Under section 414 of the UK 2006 Companies Act (the “Act”), the Company is required to include a section 172 statement, describing how the directors have had due regard to those matters set out in section 172 of the Act. In addressing these matters, section 172 requires that the directors are required to have regard (amongst other things) to:
a) the likely consequences of any decision in the long term;
b) the interests of the company's employees;
c) the need to foster the company's business relationships with suppliers, customers and others;
d) the impact of the company's operations on the community and the environment;
e) the desirability of the company maintaining a reputation for high standards of business conduct; and
f) the need to act fairly between members of the company.
The Company provides investment management services primarily to the Insight group as detailed in the Directors’ Report. With this in mind, the directors of the Company are conscious of the potential impact that their actions could have on the long-term success of its parent company and the Insight group as a whole. The directors of the Company are also members of the board of Insight Investment Management Limited (which is the parent entity) and therefore appreciate the integral role of the Company as part of the larger Insight group.
The Company has no direct employees but has due regard to its prominent role in promoting the interests of Insight’s employees. Operations of the Company have a material impact on the reputation of the Insight brand which, in turn, impacts the group’s ability to attract and retain suitable staff.
Having due regard to the long-term interests of its sole member, together with the requirement to maintain the appropriate levels of regulatory capital, the directors considered and approved an interim dividend payment during the period. This decision was in line with the expectations from the existing parent entity.
During the period, the directors also had due regard to the regulatory requirements of the Company and have overseen activities to ensure that key regulatory requirements were observed and integrated into the Company’s operations. The Company also appointed an additional independent non-executive director during the period in an effort to enhance its governance arrangements and to provide further support in the execution of its long-term business strategies.
Due to the purpose of the Company and its structural position within Insight, the Company had undertaken limited stakeholder engagements during the year. For a more detailed assessment of how Insight has engaged with a range of stakeholders please see the Section 172 Statement for Insight Investment Management Limited for the year ending 31 December 2022.