Businesses should invest in Pompey, union branch says

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THE Portsmouth branch of the Unite Union is urging businesses to follow its lead and buy shares in the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

As reported in The News previously, Pompey director Mark Trapani is calling on local firms to support Portsmouth Football Club by snapping up the shares before the offer expires in April.

They cost £1,000 and directly fund the trust’s majority ownership of Pompey, which in April last year became the biggest fully fan-owned club in the UK.

Now Avril Eley, secretary of the SE/6240 branch in Portsmouth, has added her voice to the call.

She said: ‘The branch wanted to support their local football club to help keep it alive and keep people in employment. Although not all members are Pompey supporters they still voted to buy the share, as Unite works within communities and will support a local cause. The union has had in the past, a strong connection with the club and it’s members. We donate to PFC ladies team as well.

‘Being a season ticket holder of PFC, I hope more people will take up the opportunity of buying a share as Unite have.’

To find out more about how businesses can get involved, and what the share ownership entails, see communitypompey.co.uk.