We can't put the RNLI logo on something we then sell on because it is too complicated re: VAT, and there is a complication that it cuts across what their manufacturing arm does. i have spoken to Val at the RNLI about this.
When I mentioned aobut the stickers last year, I just got a sort of quizzical silence and she said it was porbably agreed because is was low cost, and not in any 'competition' with their manufacturing business.
Whilst we can get stuff (hopefully from willing suppliers at a reduced cost) and get YD members to buy in support of the RNLI, we can't use the logo.
We can't even get permission to use the logo on the calendar at the moment, although i am trying to work out a wya of getting a lifeboat piccy into it.
Arfie - I have been sitting in the car for a couple of hours today, and a thought came to mind, but this is going to depend on getting a reliable supplier.
Could we do a regular order of a range of good? For example, at the moment, we have a zillion people who want poloshirts, but how about if we said that each month, or two months, or 3 months, we would put an order to a company of, say, the required number of polos, beenies, fleeces, or whatever else they can supply?
We could have a thread that gets closed when the order goes in, and a new one begun. It may take some commitment, but if it gets too much, then we can review it - maybe spread the load around. Having a regular order may make more orders, but they may be more manageable.
What do you all think?
Well done, Arfie for getting the clothing thing going
On a compeltely didfferent matter, quite a few people have donated directly to the RNLI, which means we lose track of what has been raised by YD. Earlier in the year, we mentioned about using a Just Giving page, but the costs seemed to make it less worthwhile. However, with people simply handing money in to their nearest RNLI place, they lose out on the gift aid.
Before I check out with Val that they are OK (I assume they must be, because HP is using just giving), do we all think that a JG page would be a better idea? I can still make payments into the bank account, but the JG goes straight there, and the RNLI get notification, i think.
One of the things that worries me though is some numpty paying for their poloshirt that way, which aould leave us in a tricky spot.