The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Discussion of the re-branding of CTC as Cycling UK.
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Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Postby al_yrpal » 5 Jun 2016, 11:09pm

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al_yrpal wrote:Nothing to stop someone from the 'Council' coming on here and telling us what they intend the reclaimed VAT money for?
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I haven't heard anything about this bid to reclaim VAT, have you any details?


I got an email from Cox. They are getting several years of gift aid (not VAT, sorry for the misinformation) back and as I have been a member for 9 years and just resigned. They were asking for my help to reclaim the gift aid I paid on my subscription over a few years. Apparently it adds up to half a million overall. That means they can employ lots more drones presumably?

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Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Postby PH » 5 Jun 2016, 11:52pm

al_yrpal wrote:
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al_yrpal wrote:Nothing to stop someone from the 'Council' coming on here and telling us what they intend the reclaimed VAT money for?
Al

I haven't heard anything about this bid to reclaim VAT, have you any details?


I got an email from Cox. They are getting several years of gift aid (not VAT, sorry for the misinformation) back and as I have been a member for 9 years and just resigned. They were asking for my help to reclaim the gift aid I paid on my subscription over a few years. Apparently it adds up to half a million overall.

Al

So not VAT then.
I don't understand why anyone would object the idea of Gift Aid, it's entirely up to the individual member whether they wish to sign up, the Charitable Trust has been doing stuff that would have been eligible since it's foundation in 2004. It's certainly no surprise, it was a major selling point of the charity conversion.
That means they can employ lots more drones presumably?

Do you have any evidence for this presumption? Who are these drones? Has there been more spent on them recently?

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Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Postby boblo » 6 Jun 2016, 8:54am

Why are they reclaiming Gift Aid back to 2004? Why hasn't it been reclaimed annually as everyone else does? Does this demonstrate a lack of care/capability in actually managing (our) financial affairs?

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Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Postby roubaixtuesday » 6 Jun 2016, 9:14am

they can employ lots more drones presumably?


The reason for starting this thread was precisely because every discussion here is dominated by this kind of knee jerk conspiracy theory.

There are pros and cons to the rebrand.

An intelligent exposition of these would help the debate; "drones" and the like doesn't. IMHO.

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Postby NUKe » 6 Jun 2016, 9:41am

boblo wrote:Why are they reclaiming Gift Aid back to 2004? Why hasn't it been reclaimed annually as everyone else does? Does this demonstrate a lack of care/capability in actually managing (our) financial affairs?

The reason for this explained in the front of Bike this month, the chairman's piece. We have only just been given the green light by HRMC.

Personally I don't mind the rebrand, local groups can be what they want to be. It does seem a bit more encompassing as all cycling now.
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Postby PH » 6 Jun 2016, 12:19pm

boblo wrote:Why are they reclaiming Gift Aid back to 2004?

The trust didn't receive any income eligible to claim Gift Aid on.

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Postby Philip Benstead » 7 Jun 2016, 8:26pm

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As the national cycling charity, CTC works to help people experience the joy of cycling – and to protect their freedom to do so. To achieve this we need an effective governance structure which harnesses the enthusiasm of our members, new and old.

CTC was formed as a company limited by guarantee in 1887 and is also registered as a charity. It is governed by the CTC Council, a group of up to 26 people made up of up to 22 people elected by our members and up to 4 people co-opted by the Council. The members of Council are non-executive company directors and charity trustees.

Council is ultimately responsible for the whole organisation and fulfils that duty by appointing the Chief Executive, giving clear strategic direction to the staff team, overseeing the finances, and monitoring the achievement of our objectives.

CTC Council recognised some time ago that the current structure is not ideal and has asked us to review it. We are therefore reviewing our governance structures and processes to identify ways to improve them. The review has led us to consult widely and consider the way other charities are governed.

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Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Postby gaz » 7 Jun 2016, 9:07pm

Discussed at the time: viewtopic.php?f=45&t=101766&p=956275#p956275

I don't see that anything can be gained from discussing it again, especially since the membership passed the governance motion at the AGM.

