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SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT

This statement is made on behalf of Axle Group Holdings Limited and all subsidiary companies within the Group. We are proud of the steps we have taken to combat slavery and human trafficking.

ORGANISATION'S STRUCTURE

Through a number of our subsidiary companies (namely National Tyre Service Limited, Stepgrades Motor Accessories Limited and Constant Price Monitor Limited) we are a provider of motor vehicle tyres and tyre fitting services. Axle Group Holdings Limited is the parent company of the Axle Group (Group). Axle Group Holdings Limited has its head office in Scotland.

During the year ended 31 December 2016 the average number of employees working for the Group was 1,415. The Group operates within the UK only.

OUR BUSINESS

Our business involves the operation of motor vehicle servicing garages and the sale of tyres across the UK.

National Tyre Service Limited (trading as National Tyres and Autocare) is an independent fast fit specialist in the UK. Its technicians specialise in vehicle parts repair including tyres, exhausts, brakes, batteries, steering & suspension, lubrication, MOT testing, and vehicle safety inspection. We have a network of 238 branches throughout the UK. National Tyre Service Limited also operates online with its own e-commerce website and through a sister-site called Constant Price Monitor Limited.

National Tyre Service Limited’s sister company (which is also within the Group), Stepgrades Motor Accessories Limited (trading as Viking Wholesale Tyres) is an independent tyre wholesaler, operating from nine warehouses throughout the UK and online via its business to business e-commerce platform, ‘VI Online’. Stepgrades Motor Accessories Limited also operates a separate Dealer division which offers a tyre supply, fitting and maintenance operation which has been developed to meet the particular needs of motor dealerships.

Lastly, National Tyre Service Limited also provides services to the business sector via the National Fleet division which offers various services to help fleet management and contract hire companies manage their fleet’s tyre requirements more cost effectively.

OUR SUPPLY CHAINS

Our supply chains primarily includes the purchase and distribution of tyres and other automotive parts. It is complex and global in nature.

OUR POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES FOR SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Protect whistle blowers.

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we endeavour to:

We have a dedicated compliance team, which consists of involvement from the following departments: Legal, Audit and Compliance, Human resources, Purchasing, Retail, National Fleet, Finance and Online Sales.

TRAINING

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2016.