About Bees United

Mission Statement

Bees United exists to safeguard Brentford Football Club (BFC) so that it has a stable and sustainable future as a professional football club. Our role is to represent our members, the supporters of BFC and the local community to ensure that BFC remains a club we can all call our own.

 

Welcome to Bees United

Bees United was formed with founding twin aims. Firstly, to give ordinary football supporters a greater say in the sustainable future of Brentford Football Club. Secondly, to bring the Club closer to the local community. Fifteen years on Bees United is still working under the guiding principles of sustainability and community.

 

Sustainability

Bees United’s main focus today is ensuring the long-term future of Brentford Football Club. The extraordinary investment from Matthew Benham makes this task considerably easier, but Bees United still plays a vital role in the running of the Club:

  • Bees United works closely with the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust (BFC-CST). BU and BFC-CST have a shared trustee. The Brentford Chamber of Commerce is another organisation, in our community, with whom we have strong links. Bees United fully endorses the work of the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and the Brentford Chamber of Commerce and we will always look to support these organisations where possible.
  • Bees United holds a golden share - this share gives BU the right to veto the sale of Griffin Park (or any successor stadium) unless the proposed sale will enable a bona fide move to a new stadium that meets all reasonable requirements for the football club.
  • Bees United continues to raise funds, the generosity of our members means that BU has raised millions of pounds for Brentford Football Club through donations and loans. If the long term security of the club was in jeopardy, we would do the same again, and our funds would be utilised to secure the future of the club. (Although our faith in the leadership of Matthew Benham means no such crisis is anticipated in the foreseeable future).

Community

Bees United is committed to strengthening the bonds between the Club, and the community which it serves. Furthermore, Bees United represents the interests of this community in the running of the Club.

  • Bees United holds two seats on the board of Brentford Football Club Limited and one seat on the BFC Lionel Road board. BU contributes to the decisions made in relation to the running of the Football Club, and with regards to the Lionel Road development.

Supporters Direct defines a Supporters’ Trust as: “A democratic, not-for-profit organisation of supporters, committed to strengthening the voice for supporters in the decision making process at a club, and strengthening the links between the club and the community it serves.” Bees United operates to ensure that our children, and our children’s children have a football club at the heart of their community, so that they can collect and cherish memories of Brentford Football Club, like the generations of supporters before them.