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Shareholder Roadblocks

Right now, retail investors are being locked out of AGMs because of the complex share ownership system in the UK.

Our research revealed that whilst 92% of are interested in attending an AGM, almost half of investors (48%) are unable to do so because they purchased shares through a broker and therefore aren’t registered directly as a shareholder. Just a fifth of shareholders knew this was the case when they bought their shares.

So, we’re launching a new campaign: Shareholder Roadblocks to help raise awareness of retail investors’ rights and call for urgent change to simplify the chains of complexity that stand between shareholders and the companies they own.

 

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Shareholder Roadblocks


Right now, retail investors are being locked out of AGMs because of the complex share ownership system in the UK.

Our research revealed that whilst 92% of are interested in attending an AGM, almost half of investors (48%) are unable to do so because they purchased shares through a broker and therefore aren’t registered directly as a shareholder. Just a fifth of shareholders knew this was the case when they bought their shares.

So, we’re launching a new campaign: Shareholder Roadblocks to help raise awareness of retail investors’ rights and call for urgent change to simplify the chains of complexity that stand between shareholders and the companies they own.

 


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Retail investors are hungry to attend AGMs, but many are being denied this right


For our latest report, we spoke to 2,000 UK shareholders to find out the challenges they face attending AGMs, the things they’d like to see change and their motivations for attending the meeting. We discovered an urgent need for greater accessibility and inclusivity.

In the report we examine:

  • Problems with the current share ownership system in the UK and what this means for retail investors at AGMs
  • The different reasons retail investors attend AGMs
  • The rise of hybrid meetings
  • How companies can engage with shareholders beyond the AGM

Click on the link above to download insights on how to engage retail investors.

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Kerry Leighton-Bailey, Chief Commerical Officer at Lumi says:

The process to attend and vote at an AGM as a retail shareholder is like breaking into Fort Knox. Even our CEO, who understands the system, has tried to attend meetings as a proxy but faced roadblock after roadblock.

Ellie McLaughlin, Campaigns Officer at ShareAction says:

Although the AGM is a critical forum for shareholders, and those impacted by the activities of corporates, to engage with companies, the complexity of the system - both in the UK and even more so internationally - can make it incredibly difficult for key stakeholders to attend.

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