Investor Relations activity and a review of the share register are regular items included in the monthly Board information pack.
The Group has a dedicated Investor Relations function which maintains regular, open and transparent dialogue with institutional investors and sell-side analysts. The team has access to the CEO and CFO who are available for meetings with shareholders and frequently attend industry conferences. Twice each year, post year end and half year results, the CEO and the CFO participate in roadshows meeting larger investors, however, due to the restrictions imposed by the UK Government in response to COVID-19, such meetings have been held via video conference. In 2020, the Investor Relations team and management met a total of 113 individual existing and potential investors.
The Board’s primary contact with institutional shareholders and sell-side analysts is through the CEO and the CFO. The Board is also regularly presented with shareholders’ feedback, analysts’ recommendations and market views via Investor Relations updates, topics which are frequently on the Board agenda.
As a result of the Combination and becoming a Level 2 firm, the Group consulted the top ten shareholders on proposed changes to the remuneration of the CEO and CFO. Meetings were attended by the Chairman, David Weymouth providing an opportunity to discuss the proposed remuneration but also any other topics of interest to our investors.
Our preference is to welcome shareholders in person to the AGM, particularly given the constraints we faced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, however, public health guidance and legislation issued by the UK Government in relation to the pandemic mean that there are restrictions on public gatherings and travel. Should a physical meeting be possible, our AGM will be held at 90 Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4EZ on 27 May 2021 at 11am. Where possible, the Chairs of each of the Committees of the Board will be present to answer questions put to them by shareholders. The Annual Report and Accounts and Notice of the AGM will be sent to shareholders at least 20 working days prior to the date of the meeting.
Shareholders are encouraged to participate in the AGM process, and all resolutions will be proposed and voted on at the meeting on an individual basis by shareholders or their proxies. Voting results will be announced and made available on this website.
Shareholders may require the Directors to call a general meeting other than an AGM as provided by the Companies Act 2006. Requests to call a general meeting may be made by members representing at least 5% of the paid-up capital of the Company as carries the right of voting at general meetings of the Company (excluding any paid-up capital held as treasury shares). A request must state the general nature of the business to be dealt with at the meeting and may include the text of a resolution that may properly be moved and is intended to be moved at the meeting. A request may be in hard copy form or in electronic form and must be authenticated by the person or persons making it. A request may be made in writing to the Company Secretary to the registered office or by sending an email to email@example.com. At any general meeting convened on such request, no business shall be transacted, except that stated by the requisition or proposed by the Board.