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Registered number: 01876045









SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED









ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

 
SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
COMPANY INFORMATION


Directors
C M Burton 
I McIlrath (appointed 22 August 2019)




Registered number
01876045



Registered office
2nd Floor, Nucleus House
2 Lower Mortlake Road

Richmond

TW9 2JA




Trading Address
The Glassmill
1 Battersea Bridge Road

Battersea

London

SW11 3BZ






Independent auditors
White Hart Associates (London) Limited
Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors

2nd Floor, Nucleus House

2 Lower Mortlake Road

Richmond

TW9 2JA





 
SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 

CONTENTS



Page
Strategic Report
1 - 3
Directors' Report
4 - 5
Independent Auditors' Report
6 - 9
Statement of Comprehensive Income
10
Statement of Financial Position
11
Statement of Changes in Equity
12
Analysis of Net Debt
13
Notes to the Financial Statements
14 - 31


 
SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
STRATEGIC REPORT
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

Introduction
 
The directors present their strategic report for the year ended 30 April 2020.

Business review
 
The Company is required by the Companies Act 2006 to set out in this report, a fair review of the business of the Company during the financial year ended 30 April 2020, the position of the Company at the end of the period and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company. This review is prepared solely to provide additional information to shareholders to assess the Company's strategies and the potential for those strategies to succeed, and the business review should not be relied upon by any other party or for any other purpose.
The directors consider the results to be satisfactory given the challenges presented by the continuing economic uncertainty caused by Brexit, significant corporate failures within the travel industry and the acute and unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic. 
The Company had traded in-line with its 2019/2020 budgets for the 10 months to 29th February, with both the winter Ski and summer Activities based brands delivering strong results against their strategic objectives. On the Ski business, the company saw strong booking growth in higher-margin, tailor-made packages sold as a tour operator, reducing reliance on third party supply and controlling the customer experience. On the summer Activities brands, the Company delivered a successful operating season with strong revenue and margin growth. The management strategy to focus growth on cycling holidays through own-run operational bases, supplemented with a number of exclusive partnerships outside of France proved to be a successful model and has laid down a solid foundation for future years. 
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe in March critically impacted operations in the final two months of the year, initially for the Ski business with the sudden curtailment of the final 6 weeks of the winter season including peak March and Easter departure weeks, and then further across the Summer activity brands in April as the first tours were due to depart. No departures were possible across any Company brands after 14th March, severely impacting the financial result presented in what had otherwise been an outstanding year. Since then the Company has reacted swiftly to the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritising first the health and safety of its team, and customers. The management team have made significant cost reductions across the company to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in light of the challenging market conditions which prevail. The nimble and asset-light operating model adopted by the Company, combined with the relative strength and heritage of the brands will allow it to position itself at the forefront of the activity based travel industry, and capitalise on consumer demand as it recovers again.
The key performance indicators used by the directors to monitor the progress of the Company are set out below:-

2020
2019
£
£
Key performance indicators
Gross retail turnover - "GRT"

18,469,654

24,226,785

Turnover - commission and margin

10,613,860

11,823,860

Gross profit

3,481,251

3,604,792

Gross profit as a percentage of turnover

32.80%

30.49%

Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation - "EBITDA"

366,076

450,779

EBITDA as a percentage of turnover

3.45%

3.81%


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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 

STRATEGIC REPORT (CONTINUED)
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

Principal risks and uncertainties
 
The following risk factors may affect the Company's operating results and its financial position. The risk factors described below are those which the directors believe are potentially significant but should not be regarded as a complete and comprehensive statement of all potential risk and uncertainties facing the Company. 
The Company is exposed to various regulators, including the Civil Aviation Authority ("CAA"), which issues an Air Travel Organisers Licence ("ATOL"), which is required in order for the Company to operate. This licence is renewed in September each year and is subject to assessments of fitness and financial criteria, the framework of which is available on the CAA's website (www.caa.co.uk).
The Company finances its operations through retained profits. The Company's exposure to interest rate fluctuations on its cash deposits are managed by using short term, fixed and floating deposits.
The Company operates in a highly competitive market featuring innovation in travel products and the methods by which they are marketed, as well as price pressures. The Company seeks to constantly invest in its brand to increase public awareness as well as offer a wide selection of products from a wide range of suppliers at competitive prices to maintain its market position and protect against erosion of its market share. The Company also monitors competitor activity closely.
The Company is exposed to foreign exchange rate risk when it purchases overseas holiday services in currencies other than British Pounds. Monetary assets and liabilities are translated at the exchange rate prevailing at the statement of financial position date. All exchange gains and losses so arising are taken to the income statement. The Company partially hedges this risk and where not hedged, the Company bears the risk associated with such foreign exchange movements.
The Company has well established and close relationships with customers and suppliers and risk is spread by not placing over-reliance on any one supplier in any particular area. However, if a relationship were lost or damaged with a major supplier this could have a detrimental effect on the business. The management team meets regularly with suppliers to maintain good working relationships and to understand the supplier's financial position.
The Company is heavily reliant on the uninterrupted operation of its IT systems and website. These systems are vulnerable to power loss, fire, computer viruses and other events. Loss of these systems would impair the ability of the Company to carry on its business effectively. The Company has made arrangements to mitigate this risk.
The demand for holidays is affected by local economic conditions. The uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic along with Brexit, and the ensuing volatility in exchange rates and consumer confidence creates a fragile trading environment. Despite the negative impact upon the travel industry, the directors believe that the Company is able to quickly adapt to changes in the local market demand, however a prolonged period of booking slowdown could adversely affect future financial results.
 
