Company Announcements

RNS Number : 6973K Group PLC
24 April 2020

Annual General Meeting Update


24 April 2020


The Board of Group plc (the "Company") has been closely monitoring the evolving Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. In accordance with the compulsory measures published by the UK Government prohibiting public gatherings and non-essential travel (the "Stay at Home measures"), it will not be possible for shareholders to attend this year's AGM in person.


Change of venue and arrangements

Further to the Notice of AGM dated 19 February 2020, the Company announces a change in venue of the AGM which will now be held at 11.00 am on Thursday 7 May at Bramley Golf Club, Guildford, Surrey.  The golf club will not be open.


In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and further to the Stay at Home Measures, shareholders must not attend the AGM in person. Only the minimum number of directors and essential personnel will attend the AGM in person in order to ensure that a quorum is present and to conduct the formal business of the AGM. Other shareholders and non-essential personnel must not attend the AGM.


As shareholders cannot attend in person, the Board encourages all shareholders to vote by submitting a proxy in advance of the AGM. To ensure that their vote counts, shareholders should only appoint the Chair of the AGM (and not any named individual) to act as their proxy. Details of how to submit a proxy are set out below.


Shareholders can submit questions for the Board in advance of the AGM to The Board will respond to all questions submitted prior to 5pm on Friday 1 May 2020 via an Audiocast meeting. A registration link to the Audiocast meeting will be available from 3pm on Thursday 7 May on


The Board believes these measures are necessary and appropriate in light of the current pandemic, to comply with the law and to protect the health and wellbeing of the Company's employees, shareholders and the wider communities in which we operate.


The Board will continue to monitor the situation and may, if necessary, need to make further changes to the arrangements for the AGM, including how it is conducted. Shareholders should therefore continue to monitor the Company's website and announcements.


Reminder to vote by proxy


The Board strongly encourages shareholders to vote at the AGM by:

·      Appointing the Chair of the AGM as their proxy;

·      Submitting a form of proxy as soon as possible and in any event by no later than 10.00am on 5 May 2020 to ensure that their votes are counted. If a shareholder appoints a person other than the Chair of the AGM as their proxy, that other proxy will not be able to attend the AGM; and;

·      If they have already submitted a form of proxy which appoints any person other than the Chair of the AGM, replace it by submitting a new form of proxy to appoint the Chair of the AGM as their proxy.


A form of proxy may be submitted electronically by accessing the shareholder portal at  CREST members may use the CREST electronic proxy appointment service as detailed in the Notice of Meeting. We strongly recommend that you submit your proxy appointment and voting instructions electronically.


Katherine Bellau, Company Secretary




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