Corporate Governance


Modern Slavery Statement

As a responsible restaurant chain, Big Table Group is committed to ensuring that our supply chain and within our own operations, we take a robust stance in the prevention of slavery and human trafficking. We continue to work with our suppliers to strengthen our supply chain due diligence in social, environmental and ethical standards whilst recognising that many may need practical help and support in implementing these.

BTG’s Modern Slavery statement sets out the steps we have taken in understanding all potential risks, ensuring that these are addressed to support our objective of zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking in all our business activities both in the UK and overseas.

Structure and Supply Chains

Big Table Group is one of the leading independent restaurant companies in the UK employing over 4,000 people and serving millions of meals at around 150 locations.It is a parent business to three main operating companies: Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Café Rouge.

We have a centralised Procurement team who work with around 100 suppliers and with them we have established strong relationships based on mutual trust and transparency.

We use Authenticate, an industry leading supply chain mapping tool to understand our ingredient sourcing and our exposure in different countries. In 2020, we identified our high-risk countries as; Thailand, India, Italy, Spain and UK.

Our aim is to build best practice supply chain assurance that is resilient to any potential risks and supports us to be vigilant in all parts of our business. To this end, we require our direct suppliers to work closely with all their supply chain partners including raw material producers, distributors, wholesalers and agents to meet this aim.

Policies

Ethical Trading
All direct suppliers and their supply chain partners must comply with all EU and UK legislation relating to ethical trading and worker welfare as a minimum. These include the following:

  • The Data Protection Act 1998
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977
  • The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) whose Base Code is drawn from the scope and standards defined by the UN and ILO.

Where applicable i.e. companies that have a turnover of £36 million or more, they should also demonstrate their own compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

In addition to this, BTG has its own Ethical Trading Policy that sets out company policies and practices to ensure our business and supply chain practices are free from slavery and human trafficking far as possible.

Our policy covers 14 key principles that reflect those in the ETI Base Code including: prohibition of slavery and human trafficking, safe and hygienic working conditions and payment of a fair wage. All direct suppliers are required to show compliance with this Policy and to provide evidence of continuous improvement in worker welfare.

Suppliers must have their own Codes of Conduct, ethical trading policies and management systems to demonstrate their approach to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking.

All first-tier suppliers are required to be Sedex members and to provide due diligence on ethical trading including self-assessment, third party audits and corrective action of non-compliances on request from BTG. BTG is also a Sedex member that allows us to access information on suppliers including latest audits undertaken and corrective action reports at any given time.

Monitoring and Reporting
BTG will continue to work with our suppliers to share responsibility with them on modern slavery and worker welfare issues in our supply chain.

Day to day responsibility for monitoring of suppliers’ audits and self-assessments through Sedex lies with our Technical Manager together with quarterly reviews which are conducted on overall progress and compliance of our policies with Authenticate.

Next Steps for 2021
A section will be included in Authenticate in line with our compliance to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and this is a supplier questionnaire, the purpose of which is to:

Continue to raise awareness across our supplier base, particularly new suppliers, about the Modern Slavery Act and their compliance requirements.

To update our risk mapping of new and existing suppliers according to product category and source location and to extend this to all first-tier suppliers including Property and Marketing.

To request that our suppliers confirm their own compliance to the Modern Slavery Act and their cooperation if any slavery and human trafficking incidents are found in their supply chains.

We will use Authenticate to report on how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business including key performance indicators (KPIs) as follows:

  • % of suppliers who have been audited against ethical trading requirements.
  • % of suppliers approved.
  • % of suppliers who have had to adopt corrective action for any legislative or company requirements.

We will provide refresher training to our Procurement, Marketing and Property colleagues to raise awareness to Modern Slavery as part of their sourcing responsibilities.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (1) “Transparency in Supply Chains’ clause of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes BTG’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement and will be reviewed and updated annually.

Signed

Alan Morgan CEO, The Big Table Group Limited

Tax Strategy

Introduction

The tax strategy in Big Table Group Group Limited and all subsidiary companies (“BTG” and “the Company”) has been agreed and approved by the Board of Directors. BTG is a UK registered trading company and pays its tax in the UK. BTG is committed to doing business responsibly and takes all matters including those involving tax seriously. BTG ensures that all areas relating to taxation are continually reviewed throughout each year.

Approach to Tax Compliance Reporting and Tax Planning

Tax compliance and reporting is of high priority across the Company. Internal and external deadlines and processes are monitored and reviewed to ensure compliance.

BTG complies with all UK taxation rules and regulations. The Company utilises reliefs, deductions and allowances in line with UK rules and regulations.

Risk Management and Governance Arrangements

BTG employs a dedicated internal tax resource to manage its fiscal obligations as well as professional external advisers. The Board, senior management team and senior accounting officers are updated across the year in relation to all aspects of taxation and formal reporting deadlines. All external audits are adhered to.

Risk Acceptance

BTG monitors risk across the year and takes all necessary steps to ensure compliance with UK regulations. Formal procedures are entered into with HMRC where appropriate.

BTG’s Relationship with HMRC

BTG engages fully in annual business reviews and is committed to maintaining an open, honest and constructive dialogue with HMRC. When submitting tax returns to HMRC, BTG is committed to providing a full relevant disclosure and to file within statutory deadlines. When corresponding with HMRC, BTG commits to responding in a timely manner on a clear basis. BTG will work together with HMRC to resolve any disputed is a timely and transparent manner.

Tipping and Service

All customer cash tips and service charges are kept by restaarant employees in full. When tips or service charge are paid for by a credit card or debit card, we take a small 2.5% administration charge to cover bank fees, before distributing the remainder in full to our employees. Tips and service charges are paid in full in addition to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. In practice, this means for every £1 in tips given on a credit card, our teams will keep 97.5p and 2.5p will cover credit card fees and administration costs.

Any tips paid in cash are retained by the individual waiter. They may or may not have arrangements in place to share these tips with other employees in the restaurant and staff in the restaurant kitchen. It is the responsibility of those receiving cash tips to declare the income for tax purposes to HM Revenue & Customs. The company does not participate in any aspect of cash tips.

Big Table Group and all of its restaurant businesses fully support the British Hospitality Association (BHA) voluntary code of best practice on service charges and tips. More details of this code can be found on the BHA website.

In addition to tips, our employees benefit from 50% Employee Discount across all Big Table Brands on food and drink, Team Meals whilst on duty, savings on 100s of retailers and activities through our Employee Advantages Scheme, along with numerous incentives for our teams to benefit from.

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