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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 

STRATEGIC REPORT (CONTINUED)
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

Principal risks and uncertainties (continued)
The nature of the business exposes the Company to various commercial risks which may affect the trading performance of the Company. These include:
- acts of terrorism, particularly in key tourist destinations
- epidemics in key tourist destinations which threaten the health of tourists
- wars or other international uncertainty which affects air travel
- natural disasters in key tourist destinations
- detrimental weather conditions, both in the UK and key tourist destinations
- changes in customer behaviour and preferences
- increase in government taxes
These factors may affect the Company by causing potential customers to cancel or postpone travel plans, reducing the earnings potential of the Company. The Company seeks to minimise such risks by offering products in a wide range of destinations.


This report was approved by the board on 14 September 2020 and signed on its behalf.


C M Burton
Director

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
DIRECTORS' REPORT
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

The directors present their report and the financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2020.

Directors' responsibilities statement

The directors are responsible for preparing the Strategic Report, the Directors' Report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.
 
Company law requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the directors have elected to prepare the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and United Kingdom Accounting Standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice), including Financial Reporting Standard 102 ‘The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland'. Under company law the directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company and of the profit or loss of the Company for that period.

 In preparing these financial statements, the directors are required to:


select suitable accounting policies for the Company's financial statements and then apply them consistently;

make judgments and accounting estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

state whether applicable UK Accounting Standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements;

prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Company will continue in business.

The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Company and to enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

Principal activity

The principal activity of the Company in the year under review was that of travel agents and tour operators, specialising in wintersports and summer activity holidays.

Results and dividends

The loss for the year, after taxation, amounted to £234,348 (2019 - profit £203,234).

No dividends will be distributed for the year ended 30 April 2020.

Directors

The directors who served during the year were:

C M Burton 
I McIlrath (appointed 22 August 2019)

Future developments

During 2020 and 2021 the Company will continue to operate as outlined in the principal activity note above.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
DIRECTORS' REPORT (CONTINUED)
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

Research and development activities

The Company's growth requires investment in innovative technology and the ability to deliver fast, innovative and effective search results for consumers in a market that has seen significant technological advances in recent years. During the year the Company made significant investment into software development.

Matters covered in the strategic report

The directors have disclosed additional performance data for the Company in the strategic report which is included within this set of financial statements. This includes a review of the performance of the business and the key performance indicators, as well as the main risks faced by the business.

Disclosure of information to auditors

Each of the persons who are directors at the time when this Directors' Report is approved has confirmed that:
 
so far as the director is aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the Company's auditors are unaware, and

the director has taken all the steps that ought to have been taken as a director in order to be aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the Company's auditors are aware of that information.

Post balance sheet events

There have been no significant events affecting the Company since the year end, except for the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has had a significant impact upon the industry in which the Company operates, as described in note 2.2.
In response to the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, since the year-end the Group has received a credit backed offer from their bank of a CBILS loan of £2million, subject to legal drafting. 

Auditors

The auditorsWhite Hart Associates (London) Limitedwill be proposed for reappointment in accordance with section 485 of the Companies Act 2006.

This report was approved by the board on 14 September 2020 and signed on its behalf.
 



C M Burton
Director

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 

Opinion


We have audited the financial statements of Ski Solutions Limited (the 'Company') for the year ended 30 April 2020, which comprise the Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Statement of Financial Position, the Statement of Changes in Equity and the related notes, including a summary of significant accounting policiesThe financial reporting framework that has been applied in their preparation is applicable law and United Kingdom Accounting Standards, including Financial Reporting Standard 102 ‘The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland' (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice).


In our opinion the financial statements:


give a true and fair view of the state of the Company's affairs as at 30 April 2020 and of its loss for the year then ended;

have been properly prepared in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice; and

have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006.



Basis for opinion


We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) (ISAs (UK)) and applicable law. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditors' responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements section of our report. We are independent of the Company in accordance with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the financial statements in the United Kingdom, including the Financial Reporting Council's Ethical Standard, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.