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Postby Penfold » 7 Jun 2016, 11:01pm

No longer a member of CTC /CUK but I do have a view on things....I was once a member of a camping club with all the members chat meetings etc being done via Yahoo.....Then some brain at HQ thought that as the membership was mainly older folk it would be a great idea to close the Yahoo system and enforce membership updates etc via Facebook thus (they believed) encouraging more trendy young bloods into the camping fold......Guess what....The membership floundered, members told the powers that be that they didn't want to be on Facebook and that the Yahoo system worked just fine, but no, all appeals were ignored and the change was enforced.

I hear from others that despite the change there are NO trendy young things falling over themselves to join the group. The reason IMHO is this.........You can re-brand a cabbage all you like, it will still be a cabbage. You can change names to all sorts of trendy multi media hip hop wording BUT you will still only get the same people to view/join your club as that is their interest anyway. Trainspotters tend to stick together, as do cyclists (even if you are a Lycra clad road warrior, snif) as do VW owners etc.

Re-brand is money lost on admin costs....end of.
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Postby robgul » 8 Jun 2016, 7:04am

Penfold wrote:No longer a member of CTC /CUK but I do have a view on things....I was once a member of a camping club with all the members chat meetings etc being done via Yahoo.....Then some brain at HQ thought that as the membership was mainly older folk it would be a great idea to close the Yahoo system and enforce membership updates etc via Facebook thus (they believed) encouraging more trendy young bloods into the camping fold......Guess what....The membership floundered, members told the powers that be that they didn't want to be on Facebook and that the Yahoo system worked just fine, but no, all appeals were ignored and the change was enforced.

I hear from others that despite the change there are NO trendy young things falling over themselves to join the group. The reason IMHO is this.........You can re-brand a cabbage all you like, it will still be a cabbage. You can change names to all sorts of trendy multi media hip hop wording BUT you will still only get the same people to view/join your club as that is their interest anyway. Trainspotters tend to stick together, as do cyclists (even if you are a Lycra clad road warrior, snif) as do VW owners etc.

Re-brand is money lost on admin costs....end of.


Do Volvo owners still flash their headlights at each like they started to do in the 1970s ??

You paragraph on change sums it all up - change for the sake of it (and to appease certain egos)

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Postby mjr » 8 Jun 2016, 7:43am

It could be worse: I'm told the Civil Service Motoring Association is rebranding as "Boundless" :roll:
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Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Postby Graham » 8 Jun 2016, 9:21am

mjr wrote:It could be worse: I'm told the Civil Service Motoring Association is rebranding as "Boundless" :roll:

Only marginally better than "Bounders". :mrgreen:

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Postby RickH » 8 Jun 2016, 3:30pm

On the other hand a rebrand can be good for an organisation.

A Manchester based charity called Disability Living started life in the 1890s as the Cripples' Help Society (link).

When founded, it's name was probably a reasonable one, & one that was easily understood then. In the late 70s/ early 80s, when I first came across them, they just used the initials CHS. I can imagine a few cringeworthy moments when asked about what the initials stood for at a time when "cripple" had ceased to be an acceptable term for a disabled person.

Whilst it's aims are broadly the same as when founded - provision of equipment & advice to help enable the disabled - it's new name is much more obvious to a modern audience as to the type of work they are involved in.

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Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Postby boblo » 8 Jun 2016, 7:23pm

But 'CTC' etc is not offensive or non PC in the same way so your point is just a red herring. Sorry, no offence intended.

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Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Postby RickH » 8 Jun 2016, 8:47pm

No offense taken.

But their name wasn't helping their cause.

Yes I would agree with those who say that CTC has a proud history but it isn't recognised by those in the wider world for whatever reason. I don't think I've ever met anyone who knew what CTC was who wasn't already a member or had a family member who was.

There are lots of people who ride bikes that wouldn't think of themselves as "cyclists" and quite a few of them may even have been on cycling holidays but wouldn't think of themselves as "touring cyclists" either.

My sister & her husband would fall into both categories - until they retired they commuted by bike fairly frequently & they go out for, mainly off road, rides for leisure. They've also been on several holidays where the mode of transport has been cycling - we would probably call them something like supported cycle tours but they may not have looked past the headline if it was described like that.

I've said it elsewhere, I have a friend who has cycled for transport for years. She commented that she understands Cycling UK as an organisation promoting cycling but never really "got" CTC. She has now joined.

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