Risk assessment and evaluation is an integral part of the Group’s annual planning cycle and market specific risks are evaluated as part of the annual budgeting process.

Each operating business is required each year to identify and document the significant strategic, operational and financial and accounting risks facing the business. For each significant risk, a number of scenarios are mapped out and an assessment is made of the likelihood and impact of each risk scenario.

Finally, plans and processes are established which are designed to control each risk and minimise its potential impact. The risk assessments from each of the operating businesses are reviewed with the Executive Directors and a consolidated risk assessment is reviewed by the Board.

The principal risks and uncertainties which are currently judged to have the largest potential impact on the Group’s long term performance can be found in the Annual Report and Accounts 2016.