The National Beef Association had been given an unnecessarily bumpy
ride by some determined critics over the £39,000 shortfall
in its 2005 accounts but both its board, and its loyal staff, had
been vindicated by confirmation of a £43,000 surplus for 2006,
its chairman, Duff Burrell, told members at its annual meeting in
Hexham, Northumberland on Friday.
NBA chairman, Duff Burrell
The 2006 accounts were robust, contained no fudges or improper
write downs, and were open to any questions that the members might
wish to put through Messrs McCowie, the Association’s accountants,
However problems created by the breakaway of the Scottish Beef Cattle Association
(SBCA) during this stormy period remained – not least of which was the
inability of the NBA’s board of management to regain possession of a Bank
of Scotland account, through which the subscriptions of 82 of its Scottish members
had been paid, and which has not been returned by former NBA office holders in
Scotland who had since taken positions within the SBCA.
“The NBA has still not got access to this account and we therefore have
no knowledge of exactly how much of our membership subscription income is still
being paid into it or how much money it holds,” explained Mr Burrell.
“We continue to ask the Bank of Scotland to acknowledge that this account
was under the control of the NBA’s board of management, should not be held
by signatories who are no longer part of the NBA, and should be returned to the
Association but so far no progress has been made and its management has not been
restored to the NBA’s directors.”
Mr Burrell also explained that £11,000 of the £39,000 loss recorded
in 2005 had been discovered within the regional account run by former office
holders in Scotland.
“Other losses included £14,000 recorded by the NBA’s central
office as a result of successful investment into achieving charitable status
and further investment to secure long term savings by moving the head office
from Malvern to Hexham,” he said.
“There was also a £10,000 loss in our South West region which had
raised £20,000 in 2004 from its bi-annual beef event and retained £10,000
to spend on regional development projects over 2005.”
“But the NBA’s 2005 accounts also recorded an unexpected and unbudgeted £11,000
loss in our Scottish region and its office holders at the time were vociferous
critics of the NBA’s financial management even though they contributed
to almost 30 per cent of the total shortfall.”
“Fortunately these losses were more than corrected over 2006 when the Association
not only increased its staff, and staff spending but also added considerably
to the depth of the work load it successfully undertakes on behalf of beef farmers
across the UK,” he added.
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