Invitation to tender for the BPA Shop franchise

26 January 2015

Invitation to tender for the BPA Shop franchise

The BPA Shop franchise is available to be re-let initially for a 3 year period and applications are invited by the Development Committee. The Committee is looking for submission of a business plan by applicant franchisees, who will own the stock and operate the BPA Shop selling clothing and parachute ancillary equipment (BPA does not permit it to sell parachute equipment), with 10% of gross profit from sales of BPA branded items and £15 per skydiving voucher sold. 

The BPA Shop is presently online at bpashop.co.uk but is hardly trading and needs a re-launch with an investment of capital by the new franchisee. We believe that use of the BPA brand is a valuable asset and the right commercial approach could turn the BPA Shop into a win-win-win for BPA members, the franchisee and BPA as the franchisor. For the list of items the BPA Shop is and is not permitted to sell, please see below. 

It is a crowded market, and there is lots of competition. BPA is looking for a sound, costed business case, backed by investment, to make the BPA Shop an asset. If that may be you or your organisation, we’d like to receive an outline proposal (in no more than 1000 words) from you. Senders of any outline proposals shortlisted by the BPA Development Committee (which will be no more than three) will be invited to work up their proposals into a bid. Please send outline proposals to skydive[at]bpa.org.uk by no later than 30 March 2014. Informed opinions about the market are welcome too, to help the Development Committee to decide what’s best for the future.

BPA Shop - conditions

Because of its unique position as the National Governing Body for Sport Parachuting, and its responsibilities for safe operation of the sport under the BPA Exposition and Schedule of Approval with BPA, the BPA Shop has always, and will continue to, have restrictions on the types of items that it can offer for sale.

Items the BPA Shop is NOT authorised to sell

The BPA Shop shall NOT sell parachute equipment, which for the purposes of the invitation to tender, is defined as:

  1. Main Parachutes
  2. Reserve Parachutes
  3. Harnesses or component parts
  4. Container assemblies
  5. AADs.

Items the BPA Shop is authorised to sell

In addition to jump gift vouchers for tandem, static line and AFF jumps, the BPA Shop WILL be permitted sell parachute ancillary equipment, which for the purpose of the invitation to tender, is defined as:

  1. Altimeters, to include audible altimeters
  2. Gloves
  3. Hook knives
  4. Goggles.

And other similar ancillary equipment as may from time to time be authorised by BPA. Books, clothing (t-shirts, hoodies, etc), logbooks, magazines etc may also be sold.

The franchise may (or may not, according to the wish of the bidder) include supply of national delegation uniform to the British team at international events, subject to BPA’s specification from time to time of the technical and design requirements of such clothing. Supply means direct to individual competitors, not in bulk to the BPA Office or other central distribution point).

Use of BPA name and logo

For all items that display the BPA name and/or logo sold by the BPA Shop: BPA will grant the franchisee a licence to use the BPA logo in connection with normal commercial activities the BPA Shop franchise for the duration of the franchise and that BPA shall retain absolute right to determine where its logo shall and shall not appear and that any designs based on the BPA logo, or adaptation thereof, shall be subject to BPA agreement. This is to avoid reputational damage to BPA by assuring the integrity of its brand and corporate image.

BPA Annual Report 2014

25 January 2015

BPA Annual Report 2014

BPA Annual Report 2014 presented by Martin Soulsby, Chair of BPA (pictured), and adopted at the BPA AGM 2015 on Saturday 24 January at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.  Video: The skydiving year 2014

BPA Council 2015 - election results

25 January 2015

BPA Council 2015  - election results

Results of the election of BPA Council 2015 as received at the BPA AGM held at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ on Saturday 24 January. Council 2015 took office at the inaugural Council meeting which was held immeditely after the AGM. At this meeting Council elected its Officers for 2015 (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, etc), Committee Chairs, and BPA representatives. The only variation from 2014 is that Brian Vacher was elcted as Chair of Competitions. For committee compositions for 2015 see the Council & Committees page.

BPA signs up to Good Governance

25 January 2015

BPA signs up to Good Governance

BPA Chair Martin Soulsby receives a certificate from Amanda Bennett, Governance Adviser to the Sport & Recreation Alliance, to record BPA's sign-up to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance in the Sport and Recreation Sector. The presentation, which took place after the AGM 2015 in Nottingham, followed the Chair's Annual Report to members earlier in the day in which he outlined the benefits of signing up to nationally-recognised standards of best practice for bodies in sport and recreation. For more, see the governance page.

BPA Skydive the Expo 2015

25 January 2015

BPA Skydive the Expo 2015

Thank you to BPA members and their guests for your support of the BPA AGM and BPA Skydive the Expo 2015 at EMCC Nottingham on Saturday 24 January. It was great to see you. Thank you also to our speakers and our partners Romero Sport and Leisure and Liberty Mutual (insurance), Archant Dialogue (media) and Eventpro UK (event management). We hope you enjoyed it and had a safe journey home. 

