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Vitality Blast run helps Derbyshire CCC score record-breaking surplus


Derbyshire County Cricket Club has recorded a club-record surplus of £402,000 for the financial year ending December 2019. The figure, which is the highest


posted by the club in its history, was driven by higher ECB receipts; prize money from the Vitality Blast; an increase in ticket revenue; and improved cost management. The club’s run to Finals Day in


the Vitality Blast led to an additional £57,000, while record Twenty20 crowds and the Aston Lark Tourist Fixture against Australia generated a £91,000 increase in ticket revenue compared to 2018, with membership revenue also increasing by £20,000. Chairman Ian Morgan OBE said:


“As we expected, last year’s financial loss proved to be a one- off mainly due to unforeseen circumstances, and I am pleased to report that the club returned to


‘We’re now in a position to plan for long-term sustainability and to be debt free by the end of the term’


profitability in 2019 and achieved a surplus after operations and before tax of £402,000. “A new County Partnership


Agreement (CPA) with the ECB for all First-Class Counties includes new funding streams on the back of the media rights deal. For Derbyshire this means that we can now progress our plans to develop and improve the infrastructure at The Incora County Ground, by increasing seating capacity, installing a new scoreboard, installing new toilets and enhancing our bars and concessions, among other ground developments. “A great number of factors have


led to this positive position at the end of the financial year and I


Wildgoose is flying high after contract successes


Derbyshire construction firm Wildgoose Construction, headed up by new Managing Director Andrew Tilford, continues to expand its management team having secured £20m of new contracts during the first few months of 2020. Recent projects include 77 houses at Newport Pagnell, Milton


Keynes, a 60-bed care home for Avery Healthcare and 22 homes at Marston Montgomery, Derbyshire. To support contracts, departments bolstered include a new head of


design management, two new design and build managers and new additions to the operational delivery teams. Executive Chairman Jonathan Wildgoose said: “We’ve made significant investment in personnel at Wildgoose alongside the appointment of Andrew. As one of the largest and oldest family- owned construction businesses in the region, we are investing in the future with this new generation of Wildgoose employees to take the business from strength to strength. “We are delighted to have secured preferred contractor status on


several national frameworks and have a healthy order book after a challenging year.”


Loughborough-based training provider Keith Cook Training has been accredited the matrix Standard for demonstrating high quality information, advice and guidance to clients requiring training and qualifications. The matrix Standard is the


international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG), either as a sole purpose or as part of the service offering.


would like to thank our members, supporters and 1870 Business Club partners, and our Principal Partner, Incora, for their ongoing support. “I continue to be proud and


appreciative of the positive, friendly and helpful attitude of everyone at Derbyshire County Cricket Club. While we know there is room to continue increasing our commercial revenue, I remain optimistic about the coming seasons as we continue to strive for success on and off the field.” Chief Executive, Ryan Duckett,


added: “Our aims for the year were to enhance our customer experience, maintain and grow our commercial revenues, reduce our cost base and increase profitability,


to maintain our spending on cricket. I’m pleased we have succeeded and we’re now in a position to plan for long-term sustainability and to be debt free by the end of the term. “Commercial growth and the


tightening up of margins have been major factors in this surplus, however like many clubs we are acutely aware of the reliance on ECB funding. While we continue to grow our cricket revenues and interest in the game across the county, it is important to keep diversifying our business model, to develop new revenue opportunities away from cricket. “We have a number of exciting


events in 2020, including a Michael Bublè concert in July and our major fireworks night in November. It’s opportunities such as these which allow us to continue investing in cricket and hopefully contributing to success on the field.”


Loughborough training firm is really setting the standard


Roger Chapman, Head of the


matrix Service for The Growth Company, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Keith Cook Training. We believe that at the heart of high-quality advice and support services is strong leadership, excellent service and a focus on continuous improvement.” George Walton, Manager at Keith


Cook Training, said: “All our staff are thrilled with the achievement. We would recommend any training provider to adopt this standard.”


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