Origin and Structure
UKSA was formed to provide private shareholders with a voice, influence and an opportunity to meet like-minded fellow investors. It is structured as a non-profit making company with annual subscriptions. An elected Chairman and Board of Directors monitor a regional organisation. Each region benefits from oversight by an elected regional Chairman and Committee. The Memorandum and Articles of the UK Shareholders' Association Ltd act as the "constitution" of the Association. The By-laws can be found here.
The activities are wide-ranging but special attention is paid to two prime interests.
- One is a relationship with selected companies trading on the FTSE and AIM stock markets. This includes attending company presentations similar to those provided to City analysts and institutional investors.
- The other is careful examination of, and action on, policy issues affecting investors, particularly where impending legislation is involved. This is carried out by a team of UKSA members in consultation with the membership.
Additionally, members can set up their own regular meetings for any defined purpose connected to the aims of the Association. The Croydon and Purley Group, for example, has met on a monthly basis for the past ten years .
Members receive a bi-monthly magazine - “ The Private Investor”. Articles are prepared by UKSA members and cover such subjects as shareholder rights, policy issues, investment prospects, boardroom pay, connections with the EU etc.
Subscriptions are £25 for the first year and £50 annually thereafter. The reduced level for the first year is designed to allow new members easy access on an introductory basis.