38 results for year: 2017


Tickets for Annual Conference selling fast

The EOA is warning that tickets are selling faster than ever for the EOA Annual Conference 2017, with half of them already being snapped up. We are urging those wishing to attend to book early so they don’t miss out on their opportunity to be involved, be informed, be inspired at the full two-day conference with 4 key note speakers, 5 dedicated networking sessions, 27 workshops and seminars and the EOA Gala Dinner featuring the presentation of the UK EO Awards. An expected 700 delegates from aspiring and established employee owned organisations, along with industry experts, will network at this unique event, taking the opportunity to learn ...

Sponsor viewpoint: Capital4Colleagues

"The UK economy undoubtedly faces a number of challenges over the coming months and it’s times like these that result in questions being raised again about productivity, innovation, good governance and employee representation. So it’s good to know that we already have a robust business ownership model in place that is proven to deal with these challenges well – the Employee Owned Business (EOB). Such companies typically ensure their employees have a meaningful stake in their business and the managers pay close attention to how people are engaged in the running of the business. Research tells us that these EOBs are more productive, ...

Sponsor viewpoint: Baxendale

“Employee ownership in the UK is in impeccable health. 17 years after Baxendale launched our mission to create more EO businesses, each month that goes by sees the sector’s strength in depth grow – and we expect and hope to see that reflected in the 11th annual EO Awards in November. In 2017 alone, Baxendale has already worked with more than 40 clients either moving to employee ownership or looking to get the most out of their existing employee ownership. Our clients say they like working with us because of the sheer extent of our experience (not only having helped so many clients on their journeys, but having been EO ourselves since we ...

UK EO Awards – 50 days to go register now!

With 50 days to go until nominations close for the UK EO Awards we’re urging your business to apply before you fly or at least register before many of you pack you cases for the summer holidays. The Awards, which close for entries on Thursday 7th September soon after summer holidays conclude, have more profile than ever and celebrate the significant contribution and impact employee owned businesses make to the UK economy and recognise the productivity, innovation and excellence driven by teams and individuals in employee owned businesses. Managed by the Employee Ownership Association, the Awards are sponsored by leading EOA member Baxendale, ...

Thanks a million for reaching out on EO Day

From cakes, food, picnics, BBQs, business events, quizzes and challenges to hi-5s and expressions of what it means to be an employee owner, EO Day was a great success at making noise about employee ownership. In fact via Twitter your news and messages reach out to more than 1.03 million followers on twitter – that’s more than 600 tweets, with combined shares of more than 1200 shares, more than 440 photos and videos were shared using the EO Day Photo Prop Pack which received and more than 2,500 likes. Thousands more were reached through Facebook, Linked in and media coverage. We had 57 recorded events on our EO Day map, and from those events ...

CEO viewpoint moving employee ownership into the mainstream – a marathon not a sprint

When we set ourselves big ambitions, it is the planning at the outset that is most important. When I decided I might just be able to run a marathon, it was running for 30 mins without stopping that was my first significant achievement.  Before I knew it, I was running for 90 minutes, then 120 and then… 6 months later and after 4 hours 30 mins, I completed that first marathon. I am now more convinced than ever that getting to a point when employee ownership is an every day occurrence will be a similar marathon feat, but that the early signs of us reaching those key milestones on our plan are now more evident. So whilst we remain some way off ...

The Ownership Effect call for written evidence – deadline extended

While we have been busy touring the UK hearing verbal evidence on the opportunities for Employee Ownership to support the UK economy we have also been calling on you to help evidence The Ownership Effect through our Call for Written Evidence. We have now extended the deadline by a week and we’re urging representatives from employee owned businesses and advisors to employee owned businesses to complete the online form. The Inquiry, which is led by the EOA in partnership with the John Lewis Partnership and the eaga Trust, chaired by Baroness Sharon Bowles and supported by Cass and Manchester Business Schools, is THE most significant opportunity ...

New members, transitions and successes

This month we welcome new members, celebrate three transitions and celebrate some member successes. New Members P4P Creative is a digital and design agency employing  8 people in Glasgow. Pillar Software is an IT software developers in Newent with  8 employee owners. Member transitions Flowstore - The business transitioned to employee ownership on EO Day 2017. The business, a specialist in applying Lean Manufacturing solutions for customers, provides custom built materials handling and storage equipment for manufacturing and distribution operations was established in 1984 with just 2 people, and now has 50 employees covering the UK, ...

