A word about the Club's associated sponsors and partners
Marcus Evans is one of the world's leading providers and promoters of global summits, strategic conferences, professional training, in-Company training, business-to-business congresses, sports hospitality and online information. Founded in 1983, the company now employs over 3,500 employees operating into 36 countries around the world. The company's revenues are generated from clients from the majority of the world's top 1,000 companies. An international network of offices provides a one-stop shop for a company's business intelligence, learning and training needs. The company maintains the highest standards of quality and service in research, technology and product development. The company's commitment to service and quality are the basis for their reputation as the world's leading provider of business intelligence. Ipswich Town Football Club's organisation and winning team parallel the ambitions and achievements of Marcus Evans, and this long-term association will provide excellent opportunities for both the Club and the Group. The values of ITFC demonstrate a clear synergy between the values of the Group and those upon which the Club have been built: success, performance, ambition, competition, endeavour, achievement, excellence, reward, leadership, innovation, tenacity and teamwork. A further benefit for the Group will be to access the experience of a winning football management team and their knowledge of motivation and team building. As an enterprise the Group will provide ITFC with the long term stability, investment and resources of a successful global company, as well as helping to provide the basis of a global scouting structure. Through this partnership the aim is to return Ipswich Town Football Club, already one of England's most respected and admired clubs, into the top level of English Football, engage our clients and employees with the excitement associated with the greatest sport on earth, and bring unprecedented awareness of the Marcus Evans brand as the world's leading business information and hospitality company. For more information visit www.marcusevans.com.
Ipswich Town and adidas (UK) Ltd announced a four-year deal in July 2014, to see the sportswear giant become the Club's official technical kit supply partner. The partnership means adidas (UK) Ltd will produce the kit from first-team level through to the Academy, as well as covering training and replica kit. The agreement, which includes the Club shop, Planet Blue, receiving a makeover, sees Town and adidas working together for the first time in 25 years, with the fdamous three stripes emblazoned on a Blues' shirt during the Club's heyday when the FA Cup and UEFA Cup trophies were held aloft at Portman Road. For more information, visit www.adidas.co.uk
East of England Co-operative
The East of England Co-operative are the sponsors of the West Stand at Portman Road. The East of England Co-operative Society is the largest independent retailer in East Anglia and has over 200 trading outlets which are located in more than 70 towns and villages. Employing around 4,700 people, the Society also has over half a million members. The Society's business included food stores, pharmacy, travel, electrical, optical and funeral services. Visitwww.eastofengland.coopfor more information.
Greene King IPA
Town announced a five-year sponsorship deal with Greene King IPA in July 2014, which will see the Bury St Edmunds based brewers hold the official pouring rights at Portman Road. The company, who sponsored the Club shirts the season Town won promotion to the Premier League via a Play-Off final win over Barnsley, will also sponsor the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand. As part of the partnership, the two 'book end bars' found in the Sir Bobby Robson Stand have been renamed the 78 and 81 bars.
A multi-service facilities management provider in East Anglia; Vertas Group Limited, signed a three-year partnership deal with the Club in Summer 2016.
Vertas partners with clients at over 400 sites in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire; providing services such as catering, cleaning, grounds design and maintenance, energy management and much more. Both the Vertas Group and ITFC saw many similarities in the ways which the businesses are run; both organisations lead their business dealings with a strong focus on staff and customers; demonstrating key values such as agility, sustainability and consistency.
With the Vertas Group’s considerable experience in public and private sector service delivery and its far ranging portfolio of small and large business clients across East Anglia, alongside the well-loved and trusted ITFC brand it was a key opportunity for both businesses to find ways of working closer together.
The partnership involves many opportunities for both the Club and Vertas Group to mutually work together for the benefit of the wider community, some of which include:
ITFC nutritionist’s support in creating healthy, ITFC endorsed menus for the Vertas Group catering provided in schools
Ongoing advertising, promotion in programmes, on the pitch throughout games in the upcoming season and events and joint activities in schools
Cross-service improvements, key learning from each other in excellent service delivery and customer satisfaction
Find out more about the Vertas Group at www.vertas.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @VertasFM
TeamCard is the UK's largest and most widely recognised sports membership programme. The essence of the business is to provide key solutions that will engage a target audience, record all transactions and reward those transactions to create compelling retention strategies. In addition to being a loyalty card for season ticket holders and Club members, TeamCard is also a match day stadium access system for season ticket holders.