In 2010 we spent as much as we could afford & managed to win N.R. Cup. In 2013 we spent as much as we could afford & got to G.F. In 2014 & 2015 we spent as much as we could afford & have been close to relegation. In 2016 we intend to spend as much as we can afford AND MORE to try to improve but not to the point of putting the Club at risk by "speculating". As for Fax don't think their success is due to irresponsible speculation but they recruited well with a bigger budget than us due to far bigger crowds & £50,000 more distribution than us but they have done a great job with a lower budget than Eg. Bulls, Leigh, London & probably Fev so well done to them. Fax & Rams have been big achievers of 2015 but we will try to be up there in 2016.
It is good the club is run on sound/solid financial foundations. Three ideas to help the club increase its revenue.
1.The club now have an electronic scoreboard. Why not organise a meeting with supporters/businesses who currently sponsor the club and supporters/businesses who support the club. Ask the supporters/businesses what they would pay to advertise their business on the electronic scoreboard per match or for the season then sell the advertising at that price agreed at the meeting.
2.The Pink Weekend (raising money to prevent breast cancer) held this season was a success and generated good positive publicity for the club. I would assume the Pink Weekend will be held next year. In addition to the Pink Weekend (where all the monies raised go to the charity), also organise a fund raising concert during next season with a breast cancer charity where the money raised is split between the charity and the rugby club.
3. Why not setup an email address where supporters can email marketing/promotion ideas. If the club like an idea they can then contact the person who submitted the idea and take the idea further.