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Reports from the 129th Annual General Report

• In 1998, the question of a postal ballot for General Committee places was placed before Kennel Club members when 96 voted for the proposal with 107 against. In 1999 the result was 124 and 110 against. In 2001 149 voted for and 67 against. Before the 2001 meeting 34 postal votes were requested. Only 23 were returned. This year 46 postal votes were requested and 40 returned.

• The 1999 Crufts Show made a surplus of £409,859, an 11% rise on 1998 when the surplus was £363,856. Income was up £135,096 to £2,580,343, a rise of 51/2% on 1998. The 2000 Crufts show made a surplus of £348,471 – £50,000 less than 1999. Income last year was up by 21/2% to £2,646,352. The 2001 ‘May’ Crufts achieved income of £2,522,039 some £147,323 less than 2000 but still showed a surplus of £270,228 - £73,178 less (-21%) on the previous year.

• The 1999 Discover Dogs lost £17,612 compared with losses of £6,060 in 1998, £4,000 in 1997 and 359,000 in 1996 – the first ever event. In 2000, Discover Dogs lost £13,790. Last year the event lost £20,248.

• The Kennel Club income from registrations, which decreased by some 17% in 1999, was up to £2,051,164 compared to figures of £1,842,045 in 1998. In 1999, the registration fee was increased to £10 from January 1st. Registration income was up in 2000 to £2,078,196. In 2001 income from registrations was down to £1,939,238.

• In 1999, Kennel Club income from transfers was down by £6,000 to £901,946 compared to £907,539 in 1998. For the first time, transfer income topped the £1 million mark in 2000 rising to £1,052,734. In 2001 transfer income was down to £996,682.

• Kennel Club Healthcare Services (insurance) continues to attract increased income with this reaching £1,252,623 in 1999, an increase of 8% on 1998 when it topped the £1 million mark for the first time. In 2000 this continued to rise to £1,405,321. In 2001 the increase continued apace - up by almost a £1m to £2,176,716

• PetLog income rose in 1999 – 48% up to £528,854 compared with £276,475 in 1998. The 1998 figure had increased by 55% on the previous year where additions to the database were increasing by 12,000 entries per month. In 2000, this was down £6,000 to £482,832. Last year saw a further decrease (-42%) with income of £279,867.

• In 1999, Field Officers expenses rose to £32,627 compared to just under £30,000 the previous year. In 2000, this was down £6,000 £26,165. In 2001 this rose again by over £7000 to £33,500 despite fewer shows.

• It now costs the Kennel Club £1.45 million to hire five halls at the NEC for Crufts Show, these charges including furniture hire and venue costs and also car park costs.

• Six honorary life members were elected at the meeting, Mrs S Burgess, Mrs F J Minns, Miss S Churchill, Mr M J R Stockman, Mr R French and Lt Cmdr J S Williams.

• In 2000, KC Marketing and Public Relations costs rose to £293,967 from £182,456 in 1999. In 2001 this rose by £48,114 to £342,081.