POMPEY have renewed their sponsorship deal with the website Jobsite, making it one of the longest-running partnerships in English football.
The announcement was made after the club’s chief executive Mark Catlin and chairman Iain McInnes signed the three-year deal at Fratton Park.
In March, Pompey posted an operating profit of £118,976 for the previous year, indicating that things have been improving since the club came out of administration in April 2013.
And the new deal with Jobsite is another boost for the fan-owned club.
‘It’s a very important deal for us,’ said Mr McInnes.
‘To see a company like Jobsite be very supportive of this football club, as it has been, does make a big difference to us from a confidence point of view as far as commercial income is concerned.’
‘We’re debt free, we’re making a profit, and determined this time around.
‘Certainly deals like this help us because it’s one less thing for us to worry about as a football club.’
The Havant company has sponsored Pompey since 2009, the last time the club was in the Premier League, and by the end of the new agreement, the partnership will have lasted nine seasons.
No figures were announced on the day but a statement released by the club said that the deal was of ‘significant financial value’.
Mr Catlin said: ‘It’s not someone that is just here purely for commercial reasons, although that obviously comes into it, but they share our vision and our goal that we want to broaden the image of Portsmouth Football Club generally and give back to people in the local area.’
The company’s chief executive Nick Gold said: ‘The reason we’ve made this commitment is that we’ve spent a lot of time with Mark, Iain, and the team over the last few months and we’re convinced there’s now stability in the boardroom and the club will be a commercial success.
‘What happens on the field is up to the team here but when it comes to providing support to the club we’re 100 per cent committed.
‘We’re a local business and I think it is important to invest in the local community, and the vast majority of our staff are Portsmouth supporters as well so it’s very good news for all of them.’