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Matters reserved for the board

An effective board controls the business but delegates day to day responsibility to the executive management. That said there are a number of matters which are required to be or, in the interests of the company, should only be decided by the board of directors as a whole. It is incumbent upon the board to make it clear what these matters reserved for the board are inline with the UK Corporate Governance Code (the ’Code’) that states: ’There should be a formal schedule of matters specifically reserved for the board’s decision’ and that the annual report should contain a high level statement of which types of decisions are to be taken by the board and which are to be delegated to management.

This guidance note will aid directors and company secretaries in drawing up such a schedule of matters reserved for the board and has been designed to apply to an ultimate holding company expected to comply with the Code, it may be adapted for use by other companies, as appropriate.

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