Member spotlight: Unity Trust Bank

Unity Trust Bank, the EOA’s latest Trustee Member, is looking to embrace employee ownership from both inside the business and beyond. Unity Bank’s relationship with the EOA began almost 25 years ago when they became its bank. The bank has recently become a Trustee Member and is committed to fostering a deeper and broader relationship going forward. Unity's employee ownership is currently enabled  through an ESOP scheme, introduced in 2012 where staff receive 100 shares on their first and tenth year of working with the Bank. However, the ambitions of the bank are to expand its employee ownership as it continues its transition so all staff ...

EOA launches call for written evidence for The Ownership Effect Inquiry

The Employee Ownership Association (EOA) has launched the call for written evidence from businesses and individuals as part of the next stage of the Ownership Effect Inquiry – a national, business-led inquiry into the impact of employee ownership on businesses and the UK economy. All contributions will be considered, along with the oral evidence being gathered in a series of hearings around the UK. This evidence will then be used to develop a final report, which will include valuable recommendations of how to further support the growth of employee ownership. The written evidence deadline is 21 July 2017 and can be filled out here. Four ...

Employee Ownership Association marks 5th annual EO Day with the release of new industry data

With events taking place all over the country, the EOA has released new research showcasing the strength of the sector and the profound and positive impact of employee-owned businesses on the UK economy. Employee Ownership Day (EO Day) takes place on June 30 and is celebrating its fifth Birthday with hundreds of events taking place across the country. To mark the occasion, The Employee Ownership Association (EOA) is also publishing a new suite of research illustrating the role of the sector as both an economic and social enabler. EO Day is the national celebration of employee ownership and annually sees the sector raising awareness of the ...

EOA Summer Dinner launches a manifesto of employee ownership

The EOA Summer Dinner attended by more than 150 members of the EOA enjoyed an address from Baroness Sharon Bowles of Berkhamsted, on Thursday Jun 8. Held in the Palace of Westminster, Baroness Bowles addressed the room talking about the political journey of employee ownership and her commitment to revealing the evidence for employee ownership as an economic and social enabler in her role as chair of an inquiry, led by the EOA, The Ownership Effect. Baroness Sharon Bowles said: “Ethics, culture, governance and responsibility have been at the heart of my own career, the legislation that I helped create, and also the things that I have been ...

One month to go to EO Day

With just one month to go to EO Day we are really enjoying hearing your plans that are coming in to the EO Day inbox. We’ve started to add them to the EO Day Celebration Map on www.eoday.co.uk Here are some things that can help get ready for EO Day 2017: Get familiar with our EO Day Photo Prop Pack In early June you will receive your EO Day Photo Prop Pack with speech bubbles, circle message and stickers. Take a look at the pack through the link below and get some ideas about how your team might use them in either pictures or videos to share on social media. Tell us how you plan to Hi 5, Tell 5 or Take 5 EO Day celebrations come ...

Results published for EOT survey

The results of the latest EOT survey have today been published, reporting on the businesses to share information on their transition to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Administrated by RM2, in partnership with the EOA and John Lewis Partnership, the evergreen EOT Survey, was introduced in 2015 to measure the take-up of EOTs which offer capital gains tax relief for those selling the company as well as the option to give income tax free bonus to employees. As RM2 now prepares to take a snapshot of EOT take-up for 2017, which will be shared in November, the partners in the survey - the EOA, RM2 and John Lewis Partnership - are urging businesses ...

EOA Membership Council holds first meeting

The new EOA Membership Council will provide an important voice for all EOA members and we’re delighted to have recruited 15 representatives from within the membership to represent members of all sizes from across the entire UK. At is first meeting in early May, the Membership Council agreed its role to provide  additional support and insight to the EOA as it continues to develop its services in line with members’ needs. Membership Council Chair, Alden Whittaker-Brown, of Arup, tells us his thoughts and hopes after the first meeting: "The first meeting of the EOA Membership Council confirmed that we have assembled a capable and enthusia...

