The ever-evolving role of the company secretary

In the wake of the global banking crisis, governance has taken on increasing importance amid claims that a lack of governance was a key contributor to the crisis. In the years since, regulatory bodies across the world have been anxious to show that good governance is among their highest priorities.

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What part should boards play in crisis situations?

Among the most important factors to consider for companies contemplating board meeting management services are how well-prepared their board is to tackle a crisis scenario, and what exact role the board should play in its resolution. While corporate settings sometimes see dramatic events, these turn into crises when they begin to pose a significant threat to the financial performance, reputation or key shareholder relations of a company.

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Does your organisation’s board have a catalysing or constraining influence?

When the time comes for your organisation’s annual meeting, as a shareholder, it is likely that you will be asking yourself whether each member of your board is still qualified for their position.

It is certainly a question that should be carefully considered by prospective and current users of board secretary services like those that London Registrars can provide, but it is not the only one that is important.

That’s because it is also vital to think about your firm’s board as a whole, and whether its mix of people is the right one for the company.

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What the 2017 Spring Budget means for EIS and R&D tax credits

As the 2016 Autumn Statement promised, this week saw the presentation of the final Spring Budget, which – given plans for an annual budget presentation providing a longer-term outlook – focused on areas of potential change since the Autumn Statement, such as the deficit. The Budget also sought to reaffirm the new government’s vision of how it would achieve a “stronger, better, fairer Britain”.

Firms using corporate secretary services like those of London Registrars are therefore likely to be particularly heartened by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s reiteration of the government’s commitment to preserving Britain’s status as a premier global business destination.

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Disciplinary action highlights importance of AIM companies liaising with their nominated advisers

Of interest to many an AIM company secretary wishing to ensure compliance within their organisation will be disciplinary action recently taken by the AIM Disciplinary Committee (ADC) in relation to an AIM company breaching rules by failing to provide its nominated adviser (nomad) with “information reasonably required to carry out the nomad’s responsibilities”. Continue reading