[ncpm] Re: Update on NCPM

  • From: "Martin Manning" <martin.manning@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ncpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 12:08:49 -0000

 I have just spoken to Trevor Shaw at Yorkshire Forward who told me that the
YF Board had decided to reject the Matrix proposal as it meant retaining an
interest in the building which is not in the normal course of their
business. They had therefore accepted the SHU proposal and are aiming to do
the deal by end Feb. A holding statement will be issued by SHU today and
their more detailed proposals are likely to emerge after they acquire. I am
sure many of you may already be aware of this. Bad news day!!


Martin Manning,
Director CIQAgency
National Centre for Popular Music
Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2QQ
0114 249 0878

-----Original Message-----
From: ncpm-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ncpm-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf
Of Bill Best
Sent: 31 January 2003 00:19
To: ncpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ncpm] Update on NCPM

Below is an up-to-date report on what has been happening with the Matrix
Proposal from Mister Phil Proctor.

On Thursday 9th January Bill Barker of Scedu, Gareth Roberts and Phil
Proctor met with Sue Johnson and Trevor Shaw of Yorkshire Forward, and
Alison Nimmo of Sheffield One to go through the Matrix Proposal.  The
meeting lasted approximately 90 minutes.

Trevor, the Director of Finance had already provided a sheet of finance
questions that they/he wanted answers to.  Most of these were dealt with in
passing but Pride In Sheffield was told that Trevor would have another
meeting with us to pick up detailed questions about the finances.  Most of
the meeting centred around the Matrix Proposal.  It felt as if we were
wading through treacle.  Nothing was given away on their perceptions of our
proposal at all.

On Tuesday 14th January Ian Wilde of Sheffield Media and Exhibition Centres
and Phil Proctor met with Trevor Shaw, Yorkshire Forward's Director of
Finance.  He asked a number of questions around Phase 1.  We were able to
show that the operating costs of the 'old' NCPM were not the £400,000 that
everyone was quoting but much less.  This was because cleaning costs,
security costs and other costs around the Club Nights and other such events
were included in the operating costs, rather than in other budgets around
variable costs.

No-one though had ever been able to bottom out the real costs of running the
NCPM, as the building had never been fully commissioned and thus the true
costs were still unknown.  Our figures would appear to be the closest as we
consulted a number of persons who had been involved in running the NCPM and
could explain the figures to us.  No-one at Yorkshire Forward or elsewhere
had thought of asking these people before!!!!

Subsequent to these meetings Bill Barker, from Scedu, then commissioned a
number of inputs from various parties, during the period 17th to 21st
January, to put together a follow-up paper to Yorkshire Forward giving
greater clarification on many of the points raised in the two meetings.
This short document was checked with various partners, before being sent to
Yorkshire Forward on 22nd January.

The Yorkshire Forward Board meet on Thursday 30th January, somewhere in
Yorkshire. I have not asked, but each Board Meeting seems to take place in a
different city/town for each meeting. Maybe so the likes of our campaign
can't get to them!!!!!

All the local media have been in contact already to find out when the result
will be announced so they can provide the media coverage. The Star have
indicated whatever the result it will be front page.

There is little more we can do.
Phil Proctor
Pride in Sheffield.

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