Member spotlight: Konditor & Cook

At the 2016 EOA Conference Konditor & Cook were announced as the winners of the 2016 Investment Award , sponsored by John Lewis Partnership. The businesses’ compelling story with fans of their cakes including Nigella Lawson and their mission to “bring joy” to all through its luxury cakes, bespoke bakes, its cake school experiences or its day to day customers looking for a hot lunch alongside its need for a succession plan that was a fit it’s values, rewarded the hard work of their staff and ensured the future of the brand built up over many years shone through. Six months on the company is engaging its employees in a culture change ...

New members, milestones and successes in May

This month we welcome more new members to the EOA, celebrate some key milestones and celebrate member successes. Firstly, its welcome to new members Combined Flooring and David Narro Associates. Combined Flooring is a specialist in industrial flooring offering consultancy and flatness surveying. The business has 11 employee owners and is based in Hampshire. David Narro Associates is a Consulting Structural and Civil Engineers. The business has 49 employee owners and is based in Edinburgh And it’s also ‘Happy employee ownership Birthday’ for our members who celebrated milestones in April and May. WATG celebrated its 1st ...

More employee ownership is essential for economy and society in post-Brexit UK

From when the Industrial Strategy Green Paper was launched and then as the snap election prompted manifestos from the main three parties, I have not hidden my disappointment that they do not fully acknowledge the role Employee Ownership plays and the impact it could have in supporting the UK economy. In the Conservative manifesto, the party announced its plans for representation of workers on company boards. Whilst these plans may force listed companies to either create stakeholder advisory panels, designate an existing non-executive director as the employee representative, or directly appoint a worker representative to the board, these commitments ...

The UK Employee Ownership Awards 2017 are open for entries

The UK Employee Ownership Awards, which celebrate the significant contribution employee owned businesses (EOBs) make to the UK economy, are now open for entries. And this year they’re back with a new award The Employee Owned Positive Impact of the Year which celebrates pioneering, positive or lasting impact generated by employee owned businesses, over and above their financial performance. This adds to the 5 UK EO awards which recognise the productivity, innovation and excellence driven by teams and individuals in EOBs, which demonstrate how employees having a stake in the business teamed with a robust culture of transparency and employee ...

Employees from businesses from across UK recruited to new EOA Membership Council

The EOA has a recruited 15 representatives from businesses across the UK to its new Membership Council, which will have its first meeting today (Tuesday May 16). The representatives from the EOA membership have been recruited to the Membership Council, which will be chaired by EOA Board Director, Alden Whittaker-Brown, of Arup, to provide additional support and insight to the EOA as it continues to develop its services in line with members’ needs. CEO of the EOA Deb Oxley said: "We are really excited by the opportunity of the new EOA Membership Council and we look forward to working with its members.  Having the voices of employees from ...

Lecture inspires the quest for a ‘new normal’ of businesses doing well while doing good

More than 190 people gathered last week for the annual Robert Oakeshott Lecture, in which Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton LLP, inspired the audience with her lecture on why the world was ready for a 'new normal'. In the prestigious surroundings of the ICAEWs Chartered Accountants Hall, Sacha shared her journey so far leading Grant Thornton’s move to shared enterprise and its purpose of shaping a Vibrant Economy, which focuses on restoring trust and integrity in business, unlocking the potential for dynamic business to grow and creating environments where business and people thrive. Attendees heard how Sacha’s journey is not an easy ...

Events update: Lecture, Summer Dinner, Conference and Awards

The EOA Summer Dinner is now fully booked, with 150 of our members reserving a place. A wait list is now in operation. The event, this year sponsored by Mott McDonald, the UK’s largest employee-owned global engineering, management and development consultancy, will once again be held in the impressive surroundings of the Members' Dining Room at the Palace of Westminster on the 8th of June. Pre-dinner drinks will be very kindly sponsored for the fifth year by MyCSP, the leading employee owned civil service pensions administrator. This year the guest gift will be sponsored by Postlethwaite, an employee-owned firm of UK solicitors focusing on ...