The impact of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Britain exiting the European Union on our audit
Uncertainties related to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit are relevant to understanding our audit of the financial statements. All audits assess and challenge the reasonableness of estimates made by the directors, such as recoverability of investments, intangible assets and related disclosures and the appropriateness of the going concern basis of preparation of the financial statements. All of these depend on assessments of the future economic environment and Company's future prospects and performance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact upon the worldwide economy and in particular upon the travel industry, with many consumers cancelling or delaying travel plans as a result. At the date of this report, the full range of possible effects upon travel companies cannot be estimated or assessed due to the current levels of uncertainty around government and consumer responses to what might happen. We have applied a standardised firm-wide approach in response to that uncertainty when assessing the Company's future prospects and performance. However, no audit is able, or should be expected, to predict unknowable factors or all possible future implications for a company and this is particularly the case in relation to the COVID- 19 pandemic.
Brexit was also one of the most significant economic events for the UK, and at the date of this report its effects are still subject to unprecedented levels of uncertainty of outcomes, with the full range of possible effects unknown. We applied a standardised firm-wide approach in response to that uncertainty when assessing the Company's future prospects and performance. However, no audit should be expected to predict the unknowable factors or all possible future implications for a company or group and this is particularly the case in relation to Brexit.


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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED (CONTINUED)




Material uncertainty related to going concern


In forming our opinion on the financial statements, which is not modified, we have considered the adequacy of the disclosure made in note 2.2 to the financial statements concerning the Company's ability to continue as a going concern.
As explained in note 2.2, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact upon the global economy and especially upon the travel industry. This has led many consumers to hold off on booking new holidays or cancel existing holidays until the global situation stabilises, resulting in greatly reduced cash flows for travel companies. These problematic trading conditions have negatively impacted the Company's trading performance in this year and since the year-end. 
The Company is also in the process of renewing its ATOL licence, which is due in September 2020 and is necessary for continued trading.  
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic worsens for a prolonged period of time, this would put pressure on the Company's finances and its ability to continue as a going concern. We draw attention to note 2.2 of the financial statements as to the review and actions undertaken by the Board of Directors to ensure that the Company has adequate resources to continue trading for at least 12 months. The financial statements are therefore prepared on a going concern basis. 


Other information


The directors are responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the information included in the Annual Report, other than the financial statements and our Auditors' Report thereon. Our opinion on the financial statements does not cover the other information and, except to the extent otherwise explicitly stated in our report, we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.


In connection with our audit of the financial statementsour responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. If we identify such material inconsistencies or apparent material misstatements, we are required to determine whether there is a material misstatement in the financial statements or a material misstatement of the other information. If, based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information, we are required to report that fact.


We have nothing to report in this regard.


Opinion on other matters prescribed by the Companies Act 2006
 

In our opinion, based on the work undertaken in the course of the audit:


the information given in the Strategic Report and the Directors' Report for the financial year for which the financial statements are prepared is consistent with the financial statements; and

the Strategic Report and the Directors' Report have been prepared in accordance with applicable legal requirements.



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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED (CONTINUED)


Matters on which we are required to report by exception
 

In the light of the knowledge and understanding of the Company and its environment obtained in the course of the audit, we have not identified material misstatements in the Strategic Report or the Directors' Report.


We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters in relation to which the Companies Act 2006 requires us to report to you if, in our opinion:


adequate accounting records have not been kept, or returns adequate for our audit have not been received from branches not visited by us; or

the financial statements are not in agreement with the accounting records and returns; or

certain disclosures of directors' remuneration specified by law are not made; or

we have not received all the information and explanations we require for our audit.


Responsibilities of directors
 

As explained more fully in the Directors' Responsibilities Statement on page 4, the directors are responsible for the preparation of the financial statements and for being satisfied that they give a true and fair view, and for such internal control as the directors determine is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.


In preparing the financial statements, the directors are responsible for assessing the Company's ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless the directors either intend to liquidate the Company or to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.


Auditors' responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements
 

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an Auditors' Report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with ISAs (UK) will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these financial statements.


A further description of our responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements is located on the Financial Reporting Council's website at: www.frc.org.uk/auditorsresponsibilities. This description forms part of our Auditors' Report.


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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED (CONTINUED)


Use of our report
 

This report is made solely to the Company's members in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company's members those matters we are required to state to them in an Auditors' Report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company and the Company's members for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions we have formed.





Ms N A Spoor ACA FCCA (Senior Statutory Auditor)
  
for and on behalf of
White Hart Associates (London) Limited
 
Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors
  
2nd Floor, Nucleus House
2 Lower Mortlake Road
Richmond
TW9 2JA

14 September 2020
Page 9

 
SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

2020
2019
Note
£
£


Gross Retail Turnover ("GRT")
18,469,654
24,226,785

  

Turnover
 4 
10,613,860
11,823,860

Cost of sales
  
(7,132,609)
(8,219,068)

Gross profit
  
3,481,251
3,604,792

Administrative expenses
  
(3,190,905)
(3,219,975)

Exceptional administrative expenses
 11 
(537,051)
(107,965)

Operating (loss)/profit
 5 
(246,705)
276,852

Interest receivable and similar income
 9 
4,969
4,014

(Loss)/profit before tax
  
(241,736)
280,866

Tax on (loss)/profit
 10 
7,388
(77,632)

(Loss)/profit for the financial year
  
(234,348)
203,234

Other comprehensive income for the year
  

  

Total comprehensive income for the year
  
(234,348)
203,234

The notes on pages 14 to 31 form part of these financial statements.

