What we do and how we do it
Leprino Foods Ltd is a leading mozzarella manufacturer and supplier in Europe, operating from two production facilities in the UK. We employ more than 350 people and sell our products in the UK and across the EU.
This statement of Leprino Foods Ltd's tax strategy ("Tax Strategy") sets out our strategy for conducting our tax affairs, and sets out the processes and procedures for managing our tax risks.
The Tax Strategy applies to all Directors, Officers, employees and contract, agency and temporary staff who are responsible for or have an impact upon the execution of our tax strategy.
Leprino Foods Ltd is a market leading, international business and we recognize that our tax strategy is to ensure that our transactions are conducted with integrity and in accordance with all relevant local and international legislation within the country that we operate in, and the countries that we trade with.
Leprino Foods Ltd's tax strategy is designed to ensure compliance with all legal and disclosure requirements across the jurisdictions in which we operate as well as to the applicable legal and fiduciary duties of directors and employees. Where appropriate, we seek external tax advice to ensure that we are compliant with relevant tax laws and to ensure that all transactions are conducted in accordance with relevant tax regulations.
The Leprino Foods Ltd Board is responsible for setting and monitoring the strategy of Leprino Foods and by extension, its tax strategy. The Board has a clear governance framework with defined responsibilities and accountabilities. Leprino Foods Ltd's code of business conduct, for example, sets clear parameters for the conduct of all Directors, Officers, employees and contract, agency and temporary staff.
Leprino Foods Ltd's Senior Management Team is responsible for overseeing the effective execution of the business and, by extension, the tax strategy as well as monitoring risk exposures and establishing appropriate internal controls for risk identification and mitigation.
Risk management is a regular agenda item at Leprino Foods Ltd Board meetings. In addition the Leprino Foods Ltd Board conducts a detailed consideration of the impact of our principal risks during the annual strategy process.
Tax Risk Management
It is the responsibility of those individuals to which this Tax Strategy applies to identify and escalate perceived tax risks to Leprino Foods Ltd's Senior Accounting Officer (SAO).
The SAO in collaboration with Leprino Foods Ltd's Company Secretary, is responsible for maintaining the risk register, the on-going monitoring of tax risks as well as the establishment of parameters and procedures to minimise the likelihood of any identified tax risks materialising. The Leprino Foods Ltd Board reviews the risk register periodically (at least annually).
Relationship with tax authorities
Leprino Foods Ltd is committed to acting with integrity at all times, maintaining a transparent, open and honest relationship with tax authorities and to undertake any such dealings in a professional and timely manner.
We endeavour to respond to queries, information and clearance requests in a timely manner as this minimises the risk of damage to our reputation.
Leprino Foods Ltd considers that this Tax Strategy is compliant with its duty under section 161 and Schedule 19 of Finance Act 2016 to publish its tax strategy in the current financial year.