APC QCA Corporate Governance Codepdf
Until 4 November 2019 the Company’s shares were listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). As an AIM-listed company, the Company was required to follow the provisions of an appropriate code of corporate governance. The Board remains committed to high standards of corporate governance throughout the Group and has chosen to apply the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code (“QCA Code”). The QCA Code is explained in the document (click to view or download below) together with the ways in which the Company complies with the Code.
The roles and responsibilities of the Board and the individual Directors are set out more fully below:
The Board of Directors
The activities of the Group are ultimately controlled by the Board of Directors. All Directors are subject to retirement and re-election by rotation. The Group has a formal policy setting out the matters that require approval of the Board. This covers the major areas of decision-making in all aspects of the Group’s affairs.
The Board currently consists of two Executive Directors and three Non-executive Directors and their respective responsibilities are itemised below.
The Non-executive Chairman leads the Board in determining the Group’s strategy and ensuring that its objectives are met. Non-executive Directors are considered by the board to be independent. They represent a strong independent influence and their views carry considerable weight in the decision-making process of the Board and its Committees.
The Chief Executive is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Group and is accountable to the Board for the Group’s financial and operational performance.
The Business Development Director is responsible for identifying potential acquisitions and additional product lines that are consistent with the Group’s strategy.
Committees of the Board
The Audit Committee meets at least twice a year and considers the appointment of the external auditors as well as discussing with them the findings of the audit and any management letters arising from it. The Committee is also responsible for monitoring compliance with accounting and legal requirements and for reviewing the interim and annual reports before publications. The Remuneration Committee is responsible for setting the remuneration of directors and senior management, as well as reviewing the remuneration policy throughout the Group. Owing to the small size of the Group’s Board, it is not considered necessary to have a formal Nomination Committee for the purpose of making recommendations regarding senior Board appointments.
The Directors are responsible for establishing and maintaining the Group’s system of internal control. This system of internal control is designed to safeguard the Group’s assets and to ensure that proper accounting records are maintained and that financial information produced by the Group is reliable. There are inherent limitations in any system of internal control and such a system can provide only reasonable, but not absolute, assurance against material misstatement or loss. The Directors, through the Audit Committee, have reviewed the effectiveness of the Group’s system of internal control.