2020
2019
£
£

Earnings Before Interest, Taxation, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA)

Operating (loss)/profit
(246,705)
276,852

Depreciation of tangible fixed assets
40,904
46,773

Amortisation of intangible fixed assets
34,826
19,189

Exceptional costs
537,051
107,965

Underlying EBITDA
366,076
450,779


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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
REGISTERED NUMBER: 01876045

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
AS AT 30 APRIL 2020

2020
2019
Note
£
£

Fixed assets
  

Intangible assets
 12 
91,408
66,744

Tangible assets
 13 
96,303
131,326

Investments
 14 
2,002
2,002

  
189,713
200,072

Current assets
  

Debtors: amounts falling due within one year
 15 
4,133,008
4,561,672

Cash at bank and in hand
 16 
1,505,224
1,006,684

  
5,638,232
5,568,356

Creditors: amounts falling due within one year
 17 
(3,606,577)
(3,288,838)

Net current assets
  
 
 
2,031,655
 
 
2,279,518

Total assets less current liabilities
  
2,221,368
2,479,590

Provisions for liabilities
  

Deferred tax
 18 
-
(23,874)

  
 
 
-
 
 
(23,874)

Net assets
  
2,221,368
2,455,716


Capital and reserves
  

Called up share capital 
 19 
40,000
40,000

Share premium account
 20 
36,000
36,000

Profit and loss account
 20 
2,145,368
2,379,716

  
2,221,368
2,455,716


The financial statements were approved and authorised for issue by the board and were signed on its behalf on 14 September 2020.




C M Burton
Director

The notes on pages 14 to 31 form part of these financial statements.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020


Called up share capital
Share premium account
Profit and loss account
Total equity

£
£
£
£


At 1 May 2018
40,000
36,000
2,176,482
2,252,482


Comprehensive income for the year

Profit for the year
-
-
203,234
203,234



At 1 May 2019
40,000
36,000
2,379,716
2,455,716


Comprehensive income for the year

Loss for the year
-
-
(234,348)
(234,348)


At 30 April 2020
40,000
36,000
2,145,368
2,221,368


The notes on pages 14 to 31 form part of these financial statements.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 

ANALYSIS OF NET DEBT
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020




At 1 May 2019
Cash flows
At 30 April 2020
£

£

£

Cash at bank and in hand

1,006,684

498,540

1,505,224


1,006,684
498,540
1,505,224

The notes on pages 14 to 31 form part of these financial statements.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

1.


General information

As disclosed in the Directors' Report, the principal activity of the Company in the year under review continued to be that of travel agents and tour operators, specialising in wintersports and summer activity holidays.
The Company is a private company limited by shares and is incorporated in England. The address of the Company's principal place of business, being different to the registered office stated on the Company Information page, is:
The Glassmill 
1 Battersea Bridge Road
Battersea
London
SW11 3BZ

2.Accounting policies

 
2.1

Basis of preparation of financial statements

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention unless otherwise specified within these accounting policies and in accordance with Financial Reporting Standard 102, the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and the Republic of Ireland and the Companies Act 2006.

The preparation of financial statements in compliance with FRS 102 requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise judgment in applying the Company's accounting policies (see note 3).

The following principal accounting policies have been applied:

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

2.Accounting policies (continued)

 
2.2

Going concern

The current COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact upon the global economy and in particular upon the travel industry, causing many consumers to cancel or amend their holiday arrangements.
Additionally, with the majority of consumers no longer seeking to book holidays until the global situation stabilises, many travel companies are struggling to cope with greatly reduced cash flows. The full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business remains uncertain and as a result is not completely quantifiable. 
The Company is currently in the process of renewing its ATOL licence, which is due in September 2020. The regulators are seeking enhanced measures to ensure that customer monies are sufficiently protected. The directors are confident that with the Company's liquidity and proposed financing in place, the licence will be renewed. 
Nevertheless, the directors have taken immediate and comprehensive steps to review the Company's financial position, downgraded its forecasts and planned mitigation actions in order to neutralise the financial impact from the significant downturn in trading for the travel industry. The directors have also performed a sensitivity analysis to assess the financial impact of a further and/or prolonged downturn in trading from the reforecast and its impact on the liquidity of the business. This sensitivity analysis shows that the Company has enough liquidity and cash to trade through a further slowdown. Combined with the larger Group having secured CBILS financing from their bank in the sum of £2million since the year-end, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the forseeable future, being at least the following 12 months from the signing of these financial statements. As a result, the directors believe that it is still appropriate to apply the going concern basis for the Company for the foreseeable future.

 
2.3

Exemption from preparing consolidated financial statements

The Company is a parent Company that is also a subsidiary included in the consolidated financial statements of its immediate parent undertaking established under the law of an EEA state and is therefore exempt from the requirement to prepare consolidated financial statements under section 400 of the Companies Act 2006.

