Suzuki is one of the top 10 manufacturers in the world. We’ve been around since 1909, which means we’ve got more than a century of engineering milestones behind us – and we think the future looks pretty exciting, too. Why? Because we’ve always made products that people want in their lives – and that’s never going to change.
Suzuki’s journey began in 1909, producing looms in Hamamatsu, Japan. The company evolved over time, designing and manufacturing its first Motorcycle (Colleda) and first car (Suzulight) in 1955. You can see more here https://www.globalsuzuki.com/corporate/history
Sales in the UK commenced in 1963, firstly with the importation of Motorcycles and later, Cars, ATVs and Marine engines.
Today, Suzuki GB PLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, importing product from all over the world. Based in Milton Keynes since 2006, the company continues to enjoy success in the UK with a recognisable heritage, growing product line-up and a reputation for quality and service.
Added to the global innovation in vehicles, Suzuki GB continues to innovate in other ways. In recent years, highlights have been Moto GP on BT Sport sponsorship, MK Dons Football Club title partners, London Olympics marine engine supplier. It is important to us that we continue to create interest and have these stories to tell as part of our history.
We have had a long-term relationship with Ben. An active partner working within the automotive industry, supporting colleagues who need help whilst improving the health and well-being of our industry workforce.
Since moving to Milton Keynes, Suzuki GB has also established a relationship with Willen Hospice, who care for all people affected by life-limiting illness in the community. In 2023, we were awarded ‘Platinum Partnership’ with the charity off the back of our fundraising efforts and the ongoing support of our dealerships, an achievement that fills us with a great sense of pride.
2014 saw the start of our relationship with the Milton Keynes Football Club (MK Dons), and the Milton Keynes Dons Sport and Education Trust (MK Dons SET), an independent charity that uses the club as a tool for engagement to improve the lives and experiences of the local community.
In accordance with Paragraph 22(2) Schedule 19 of the Finance Act 2016, Suzuki GB PLC (SGB) sets out its tax strategy for its UK operations. In the UK, we pay corporation tax, employer and other taxes. In addition, we collect and pay employee taxes and VAT. The taxes we pay and collect form a significant part of our economic contribution to the UK economy.
SGB's tax strategy reflects the business practices and ethos, as demonstrated in the arrangements described below. This tax strategy has been approved by our parent company in Japan, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), is effective from the date of publication and will be reviewed each year.
Risk Management and Governance Arrangements
SGB has an absolute commitment to full compliance with all relevant laws, rules, regulations and disclosure requirements. Governance of the Company, and therefore tax risk management and policies, sits with the Board of Directors and is safeguarded by a robust internal control system.
Tax risks are actively identified and assessed on an ongoing basis, utilising the skills and experience within the UK company, as well as external tax advisors. Where necessary, the Finance Director will report tax risks to the Board of Directors. In addition, where tax risks impact outside the UK, we will also consult with the tax team at our parent company SMC. Arrangements are in place to ensure intra-group transactions are performed on an arm’s length basis. Management of tax risks is a constant process, and where any process weakness is identified, new processes and controls are implemented as necessary. All tax processes are documented and key controls are identified.
Attitude to Tax planning
SGB will not engage in any form of tax planning other than that which is compliant with law and supports the commercial aims of the business.
Where commercial activities and transactions are structured in ways in which create differing outcomes for tax purposes, we will not use contrived or abnormal tax structures that are intended for tax avoidance.
In the event that there is any risk or doubt that the arrangement structure of the activity could be contrary to tax law or in any way perceived in that way, SGB will utilise external tax advice and, where appropriate, enter into transparent dialogue with HMRC.
Attitude to tax risk
SGB's aim is to minimise the level of risk in relation to UK taxation. We are not prepared to accept a level of risk that exposes us to reputational harm or which could adversely impact our relationship with HMRC.
To ensure that the tax risk to the Company is maintained at as low level as possible, a number of risk management policies and governance arrangements are in place, including reviews of new commercial actions or processes and their potential tax impact.
Working with HMRC
SGB’s approach to dealing with HMRC is to maintain an honest, transparent and collaborative relationship. SGB commits to make full and accurate disclosures in tax returns and in correspondence with HMRC. We will co-operate with HMRC at all times and deal with issues in a timely and collaborative manner.
SGB is committed to comply with all tax legislation, regulations and obligations. If any disagreements or issues arise with regards to tax or the interpretation of tax law, this will be proactively discussed with HMRC. SGB fully co-operates with HMRC where any further information or clarification is required.
Date Published – 23/03/2023
Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 requires each director to act in a way they consider, in good faith, would most likely promote the success of the Company for the benefit of its shareholders. In doing this, the director must have regard, amongst other matters, to:
(a) the likely consequences of any decision in the long term;
(b) the interests of the company's employees;
(c) the need to foster the company's business relationships with suppliers, customers and others;
(d) the impact of the company's operations on the community and the environment;
(e) the desirability of the company maintaining a reputation for high standards of business conduct; and
(f) the need to act fairly as between members of the company.
The Company Directors have delegated these responsibilities to the Board of Directors who generally meet at least weekly. The Board of Directors have complied with these requirements. For example, open and constructive dialogue with our employees and other key stakeholders is critical to inform the Board's decisions in both the short and long term. An example of this is our employee forum, attended by both senior management and employee representatives. Also, while the Board has overall responsibility for managing relationships with all our stakeholders, our divisional set up allows for more effective stakeholder engagement, particularly with our key partners within our dealer network and third party suppliers. Weekly meetings of the Board provide a regular forum for the timely raising of issues for discussion, including periodic attendance from our internal audit function who report directly to the Board.
26 September 2023