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Chairman: Financial results a tremendous effort

ChrisGrantChairman Chris Grant says Derbyshire’s overriding off-field aim is to continually increase revenue in order to support investment on the field.

The Club recorded a profit of £3,395 for the financial year ending 31st December 2013 ;the Club’s third successive year of surplus.

“It’s been a tremendous effort off-the-field,” Grant said.

“We have achieved increases in ticket sales and Membership and support for the 1870 Business Club also continued to grow in 2013.

“Although we only had a surplus of £3,395, we were able to invest over £200,000 more than the previous year on the field and that was a superb effort.

“Every penny extra went straight into the playing and coaching budget, but we can’t be complacent, we need to continue to grow our off-field revenue to ensure we can continue to invest on the pitch.

“We rely on the people of Derbyshire and local businesses to support us and they are continuing to do that, which we thank them for.

“We have also turned the County Ground into a 365-days-a-year venue hosting events throughout the year. The Marquee has been a massive asset in that and our conference and events business continues to grow.”

The Derbyshire Chairman is hoping to build on the commercial success of 2013 and says the early signs are good.

He said: “As 2014 goes, we have done really well so far. We are there-or-there-abouts on Membership compared to this time last year, so people haven’t deserted us and we are all hoping to bounce straight back to Division One this summer.

“There is a real buzz around the place and the new coaching staff, led by Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch, has injected some real energy. We’re all looking forward to the first game against Leicestershire at Grace Road on 6th April.”

Grant has also provided an update to Members and supporters regarding ground development.

“We are still working very hard on our ground development plans,” Grant added.

“We feel it is prudent for the Club to adopt a two-pronged approach to future ground development. While retaining the option of further developing the County Ground, we are still evaluating other options in South Derbyshire.

“A move away from Derby isn’t off the agenda; we have to keep our options open with that.

“But we are clearly very aware that we need to remain close to our Membership base and we’ll continue to consult Members throughout this process.”

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