The Club is, of course, sympathetic with the broader Campaign. It was born out of the Campaign. When asked by the National Executive to amend its name in order not to cause any confusion with the Campaign’s bid for super-complainant status it did so readily. It is a pre-requisite of Club membership that applicants have to be Campaign members: should they leave the Campaign they automatically relinquish Club membership.
The Club is run democratically but in accordance with finance industry best practice. It has no full time officers but is managed by a Committee of twelve who are elected by the Club’s membership on a rotating basis. The Committee do not receive fees or expenses. The Club holds an annual meeting and its rules ( published on its own dedicated website ) are agreed by the meeting. Present and former Committee members have included past Chairmen of the Campaign, National Executive members of the Campaign, former Campaign Committee chairs and active working party members. The Committee draws upon a wide background and variety of skills including accountancy and investment management backgrounds, a serving publican and a director of a brewery and pub chain, a tax specialist, a pension fund trustee and a small company business advisor.
The Club invests in a variety of stocks and shares (quoted and unlisted) in companies operating in both the production and retailing of real ale and allied trades including large and small breweries, pub owning companies and property businesses operating in the pub sector. The full spectrum of holdings is published on the website : they range from the likes of Marstons and Fullers through Shepherd Neame and Wetherspoon down to West Berkshire and Loch Lomond. The Club has often acquired shares from the Campaign when the latter has some it no longer wants to keep and has offered to vote its position on the Campaign’s behalf. It has held meetings with SIBA to discuss the challenges smaller breweries face and through its dialogue with the companies in which it invests has promoted the cause of cask beer.