Campervan firm is first automotive business to secure esteemed certification

by Cameron Ward

Friday, January 29th, 2021

Scottish firm celebrates joining tax scheme

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A CAMPERVAN conversion specialist has become the first automotive business to achieve the Fair Tax Mark certification.

Jerba Campervans has joined a growing movement of responsible businesses who have declared what they pay in tax.

The Fair Tax Mark certification scheme was launched in February 2014 and seeks to encourage and recognise organisations that pay the right amount of corporation tax at the right time and in the right place.

Simon Poole, Co-Founder of Jerba Campervans, said: “Being open and upfront about the tax we pay is something that we feel is such an important statement to make.

“In an age where too many multinational firms take advantage of international tax loopholes, anything we can do to raise the profile of good and honest tax practice can only be a positive thing.”

The Fair Tax Mark certification cements Jerba’s place as one of the UK’s most ethically-minded companies.

Last year the firm was awarded with a Good Business Charter accreditation, demonstrating how its ethos applied throughout its business, from its commitment to work-life balance and paying the living wage, to its tax arrangements, supplier relationships and customer care.

To receive the accreditation, Jerba had to demonstrate how its ethos applied throughout its business, from its commitment to work-life balance and paying the living wage, to its tax arrangements, supplier relationships and customer care.

According to Paul Monaghan, Chief Executive of Fair Tax Mark, the UK loses an estimated £7 billion in corporate tax revenue annually due to corporate profits being shifted to tax havens.

Paul, said: “Jerba Campervans is the first business in the automotive sector to achieve the Fair Tax Mark, and is demonstrating a commitment to responsible tax conduct.

“It’s great to see Jerba ‘say what they pay with pride’, and for this to sit alongside other ethical credentials, such as being 100% employee-owned.’

“The public rightly expects responsible behaviour, but far too often they’re reading headlines that describe the tactics businesses employ to avoid contributing the tax they should to the public purse.

“It is estimated that annually, due to corporate profits being shifted to tax havens, corporate tax revenue losses in the UK amount to at least £7 billion. Just think of the nurses, doctors and teachers we could employ, or the renewable energy infrastructure we could build if that tax was paid as it should be?”

More than 60 businesses have now been certified by Fair Tax Mark, including national brands Timpson, Lush, and Richer Sounds and FTSE listed companies like SSE and Marshalls Plc, as well as family businesses, social enterprises and co-operatives.

The 100% employee-owned Jerba Campervans was launched in 2006 and specialises in converting and customising Volkswagen Transporter vans for those passionate about adventure and the outdoors.

Jerba is officially recognised by Volkswagen as a converter of their Transporter T6.1 model.

Offering five standard conversions of the base T6.1 Transporter van, the expert team of cabinetmakers and mechanics then build the vans by hand, customising each vehicle to the customers’ needs.

To find out more about Jerba Campervans, visit www.jerbacampervans.co.uk.

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