It is important for us to engage with our shareholders so that you are informed about and connected with the Group’s financial performance and progress on our strategic aims. Many shareholders choose to receive communications from us in paper but we would encourage all shareholders who can do so to register to receive electronic shareholder communications. This has many benefits such as being able to communicate with you more easily and quickly, it is more environmentally friendly and reduces Group costs, which benefits all shareholders.
To become an e-Shareholder you just need to sign up via the registrar’s Shareview Portfolio service at www.shareview.co.uk which is free, easy and secure. Once you have registered for your Shareview Portfolio, simply log in and become an e-Shareholder by choosing to receive shareholder documents electronically.
We hope you will agree that this is easy to do but if you require any help with this please contact our registrar Equiniti on 0371 384 2990.
How do I get digital communications and access my shareholding online?
Shareholders can do this through the registrar’s online service which is called Shareview. It is secure and free to use. Registration is simple, just follow this link for more information.
What are the benefits of using digital communications?
There are numerous benefits associated with digital communications:
For shareholders: you will no longer have to wait for the post to arrive as you will be notified on the same day that communications are published. Also, this is a more secure way of communicating about your shareholding.
For the environment: the Group uses a substantial amount of paper to communicate with shareholders, whilst relying on road, rail and air transport networks to deliver this. Shareholders can help the Group to reduce the impact this has on the environment as the country moves towards a sustainable low carbon economy.
For the Group: there is the opportunity to make cost savings. The Group has shareholders across the globe and uses a substantial amount of paper to publish communications and to deliver these.
What if I am not used to these things and not sure what to do?
Please be assured that registering to use Shareview is straightforward. It is an easy to use system and is called Portfolio because if you hold shares in more than one company you can connect these different shareholdings through Shareview so you only need to register once. If you only hold shares in the Group that is fine too.
If you have any questions or require any support our registrar, Equiniti, would be happy to help you. Just call them on 0371 384 2990.
What communications can I receive digitally?
Shareholders can elect to receive digital communications which will come in different forms, for example:
- AGM communications will be issued by email with links to documents;
- Dividend tax records are available in Shareview;
- Quarterly shareholding statements for LBGSA participants are available in Shareview; and
- Dividend Reinvestment Plan confirmations are available in Shareview.
What if I change my mind?
Don’t worry, changing your mind is easy, if you decide to receive paper communications instead you just need to go to Shareview and change your instructions. You can do this at any time.
Can I vote online in regards to shareholder meetings?
Shareholders can vote online using the register’s Sharevote system. If you have registered to use Shareview you can access the voting system through Shareview when the company holds a shareholder meeting.