Q&A with Luke Wellock, Leeds Building Society

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Leeds Building Society became the first national high street financial institution to receive the Fair Tax Mark in December 2018, and was reaccredited in July 2019. We took the opportunity to speak to Luke Wellock, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Leeds Building Society, and asked him about their experience of the accreditation process, why the Society applied for the Fair Tax Mark and how it’s benefitted the business so far. Luke, why did Leeds Building Society apply for the Fair Tax Mark?  Our members and colleagues influence much of the Society’s responsible business activity and research carried out by our Insight…

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Trust in HMRC on the increase, but record levels of concern on businesses tax behaviour

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Over three-quarters of the public would rather shop with or work for a business that can prove it is paying its fair share of tax HMRC and the Fair Tax Mark heavily favoured as trusted verifiers of good tax conduct, with “company auditors” trusted by small minority of the public New polling conducted by ICM has shown record levels of concern among the public about the use of tax avoidance practices by business in the UK. The survey, commissioned by the Fair Tax Mark, also shows that more people than ever before would change who they shop with to favour…

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Renewable energy generator Energy4All makes Fair Tax Mark commitment on International Day of Cooperatives

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Energy4All has today, Saturday 6th July 2019, International Day of Cooperatives and the first day of Fair Tax Week, been certified as a Fair Tax Mark business. Energy4All is a leading organisation in the development and delivery of community renewable energy schemes across the UK; helping people to benefit from clean, green energy they generate from wind, solar and hydro projects in their local area. Energy4All works with 25 local community energy co-operatives. Energy4All supports communities to develop innovative renewable energy projects, raise the funds those projects need to go forward, provide high-quality project managers to support the construction process and finally…

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“Good” tax conduct needs to be an integral consideration of Government supply contracts

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This week, GMB Union has released research which calculates that Amazon has won £460million of public procurement contracts in the past four years. This is the same Amazon that the European Commission has recently ordered Luxembourg to recover unpaid taxes worth €250 million from, saying the country had granted Amazon’s European arm “undue tax benefit” by allowing it to shift profits to a tax-exempt shell company. Understandably, this led Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Andrew Mitchell MP – key leaders of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Responsible Tax – to call for the UK Government to deprive such companies of…

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High Street retailer Lush demonstrates commitment to tax transparency

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The Fair Tax Mark is pleased to announce that Lush has been recertified as a Fair Tax Mark business for a fifth successive year. Hilary Jones, Ethics Director, Lush said: “As a company we feel that we should contribute back to the societies from which we trade by being a good employer, by trading fairly with our suppliers and by paying our taxes into the collective purse. “We’re proud to have the Fair Tax Mark and to check ourselves against an independent benchmark so we know we’re operating in a fair and transparent way.” Paul Monaghan, Chief Executive, Fair Tax Mark,…

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Accreditation Manager

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We’re on the hunt for a Fair Tax Mark Accreditation Manager to assess and advise our rapidly growing portfolio of business clients Note: the role has been reviewed since it was orginally posted in February 2019. With the salary range increasing to £32-35K and the person specfications now requiring a ‘qualified accountant or tax professional. Or, significant equivalent practice and experience.’ Application process: CV and covering letter to be submitted by Friday, 18th April, via info@fairtaxmark.net Should demonstrate how applicants’ skills and experience make them suitable for the role and link back to the responsibilities and personal specifications set out…

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Affinity Water

Affinity Water becomes the 50th company to secure Fair Tax Mark accreditation

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Affinity Water, the UK’s largest water-only supplier, has today secured Fair Tax Mark accreditation, following its successful assessment against the Fair Tax Mark criteria. Affinity Water provides on average 900 million litres of water each day to a population of more than 3.6 million people in North West London and the Home Counties – serving Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon and parts of the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Enfield. They also supply water to the Tendring peninsula in Essex and the Folkestone and Dover areas of Kent. Affinity Water…

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Munnelly Group PLC awarded Fair Tax Mark

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Munnelly Group PLC have been awarded the Fair Tax Mark, demonstrating their commitment to on time, and in full, transparent tax payment, reporting and disclosure. The group, which is the parent company to five construction and infrastructure support services brands – Munnelly Support Services, Bishopsgate, City Calling, Guardior Security and MacRail Systems – is active across the UK. Chris Harrison, Chief Financial Officer of Munnelly Group PLC, said: “UK construction and infrastructure are usually funded either in wholly or partly by central government who spend UK-generated tax revenues. The subject of fair payment of tax is currently a huge issue within…

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VME Retail accredited as Fair Tax Mark business

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VME Retail Systems Ltd, who provide a high quality epos system (IntelliStore) to convenience stores and supermarkets throughout the UK, has today been certified as an accredited Fair Tax Mark business. VME Retail focus on grocery epos, including forecourts, making them a well-known specialist in this particular area, writing and maintaining their own software and offering a support team to assist customers to run their businesses. Already some fifty businesses have been certified, including FTSE-listed plcs, co-operatives, social enterprises and large private business – who between them have income of £50bn and over 6,500 offices and outlets. Fair Tax Mark…

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Fair Tax Week 2019 launched

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We are pleased to announce that Fair Tax Week in 2019 will run from the 6–14 July 2019, incorporating Tax Justice Sunday on the 7 July. Fair Tax Week 2019 will be co-sponsored by SSE plc and Pennon Group plc. Fair Tax Week is a UK-wide celebration of the companies and organisations that are proud to pay their fair share of corporation tax, and an opportunity to explore the positive contribution this makes to society. Paul Monaghan, Chief Executive, Fair Tax Mark, said: “Corporation Tax is often presented as a burden, but it shouldn’t be. Not when considered against the huge array…

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