 
2.4

Turnover

Turnover, excluding value added tax, represents the value of transactions, being hotels, flights and ancillary products in which the Company is, for these purposes, regarded as being the principal. Turnover also includes the commission receivable by the Company on transactions in which it is regarded as acting as an agent.
When acting as principal, the lower of the booking deposit and the booking gross profit is recognised in the statement of comprehensive income at the point of booking. The remainder of the booking is recognised on a departure date basis. 
When acting as an agent, turnover is recognised on a booking date basis, due to the risks and rewards inherent in the booking remaining with the tour operator.
Trade debtors still represent gross amounts receivable and trade creditors still represent gross amounts payable in respect of travel and holiday arrangements.

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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

2.Accounting policies (continued)

  
2.5

Gross retail turnover

In order to provide the user of the financial statements with a measure of the gross value of business, the gross value of all sales transactions is shown as a memorandum item at the top of the statement of comprehensive income. 
Gross retail turnover does not represent statutory turnover in accordance with Section 23 of FRS 102. 
Where the Company acts as an agent, gross retail turnover represents the price at which products or services have been sold, inclusive of any service fees but excluding commissions paid to third party distributors and any associated sales taxes. 
In cases where the Company does act as principal, gross retail turnover represents the price at which products or services are sold, net of any value added taxes.

 
2.6

Intangible assets

Goodwill

Goodwill represents the difference between amounts paid on the cost of a business combination and the acquirer’s interest in the fair value of its identifiable assets and liabilities of the acquiree at the date of acquisition. Subsequent to initial recognition, goodwill is measured at cost less accumulated amortisation and accumulated impairment losses. Goodwill is amortised on a straight line basis to the Statement of Comprehensive Income over its useful economic life.

Other intangible assets

Intangible assets are initially recognised at cost. After recognition, under the cost model, intangible assets are measured at cost less any accumulated amortisation and any accumulated impairment losses.

All intangible assets are considered to have a finite useful life. If a reliable estimate of the useful life cannot be made, the useful life shall not exceed ten years.

 The estimated useful lives range as follows:

Development expenditure
-
25% Reducing Balance Basis
Goodwill
-
20% Straight Line Basis

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

2.Accounting policies (continued)

 
2.7

Tangible fixed assets

Tangible fixed assets under the cost model are stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation and any accumulated impairment losses. Historical cost includes expenditure that is directly attributable to bringing the asset to the location and condition necessary for it to be capable of operating in the manner intended by management.

Depreciation is charged so as to allocate the cost of assets less their residual value over their estimated useful lives, on a reducing balance basis.

Depreciation is provided on the following basis:

Fixtures and fittings
-
25% Reducing Balance Basis
Office equipment
-
25% Reducing Balance Basis
Computer equipment
-
25% Reducing Balance Basis
Other fixed assets
-
25% Reducing Balance Basis

The assets' residual values, useful lives and depreciation methods are reviewed, and adjusted prospectively if appropriate, or if there is an indication of a significant change since the last reporting date.

Gains and losses on disposals are determined by comparing the proceeds with the carrying amount and are recognised in the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 
2.8

Valuation of investments

Investments in subsidiaries are measured at cost less accumulated impairment.

 
2.9

Debtors

Short term debtors are measured at transaction price, less any impairment. Loans receivable are measured initially at fair value, net of transaction costs, and are measured subsequently at amortised cost using the effective interest method, less any impairment.

 
2.10

Cash and cash equivalents

Cash is represented by cash in hand and deposits with financial institutions repayable without penalty on notice of not more than 24 hours. Cash equivalents are highly liquid investments that mature in no more than three months from the date of acquisition and that are readily convertible to known amounts of cash with insignificant risk of change in value.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

2.Accounting policies (continued)

 
2.11

Financial instruments

The Company only enters into basic financial instrument transactions that result in the recognition of financial assets and liabilities like trade and other debtors and creditors, loans from banks and other third parties, loans to related parties and investments in ordinary shares.

Debt instruments (other than those wholly repayable or receivable within one year), including loans and other accounts receivable and payable, are initially measured at present value of the future cash flows and subsequently at amortised cost using the effective interest method. Debt instruments that are payable or receivable within one year, typically trade debtors and creditors, are measured, initially and subsequently, at the undiscounted amount of the cash or other consideration expected to be paid or received. However, if the arrangements of a short-term instrument constitute a financing transaction, like the payment of a trade debt deferred beyond normal business terms or in case of an out-right short-term loan that is not at market rate, the financial asset or liability is measured, initially at the present value of future cash flows discounted at a market rate of interest for a similar debt instrument and subsequently at amortised cost, unless it qualifies as a loan from a director in the case of a small company, or a public benefit entity concessionary loan.

Financial assets that are measured at cost and amortised cost are assessed at the end of each reporting period for objective evidence of impairment. If objective evidence of impairment is found, an impairment loss is recognised in the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

For financial assets measured at amortised cost, the impairment loss is measured as the difference between an asset's carrying amount and the present value of estimated cash flows discounted at the asset's original effective interest rate. If a financial asset has a variable interest rate, the discount rate for measuring any impairment loss is the current effective interest rate determined under the contract.

For financial assets measured at cost less impairment, the impairment loss is measured as the difference between an asset's carrying amount and best estimate of the recoverable amount, which is an approximation of the amount that the Company would receive for the asset if it were to be sold at the reporting date.

