1.1. *The division of responsibilities between the Chair, and the Chief Executive Officer which should be in writing.
1.2. *Undertaking of a formal and rigorous review, on an annual basis, of its own performance, and that of its committees and individual directors.
1.3. *Assessment of which directors are independent.
1.4. *Receiving reports from Board Committees on their activities.
1.5. This Schedule of Matters Reserved for the Board.
1.6. *Consideration of the balance of interests between the various stakeholders of the Company including shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and the community.
1.7. Approval of New Store Capex/Store "Right Sizes" and Store Re-gears with a capital cost greater than £1m or, payback longer than four (4) years.
1.8. Approval of Business Systems investment (including IT) in excess of £2m.
1.9. Approval of any other Project Investment in excess of £5m.
1.10. Establishment of any new committee(s) of the Board including Terms of Reference and membership.
1.11. Approval of political donations.
1.12. Approval of potential Directors’ Conflicts of Interest.
A.2 Strategy and Management
2.1. Approval of the Group’s Strategy and Business Plan.
2.2. Approval of the annual operating and capital expenditure budgets and any material changes thereto.
2.3. Extension of the Group’s activities into new business or geographical areas.
2.4. Any decisions to cease to operate all or any material part of the Group’s business.
A.3 Structure, Capital and Financing
3.1. Changes to the Group’s (or any company within the Group) capital structure, including (the incorporation of any new subsidiary or LLP), reduction of capital, share issues (other than under employee share schemes) and any share buyback.
3.2. Any changes to the Company’s listing or its status as a PLC.
3.3. Any changes to the PLC’s registered office or company name or trading name.
3.4. Incorporation of any subsidiary and change of company name or trading name.
3.5. Corporate acquisitions investments, reorganisations, or disposals of greater than £500,000 in value in relation to the Company or any subsidiary.
A.4 Approval of the Group’s Banking Facility Arrangements
A.5 Investor Relations
5.1. *Approval of all Circulars, Prospectuses and Listing Particulars.
5.2. *Approval of press releases concerning matters decided by the Board.
5.3. *Receiving reports on the views of the Group’s shareholders.
5.4. *Appointment or removal of Brokers.
6.1. Contracts in which a director or other related party is interested.
6.2. Business where there is, or is the potential for, a director to have, a conflict of interest.
6.3. Any proposed material acquisition of the assets of another company or business.
6.4. The acquisition or disposal of shares in a listed company or that of a Group subsidiary.
6.5. Any binding commitment to enter into a material strategic alliance, merger, joint venture, partnership or profit-sharing arrangement.
6.6. The making of a takeover offer.
6.7. Changes to this document and the Group’s Delegated Authorities (known as ‘How We Do Business’).
6.8. Approval of parent company guarantees.
6.9 Issue bonds, guarantees and indemnities not in the ordinary course of business.
A.7 Policies and Statements
7.1. Review and approve the Group Policies and Statements set out in the list attached at Appendix 1.
7.2. Review Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Assessment prior to Environment Agency compliance notification.
A.8 Audit, Financial Reporting and Controls
8.1. *Approval of the Preliminary announcement and Final results.
8.2. *Approval of the Group’s dividend policy.
8.3. *Declaration of any interim dividend and recommendation of the final dividend (whether in cash or in specie).
8.4. *Approval of the Annual Report & Accounts.
8.5. Receiving reports on and reviewing the effectiveness of the Group’s risk and control processes to support its strategy and objectives.
8.6. Undertaking an annual assessment of the Group’s audit, financial reporting and controls and the processes referred to in A8.1 to A8.5.
8.7. Approval of the appointment and tenure/removal of the External Auditor (legal requirement to re-tender after 10 years).
9.1. *Changes to the structure, size and composition of the Board.
9.2. *Selection of the Chair of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer.
9.3. *Appointment or removal of the Company Secretary.
10.1. *The introduction of any new share incentive plan or major changes to existing plans. The Board recognises that the introduction of a change to the share plans may also need to be put to shareholders for approval.
10.2. *Determination, following a recommendation from the Chief Executive Officer, of the fees of the Non-Executive Directors.