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  • Feb222024

    Guidance to the UK Corporate Governance Code 2024

    In the second Indigo INSIGHT in our series addressing changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code, we look at the guidance released by the FRC to support boards and their advisors in implementing the changes. The new Guidance offers helpful detailed advice and examples. The Guidance, published alongside the Code, aims to clarify principles and stimulate discussion for effective decision-making, within the familiar ‘comply or explain’ regime. The Code will apply to financial years starting on or after 1 January 2025.

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  • Feb202024

    Note taking in Meetings

    The effective minuting of meetings is a deceptively challenging and time-consuming task, but one that is invaluable to boards and far more than an administrative formality. In our latest indigo INSIGHT, drawing upon the results of a recent LinkedIn poll, we consider the merits of different methods of in-meeting note taking, including on-the-spot typing, the use of recordings as well as traditional pen and paper.

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  • Feb152024

    Amendments to the UK Corporate Governance Code

    The FRC have announced revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code to enhance transparency and accountability for UK public limited companies, aiming to foster growth and competitiveness and attract investment. Key changes include clarifying reporting focus on board decisions, promoting diversity, strengthening risk management and introducing malus and clawback clauses in directors’ contracts. The revised Code will come into effect for financial years starting on or after 1 January 2025.

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  • Jan082024

    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act (the Act) new failure to prevent fraud offence

    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act introduced a new corporate offence (s199) – ‘failure to prevent fraud’. The offence, targeting large organisations, aims to protect victims, improve corporate culture, and could result in severe penalties, including an unlimited fine. Boards are advised to act now to ensure they have ‘reasonable procedures’ in place to mitigate fraud risks and provide them with a defence if necessary.

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  • Dec192023

    ECCT Act – an opportunity for governance professionals

    Bernadette Young welcomes the introduction of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act, endorsing the forthcoming statutory powers and obligations to enhance data accuracy at Companies House and to address current gaps in UK incorporation controls.

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  • Nov062023

    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act Changes at Companies House

    The new Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act introduces significant changes to support Companies House combat fraud, enhance corporate transparency, and strengthen identity verification for directors. This will help to protect legitimate businesses and prevent money laundering activities. Read how these changes may affect your company.

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  • Aug112023

    Minute writing – an underestimated skill?

    Board minutes are an important management tool to ensure board decisions are clearly understood so they can be properly implemented. The skill of writing good minutes can be underestimated, however, which can lead to them not being given enough attention or resource.

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  • May252023

    UK Corporate Governance Code consultation

    The consultation document on the UK
    Corporate Governance Code has now been published. What do you need to know?

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  • May042023

    Not finished yet

    Although the FTSE Women Leaders Review has reported real progress on targets to achieve female representation on boards, smaller listed companies still have a long way to go.

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  • Mar082023

    Gender diversity; an opportunity for AIM-listed firms

    On International Women’s Day 2023, Indigo is proud to join forces with Addidat, the leading provider of ESG benchmark data for the London Stock Exchange AIM market, to review women on boards and gender pay gap data for AIM listed companies, and to look at the benefits of improving diversity on these boards.

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  • Mar072023

    All risk, no reward

    The role of a NED comes with significant responsibility and risk, raising the question of whether they are being appropriately remunerated for their endeavours.

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  • Dec192022

    Comply or explain

    Is shareholder engagement working effectively or is the approach often still too formulaic and lacking meaningful dialogue?

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  • Nov032022

    Time to speak up

    The increasing number and complexity of issues for which boards are accountable is leading to an increased reliance on the insights provided by governance professionals.

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  • Oct202022

    Companies House reforms

    Big changes lie ahead for Companies House which will alter the very nature and function of the registry from being a relatively passive recipient and holder of information, to becoming an active verifier and gatekeeper of corporate data.

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  • Jul132022

    Fair weather friends

    Should the mismatch be reconsidered between the emphasis placed upon stakeholder interests in company law and the near complete absence of such factors under insolvency conditions?

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  • Jun302022

    Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance: what you need to know

    What can boards do to prepare for incoming changes to audit, corporate reporting and governance systems?

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  • Apr282022

    A seat at the table

    How are unexpected trailblazers championing the inclusion of staff representatives on boards?

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  • Feb042022

    Chart your course

    Effective delegation is a key part of governance frameworks and Bernadette Young in G+C magazine explains how organisations can create a diagrammatic representation of their governance processes to aid understanding and implementation.

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  • Dec162021

    Getting ahead

    With heightened shareholder expectations on ESG issues and TCFD climate-related disclosures set to be expanded to many more companies, obtaining a clear understanding of institutional investors’ evolving views and AGM voting policies and planning and implementing the targets, reporting and governance processes needed to comply with the TCFD requirements are just two of the priorities at this busy time of the year.

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  • Nov122021

    Business behaviour

    How can a business ensure that its code of ethics communicates expectations clearly and effectively in order to influence behaviours for the better?

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