The England Golf Buying Group has announced that it has extended its partnership with the purchasing alliance Golf Management Group (GMG).
The extension was agreed at the end of a successful first full year working together during which the 200-plus clubs which signed up to the England Golf Buying Group made combined savings over £500,000, particularly in the costs of gas and electricity, food and waste disposal.
During that period, the clubs involved in the Buying Group amassed over 56 million units of energy, which equates to nearly £6 million of electricity and gas, something which provides considerable leverage when negotiating prices for member clubs.
“We are delighted by the way clubs have embraced this opportunity to make savings and benefits for their businesses and believe many more will join us when other clubs learn how successful it has been,” said Iain Lancaster, England Golf Club Support Manager.
The partnership between England Golf and GMG began in 2017, offering clubs free membership for a year. By joining, clubs could get significant discounts as a result of using collective purchasing power. Golf Management Group’s experts look at a club’s expenditure and report back on potential savings in key areas such as energy, waste and food and beverage. In addition, clubs can also gain access to GMG’s “Contracts Manager”, a simple, secure online tool which helps keep track of the day-to-day service and utility contracts. With Contracts Manager in place, no club will miss an end date and run into expensive extended terms.
The Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent is just one of the English clubs to have benefited from the service provided by the England Golf Buying Group.
The Open venue has made significant savings on its insurance as well as other economies on waste disposal and energy supply.
“I took some convincing of the potential benefits, but it’s been very good and all done very efficiently,” said Club Secretary, Tim Checketts. “It saves us time and effort shopping around and they have some useful management tools which alert us to contract renewal times.”
Bedford and County Golf Club is another big beneficiary.
The club has cut the cost of its hygiene services by 25% and also made savings on waste disposal. It is also currently discussing brewery options. General Manager Steve Vinnicombe said: “We have made savings and it has been of benefit to the club. They have made it all very easy for us, it’s been a simple and smooth process.”
GMG director Scott Partington believes the key to the success of the partnership is collaboration, both on the part of GMG and England Golf and on the part of the clubs.
He said: “Our two organisations are working hard to ensure clubs are aware of the benefits, and the clubs are seeing that utilising this service to pool their resources ensures savings are sustained year on year.”
Since becoming an England Golf Preferred Partner, GMG has gone on to partner Wales Golf and Scottish Golf to extend their support for their clubs.
Clubs wishing to be part of the England Golf buying group should visit www.golfmanagementgroup.co.uk/england-golf
England Golf’s affiliated clubs can access the network of Club Support Partners. A full list of partners can be found here – https://www.englandgolf.org/article/preferred-partners/