March: member transitions, milestones and successes

In this month’s EO Today we are able to celebrate three transitions, four employee ownership birthdays and a success story that congratulates employee engagement in an employee owned business. Transitions TensCare, which provides, develops and distributes tens machines for pain relief or muscle rehabilitation and employs a team of 17, transitioned on March 1 and heralded the news on it’s website as a “a positive alternative to more traditional ownership models and offers real advantages to both the employees and the prosperity of the business”. Ethos Imaging, which employees 5 people and provides print office equipment and software, ...

Welcome to new members

We’d like to thank our member Unity Trust Bank, which has become a Trustee member of the EOA for this additional level of support. Unity supports organisations and businesses that aim to create community, social or environmental benefit in a financially sustainable way. We’d also like to say welcome to Tens Care, The Biodiversity Consultancy Ltd, The Enterprise Tax Centre, Tithegrove Limited, Bright Ascension Ltd, Perrett Laver Ltd and Collective Architecture Limited who add to our membership’s huge array of sectors and specialisms. TensCare, is Europe’s largest distributor of TENS machines worldwide and also provides electro muscle ...

Member spotlight: BMT

BMT is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy, environment, marine risk & insurance and ports & logistics sectors. Formed in 1985 from the merger of the UK’s British Ship Research Association and National Maritime Institute, the company is at work on projects in 35 countries - from one of the world’s biggest coal ports in Australia to ice breakers in the Caspian Sea. The Royal Navy’s future aircraft carrier is a BMT design and the company is the world’s leading independent expert in submarine design and development.  Some of the world’s most iconic ...

CEO Blog: Employee ownership is the real deal

The new narrative of ‘post truth’, ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ should not be viewed as simply a harmless evolution of modern vocabulary. These new phrases are seeping into society and are gradually starting to undermine public trust; in everything from the business of news reporting, the opinions of experts, the role of politicians and even the decisions of the judiciary. In a world of social media, instant communication and Presidential tweets, the impact of this new narrative is hugely concerning, as a society without trust is a broken society. So it is reassuring to know that there is a counter balance to this phenomenon...

Come together to celebrate the 5th EO Day

Employee owners and those interested in employee ownership are being urged to make some noise for the 5th national Employee Ownership Day. The Employee Ownership Association (EOA) and EO Day 2017 sponsor Cambridge Weight Plan are urging employee owned businesses and their employees to celebrate their ownership structures as part of raising awareness of the economic benefits of employee ownership. EO Day 2017 will take place on Friday 30 June and is the opportunity for employee owned businesses to join forces to celebrate their ownership and their  business triumphs over the past year. As the UK faces continued economic uncertainty, employee ...

EOA welcomes Lush employee ownership announcement

The Employee Ownership Association (EOA) welcomes the news that the high-street retailer Lush will bring an element of employee ownership to its business, after setting up an Employee Benefit Trust for its staff members. As a lobbying organisation that aims to grow the size and economic impact of the employee ownership sector, the EOA applauds Lush’s success at the same time as positioning its business as a force for good, which contributes to the government’s objectives for a more productive, fairer society and an economy that works for all. Deb Oxley, CEO of the EOA, said: “We welcome the news that Lush is to bring an element of ...

We can do better; shining a light on corporate governance in employee owned businesses

In inviting responses to the Corporate Governance Reform Green Paper, government has reignited an important debate to consider the impact of the current structures of corporate governance of the UK’s listed or quoted businesses on society and the economy. At a time when trust in many of the UK’s biggest and most important institutions is at rock bottom, the economy is experiencing uncertain times, and with an urgent need to maintain consumer confidence, the publishing of this Green Paper opens up a much-needed dialogue about how business can do better. Ask any of the people you know best, your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, what ...

EOA Corporate Governance Reform response shines light on fairer ways of doing business

Responding to the Government’s Corporate Governance Reform Green Paper, the EOA has shone a light on the outstanding examples of corporate governance from within the employee ownership sector. The EOA’s response includes evidence from employee owned organisations from a range of sizes and sectors including professional services, manufacturing, retail and distribution and health and social care. The response demonstrates a high level of positive examples of where employee owned businesses are structured to have the cultural norms relating to the transparency and checks and balances of executive pay and pay ratios and of how employee voice is ...