Financial assets and liabilities are offset and the net amount reported in the Statement of Financial Position when there is an enforceable right to set off the recognised amounts and there is an intention to settle on a net basis or to realise the asset and settle the liability simultaneously.

Derivatives, including interest rate swaps and forward foreign exchange contracts, are not basic financial instruments. Derivatives are initially recognised at fair value on the date a derivative contract is entered into and are subsequently re-measured at their fair value.
The resulting gain or loss on derivative forward foreign currency contracts is recognised immediately in the Income Statement, to match the related gain or loss on trade creditors payable in foreign currencies. These contracts are entered into to minimise the company's exposure to foreign exchange risk between the prices agreed when a customer booking is made and when the supplier is paid.
The company does not currently apply hedge accounting for interest rate and foreign exchange derivatives.The total gain or loss on trading derivatives is classified as a current asset or liability respectively. At 30 April 2020 the Company had contracted to buy £44,355 (2019: £459,485) of foreign currencies in future months.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

2.Accounting policies (continued)

 
2.12

Creditors

Short term creditors are measured at the transaction price. Other financial liabilities, including bank loans, are measured initially at fair value, net of transaction costs, and are measured subsequently at amortised cost using the effective interest method.

 
2.13

Operating leases: the Company as lessee

Rentals paid under operating leases are charged to the Statement of Comprehensive Income on a straight line basis over the lease term.

 
2.14

Pensions

Defined contribution pension plan

The Company operates a defined contribution plan for its employees. A defined contribution plan is a pension plan under which the Company pays fixed contributions into a separate entity. Once the contributions have been paid the Company has no further payment obligations.

The contributions are recognised as an expense in the Statement of Comprehensive Income when they fall due. Amounts not paid are shown in accruals as a liability in the Statement of Financial Position. The assets of the plan are held separately from the Company in independently administered funds.

 
2.15

Interest income

Interest income is recognised in the Statement of Comprehensive Income using the effective interest method.

 
2.16

Provisions for liabilities

Provisions are made where an event has taken place that gives the Company a legal or constructive obligation that probably requires settlement by a transfer of economic benefit, and a reliable estimate can be made of the amount of the obligation.
Provisions are charged as an expense to the Statement of Comprehensive Income in the year that the Company becomes aware of the obligation, and are measured at the best estimate at the Statement of Financial Position date of the expenditure required to settle the obligation, taking into account relevant risks and uncertainties.
When payments are eventually made, they are charged to the provision carried in the Statement of Financial Position.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

2.Accounting policies (continued)

 
2.17

Current and deferred taxation

The tax expense for the year comprises current and deferred tax. Tax is recognised in the Statement of Comprehensive Income, except that a charge attributable to an item of income and expense recognised as other comprehensive income or to an item recognised directly in equity is also recognised in other comprehensive income or directly in equity respectively.

The current income tax charge is calculated on the basis of tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the reporting date in the countries where the Company operates and generates income.

Deferred tax balances are recognised in respect of all timing differences that have originated but not reversed by the Statement of Financial Position date, except that:
The recognition of deferred tax assets is limited to the extent that it is probable that they will be recovered against the reversal of deferred tax liabilities or other future taxable profits; and
Any deferred tax balances are reversed if and when all conditions for retaining associated tax allowances have been met.

Deferred tax balances are not recognised in respect of permanent differences except in respect of business combinations, when deferred tax is recognised on the differences between the fair values of assets acquired and the future tax deductions available for them and the differences between the fair values of liabilities acquired and the amount that will be assessed for tax. Deferred tax is determined using tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the reporting date.

 
2.18

Exceptional items

Exceptional items are transactions that fall within the ordinary activities of the Company but are presented separately due to their size or incidence.

 
2.19

Research and development

In the research phase of an internal project it is not possible to demonstrate that the project will generate future economic benefits and hence all expenditure on research shall be recognised as an expense when it is incurred. Tangible assets are recognised from the development phase of a project if and only if certain specific criteria are met in order to demonstrate the asset will generate probable future economic benefits and that its cost can be reliably measured. The capitalised development costs are subsequently amortised on a straight line basis over their useful economic lives, which range from 3 to 6 years. Development activities involve the plan or design of new or substantially improved products or processes.
If it is not possible to distinguish between the research phase and the development phase of an internal project, the expenditure is treated as if it were all incurred in the research phase only.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

3.


Judgments in applying accounting policies and key sources of estimation uncertainty

Estimates and judgments are continually evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.
a) Critical judgments in applying the Company's accounting policies
The directors believe that there are no critical judgments involved in applying the Company's accounting policies that warrant disclosure.
b) Key accounting estimates and assumptions
The directors believe that there are no key accounting estimates and assumptions involved in applying the Company's accounting policies that warrant disclosure.


4.


Turnover

An analysis of turnover by class of business is as follows:


2020
2019
£
£

Ski & Activity Sales
10,613,860
11,823,860

10,613,860
11,823,860


All turnover arose within the United Kingdom.


5.


Operating (loss)/profit

The operating (loss)/profit is stated after charging:

2020
2019
£
£

Other operating lease rentals
106,095
94,014


6.


