Business Plan

Peppard News is published by Peppard News Publications, an independent non-profit making body established for the sole purpose of publishing Peppard News.

Each year the Chairman of Peppard News Publications produces a Business Plan giving goals to which the Management Committee strives to fulfill.

The current plan is set out below:

Peppard News Publications

 Business Plan for the Year 1st January – 31st December 2017

Peppard News Publications

The organisation was established on 18th October 2011 by means of its Constitution and started operating on 1st January 2012.

Main Purpose of the Organisation 

The organisation’s main aim is to publish a free community newspaper for all residents of Rotherfield Peppard and those persons and bodies having an interest in the village and its affairs.

Management of Peppard News Publications

The organisation shall be managed in accordance with the terms of its Constitution.

Product

The product of the organisation is the community newspaper known as Peppard News and its website: Junior Peppard News is included as an integral part of the newspaper.

Annual Plan

  • The organisation will publish and distribute four quarterly editions of Peppard News. Dates of publications and distribution shall be decided by the Management Committee.
  • The organisation will continue to review its processes – seeking ways to improve the production of Peppard News.
  • The organisation will continue liaison with Peppard School and work with the nominated Junior Editors to produce Junior Peppard News.
  • The organisation will continue to review the Peppard News website.
  • The Editorial Team will endeavour to recruit more team members through advertising in Peppard News, its website or via volunteer agencies.

Distribution of Peppard News

The distribution of the newspaper will be managed by a member of the Management Committee, who will use a number of voluntary distributors to deliver the product.

Finances

Peppard News Publications is a non-profit making body.

The main income of the organisation during the year is the revenue it collects from selling advertising space in the newspaper, giving preference to local businesses. A small charge is also levied for the insertion of flyers and newsletters. In addition, it is anticipated that it will receive a grant towards costs from Rotherfield Peppard Parish Council and also a donation from Friends of Peppard School as a contribution towards the costs of including the Junior Peppard News pages.

The income for 2017 from these sources will be approximately £3,496.

The main expenditure is the costs of printing the newspaper and insurance. These costs for 2017 are expected to be £3,516.

At times Peppard News Publications may be requested to manage the printing of flyers and the associated printing and insertion costs will be passed on to charity or public sector clients with no surcharge: commercial flyers will incur a small charge.

It is anticipated that there will be Management Committee expenses of approximately £45.

Therefore, the estimated shortfall at the end of 2017 will be £65.  Advertising charges will remain static for 2017 but it is anticipated that these will be increased by a small percentage in 2018.

No payments will be made to the Management Committee or distributors other than the out of pocket expenses mentioned above.

The Peppard News webmaster is conducting work on developing a new, improved website and the remaining members of the Management Committee has committed to reviewing and providing feedback in order that the new website fully meets a high standard before final release. The proposed upgraded website has been developed within a clearly defined budget. 

Reporting 

A full report of the business, including a financial statement, will be published on the Peppard News website during 2017.  Announcements will be made of the availability of the report for viewing within Peppard News.

Rita Hadgkiss
Chairman

29/06/2017