Statement of compliance
The directors recognise the value and importance of high standards of corporate governance. Accordingly, whilst the UK Corporate Governance Code does not apply to AIM companies, the directors have regards to the requirements of the UK Corporate Governance Code to the extent they consider appropriate in light of the group’s size, stage of development and resources. The Board also proposes, so far as practicable, to follow the recommendations set out in the corporate governance guidelines for smaller quoted companies published by the Quoted Companies Alliance.
The corporate governance guidelines were devised by the Quoted Companies Alliance, in consultation with a number of significant institutional small company investors, as an alternative corporate governance code applicable to AIM companies. An alternative code was proposed because the Quoted Companies Alliance considers the UK Corporate Governance Code to be inapplicable for many AIM companies. The corporate governance guidelines state that: “The purpose of good corporate governance is to ensure that the company is managed in an efficient, effective and entrepreneurial manner for the benefit of all shareholders over the longer term”.
Board of directors
The Board is responsible for the overall management of the group including the formulation and approval of the group’s long term objectives and strategy, the approval of budgets, the oversight of the group’s operations, the maintenance of sound internal control and risk management systems and the implementation of group strategy, policies and plans. Whilst the Board may delegate specific responsibilities, there is a formal schedule of matters specifically reserved for decision by the Board; such reserved matters include, amongst other things, approval of significant capital expenditure, material business contracts and major corporate transactions. The Board meets formally on a regular basis to review performance.
The Board has established an audit committee and a remuneration committee and formally delegated duties and responsibilities as described below.
The audit committee is responsible for monitoring the integrity of the group’s financial statements, reviewing significant financial reporting issues, reviewing the effectiveness of the group’s internal control and risk management systems and overseeing the relationship with the external auditor (including advising on their appointment, agreeing the scope of the audit and reviewing the audit findings). The audit committee comprises Ajay Chowdhury and John Pearson and is chaired by Ajay Chowdhury. The audit committee has met twice following admission up to the date of this report and will meet at least 3 times a year at appropriate times in the reporting and audit cycle and otherwise as required. The audit committee also meets regularly with the company’s external auditor.
The remuneration committee is responsible for determining and agreeing with the Board the framework for the remuneration of the chairman, the executive directors and other designated senior executives and, within the terms of the agreed framework, determining the total individual remuneration packages of such persons including, where appropriate, bonuses, incentive payments and share options or other share awards. The remuneration of non- executive directors is a matter for the Board. No director is involved in any decision as to his or her own remuneration.
The remuneration committee comprises John Pearson and Nicholas Jeffery and is chaired by Nicholas Jeffery. The remuneration committee has met once since admission and will meet at least 3 times a year and otherwise as required.
Share dealing code
The Company has adopted, with effect from Admission, a share dealing code for Directors and applicable employees of the Group for the purpose of ensuring compliance by such persons with the provisions of the AIM Rules relating to dealings in the Company’s securities (including, in particular, dealing during close periods in accordance with Rule 21 of the AIM Rules). The Directors consider that this share dealing code is appropriate for a company whose shares are admitted to trading on AIM.
The Company will take proper steps to ensure compliance by the Directors and applicable employees of the Group with the terms of the share dealing code and the relevant provisions of the AIM Rules (including Rule 21).