BPA Skydive the Expo - Saturday 24 January 2015

21 January 2015

BPA Skydive the Expo - Saturday 24 January 2015

BPA Skydive the Expo 2015 celebrates everything to do with skydiving. It's at EMCC, Nottingham, on Saturday 24 January 2015. Attendance is free of charge for BPA Members and other visitors. The Expo compirises an exhibition, seminars & presentations, prizes & surprises, and a great night of partying and entertainment including an optional Gala Dinner (for which a charge applies, sorry: tickets have sold out). The BPA AGM 2015 is on the morning of the Expo. Pre-register online by 17:00 on Friday 23 January and you could win a prize at the Grand Prize Draw. See the Expo website for more.

As the BPA Gala Dinner has sold out, members have asked about other eateries, so here goes. On-site there's Bramleys Brasserie at the De Vere Orchard Hotel. Please book in advance if you can, so the kitchens know what to expect, Bramleys[at]deverevenues.co.uk or 0115 876 0881. Or for a delicious roast at a great price, there's the nearby Toby Carvery Wollaton Park NG8 2NR - it's likely to be pretty crowded with skydivers, parties of 8 or more should book, and if you can eat off-peak you may have less of a wait. In the mornings (check times on their web) Toby does all-you-can-eat breakfasts!

Another nearby eaterie is The Nurseryman on the main A52 Nottingham- M1-Derby road in Beeston NG9 3AE  http://www.eating-inn.co.uk/house/nurseryman-beeston-

BPA Gala Dinner is a sell out!

14 January 2015

BPA Gala Dinner is a sell out!

If you've not already got your BPA Gala Dinner ticket - sorry folks, we've sold out! Members have asked about other eateries, so here goes. On-site there's Bramleys Brasserie at the De Vere Orchard Hotel. Please book in advance if you can, so the kitchens know what to expect, Bramleys[at]deverevenues.co.uk or 0115 876 0881. Or for a delicious roast at a great price, there's the nearby Toby Carvery Wollaton Park NG8 2NR - it's likely to be pretty crowded with skydivers, parties of 8 or more should book, and if you can eat off-peak you may have less of a wait. In the mornings (check times on their web) Toby does all-you-can-eat breakfasts!

Another nearby eaterie is The Nurseryman on the main A52 Nottingham- M1-Derby road in Beeston NG9 3AE http://www.eating-inn.co.uk/house/nurseryman-beeston-

BPA Gala Dinner tickets: going, going...

8 January 2015

BPA Gala Dinner tickets:  going, going...

We’re down to the last few tickets for the BPA Gala Dinner in Nottingham on the evening of the BPA AGM and BPA Skydive the Expo, Saturday 24 January. There’s live entertainment and a DJ too so it’ll be an evening not to miss (and you can come to the entertainment even if you choose not to dine with us). Dinner tickets cost £26 each and can be purchased, subject of course to availability, from the BPA Office on 0116 278 5271 during office hours. But hurry - when they’re gone, they’re gone. (Apart from any returns – the BPA Office will take any returned tickets to offer for re-sale until Thursday 15 January only.)

Gala Dinner Menu

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

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Lamb with Boulangere Potatoes & Crushed Peas

or vegetarian option (available only if ordered at time of booking)

Red Onion Tart Tatin topped with Whipped Goats Cheese & Wilted Rocket (v)

*

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce

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Coffee & Mints

BPA Gala Dinner

16 December 2014

BPA Gala Dinner

The BPA Gala Dinner takes place at 19:30 for 20:00 on the evening of the BPA AGM and BPA Skydive the Expo on Saturday 24 January 2015 at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. Dinner tickets may be purchased (subject to availability) price £26 each from the BPA Office during office hours M-F 0900-1700, telephone 0116 278 5271. Please have your payment card to hand when 'phoning. After dinner there will be live entertainment, DJ and disco. Click on the 'more' tab to see the dinner menu. Bon appétit!

 

Gala Dinner Menu

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

*

Lamb with Boulangere Potatoes & Crushed Peas

or vegetarian option (available only if ordered at time of booking)

Red Onion Tart Tatin topped with Whipped Goats Cheese & Wilted Rocket (v)

*

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce

*

Coffee & Mints

Election of BPA Council 2015 - candidate statements

6 December 2014

Election of BPA Council 2015 - candidate statements

The election of BPA Council 2015 (16 candidates contesting 15 seats) runs from Thursday 11 December until noon on Monday 19 January. Results will be announced here on the BPA website later that day and received at the AGM at EMCC Nottingham at 1030 on Saturday 24 January.  Candidate election statements. BPA Full (voting) Members who have not received voting information by e-mail or post from independent election administrators ERS by Friday 19 December should contact customerservices[at]electoralreform.co.uk 

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