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Business Description

The SimplyBiz Group is the largest provider of outsourced regulatory and business support services to the financial services market, currently supporting over 3,400 directly authorised financial advisory businesses in the UK.

Since our inception back in 2002, we have grown year on year and through acquisition, organic growth and innovation, we now have 12 leading brands, across all key sectors including investment, mortgage, consumer credit, workplace, estate planning and surveying.

The Group provides services to the demand-side, financial intermediaries, and the supply-side, financial institutions, of retail financial services via its two divisions, the Intermediary Services Division and the Distribution Channels Division.

The Intermediary Services Division provides compliance and regulation services to over 3,400 ndividual financial intermediary Members, including directly authorised IFAs, directly authorised mortgage advisers, workplace consultants and directly authorised consumer credit brokers.

The Group’s Intermediary Services Division is at the core of the Group’s business and operates on a membership basis with subscriptions paid monthly. In addition, Members purchase additional compliance and technical services, tailored to their business needs, and software, primarily in the form of back office CRM licenses.

The Distribution Channels Division provides marketing and promotion, product panelling and co-manufacturing services to more than 135 financial institutions, including 43 asset managers, 26 life assurance and pension companies, 46 mortgage lenders, 13 general insurance providers and 7 credit lenders. This division also undertakes survey panelling and surveying work for mortgage lenders. The Distribution Channels Division provides targeted access for product providers to reach the Group’s financial intermediary Members. Product providers enter into annual contracts for the services provided.

Although our heritage can be traced to Yorkshire, we now operate from seven locations across the UK, employing over 400 dedicated professionals

plc Board of Directors

The plc board is made up of:

  • Ken Davy - Non-Executive Chairman
  • Neil Stevens - Joint Chief Executive Officer
  • Matt Timmins - Joint Chief Executive Officer
  • Gareth Hague - Group Finance Director
  • Tim Trotter - Non-Executive Director
  • Tim Clark - Independent Non-Executive Director
  • David Etherington - Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Sarah Turvey - Company Secretary

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Group Executive Management Committee

The day to day running of the business is undertaken by the Group Executive Management Committee which is made up of the Executive board of Directors plus:

  • Sarah Turvey - Chief Operating Officer
  • Gary Kershaw - Group Compliance Director

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Directors' Responsibilities and Corporate Governance

The Directors recognise the value and importance of high standards of corporate governance and intend, given the Company's size and the constitution of the Board, to comply with the principal provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code. The Company also proposes to follow the recommendations on corporate governance of the Quoted Companies Alliance for companies with shares traded on AIM.

The Company will, upon Admission, have established remuneration, audit and nomination committees.

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Country of incorporation and main country of operation

The SimplyBiz Group is a UK incorporated and based company, with its registered office as:

The John Smith's Stadium
Stadium Way
Huddersfield HD1 6PG

Constitutional documents

Articles of Association

Shareholder circulars

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Admission document

Admission Document

Significant Shareholders

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Number of securities in issue and percentage not in public hands

As at 4th April 2018, the company's issued share capital consists of 76,470,588 ordinary shares with nominal value of 1 penny each (“ordinary shares”), each share having equal voting rights, therefore the number of Ordinary Shares with voting rights is 76,470,588.  In accordance with the AIM Rule 26 in so far as the company is aware as at 4 April 2018, the percentage of the Company's issued share capital that is not in public hands is 50.1%.

Details of any restrictions on the transfer of securities

There are no restrictions over the transfer of securities.

Details of any other exchanges or trading platforms on which the AIM company has applied or agreed to have any of its securities (including its AIM securities) admitted or traded

The Company's shares are listed on AIM in London under ticker symbol SBIZ.

Financial Calendar

Trading statement for 6 months ended 30 June 2018 Published 17 July 2018
Interim results for 6 months ended 30 June 2018  Due 11 September 2018

Financial Information

Pre-Close Statement 17 July 2018

Regulatory News

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Investor News

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UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers

The SimplyBiz Group plc is subject to the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers

Details of Advisers

Nomad and Broker:
Zeus Capital Limited
82 King Street, Manchester M2 4WQ
10 Old Burlington Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 3AG

Auditor:
KPMG LLP
1 Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street,
Leeds LS1 4DA

Solicitors:
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, Leeds LS11 5DR

Financial PR:
Instinctif Partners
65 Gresham Street, London EC2 7NQ

Registrars:
Link Asset Services
The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham,
Kent BR3 4TU

Reporting Accountants:
KPMG LLP
1 Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street,
Leeds LS1 4DA

Share price

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