There is a strong argument for issuing shares to employees or granting them share options during the current Covid-19 pandemic, as the value of shares may be relatively low. However, there are practical difficulties regarding share valuation to consider.For tax-advantaged share plans, the valuation methodology...

The RM2 Partnership Limited is an employee owned consultancy specialising in the design, implementation and administration of all types of employee share plan arrangements. Our clients include private companies and those listed on AIM or similar markets. We have a vacancy for a Share Plans Assistant...

It goes without saying that 2020 will be a memorable year. A country in lockdown resulting in businesses feeling the effects for some time to come. The UK has entered into recession for the first time in 11 years. There is no doubt that there...

The government has recognised the Share Incentive Plan (SIP) is an excellent starting point for employee ownership, with its almost unbelievable tax efficiency, huge flexibility and straightforward implementation. Key benefits of a SIP In summary, here are the key benefits of a SIP for a company looking...

The Upper Tribunal (“UT”) has allowed HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) to appeal against the decision of the First-tier Tribunal (“FTT”) Vermilion Holdings Ltd v HMRC [2019] UKFTT 230 (TC) (8 April 2019) that an option was not granted to a director by reason of...

Companies that operate Share Incentive Plans (SIP) for employees will already know about the excellent tax benefits offered by this type of all employee share plan. Ultimately, a SIP can deliver a zero tax rate for participants, making it the most tax efficient share plan...

What makes a successful employee share plan? These are testing times for all of us, so perhaps it’s a good time to share some positivity - the story of one of our clients whose employee share plan arrangements achieved a number of successful outcomes. A private company...

Amidst ongoing anxiety unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic, concerns about the impact on the economy are increasingly driving government’s response. Is it time to start thinking about alternative business measures to help stabilise and improve the economy, and could employee ownership be part of this? The...

RM2 – COVID-19 Update It’s clear to all of us by now that these are unprecedented times. They are confusing and are shaping some businesses in a way that has never been seen before. At RM2 we are working from home and the office...

RM2 is open for business, although we are following the guidance issued by Public Health England, which can be found using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavi...

Members of the Employee Ownership Association recently attended an inspiring talk by Naomi Climer CBE, Co-Chair of the Institute for the Future of Work (IFoW) at the annual Robert Oakeshott lecture, hosted by Cass Business School.Naomi’s lecture looked at the impact of automation and AI...

We're often contacted by private company owners who are keen to implement employee share plans for their employees quickly. They've heard about the positives – employee commitment, improvement in productivity – and for some plans like the Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) and Share Incentive Plan...

What is an Employee Share Plan Return?All employee share schemes need to be registered with HMRC. An employee share plan return is the annual process of notifying HMRC of awards granted, lapsed & exercised and confirming if any alterations have been made to key feature...

If you run a private company, or your company isn’t listed on the main market, you are probably blissfully happy that you don’t have to “comply or explain” in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code. The latest version produced by the Financial Reporting Council...

From time to time, we get requests from companies who’ve established, or started to establish, a share plan for employees, only to get stuck on the nitty gritty of making the awards, or managing the scheme afterwards. Employee share plans can range in complexity but whatever...