2015 Annual General Meeting


The 2015 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 10 November at 11.30 a.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR.


Results of AGM

Following the Annual General Meeting of the Company, the Board is pleased to announce that all the resolutions proposed at the meeting were passed on a show of hands. 

A summary of the proxy votes validly received prior to the meeting on each resolution is set out below.

ResolutionTotal votes validly castVotes for (2)Votes againstVotes withheld (3)
Number% of issued ordinary share capital (1)
1To receive the financial statements and directors' report, strategic report and auditor's report.44,496,89270.344,496,89200
2To approve the Directors' Remuneration Policy.44,463,17270.243,751,765711,40733,720
3To approve the Board Report on Directors' Remuneration (excluding the Directors' Remuneration Policy).44,463,30370.243,759,416703,88733,589
4To declare a final dividend of 11.53p.44,496,89270.344,496,89200
5To re-appoint David Justin Parker as a director.44,492,69270.344,492,660324,200
6To appoint KPMG LLP as auditor.44,492,29270.344,490,9601,3324600
7To authorise the Audit Committee to determine the auditor's remuneration.44,491,89270.344,490,5601,3325,000
8To approve the establishment of the Company's 2015 Performance Share Plan.44,489,59270.343,748,732740,8607,300
9To authorise the directors to allot new shares.44,496,89270.344,483,90412,9880
10To disapply statutory pre-emption rights on the issue of new shares for cash.44,489,07670.344,452,69136,3857,816
11To retain a 14 clear days notice period for general meetings other than AGMs.44,487,09270.340,741,6143,745,4789,800


(1) The number of ordinary shares in issue at 11.30 a.m. on 8 November 2015 was 63,294,833.

(2) Votes "for" include those votes giving the Chairman discretion.

(3) A vote withheld is not a vote in law and is not counted in the calculation of the votes for or against a resolution.