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Reflecting diversity

Promoting diversity within the workplace isn’t simply a device for gaining social kudos or a nice to read sentence within the annual report. Rather, diversity and inclusion are now recognised as positively contributing to a range of business benefits including a strengthened boardroom and more customer focused outlook. So much so that in a recent speech the Governor of the …

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Providing certainty and clarity

One of the principles behind the UK corporate governance code is that of ‘comply or explain’; providing clarity to shareholders and investors in order that they are able to make balanced and reasoned judgements about the strength of their investments. Because of this companies aren’t simply required to report on past events, but also look forward and make a best …

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Reforming Corporate Governance

“The UK has long been regarded as a world-leader in corporate governance, combining high standards with low burdens and flexibility.” Finding ways in which to build on these strengths as a means to enhancing UK competitiveness is the driving force between a Government consultation on corporate governance reform. The consultation, which follows the issuing of a green paper, closes on …

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UK companies attract overseas buyers

A Thomson Reuters report at the end of December 2016 highlighted the continuing attractiveness of UK companies to overseas buyers. According to the report the UK mergers and acquisitions market in 2016 was worth £142.5billion with just over 80% of this coming from overseas. In terms of overall world M&A volume, the UK stands third behind the USA and China …

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The end of the year is nigh

At the time of writing we are halfway through December. Whilst for many that means a scant ten days to go before Christmas; for 300,000 companies it means the deadline for filing annual accounts is looming large on the horizon. Company directors who have already filed their company’s accounts can sit back and breathe a sigh of relief. But for …

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Nominee Directors? Not in UK law

When is a director not a director? Yes you’re right, this is a trick question but the rights and responsibilities of company directorship is an area which can be misunderstood. Particularly so when people have been persuaded to add their names to the list of corporate directors without taking time to investigate the legal implications. In our last article we …

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Company incorporations and the role of the company secretary

No matter what else is going on in the world it seems as though our appetite for setting up new companies has not diminished. In fact, latest figures show that in the quarter to 30 September 2016 there were 154,685 company incorporations. Admittedly, in the same period just over 100,000 companies were dissolved but nevertheless the net company count as …

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Measuring the board

It’s time to take a look at board dynamics. At least, it is if the results of a recent PwC survey are anything to go by. Their annual corporate directors’ survey looked at a range of issues from board composition to investor engagement and some of the results may well surprise you. For example, would you say that your board …

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Creating inclusive workplaces

It’s time to change. So says the CBI in their latest drive to make workplaces more inclusive in order to deliver business growth and greater opportunity. In pursuit of this aim the CBI has launched a report entitled ‘Time for action: the business case for inclusive workplaces.’ The report, which should be compulsory reading for all business leaders and executives, …

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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act

In her first Conservative party conference speech as leader the Prime Minister, Theresa May, was outspoken on matters such as tax dodging and corporate governance. Highlighting the dangers of drawing those who are supposed to be holding business accountable from ‘the same narrow social and professional circles as the executive team,’ the Prime Minister said the government intends to publish …

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