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Governance and Culture

With the FCA shining an increasingly bright spotlight on issues of governance and culture, there’s a growing awareness among UK regulated businesses of the need to address what has often previously been a neglected area.

A robust governance framework allows information to flow freely up and down your organisation. It helps senior managers keep their fingers on the pulse, fosters a positive shared culture, and helps you satisfy the stringent requirements of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR).

From a regulatory perspective, the FCA’s Principles for Businesses, SYSC and the SM&CR all require firms to implement – and evidence – appropriate controls. The regulator’s focus on the concepts of conduct risk and treating customers fairly puts the onus firmly on firms to adopt responsible strategies supported by fair and balanced decision-making.

And yet, despite all this, many firms still lack adequate governance frameworks.

That’s where we come in. Thistle provides a range of expert consultancy services around governance and culture. We help businesses of all types and sizes meet their regulatory obligations and reap the benefits of instilling robust governance frameworks.

We can help you take a step back and take an objective view of your structures, roles, and responsibilities. We’ll help you better understand the flow of information within your business, where it needs to come from – and who it needs to be shared with. We’ll help you develop a manageable governance framework – supported by proportionate reporting provisions.

Based on our extensive experience of working with firms on government and culture issues, we’ve developed a suite of documents we can use to help you develop a governance framework that supports both the ongoing success of your business and your regulatory obligations. These include conduct risk policies, board agendas, committee structures, terms of reference, and MI monitoring plans.

To find out more about how Thistle’s experts can help your business implement a governance framework that helps it operate more efficiently, effectively and compliantly, get in touch today. You can reach us by filling in the contact form on the right, by emailing or by calling 0207 436 0630.

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