About Us – Corporate Governance

The purpose of this statement is to describe the Parent Company's approach to corporate governance and, in particular, to explain, review and report upon the effectiveness of how the Group and Parent Company has applied the principles set out in Section 4 of the Quoted Companies Alliance ("QCA") Code issued in 2013 which are commensurate with its size.

The Board is composed of a mixture of Executive and Non-Executive members in order to provide the division of responsibilities and balance which are considered appropriate to the Parent Company's individual circumstances.

The Group and Parent Company is 80% owned by EOI Fire SARL ("EOI"). In the absence of a substantial third party shareholder, it is considered unnecessary and, to a large degree unrealistic, to separate the roles of Chairman and Chief Executive. All the Executive Directors are connected with EOI as are J-P Murray and M-C. Leon (Non-Executive Directors) and are therefore not considered to be independent.

To limit the effect of the majority shareholder, the Parent Company and EOI, entered into a relationship agreement dated 10 December 1999 in which EOI has provided certain assurances to the Parent Company with regard to its relationship with the Parent Company. The agreement confirms that the business and affairs of the Parent Company shall be managed by the Board in accordance with the Parent Company's Memorandum and Articles of Association and with applicable laws and all relevant statutory provisions for the benefit of the shareholders as a whole. Any transactions or other relationships between any member of the EOI Group and the Parent Company would be at arm's length and on a normal commercial basis. The above Directors declare their interest and take no part in decisions where appropriate.

H. Shouler is recognised Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.

Due to the small size of the Board and close involvement of the majority shareholder, the Directors have no current intentions to appoint a third Independent Non-Executive Director.

Due to the relatively small size of the Group and the nature of its businesses, the Executive Directors are more directly involved in the day-to-day activities than would be the case in a larger more diversified organisation.

The full Board meets regularly to review current trading and to make key operational and strategic decisions and has extensive access to detailed information in addition to the monthly management accounts and other reports that are circulated on a monthly basis. A schedule is maintained of matters specifically reserved for decision by the full Board, which includes matters of business strategy, business acquisitions, business disposals, approval of budgets and approval of financial statements. Interim meetings or appropriate sub-committees are established when decisions at full Board level are required between scheduled meetings.

All Directors have access to the Company Secretary who is responsible to the Board for ensuring that all applicable procedures and regulations are complied with. Each Director has the right to take independent professional advice in connection with his or her duties at the Parent Company's expense.

Board Committees
The Board maintains two standing committees comprising Executive and Non-Executive Directors. Both committees have written constitutions and terms of reference.

The remuneration committee comprises H. Shouler and J-J. Murray. The committee is chaired by H. Shouler. The remuneration committee reviews the performance of Executive Directors and sets the scale and structure of their remuneration and the basis of their service agreements with due regard to the interests of the shareholders. No Director is permitted to participate in decisions concerning his own remuneration.

Details of Directors' remuneration are set out in the Directors' Remuneration Report in the Annual Report.

The audit committee currently comprises H. Shouler and J-J. Murray. H. Shouler is independent of management and EOI Fire SARL. The committee is chaired by H. Shouler. The audit committee is responsible for ensuring that the financial performance of the Group is properly monitored, controlled and reported on. It meets regularly and meets the auditors to discuss the audit approach and the results of the audit.

The audit committee considers the need to introduce an internal audit function each year. After taking into consideration the current size and complexity of the Group, the committee believes that it would not be cost effective to have an internal audit function and the committee feels that sufficient comfort is obtained through the scope and quality of management's ongoing monitoring of risks.

Due to the small size of the Board, the Directors consider that a nomination committee need not be established.

Appointment and Removal of Board Members
The appointment of Directors involves selection by the full Board and Directors so appointed must be re-elected at the following Annual General Meeting. All Directors are subject to retirement by rotation and at least one third of Directors must offer themselves for re-election at each Annual General Meeting. The rotation is structured so that all Directors submit themselves for re-election at least every three years.

The removal of Board members, and the Company Secretary, is a matter for the Board as a whole.

Relations with Shareholders
The relationship between the Company and its majority shareholder is discussed above.

The Company monitors its share register to ensure that dialogue is entered into with other shareholders as appropriate. All proxy votes are counted and the results are announced in respect of each resolution at the Annual General Meeting.

Risk Management and Internal Control
The Directors have considered the effectiveness of the Group's system of internal controls. The Directors have continued to report upon internal financial controls only in accordance with the ICAEW's guidance "Internal Control and Financial Reporting" (the Rutteman guidance), and to report non-compliance with "Internal Control: Guidance for Directors on the Combined Code" (the Turnbull guidance).

Key elements of the Group's system of internal financial controls are as follows:

The Directors confirm that they have reviewed the effectiveness of the system of risk management and internal control.