The British Golf Industry Association is a Group operating under the auspices of the Federation of Sports & Play Associations Limited and, as such, is bound by the Federation’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.
The office of the British Golf Industry Association shall be that of the Federation of Sports & Play Associations. The association may have other offices that may from time to time be designated by the Executive Committee.
our members by promoting participation and excellence across all areas of
the sport of golf.
UK manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of golf products and services
and providing a united voice for all members, whether large or small. We
campaign for sustained growth in value and participation across the sport and
- Delivering a
comprehensive range of benefits and services to membership through
campaigning, lobbying and presenting a united golf industry voice for all
members, whether large or small.
- Supporting and
championing growth and participation in the sport of golf.
- Encouraging the development
and delivery of excellent quality, authentic goods and services.
- Providing members,
press and external audiences with valuable data and industry insight,
supported by a considered BGIA opinion on what this means.
- Passion – we believe
that our passion for the sport of golf, as well as the values that
underpin it sit at the heart of everything we deliver as an association.
A united voice – we
provide a common voice for all members, whether large or small, ensuring
that everything we say is based on experience and one clear, industry
Good practice – we
believe in fairness, authenticity and the delivery of excellence in all
areas of the sport of golf.
Growth – we support
and champion growth across all aspects of the sport of golf.
Benefit – we believe
in the benefits that come from a successful industry and increased
participation in the sport of golf.
Challenge – we’re prepared
to challenge and lobby for change in pursuit of a united golf industry.
Eligibility for Membership
In order to be eligible for Full Membership a company
must be substantially engaged in the manufacture, wholesale and/or distribution
of golf products to the trade.
Companies related to the golf industry that are not
directly engaged in the manufacture, wholesale and/or distribution of golf
products to the trade may apply for Associate Membership. Associate Membership is subject to the rights
and obligations governing any membership and includes the right to attend
General Meetings and the Annual General Meeting, receive communications and
benefit from other membership services.
Associate Members do not have the right to vote at General Meetings.
Applications for both Full and Associate Membership shall
be submitted on the forms determined by the Association, to include “sponsor
approval” from two current members.
Applications shall be submitted by the Executive Secretary to the first
Executive Meeting following the date of application. Election to membership shall be by ordinary
resolution or, if requested by any one member present, by secret ballot. The Association reserves the right to reject
any application without stating its reasons.
There shall be a permanent Executive Board of no less than seven no more than fourteen including
the Chair and Vice Chair. The members of
the Executive Board shall be elected for one year at the Annual General Meeting
of the Association.
The members of the Executive Board shall elect a Chair
and Vice Chair from among their membership.
Their term of office shall be two years.
At the end of the two year term of office they may be re-elected for
further years of office provided they are willing to stand for re-election and
it is the wish of the membership.
The Chair shall preside at meetings of the Association
and shall have the right to vote. They
shall do all in their power to promote the well-being of the Association and
shall perform such duties in their capacity as Chair as directed by the
From April 2017 the Chair may be
independent from any other company operating within the golf industry and may
be paid by the BGIA for their work at an amount and time allocation agreed by
the BGIA Executive Board.
The Chair of the Association shall act as the
Association’s representative whenever the occasion requires and when
representing its opinion on any subject it shall be their duty to do so in a
fair and balanced manner.
Following their term of office the Chair shall be an
ex-officio member of the Executive Committee for one year, serving on The Golf
Foundation Board of directors for a two year period until the next outgoing
Chair takes up this role.
In the absence of the Chair the Vice Chair shall act as
Chair. In the absence of both Chair and
Vice Chair the members present at the meeting shall have the power to elect a
temporary Chair to conduct the business of the meeting.
The Executive Secretary shall be a member of the staff of
the Federation of Sports & Play Associations and they will be responsible
to the Association through that organisation.
of Office Holders
Any office holder may vacate their office by tendering
his/her resignation in writing to the Executive Secretary.
of Office Holders
An office holder may be removed from office immediately
on the passing of an appropriate special resolution.
Any member may, by a show of hands, be elected without
notice to occupy an office temporarily pending the next Annual General
Meeting. Members may also be co-opted
onto any committee where their expertise is of assistance to that committee.
At any General Meeting each member company shall have one
vote. Whilst more than one
representative of a member company may attend a meeting voting is restricted to
one vote per member company. Associate
Members may attend General Meetings but are not entitled to vote.
Nominations for office holders must be received by the
Executive Secretary on the appropriate forms on or before the due date
A member company may appoint a proxy (who must also be a
member) to attend and vote on its behalf at an Annual General Meeting. Proxy nominations must be received in writing
by the Executive Secretary 72 hours before the AGM.
If a Member alleges that a Member is in breach of this
Constitution or a customer complains about a Member, they shall refer the
matter in writing to the Manager of the Association who shall conduct a
preliminary investigation and report to the Chair. The Chair will determine the need for, and if
necessary appoint, either a Mediation Panel or the appointed representatives of
three members as a Disciplinary Panel.
The Mediation or Disciplinary Panel shall give both the
complainant and the Member complained of a proper opportunity to put their
case, and shall determine whether to invite submissions in person or in
writing, dependant on its view of the seriousness of the issues concerned. The Mediation or Disciplinary Panel shall
deal with the matter in a timely fashion and shall notify the parties concerned
in writing of their decision as to whether the Member has acted in breach of its
obligations under the BGIA Constitution or the Code of Practice.
If such a breach is found, the Panel shall determine the
extent of the disciplinary action to be taken against the Member, which may
include suspension or expulsion from membership in case of serious breach. Expulsion from the BGIA automatically means
expulsion from the FSPA.
A General Meeting shall be one to which all members are
invited. 21 days notice shall be given
of an Annual General Meeting. All items
discussed at meetings, Minutes and other papers circulated in connection with
meetings are private and confidential and it is a condition of membership that
these matters are not divulged to non-members.
A quorum shall consist of representatives from five
member companies. If at any meeting a
quorum is not present the meeting may be dissolved by those present.
The Association in General Meeting shall have the power
to appoint Committees charged with such duties as the Association may decide.
Membership of the Association may be terminated by
voluntary withdrawal. However, a
resigning company will be liable for the fees for the current fiscal year. Membership may also be terminated if a company
no longer fulfils the criteria for membership or fails to make the appropriate
The use of Association information and
surveys must be used solely by the member company, the passing on of
information to third parties is strictly forbidden.
The annual subscription for member companies shall be
determined by the Federation of Sports & Play Associations (FSPA).
The Executive Committee may revoke, alter or add to any
part of this Constitution by ordinary resolution at an Executive Board Meeting.