As a company quoted on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange the Board is committed to achieving high standards of corporate governance and the Group uses the requirements of the UK Corporate Governance Code as an indicator of best practice. The Directors are committed to ensuring appropriate standards of Corporate Governance are maintained by the Group and how the Board has applied those requirements in its management of the business during the year ended 31 December 2015 is fully disclosed in the Corporate Governance section of our 2015 Annual Report and Accounts which can be viewed in the Financial Reports section of this website
The Board recognises its collective responsibility for the long term success of the Group. It assesses business opportunities and seeks to ensure that appropriate controls are in place to assess and manage risk. The Board agrees and monitors the progress of a variety of Group activities. These include strategy, business plan and budgets, acquisitions, major capital expenditure and consideration of significant financial and operational matters. The Board also monitors the exposure to key business risks and considers legislative, environmental, employment, quality and health and safety issues.
During a normal year there is a minimum of ten scheduled Board meetings with other meetings being arranged at shorter notice as necessary. The Board agenda is set by the Chairman in consultation with the other Directors. The Board has a schedule of matters reserved to it for decision.
Under the provisions of the Company’s Articles of Association all Directors are required to offer themselves for re-election at least once every three years. In addition, under the Articles, any Director appointed during the year will stand for election at the next following annual general meeting, ensuring that each Board member faces re-election at regular intervals.
All of the Directors have access to the advice and services of the Company’s legal counsel.
The Board has two principal standing committees: the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee, each with specific terms of reference.
The Audit Committee currently comprises Donald Stewart and Mark Ollila. It meets a minimum of twice a year, has written terms of reference and its remit is to review the annual and interim accounts and the appropriateness of accounting policies, to review the internal controls and financial reporting, and to make recommendations on these matters to the Board. It also considers the appointment and fees of the external auditor, the resulting auditor reports and discusses the action taken on problem areas identified by Board members or in external audit reports. The Chairman of the Audit Committee reports the outcome of the Audit Committee meetings to the Board and the Board receives the minutes of all Audit Committee meetings.
The Remuneration Committee, which currently comprises Donald Stewart and Mark Ollila, meets a minimum of twice a year. Its remit is to assess the performance of the Executive Directors and to consider and make recommendations to the Board on remuneration policy for Executive Directors and Senior Managers of the required calibre.
Fitbug Holdings plc is subject to the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.