EOA is recruiting for new Membership Council

The EOA is now recruiting to its new Membership Council. The opportunity to join the council is open to representatives from across the EOA’s membership including affiliate, supporter, partner and trustee members. The 15 successful candidates will contribute to the development of the EOA member proposition in making sure it is in line with members’ needs and wishes. The EOA is now seeking nominations for this from suitable candidates who have to be employees of current EOA member companies. The council will be chaired by EOA Board Director, Arup’s Head of Group Management Services Alden Whittaker-Brown of Arup. Deb Oxley, CEO of ...

Sacha Romanovitch to give Robert Oakeshott lecture

The EOA is delighted to announce that Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of EOA Supporter Member Grant Thornton UK LLP, is to deliver this year’s Robert Oakeshott Lecture exploring the theme of the ‘potential to do well while doing good’ in business. Sacha is leading Grant Thornton in its purpose of shaping a Vibrant Economy, which focuses on restoring trust and integrity in business, unlocking the potential for dynamic business to grow and creating environments where business and people thrive. Sacha follows in the footsteps of the four previous speakers; leading influencer Will Hutton, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership Sir Charlie Mayfield, and ...

EOA Membership Council recruitment

The EOA has changed its governance and will soon be recruiting members to join the new  EOA Membership Council, which will be a key platform to gather member views and support in developing the membership proposition. This change,  approved by the EOA Board in January, will see members  recruited to work with the EOA team on building the member offer and driving member excellence, one the EOA’s strategic priorities. We will update members shortly on timescales and a recruitment process.

Looking to build on an excellent 2016

Most of you will have now have had sight of our annual review which gives an overview of successes and a focus for work in 2017 – if not you can read it here. 2016 was a fantastic year for the EOA as we continued on our journey of developing the size and impact of the employee ownership sector on the UK economy. Throughout the year, many members shared their success stories and spread the word far and wide as they continued to enjoy accelerated growth and prosperity. There is an exciting year ahead for the EOA and the team looks forward to hearing about the exciting plans our members have in place to make sure they build on their successes ...

Congratulations and happy new year to new employee owners

We’d like to congratulate our member successful brand realisation company Novograf which saw in the New Year by becoming employee owned bringing 63 new employee owners into the sector. Read their story here And January sees us celebrate another EOA member NSBRC who transitioned two years ago on January 1 and we wish  them a happy EO anniversary. Novograf is one of a growing number of professional services companies to become employee owned with our other members BB Partnership and ADP, both architects, very close to announcing their transitions this week. Meanwhile our member Kindness & Co launched its healthy eating Café in Chelte...

Member spotlight: Barnard & Westwood

Austen and Michele Kopley, former owners of a majority stake in Royal Warrant holding company Barnard & Westwood, dedicated many years to developing and growing their printing and book-binding business. The company which exhibited examples of their products at the EOA exhibition as part of the EOA conference 2016 has worked with Postlethwaite Employee Ownership Lawyers on succession planning for its future. As the company approached its centenary, they wished to explore ways they could pass on the company whilst protecting both the loyal and experienced team of employees and the integrity of the business nurtured over several generations ...

CEO viewpoint: ‘The ownership effect’

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at the Co-operative Party conference, ‘In our interest; building an economy for all’, where the topic was responsible business. Obviously, this is something close to the heart of the EOA as it is a phrase frequently used to describe the way in which businesses that the EOA represents, those that are employee owned. The sector, which employs over 300k people, and contributes around £30bn to the economy each year, that’s about 4% of GDP,  is growing at pace - at about 10% per annum, as entrepreneurs use the model to attract the best talent at start up, business owners adopt it as they plan their ...

Review sums up a successful year for EOA

The EOA’s review of 2016 and focus for activity during 2017 has been released. The EOA continued to pursue its purpose of developing the size and impact of the UK employee ownership economy last year. In 2016 profiling the EOA was a high priority through a series of blogs, national media pieces as well as partnering with members in regional and trade press on stories linked to milestones and successes achieving more than 100 pieces of coverage. Alongside this our Chief Executive became a commissioner on Grant Thornton’s Vibrant Economy Commission and spoke at the IPPR’s fringe event at the Conservative Party conference and at the ICAEW’s ...