26th Bristol Scout Group
"We're able to do things outside 9-5, minimise trips to the branch
and automate certain tasks and transactions."
Trustee of 26th Bristol Scout Group spokesperson
About 26th Bristol Scout Group
The 26th Bristol Scout Group, founded in 1910, is one of the largest Scout groups in the Bristol area. The non-profit organisation promotes the intellectual, physical and social development of young people. It has two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs, two Scout Troops, an Explorer unit and also manages its own building, which is used widely by the local community.
Online banking has been of great use to the Group, saving time by reducing trips to the banks, and allowing them to keep track of all payments in real time rather than waiting for monthly statements. Trustees of the group have also benefitted from the ability to delegate banking tasks online. The Group has set up multiple signatory accounts, so volunteers and other staff can monitor and manage transaction, but a trustee still has to approve all outgoing payments.
The 26th Bristol Scout Group has had a website since 2005 and uses online tools to support its many on-going activities. The Group uses its website to communicate with current members and their parents, as well as to advertise to new potential members and those interested in booking its facilities. It is also able to take online payments and booking for its hall, and manage these transactions online.
By getting online and using Internet banking, the 26th Bristol Scout Group has benefited from:
Saving time with online banking frees up volunteers' time for other activities
Delegating banking tasks online so trustees don't have to do it all themselves
Accessing online bank statements and setting up email alerts to monitor incoming payments for camps, activities and hall rentals
Communicating and advertising more efficiently through its website
Richard Bennett, a trustee of the 26th Bristol Scout Group, discussed how getting online has helped the organisation:
"We have done lots of work on our website to ensure we are top of the search engine for several search terms relating to our charity. Our hall is generally booked out most months, and all bookings come via the website.
"One of our best moves has been to actively use online banking. It allows us to delegate banking tasks and easily monitor all our financial activity. With Lloyds Bank we are able to have two trustees to approve all payments and are now able to quickly look and ratify receipts coming in from parents for activities and from people hiring our facilities (Rather than having to wait for the bank statement)."