Managing your shares
In this section shareholders can find information on managing shares and contact details
Link Asset Services is our registrar and they offer many services to make managing your shareholding easier and more efficient.
The Share Portal is a secure online site where you can manage your shareholding quickly and easily. You can:
- View your holding and get an indicative valuation
- Change your address
- Arrange to have dividends paid into your bank account
- Request to receive shareholder communications by email rather than post
- View your dividend payment history
- Buy and sell shares and access a wealth of stock market news and information
- Register your proxy voting instruction
- Download a stock transfer form
To register for the Share Portal just visit www.signalshares.com. All you need is your investor code, which can be found on your share certificate or your dividend tax voucher.
Customer Support Centre
Alternatively, you can contact Link’s Customer Support Centre which is available to answer any queries you have in relation to your shareholding:
By phone – UK – 0871 664 0300, from overseas call +44 (0) 371 664 0300 calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. We are open between 09:00 – 17:30, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: Link Asset Services, The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4TU.
Sign up to electronic communications
Help us to save paper and get your shareholder information quickly and securely by signing up to receive your shareholder communications by email.
Registering for electronic communications is very straightforward. Just visit www.signalshares.com. All you need is your investor code, which can be found on your share certificate or your dividend tax voucher
Dividend payment options
Arrange to have your dividends paid direct into your bank account
This means that:
- Your dividend reaches your bank account on the payment date
- It is more secure – cheques can sometimes get lost in the post
- You don’t have the inconvenience of depositing a cheque
- Helps reduce cheque fraud.
If you have a UK bank account you can sign up for this service on the Share Portal (by clicking on ‘your dividend options’ and following the on screen instructions) or by contacting the Customer Support Centre.
Choose to receive your next dividend in your local currency
If you live outside the UK, Link has partnered with Deutsche Bank to provide you with a service that will convert your sterling dividends into your local currency at a competitive rate. You can choose to receive payment directly into your local bank account, or alternatively, you can be sent a currency draft.
You can sign up for this service on Signal shares (by clicking on ‘your dividend options’ and following the on screen instructions) or by contacting the Customer Support Centre.
By phone – 0371 664 0385
Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. Lines are open between 09:00 – 17:30, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales).
By e-mail – email@example.com
Buy and sell shares
A simple and competitively priced service to buy and sell shares is provided by Link Asset Services. There is no need to pre-register and there are no complicated application forms to fill in and by visiting www.linksharedeal.com you can also access a wealth of stock market news and information free of charge.
For further information on this service, or to buy and sell shares visit www.linksharedeal.com or call 0371 664 0445. Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. Lines are open between 08:00 – 16:30, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays in England and Wales).
This is not a recommendation to buy and sell shares and this service may not be suitable for all shareholders. The price of shares can go down as well as up and you are not guaranteed to get back the amount you originally invested. Terms, conditions and risks apply. Link Asset Services is a trading name of Link Market Services Trustees Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This service is only available to private shareholders resident in the European Economic Area, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Link Asset Services is a trading name of Link Market Services Limited and Link Market Services Trustees Limited. Share registration and associated services are provided by Link Market Services Limited (registered in England and Wales , No. 2605568). Regulated services are provided by Link Market Services Trustees Limited (registered in England and Wales No. 2729260), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
The registered office of each of these companies is The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4TU.
Donate your shares to charity
If you have only a small number of shares which are uneconomical to sell you may wish to donate them to charity free of charge through ShareGift (Registered Charity 10528686). Find out more at www.sharegift.org.uk or by telephoning 020 7930 3737.
Share fraud warning
Share fraud includes scams where investors are called out of the blue and offered shares that often turn out to be worthless or non-existent, or an inflated price for shares they own. These calls come from fraudsters operating in ‘boiler rooms’ that are mostly based abroad.
While high profits are promised, those who buy or sell shares in this way usually lose their money.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found most share fraud victims are experienced investors who lose an average of £20,000, with around £200m lost in the UK each year.
If you are offered unsolicited investment advice, discounted shares, a premium price for shares you own, or free company or research reports, you should take these steps before handing over any money:
• Get the name of the person and organisation contacting you.
• Check the Financial Services Register at www.fca.org.uk to ensure they are authorised.
• Use the details on the FCA Register to contact the firm.
• Call the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768 if there are no contact details on the Register or you are told they are out of date.
• Search our list of unauthorised firms and individuals to avoid doing business with.
REMEMBER: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
If you use an unauthorised firm to buy or sell shares or other investments, you will not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong.
REPORT A SCAM
If you are approached about a share scam you should tell the FCA using the share fraud reporting form at www.fca.org.uk scams, where you can find out about the latest investment scams. You can also call the Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.
If you have already paid money to share fraudsters you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.