UK Individual Shareholders Society

ShareSoc

Home

REPRESENTATION

SHAREHOLDERS NEED AN ACTIVE VOICE (SEE FOOT OF PAGE FOR A LIST OF CAMPAIGNS)

ShareSoc campaigns on both specific company issues and on wider concerns. We have been successful in obtaining change at a number of companies since we were founded. See the campaigns list below for more information. In addition we have advised and supported other shareholder action groups.


Individual shareholders need an active voice who can speak on their behalf to companies, to the Government and to other public institutions. There are frequent changes to laws and regulations, or in financial market practice, where the needs and views of individual shareholders are often ignored. The issues are often complex but it is necessary to respond in an authoritative manner to ensure that your rights are not diluted.


Getting your views across to the wider financial community, to business leaders and to politicians often requires substantial effort, particularly when commercial interests are often promoting their own agenda. It takes time, money and organised effort to achieve this, which ShareSoc aims to provide.


We will also formulate policies that support your interests (see the Policies page) and promote them. ShareSoc’s promotion of those policies has helped to change the public view and the Government’s approach on a number of issues (for example on how to control excessive pay in public companies).


Companies that are in difficulties or where corporate governance issues have arisen often need the coordinated action of shareholders to rectify matters. We represent shareholders in such cases, and support the formation of shareholder action groups where necessary.


If you are considering forming a “shareholder action group” to tackle a specific company, you should read this note first: Shareholder Action Groups (a pdf document).


Past Successes and Current Campaigns


Our successes have included obtaining substantial changes at two of the Oxford Technology VCTs after they were threatened with the loss of their VCT status, improving the performance of Rensburg AIM VCT (and reducing the management fees), having the LTIP revised at Intercede Group and the discount to NAV at Graphite Enterprise Trust also narrowed substantially after we commenced a campaign on the issued. The details of these campaigns and others are given below:


- Rensburg AIM VCT Plc - go to this web page: Campaigns

- Intercede Group Plc - go to this web page: Campaigns2

- Graphite Enterprise Trust Plc - go to this web page: Campaigns3

- BAE Systems Plc - go to this web page: Campaigns4

- Oxford Technology VCTs - go to this web page:  Campaigns5

- Alliance Trust - go to this web page:  Alliance

- Globo - go to this web page: Globo

- Foresight 4 VCT - go to this web page: Foresight4

- Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) - go to this web page: RBS

- Redcentric (RCN)  - go to this web page: Redcentric

- Shareholder Rights - go to this web page: Shareholder-Rights

- AIM Market Improvement - go to this web page: AIM-Campaign

- Remuneration - go to this web page: Remuneration


Note: some of the above campaigns have been concluded but are included as examples of how such campaigns operate and for the information of shareholders in those companies. Others are still “live” and more information is added as it arises.

WORDS AND ACTION

It’s easy to moan about problems, but talk is not enough. You need to take action if matters are to change.

HAVE A PROBLEM?

Go to the Contact page if you have a problem we can help with, or an issue which you would like raised.

As a minimum we will give you advice on how it can be progressed.