The following information is provided in respect of AIM Rule 26
The requirements of the combined code of principles of corporate governance set out in the listing rules of the Financial Services Authority are not mandatory for companies traded on AIM. However, the Directors are committed to complying with best practice in this area, and have adopted its principles where they have been considered appropriate.
Board of Directors and Board Committees
The Board of Directors, which consists of four Executive and two Non-Executive Directors, is responsible for the Group’s system of corporate governance. The role of the Non-Executive Directors is to bring independent judgement to Board discussions and decisions. The Board meets regularly throughout the year. It has a schedule of matters referred to it for decision, which includes Group strategy and future developments, allocation of financial resources, investments, annual and interim results, and risk management. The Group has two Board committees, which operate within defined terms of reference.
The Audit Committee, comprising Mr Ashley (Chairman), Mr Goodwin, Mr. Whipp and Mr Todd, is responsible for reviewing the full and half year results. In addition, the Audit Committee monitors the framework of internal control.
The Remuneration Committee, comprising Mr Todd (Chairman), Mr Ashley, Mr Whipp and Mr Goodwin, reviews the remuneration of the Executive Directors and any senior executive of the Group and considers the grant of options and payment of performance related bonuses.
The Directors are responsible for ensuring that the Group maintains a system of internal control to provide them with reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial information used within the business and for publication and that assets are safeguarded. There are inherent limitations in any system of internal financial control. On the basis that such a system can only provide reasonable but not absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss and that it relates only to the needs of the business at the time, the system as a whole was found by the Directors at the time of approving the accounts to be generally appropriate to the size of the business.
After reviewing budgets and forecasts, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group and Company have adequate resources to continue as an operational business for the foreseeable future. The financial statements have therefore been prepared on a going concern basis.
The Board places considerable value on the involvement of its employees and has effective arrangements for communicating the Group’s results and significant business issues to them. The Directors recognise that continued and sustained improvement of the Group depends on its ability to attract, motivate and retain employees of the highest calibre. Furthermore, the Directors believe that the Group’s ability to sustain the competitive advantage in the long term depends on ensuring that all employees contribute to the maximum of their potential. The Group is committed to improving the performance of all its employees through appropriate development and training. Share ownership is at the heart of the Group’s remuneration philosophy and the Directors believe that the key to the Group’s future success lies in a motivated workforce holding a stake in the Group. For this reason the Board implemented an Enterprise Management Incentive share option scheme in February 2008 which is available to all Group employees subject to meeting certain qualifying rules. The Group is an equal opportunity employer. Entry into and progression within the Group is solely determined on the basis of work criteria and individual merit. The Group gives full and fair consideration to applications for employment made by disabled persons, having regard to their respective aptitudes and abilities. The policy includes, where practicable, the continued employment of those who may become disabled during their employment and the provision of training and career development and promotion, where appropriate.
The Group seeks to ensure that all shareholders are kept informed about the Group and its activities. A comprehensive annual report and accounts and an interim report are made available to shareholders on the Group’s website and sent to those shareholders requesting a paper copy. The Annual General Meeting is a forum for shareholders’ participation with the opportunity to meet and question Board members including the non-executive members and the Chairmen of the Board committees. Additionally, the Group operates an investors’ section on its website to provide further details of the Group’s activities.
Crimson Tide plc operates responsibly with regard to its shareholders, employees, other stakeholders, the environment and the wider community. The Group is committed to the wellbeing of all employees and ensures that their health, safety and general welfare is paramount at all times. We also maintain open and fair relationships with all clients and suppliers while ensuring that all transactions are operated on an arm’s length, commercial basis. As part of this culture, the Group ensures that all suppliers are paid in a timely fashion, unless there are sound commercial reasons why payment should not be made.
The Company is subject to the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.