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Harriet Lamb CBE joins Fair Tax Mark board

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We are delighted to announce that Harriet Lamb CBE has joined the Fair Tax Mark’s board of directors.  Currently CEO of Ashden, the climate solutions charity, Harriet previously headed up Fairtrade in both the UK and internationally, and authored Fighting the Banana Wars. The first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, she was appointed a CBE in 2006 and was named Orange Businesswoman of the Year in 2008. Harriet’s vast experience and knowledge in building and bolstering fairness and social justice internationally will now help guide the Fair Tax Mark as businesses worldwide seek the accreditation to demonstrate their commitment to responsible tax conduct and transparency. The Fair Tax Mark is an independent certification, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are paying the right…

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Luxury accommodation provider Kingham Cottages secures Fair Tax Mark

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Cotswolds-based Kingham Cottages has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark certification, and joins the growing movement of responsible businesses who are proud to ‘say what they pay with pride’.  Situated in the heart of Kingham village, the self-catering holiday cottages are set amongst five acre grounds and offer an indoor heated pool, Turkish steam bath and tennis court. On the doorstep of the countryside, the luxury accommodation is popular with walkers, cyclists and anyone looking for a UK break.  As part of the accreditation process, Kingham Cottages has published a Fair Tax Mark Statement that makes clear:    who owns and controls the business;  what profits the business has…

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Greater Manchester becomes first combined authority in England to encourage fair tax standards

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Greater Manchester has become the first combined authority in England to encourage businesses and organisations in its region to pay the right amount of tax and adhere to Fair Tax Mark standards. Fair tax is newly included in GMCA’s refreshed Social Value Framework, which the authority says should guide the actions of all organisations across the city region to help rebuild our economy and tackle inequalities. Matt Baqueriza-Jackson, Chair of the Greater Manchester Social Value Network, said: “We’re really pleased that fair tax is recognised as a core social value consideration. It’s about all businesses and organisations taking practical steps to…

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Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association secures Fair Tax Mark

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The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has today (January 15th 2020) secured its first Fair Tax Mark certification, and joins the growing movement of responsible business and trade associations that are proud to ‘say what they pay with pride’.  The PLSA represent the defined benefit, defined contribution, master trust and local authority pension schemes that together provide a retirement income to 20 million savers in the UK and invest £1 trillion in the UK and abroad. Their members also include asset managers, consultants, law firms, fintechs and others who play an influential role in the governance, investment, administration and management of people’s financial futures.  The Fair Tax Mark an independent certification, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are…

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Jerba Campervans is first automotive business to secure Fair Tax Mark

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North Berwick-based Jerba Campervans has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark certification, and joins the growing movement of responsible businesses who are proud to ‘say what they pay with pride’.  Jerba Campervans was launched in 2006 and specialises in converting and customising Volkswagen Transporter vans for those passionate about adventure and the outdoors. Since 2018 the company has been 100% employee-owned.  As part of the accreditation process, Jerba Campervans has published a Fair Tax Mark Statement that makes clear: who owns and controls the business;  what profits the business has made in recent years;  how much tax has been charged and an explanation for any variances with the headline rate of tax over that period Simon…

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Scottish Water secures Fair Tax Mark

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Scottish Water has today (14 December) secured its first Fair Tax Mark certification, joining the growing movement of progressive businesses who are proud to say what they pay with pride. The utility provider has met the Fair Tax Mark’s tasking criteria and demonstrates its commitment to responsible tax conduct and transparency. The Fair Tax Mark is an independent certification scheme, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are paying the right amount of corporation tax in the right place, at the right time. In total, more than 50 businesses have now been certified. These include national brands such as Timpson, Richer…

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Clean for Good becomes first cleaning company to secure Fair Tax Mark

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London-based Clean for Good has today (4th December) secured its first Fair Tax Mark certification, and joins the growing movement of responsible businesses who are proud to ‘say what they pay with pride’. The award-winning Clean for Good delivers professional cleaning services to work spaces across the capital, and also provides fair pay and dignified work to its cleaners. The church-founded social business was launched in 2017, is a Living Wage Employer, directly employs its own team on decent terms and conditions and works hard to operate to high eco and ethical standards. Their range of ethical credentials is now…

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Westmill Wind Farm and Westmill Solar become first community energy co-operatives to secure Fair Tax Mark

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Oxfordshire-based Westmill Wind Farm and Westmill Solar Farm have today (10th November) secured their first Fair Tax Mark certifications, and join the growing movement of responsible businesses who are proud to ‘say what they pay with pride’. The two renewable energy co-operatives are co-located on agricultural land in Oxfordshire and pursued Fair Tax Mark certification in parallel. Westmill Wind Farm was the first 100% community owned onshore wind farm to be built in the south of England. Its five turbines came online in 2008 and produce low-carbon electricity equivalent to that used by over 2,500 households per annum. Westmill Solar…

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Lincoln, Edinburgh and Trafford are latest to champion fair tax conduct

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Local councils across the UK have made it clear: these tough times are no obstacle to doing the right thing on tax. Three more – the City of Lincoln Council, the City of Edinburgh Council and Trafford Council – have made significant commitments in support of responsible tax conduct, joining the six already signed up. Lincoln and Trafford have both approved our Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, committing them to lead by example on their own tax conduct, demand greater transparency from suppliers, and, call for more meaningful powers to tackle tax avoidance amongst suppliers. In Trafford, the motion passed…

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Gleeson is first housebuilder to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark

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MJ Gleeson plc, the low-cost housebuilder and strategic land specialist, announces is the first housebuilder to be accredited with the Fair Tax Mark. The FTSE-listed housebuilder which is known for making home ownership affordable to those on low incomes has met the Fair Tax Mark’s tough criteria and demonstrates its commitment to responsible tax conduct and transparency. As part of the accreditation process, Gleeson Homes, and its parent company MJ Gleeson plc, revised their Tax Strategy – which now explicitly shuns both tax haven abuse and tax avoidance. The Annual Report and Accounts now provides extra detail on tax relief…

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