The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) have signed ‘Heads of Agreement’ to investigate the merits of a strategic merger of the two organisations. The key aims of the ongoing discussions include:
A steering group has been established and sub-groups are in the process of being established to investigate specific topics, such as organisational structure, education and training, membership, finance, marketing, sales and communications, and events and exhibitions.
“The signing of the Heads of Agreement is a major milestone and while there is a great deal of detail yet to be discussed there is a genuine wish by both bodies to reach agreement if at all possible,” said John Pemberton, BIGGA chief executive.
Geoff Webb, IOG chief executive, commented, “As the steering group moves forward and explores every avenue, it is clear that both the IOG and BIGGA are keen to investigate every opportunity that could benefit the members of both organisations. The fact that we have had two very successfully discussions, and with further talks planned, together with the signing of the Heads of Agreement shows the real potential for progress.”