Business Membership

What is an eligible business?

Small businesses that are eligible to join KLP will have the following characteristics and observe the following principles:

  • Meet the state’s definition of “a small business”[1].
  • Support the KLP ethos of community—led development.
  • Provide evidence- CRO, VAT registration number, etc. that they are a business, if requested
  • Operate and trade in County Kilkenny.
  • Membership is payable annually in cheque or cash, the fee for 2017:   €10 for membership per business

[1]The government defines a small business as one employing 49 or less people with a balance sheet value of less than €4.4 million and a turnover value of less than €8.8 million per annum.

 

What are the benefits of being a Member?

All Members will all have the following rights and privileges:

  • Attendance at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Company.
  • A copy of the annual financial statements and accounts of the company.
  • Regular e-zines (electronic magazines) throughout the year reporting news of KLP’s work.
  • Access to KLP’s various workshops and seminars aimed at informing rural stakeholders on issues of interest.

In addition, Community Group and Small Business members will be accorded the following rights and privileges:

  • The right at each AGM to elect some of the directors holding the Community seats on the Board.
  • The right to be a candidate for election to the Board at the AGM.
  • The opportunity to propose and approve some selections on to the KLP’s Project Evaluation Committee
  • In 2019 each Member is entitled to one vote at the AGM or at any Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) which the Company may call.
  • Voting on the selection of Directors will occur in a special meeting of the KLP Community Advisory Council comprised of Members from the Community & Voluntary, Business and Individual groupings between 7 weeks and 1 week before the scheduled AGM.
  • In subsequent years- the Board may decide to set different voting rights based on the number of members a community group has to an upper limit of three [3] votes per group.
  • Business and Individuals will only be entitled to one vote per Member.
  • Community Groups and Businesses will be permitted to nominate a delegate or proxy to vote of its behalf. Individuals are without vote- and thus cannot delegate proxies.

 

Voting

  • In 2019 each Member is entitled to one vote at the AGM or at any Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) which the Company may call.
  • Voting on the selection of Directors will occur in a special meeting of the KLP Community Advisory Council comprised of Members from the Community & Voluntary, Business and Individual groupings between 7 weeks and 1 week before the scheduled AGM.
  • In subsequent years- the Board may decide to set different voting rights based on the number of members a community group has to an upper limit of three [3] votes per group.
  • Business and Individuals will only be entitled to one vote per Member.
  • Community Groups and Businesses will be permitted to nominate a delegate or proxy to vote of its behalf. Individuals are without vote- and thus cannot delegate proxies.
  • Individual persons will only be permitted to act as the representative or proxy of one community group, business or individual at any election at AGM or EGM.

 

 

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