IoG/BIGGA merger plans set to be ready early next year

Merger talks between the IoG and BIGGA are at a crucial stage with both organisations hoping to have proposals on the table by the end of January.

Speaking at Scotsturf in Edinburgh last week, IoG chief executive Geoff Webb said: “We are determined to have something to put to the members just after BTME.” Plans have to be voted on by the memberships before there can be any progress. Votes have to be 75 per cent in favour at the IoG and 65 per cent at BIGGA. “There has been both negative and positive comment on a possible merger from the industry,” Webb added. BIGGA chief executive John Pemberton said of the latest joint review meeting: “Our representatives firmly stated their concern at not having made more progress. “After a frank discussion a very progressive task list was agreed with some tight deadlines. The intention is to have a report out to members by 31 January for consideration. Nothing can be agreed regarding a merger without the approval of membership.” During the next fortnight both chief executives must attend another merger steering committee meeting to present reports on: the benefit of a merger to respective members; the benefit to respective businesses; a proposed membership structure with associated subscription rates; and a study on the future of Saltex and BTME events and publications.

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