Local businesses are often keen to sponsor student groups in return for advertisement or guaranteed custom. This can be a very successful way of guaranteeing a lump sum of money, but it can also have risks attached if you aren’t fully aware of what you’re both signing up for.
Always make sure you know what you are committing to and that you do anything you say you will, otherwise sponsors might want their money back or it could damage the reputation of your group or SUSU as a whole.
Most student groups will aim to gain sponsorship from outside SUSU to help bolster their budgets. Below is a list of guidelines and tips to sourcing external sponsorship:
Although SUSU doesn’t mind, and in fact encourages external group sponsorship, it doesn’t allow companies access to campus, the Student Union building, bars or events, halls of residence, Freshers Week, the Wessex Scene, the web site, or any of our publications/publicity via Student Groups. It’s fine for companies to sponsor you (e.g. your shirts, hoodies, posters, flyers, websites, events etc) but they cannot use a student group to directly market itself or its products. Likewise members of the student group may not carry out marketing or promotions on the company’s behalf.