The Board’s policy is to maintain a strong capital base in order to maintain customer, investor and creditor confidence and to sustain future development of the business. The Board considers consolidated total equity as capital. At 31 December 2018 this equated to £85.1m (2017: £76.1m).

The Board is not proposing any final dividend payment for 2018 (2017: nil). The Group has a clear capital allocation discipline and is committed to returning excess funds to shareholders via future dividend or share repurchase.