Arrangements for the Annual General Meeting
30 April 2020
M Winkworth Plc
("Winkworth" or the "Company")
Arrangements for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak
The Company is required by law to hold an AGM and is still working on the basis that it's AGM will be held on 12 May 2020 at 10.30 a.m. at its registered office as scheduled. However, as COVID-19 continues to have an impact and there is no certainty about whether the lockdown will still be in force on that day, the Board has decided that the AGM should be held 'behind closed doors'.
Attendance at shareholder meetings is not deemed "essential" for work purposes, and is only required to constitute a quorum, being two shareholders. Therefore, under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, which are now in force, as gatherings of more than two people are prohibited, except in very limited circumstances, the Board has arranged for the AGM to be held 'behind closed doors', attended by two shareholders (who are also directors) in person to ensure that the meeting is quorate. These shareholders will observe all appropriate measures including social distancing.
On that basis, the Company request that other shareholders do not attend in person as they will not be allowed to join the meeting. Shareholders are encouraged to submit their votes by proxy following the instructions set out in the notes to the AGM Notice. Shareholders are strongly encouraged to appoint "The Chairman of the Meeting" as their proxy.
If the lockdown is lifted by 12 May 2020, and on the basis that there are no other applicable restrictions in place, then the AGM will be made open to all shareholders. If this happens and you have submitted a proxy, you may still attend the meeting.
Please check the status of the meeting on the Company's website: www.winkworthplc.com/annual-reports-results. Alongside "2020 AGM Update" it will state whether the meeting is open or closed to shareholders.
Should you have any questions of the board to be raised at the AGM, then please email them to the Company Secretary at the following address [email protected] by no later than 5.00 p.m. on 8 May 2020.
A Q&A reflecting the questions received and responses provided will be made available on the Company's website at www.winkworthplc.com as soon as practicable following the AGM.
It will be a shame for the directors to miss the opportunity to talk to shareholders in person, but the Board believes these changes are in the best interest of all shareholders.
For further information please contact:
M Winkworth Plc Tel : 020 7355 0206
Dominic Agace (Chief Executive Officer)
Andrew Nicol (Chief Financial Officer)
Milbourne (Public Relations) Tel : 07903 802545
Shore Capital (NOMAD and Broker) Tel : 020 7408 4090
Winkworth is a leading franchisor of residential real estate agencies and is admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.
Established in Mayfair in 1835, Winkworth has a pre-eminent position in the mid to upper segments of the central London residential sales and lettings markets. In total the company operates from some 100 offices, having expanded consistently in recent years.
The franchise model allows entrepreneurial real estate professionals to provide the highest standards of service under the banner of a well-respected brand name and to benefit from the support and promotion that Winkworth offers. Franchisees deliver in-depth local knowledge and a highly personalised service to their clients.
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