Auditors' remuneration

2020
2019
£
£


Fees payable to the Company's auditor and its associates for the audit of the Company's annual financial statements
20,999
20,191


The Company has taken advantage of the exemption not to disclose amounts paid for non audit services as these are disclosed in the group accounts of the parent Company.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

7.


Employees

Staff costs, including directors' remuneration, were as follows:


2020
2019
£
£

Wages and salaries
1,553,848
1,385,222

Social security costs
169,172
132,322

Cost of defined contribution scheme
51,957
35,990

1,774,977
1,553,534


The average monthly number of employees, including the directors, during the year was as follows:


        2020
        2019
            No.
            No.







Administration
5
5



Marketing & Sales
38
36

43
41


8.


Directors' remuneration

2020
2019
£
£

Directors' emoluments
181,850
187,764

Company contributions to defined contribution pension schemes
19,260
16,050

201,110
203,814


During the year retirement benefits were accruing to 2 directors (2019 - 1) in respect of defined contribution pension schemes.


9.


Interest receivable

2020
2019
£
£


Other interest receivable
4,969
4,014

4,969
4,014

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

10.


Taxation


2020
2019
£
£

Corporation tax


Current tax on profits for the year
-
60,768

Adjustments in respect of previous periods
25,891
77,447


Group taxation relief
-
(60,768)


Total current tax
25,891
77,447

Deferred tax


Origination and reversal of timing differences
(33,279)
185


Taxation on (loss)/profit on ordinary activities
(7,388)
77,632

Factors affecting tax charge for the year

The tax assessed for the year is lower than (2019 - lower than) the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19% (2019 - 19%). The differences are explained below:

2020
2019
£
£


(Loss)/profit on ordinary activities before tax
(241,736)
280,866


(Loss)/profit on ordinary activities multiplied by standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19% (2019 - 19%)
(45,930)
53,365

Effects of:


Expenses not deductible for tax purposes, other than goodwill amortisation and impairment
7,290
7,588

Capital allowances for year in excess of depreciation
(4,843)
(185)

Adjustments to tax charge in respect of prior periods
25,891
77,447

Deferred tax movement
(33,279)
185

Unrelieved tax losses carried forward
43,483
-

Group relief
-
(60,768)

Total tax charge for the year
(7,388)
77,632


Factors that may affect future tax charges

There were no factors that may affect future tax charges.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

11.


Exceptional items

2020
2019
£
£


Exceptional items - restructuring costs
36,289
69,259

Exceptional items - relocation costs
-
38,706

Exceptional items - COVID-19 pandemic
500,762
-

537,051
107,965

Included within exceptional items are costs surrounding the restructuring of the Finance department and Activities section of the business during the year.
Also included within exceptional items for 2019 are relocation costs incurred as part of the move to the Company's new offices in Battersea, London. 
Additionally, exceptional costs above include the net losses incurred on bookings that were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, where bookings which were expected to depart prior to 30 April 2020 had to be cancelled or postponed due to international travel restrictions. These costs represent the loss of profits and commissions which would have otherwise been earned on bookings that have been cancelled, being the net of refunds owing to consumers less refunds due back from suppliers. Also included are irrecoverable supplier costs on bookings cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The above exceptional costs do not include losses incurred on bookings departing after the year-end which have been cancelled because management have chosen to recognise these losses in line with the Company's turnover recognition policies. 

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

12.


Intangible assets




Development expenditure
Goodwill
Total

£
£
£



Cost


At 1 May 2019
69,851
597,001
666,852


Additions
59,490
-
59,490



At 30 April 2020

129,341
597,001
726,342



Amortisation


At 1 May 2019
15,208
584,900
600,108


Charge for the year
26,426
8,400
34,826



At 30 April 2020

41,634
593,300
634,934



Net book value



At 30 April 2020
87,707
3,701
91,408



At 30 April 2019
54,643
12,101
66,744

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

13.


Tangible fixed assets





Fixtures and fittings
Office equipment
Computer equipment
Other fixed assets
Total

£
£
£
£
£



Cost or valuation


At 1 May 2019
104,262
2,758
74,287
177,168
358,475


Additions
-
-
5,881
-
5,881



At 30 April 2020

104,262
2,758
80,168
177,168
364,356



Depreciation


At 1 May 2019
96,094
1,423
48,315
81,317
227,149


Charge for the year on owned assets
2,042
334
7,193
31,335
40,904



At 30 April 2020

98,136
1,757
55,508
112,652
268,053



Net book value



At 30 April 2020
6,126
1,001
24,660
64,516
96,303



At 30 April 2019
8,168
1,335
25,972
95,851
131,326

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

14.


