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Mar 6

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AMT first coffee shop to get Fair Tax Mark

AMT Coffee, which has 53 bars across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, has become the first UK coffee shop to be accredited with the Fair Tax Mark.



The Fair Tax Mark is an accreditation designed to highlight and reward companies who are open and transparent in their payment of corporation tax.  Launched by Ethical Consumer and Tax Research UK in 2014 in response to demand from consumers for a way to recognise companies who are ethical when it comes to paying taxes, the scheme has gone from strength to strength.

AMT Coffee joins other well-known British companies, including The Co-op and Lush Cosmetics, but is the only coffee company with shops nationwide to receive such recognition.

Alistair McCallum-Toppin, a founder of the company and Managing Director of AMT Coffee, says, ‘Quality is our top priority, but making coffee the right way takes ethics too. AMT was the first coffee shop chain to go Fairtrade in 2004, ahead of all other coffee shop chains and therefore, the timing is right during Fairtrade Fortnight, to be making an announcement on the importance of companies paying their fair share of taxes’.


Mistrust of AMT competitors on tax

AMT Coffee’s fair tax certification is significant given the findings of recent research from Populus*, which found that the UK public not only still mistrust companies such as Starbucks on tax matters (and that this is still negatively impacting their reputation), but that this mistrust has now also extended to other Food & Drink brands.

Paul Monaghan, Chief Executive of the Fair Tax Mark said: “Consumers are rightly angry when they hear of multinational coffee shops paying little or no corporation tax in the UK – sometimes year after year after year. Many consumers have boycotted the likes of Starbucks, but up until now they have not had the option of supporting a brand with locations nationwide that has independent assurance that it pays the right amount of tax in the right place, at the right time.

“AMT Coffee do not make use of tax havens or abusive tax avoidance schemes, and would appear to be a natural fit for public sector procurers who want to ensure that taxpayers monies actively support tax justice.


Fair Tax Map

Consumers looking to support businesses committed to paying their fair share of tax can find the more than 1,500 shops and offices of Fair Tax Mark accredited organisations at the Fair Tax Map.












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