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Energy crisis won't affect club, says Pilley

24 September 2021

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Andy Pilley has reassured Fleetwood Town fans the club won’t be affected by the UK’s current energy crisis.

The Chairman, who’s company BES employs hundreds of people across the Fylde coast and also acts as Town’s main sponsor, has moved to quash suggestions his firm could be one of many energy suppliers who could struggle due to the current crisis.

“From a personal point of view it does not affect us at all because we hedge in advance the entirely of our contracts so it makes no difference to us whatsoever,” explained Pilley.

"We have no requirement to buy so we are on the sidelines looking on and we can see these incredibly high prices but, thankfully, we are not getting involved at all. But that’s not the same for many, many suppliers out there. I think there’s lots – possibly the majority of domestic suppliers – that will be bleeding very, very heavily right now."'

The Cod Army boss, in his 17th year as chairman, is also delighted in the way the club have become less reliant on the success of his non-football businesses in recent years.

Pilley explained:  “We are running on a much smaller wages bill and we have a lot more asset value in the football club than we used to have.

"My message to fans would be, ‘Fleetwood will not be affected at all by this because BES is absolutely fine. The way we run our business has made us absolutely safe and we are not affected by these ridiculous prices. We have already purchased ahead.

“What I would say is I feel for anyone who is going to lose their job – who is at an energy brokerage or maybe at a supplier who has been gambling on their wholesale cost – but it won’t affect Fleetwood and it won’t affect BES.”

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