Fixed asset investments





Investments in subsidiary companies

£



Cost or valuation


At 1 May 2019
2,002



At 30 April 2020
2,002





Subsidiary undertakings


The following were subsidiary undertakings of the Company:

Name

Registered office

Principal activity

Class of shares

Holding

Ski Solutions (Transport) Limited
2nd Floor, Nucleus House, 2 Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond, TW9 2JA
Transport provider
Ordinary
100%
Bspoke Tours Limited
2nd Floor, Nucleus House, 2 Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond, TW9 2JA
Dormant
Ordinary
100%
Cycling for Softies Limited
2nd Floor, Nucleus House, 2 Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond, TW9 2JA
Dormant
Ordinary
100%

The aggregate of the share capital and reserves as at 30 April 2020 and the profit or loss for the year ended on that date for the subsidiary undertakings was as follows:

Name
Aggregate of share capital and reserves
£

Ski Solutions (Transport) Limited
2,000

Bspoke Tours Limited
1

Cycling for Softies Limited
1

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

15.


Debtors

2020
2019
£
£


Trade debtors
1,336,002
2,236,904

Amounts owed by group undertakings
2,332,507
1,574,526

Other debtors
126,413
364,787

Prepayments and accrued income
328,681
385,455

Deferred taxation
9,405
-

4,133,008
4,561,672


Included within Prepayments and accrued income above are payments made to suppliers relating to bookings departing after the year end, where the Company is acting as principal. The total of these prepaid costs at 30 April 2020 was £163,139 (2019: £261,389).


16.


Cash and cash equivalents

2020
2019
£
£

Cash at bank and in hand
1,505,224
1,006,684

1,505,224
1,006,684



17.


Creditors: Amounts falling due within one year

2020
2019
£
£

Trade creditors
2,452,301
2,407,288

Amounts owed to group undertakings
256,934
15,829

Corporation tax
10,572
-

Other taxation and social security
125,508
203,359

Other creditors
10,442
65,954

Accruals and deferred income
750,820
596,408

3,606,577
3,288,838


Included within Accruals and deferred income above are receipts from customers relating to bookings departing after the year end, less amounts already recognised during the year in line with the Company's turnover policies, where the Company is acting as principal. The total of these receipts taken in advance at 30 April 2020 was £716,854 (2019: £517,429).

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

18.


Deferred taxation




2020


£






At beginning of year
(23,874)


Charged to profit or loss
33,279



At end of year
9,405

The deferred taxation balance is made up as follows:

2020
2019
£
£


Accelerated capital allowances
(34,078)
(23,874)

Tax losses carried forward
43,483
-

9,405
(23,874)


19.


Share capital

2020
2019
£
£
Allotted, called up and fully paid



40,000 (2019 - 40,000) Ordinary shares of £1.00 each
40,000
40,000

The Ordinary shares of £1 each carry full voting rights, full dividend rights and full rights to participation in any capital distribution on winding up.



20.


Reserves

Share premium account

The share premium account represents the additional amount shareholders have paid for their issued shares that was in excess of the par value of those shares.

Profit and loss account

The profit and loss account represents all current and prior period retained profits and losses, less any dividends paid to the Company's parent.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

21.


Contingent liabilities

The Company is a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA). The Company provides ABTA with a travel bond which at 30 April 2020 amounted to £447,402 (2019 - £409,694).


22.


Pension commitments

The Company operates a defined contributions pension scheme. The assets of the scheme are held separately from those of the Company  in an independently administered fund. The pension cost charge represents contributions payable by the Company  to the fund and amounted to £51,957 (2019 - £35,990). Contributions totalling £5,126 (2019 - £6,033) were payable to the fund at the reporting date and are included in creditors.


23.


Commitments under operating leases

At 30 April 2020 the Company had future minimum lease payments under non-cancellable operating leases as follows:

2020
2019
£
£


Not later than 1 year
65,100
86,800

Later than 1 year and not later than 5 years
-
65,100

65,100
151,900


24.


Transactions with directors

During the year, the Company had an interest-free loan account with the director, C M Burton. Advances totalled £4,020 (2019: £36,426) and credits totalled £4,020 (2019: £6,600). This loan is expected to be fully repaid within 9 months of the year end and so the closing balance owing to the Company at the year end from C M Burton was £32,530 (2019: £32,530).


25.


Related party transactions

The Company has taken advantage of exemption, under the terms of Financial Reporting Standard 102 'The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland', not to disclose related party transactions with other wholly owned subsidiaries within the group. This is because the ultimate  parent company prepares consolidated financial statements in which these transactions are eliminated in full.

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SKI SOLUTIONS LIMITED
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 APRIL 2020

26.


Controlling party

The Company's immediate holding company is Ski Solutions Holdings Limited, a company registered in England and Wales. Copies of the financial statements of Ski Solutions Holdings Limited can be obtained from 2nd Floor, Nucleus House, 2 Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond, TW9 2JA. 
The Company's ultimate holding company is Active Travel Group Limited, a company registered in England and Wales. Copies of the financial statements of Active Travel Group Limited can be obtained from 2nd Floor, Nucleus House, 2 Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond, TW9 2JA. 
Active Travel Group Limited is controlled by Mobeus Equity Partners IV LP, a limited partnership registered in England and Wales. The registered office of Mobeus Equity Partners IV LP is C/O Mobeus Equity Partners LLP, 30 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4EX.
In the opinion of the directors, there is no single individual who is the ultimate controlling party of Mobeus Equity Partners IV LP.

 
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