Annual General Meeting
This year the Company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 5.30pm on Tuesday 15 December 2020. As there is considerable uncertainty about what the Government restrictions in relation to COVID-19 will be then, the Board has decided that the AGM will be held virtually via the Microsoft Teams platform and not at any specific physical location. This will ensure the safety of Blancco’s people, shareholders and other stakeholders and is permitted under the extension of the provisions of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.
Attendance and Questions
If shareholders wish to attend the AGM via Microsoft Teams or submit questions to the board, they should contact the Company Secretary (Lorraine Young) via email@example.com no later than 5.30pm on Friday 11 December 2020. The Board will endeavour to provide answers to any questions after the meeting. Please note you will be asked to confirm certain personal details so that the Company can verify you are a shareholder.
Shareholders are encouraged to submit a proxy form appointing the Chair of the meeting (and no one else) as their proxy and giving instructions as to how they wish their votes to be cast. Details of how to do this are given in the notes to the notice of meeting, on pages 124 and 125 of the Annual Report. The deadline for forms of proxy to be received is 5.30pm on Friday 11 December 2020. This year the votes at the AGM will be held on a poll and because the meeting is being held via Teams, it will not be possible for shareholders or any proxies other than the Chair of the meeting to vote at the meeting itself.
There will be no presentation at the AGM this year, however, a presentation for retail investors was held via the Investor Meet platform on 6 October 2020, following the announcement of the 2020 full year results. You can register with Investor Meet Company and then view a recording of the presentation via investormeetcompany.com/blancco-technology-group-plc/register-investor.
AGM notice and business
The business to be transacted at the AGM is set out in the Notice of AGM on pages 122 and 123 of the Annual Report and an explanation of the business is given on pages 126 and 127. As well as the usual business the board is proposing the adoption of new articles of association, mainly to reflect developments in technology and market practice more generally since the current articles of association were adopted in 2010. A summary of the differences between the current and new articles is set out in an Appendix to the Notice of AGM, on page 128.
It is the Board’s intention that after the Government restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic are lifted, the Company will return to holding a physical AGM.