RICHARD DAVIES SPEAKS AT THE EDISON & TRUST ASSOCIATES INVESTMENT COMPANY SEMINAR

Richard Davies spoke this week at the Edison & Trust Associates Investment Company Seminar held at the offices of Edison in London. Richard set the scene for the seminar with an overview of the UK investment trust sector in terms of current and historic share ownership, based on RD:IR’s granular analysis of the share registers of our circa 200 investment trust clients.

The audience of investment trust chairs then heard from two representatives of the investor platform industry, Moira O’Neill of Interactive Investors and Mark Walter of Hargreaves Lansdown, who talked about how their platforms operated and the future of investment trusts on platforms.

With such uncertainty and potentially big market change coming up over the next few years, it was a great occasion to hear from other people working in the sector. We thank both Edison and Trust Associates for organising such an insightful event.

SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS DIRECTIVE II

Ahead of the Shareholder Rights Directive II coming into law in H2 2019, we have produced a factsheet to cover the key points and keep clients and market professionals alike up to speed.

You can read our factsheet by clicking here.

RD:IR GROWS A MO

Resident Mo Bros and employees Jack Millward and Tom O’Grady spent their November grooming their top lips to raise money for the Movember Foundation. It was like the 80s had returned to London for a whole month, and all for a great cause.

The Movember Foundation work to fight men’s health issues, primarily prostate cancer, testicular cancer, depression and suicide. Having dubbed November ‘Movember’ back in 2003, the Foundation encourages thousands of men worldwide every year to don the all-but-lost ‘tache. We are proud to have taken part in this great cause, and not for the first time.

If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

For more information on the Movember Foundation, please click here.

BEST PRACTICE AWARDS 2018

RD:IR was front-and-centre among the 500 or so guests at the Best Practice Awards again this year, being a Gold Sponsor of the IR Society. This year’s event was held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms and was indeed grand, as the name suggests. This annual do, now in its 18th year, is always the most anticipated in the investor relations calendar, leading to attendees dressing in their finest to be entertained and socialise the night away.

We send our warmest congratulations to all winners on the night, and are especially proud to work with RDI REIT, which was named for having the best overall communication of company investment proposition, and Fidelity International, recognised for having the best investor engagement. Both companies were rightly acknowledged to have a strong IR strategy due to their commitment to their investors and the markets.

The Best Practice Awards are an important marker of the seriousness with which the IR Society takes best practice and good governance, issues which we at RD:IR view as vital for healthy capital markets. It is right to recognise those people and companies leading the field with their approaches to investor relations, and long may it continue. Thank you to everyone who contributed to such a fantastic evening, not least the hard-working team at the IR Society.

Fidelity International picking up their award for best investor engagement (L-R: Miles Jupp, Patricia LeFranc and David Enticknap)

RDI REIT picking up their award for FTSE 250 company with the best overall communication of company investment proposition (L-R: Debbie Nathan, Tish Crawford-Jones, Janine Ackerman and Miles Jupp)

British Land picking up their award for FTSE 100 company with the best overall communication of company investment proposition (L-R: Miles Jupp, David Walker, Joanna Waddingham and Alison Owers)

EasyJet picking up their award for best overall company IR (L-R: Richard Davies, Stuart Morgan and Miles Jupp)

RD:IR ATTENDS FINNISH IR CONFERENCE

On 01 October, RD:IR had the pleasure to sponsor and participate in the Finnish IR Conference, hosted by the Finnish IR Society (FIRS) at F-Secure’s offices in Helsinki. Opening and closing remarks were made by FIRS’ chairman, Marja Mäkinen, with various speakers filling the day. It was a very well attended event, with diverse participation ranging from corporate issuers to legal companies and major local investors. Several newcomers to the industry were also in attendance. The programme benefited from excellent speakers passing on their experiences on subjects ranging from governance to the economy. 

Everyone in attendance at the Finnish IR Conference was very engaging, and credit to the board for making the annual event a memorable one. RD:IR very much looks forward to working with our Finnish partners in the future, having enjoyed working closely with FIRS.

We are successfully growing our client base in Northern Europe, being active in Norway, Denmark and Finland, and these events prove useful for both RD:IR and our clients. They are well organised and a superb opportunity to meet others and discuss the state of the IR and wider investment industries.