Rain

Rain

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Kessingland/ Banham: Africa Alive and Banham Zoo to transfer to charitable trust by February

PUBLISHED: 12:31 04 January 2013

Martin Goymour at Africa Alive in Kessingland

Martin Goymour at Africa Alive in Kessingland

Archant

THE owner of two East Anglian zoos is hoping to complete their transfer into the hands of a charitable trust by February 1, providing bank clearance can be confirmed.

Martin Goymour had hoped to confirm the establishment of the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), comprising Banham Zoo, near Diss, and Africa Alive, at Kessingland, near Lowestoft on New Year’s Day.

However, the announcement has been delayed by the need to secure bank approval for the transfer with the new charity effectively being a new company.

Mr Goymour said that, due to the economic downturn, the bank was being “particularly fastidious” in carrying out checks before agreeing to the transfer.

However, he added there was a positive to come from the delay which was that the company had more time to plan for changes to staff contracts and deal with the paperwork which went with the asset transfer.

The zoos, which have around 7,000 season ticket holders, have already secured permission from the Charity Commission for the move, which was confirmed on December 13.

Mr Goymour said the ZSEA could have up to nine trustees, with three already appointed and another three expected to join them once the establishment of the charity has been completed. The trustees are expected to be independent of the zoos, but to have an understanding of the importance of zoos and they will have a similar role to school governors.

When first announcing the plans last November, Mr Goymour said tthere would be no job losses among the 150 staff at the zoos.

He also said that visitors should benefit from cheaper admission prices under the charitable trust, which, it is intended, will operate the sites under a 99-year lease.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

Two credit unions operating across East Anglia have teamed up with a digital bank to offer customers more ways to manage their money.

An increase in the number of small construction companies going out of business is “inevitable” in the wake of the collapse of industry giant Carillion, according to insolvency experts in East Anglia.

EDF Energy officials said the Suffolk nuclear twin reactor power plant could cost 20% less than anticipated, and the project could inject up to £200 million a year into the county’s economy.

Paul Mackman is vice chair of the Eastern Board Chartered Institute of Marketing and managing director of Sudbury-based marketing agency Mackman Group, which celebrates 15 years in business in 2018. Here, he offers some advice to his younger self.

Ambitious plans to safeguard Norfolk and Suffolk’s burgeoning life science sector and bio-economy have been revealed.

Management Jobs

Show Job Lists

Most read

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24