Creditors to get boost from fans
UNSECURED creditors of Ipswich Town are being given a chance to boost business with a new website directory.Tonight's Supporters Trust launch – to be called Ipswich Town Ist – standing for Ipswich Town Independent Supporters' Trust – is kicking off at 7.
UNSECURED creditors of Ipswich Town are being given a chance to boost business with a new website directory.
Tonight's Supporters Trust launch – to be called Ipswich Town Ist – standing for Ipswich Town Independent Supporters' Trust – is kicking off at 7.30pm in the town's Novotel. It is open to everyone, fans, interested individuals and unsecured creditors alike.
Included in the meeting – which is being chaired by Anglia TV's Stuart Jarrold – will be the launch also of the Unsecured Creditors' Directory.
Trust committee member, Phil Ham, has long been concerned for the hundreds of local businesses who lost thousands of pounds when money they were owed by Town was written off to clear the club's debt.
"By setting up the unsecured creditors' directory on the supporters' trust website we are encouraging the community to look there if they want, say a builder, electrician or whatever.
"This way we are giving them support by encouraging the whole community to use their goods and services, give them something back which they lost – and they lost a great deal – with Town's administration.
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"It is hoped that the directory will build up to be a really useful guide. The larger organisations seem to be able to absorb debt but it's the smaller companies that we are aiming to help. I know of some business people who have had to re-mortgage their homes because of Town's administration," he added.
The launch of Ipswich Town Ist comes after months of planning and was borne from the club's financial difficulties and administration period.
It has been helped with guidance from Supporters Direct, a government organisation set up to give power to supporters.
The meeting will also feature a specially-made short film starring former Town players Kevin Beattie and Roger Osborne. There will be speeches from Ipswich Town Ist's acting chairman, Carl Day, Simon Binns, from Supporters Direct and from a member of Peterborough Supporters Trust.
"There'll also be a question and answer session from the floor, so if you have a question, any question, come along and ask it," added Mr Ham.
Membership of Ipswich Town Ist is £10 per adult and the more people who join the better the chance for buying shares in Ipswich Town said Mr Ham.
n Any unsecured creditor who would like to be included in the directory can do so by visiting the website: www.ipswichtownfirst.co.uk or by going along to the meeting tonight.