Promoting good practice
Campervan boss briefs MSPs on fair tax campaign
Simon Poole: raising the profile of good practice
East Lothian businessman Simon Poole will join Fair Tax Mark leader Paul Monaghan in an online Scottish Parliament briefing this week on ensuring companies “pay their way”.
Simon Poole of North Berwick-based Jerba Campervans will be among those speaking on Wednesday to a group of cross-party MSPs during a private session chaired by the Rural Affairs and Islands Secretary, Rhoda Grant.
The briefing comes during the Fair Tax Week – a UK-wide recognition of the companies and organisations that are proud to promote responsible tax practices.
With an estimated £7 billion of UK corporation tax receipts still going astray because of profit shifting alone, the briefing will explore why corporation tax matters and what government can do to incentivise more businesses to focus on ethical practices, pushing more money towards social impact.
Jerba Campervans, the employee-owned converter, has been Fair Tax Mark accredited since January for its commitment to work-life balance and paying the living wage, to its tax arrangements, supplier relationships and customer care.
Mr Poole, co-founder, said: “Anything we can do to raise the profile of good and honest tax practice can only be a positive thing.”
The Fair Tax Mark was launched in February 2014 and is now one of the underpinning objectives of the Good Business Charter, it seeks to encourage and recognise organisations that pay the right amount of corporation tax at the right time in the right place.