Catching up with…Tony Beddows at Friendly Soap

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Friendly Soap, an enterprise using ancient methods to create no-waste, biodegradable and free-from soap products, first secured the Fair Tax Mark three years ago. We spoke to Tony Beddows, who leads Friendly Soap’s marketing, about their accreditation and what motivates them to get the Fair Tax Mark each year.   In what ways has the Fair Tax Mark affected customer perception of Friendly Soap? At Friendly Soap we believe that a truly ethical business will have nothing to hide. From proudly displaying product ingredients, to publishing our financial data, full disclosure and transparency is something that we’ve always embraced. How did you…

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Five minutes with Graham Drummond, Head of Communications

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What do you enjoy most about working at the Fair Tax Foundation?  It’s important to me that my work contributes towards a positive change. I find great satisfaction in working with, and promoting, the businesses that have gained the Fair Tax Mark. They’ve accomplished something tangible and real – an independent accreditation that allows them to show their stakeholders that they’re doing the right thing on tax. Celebrating that with them is immensely rewarding. Corporation tax contributes to positive social and economic impact, and the diverse range of certified companies our team has the pleasure of working with know that…

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Economic Crime Bills – once in a generation opportunity to drive dirty money out of the UK

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By Paul Monaghan Fair Tax Foundation, Chief Executive Email Paul It’s a sad truth that the UK has been a global hub for illicit financial flows for decades, but there is an opportunity for this to change with today’s announcement of a pair of Economic Crime Bills. What has become known as the ‘London Laundromat’ contributes to suffering across the world, but it also inflicts pain closer to home  – with the UK’s National Crime Agency estimating that hundreds of billions of ‘money laundering’ is flowing through the UK each year and that this costs the country more than £100…

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Coventry Building Society secures Fair Tax Mark

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Coventry Building Society has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark accreditation, and joins the growing movement of responsible businesses who are proud to ‘say what they pay with pride’. The second largest building society in the UK, it was founded in 1884 and currently holds £53bn in assets. By securing the Fair Tax Mark, Coventry Building Society can now demonstrate leading edge responsible tax conduct to its 2 million members and 2,800 colleagues. The Fair Tax Mark is an independent certification, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are paying the right amount of corporation tax in the right place,…

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Wolf&Player is first creative agency to secure Fair Tax Mark

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Wolf&Player has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark accreditation, and joins the growing movement of responsible businesses that have achieved the gold standard of responsible tax conduct. Wolf&Player is a creative agency using the power of design to make a positive difference in the world. They work with their clients helping them better reach their audience with “projects that advocate, innovate and transform”. “We are delighted to welcome Wolf&Player on board as the first creative agency to secure the Fair Tax Mark accreditation. As part of the accreditation process, Wolf&Player has published a Fair Tax Mark Statement, which publicly…

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Newcastle City Council becomes 20th UK council to back Fair Tax Declaration

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Newcastle City Council has become the 20th council in the UK, and 6th in the North East, to join a growing movement of cities, towns and districts standing up for responsible tax conduct. Local authorities that approve the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration commit to leading by example on their own tax conduct, demanding greater transparency from suppliers and calling for more meaningful powers to tackle tax avoidance amongst suppliers when buying goods and services. On signing up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Economy, Councillor Joyce McCarty, said: “By signing the Fair Tax Declaration…

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Epwin Group Plc gains Fair Tax Mark

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FTSE AIM-listed Epwin Group Plc has been accredited with the Fair Tax Mark, joining the growing group of businesses who say what they pay with pride. Epwin Group Plc is the leading manufacturer of low maintenance building products, supplying the RMI (repair, maintenance and improvement), new build and social housing sectors. “We’re delighted that Epwin Group has secured the Fair Tax Mark. The Group has made significant corporation tax payments year after year, as well as publicly committing themselves to responsible tax conduct by applying tax rules in good faith and in the spirit that they were intended.  All this…

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Torfaen is first Welsh council to commit to fair tax practices

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Torfaen Council has become the first Welsh council and the 19th in the UK to join a growing movement of cities, towns and counties standing up for responsible tax conduct. Covering the towns of Pontypool, Cwmbran and surrounding areas north of Cardiff in South Wales, the council has voted to approve a motion in support of the UK Councils for Fair Tax Declaration. The Declaration commits cities, towns and districts to pursuing exemplary tax conduct in their affairs, require greater transparency from suppliers and join calls for more meaningful powers to tackle tax avoidance amongst suppliers when buying goods and…

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Millboard Company and Murray Uniforms secure the Fair Tax Mark

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Midlands-based The Millboard Company and Murray Uniforms, owned by The Elmdene Group, have secured their first Fair Tax Mark accreditation, the gold standard of responsible tax conduct. Manufactured in the UK, Millboard “combines British craftsmanship with the inspiration of nature to create authentic, wood-look decking that can be seen in residential and commercial settings around the world”. With over 100 years’ experience, Murray Uniforms applies “technical expertise on uniform fit and combine it with the Science of Uniform® and insights to design and manufacture the best corporate wear and workwear for their clients”. Jerry Douglass, CEO of Millboard, said: “We…

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Transparency and promoting good tax conduct earns Brett Nicholls Associates the Fair Tax Mark

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Brett Nicholls Associates has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark accreditation, the gold standard of responsible tax conduct. Brett Nicholls Associates is a family-owned and managed accountancy firm based in Glasgow. It provides traditional accounting support services, as well as financial and non-financial analysis, advice and reporting. David Nicholls, Partner, Brett Nicholls Associates said: “We’re proud to be accredited in this way and hope that more accountants will join us in encouraging all businesses – particularly the largest and wealthiest – to work toward greater tax transparency and conduct.” Jaime Boswell, Head of Accreditations, Fair Tax Foundation, said: “We…

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