launched a campaign on Twitter giving fans the chance to decide the colour of the Wembley arch as part of a unique first in the build up to Sundays Capital One Cup Final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. The innovative social media vote is the first time the iconic arch has been utilised in this way to let fans decide how the national stadium looks ahead of a major Cup Final. The League is tracking the use of two designated hashtags on Twitter throughout this... Foreign Investment Fuels Rise Shirt Sponsorship Revenues http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3714/title=foreign+investment+fuels+rise+shirt+sponsorship+revenues Premier League clubs have seen a 36% rise in shirt sponsorship income according to research by Repucom. The report by Repucom released today, shows the total annual income from shirt sponsorship for the six European leagues analysed now amounts to over 687m, an increase of over 20% on the 2013/14 season (570m). The report also shows that the Premier League has seen a 36% rise in income on the previous season, driven largely by Chevrolets deal with Manchester United, worth at...