Case Studies


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 ...

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Page\Park

Page\Park is an architectural firm based in Glasgow that made the transition to employee ownership in December 2013. Since then, the business has recruited 12 new employee-owners, increasing its staff to a total of 54, to meet the growth in demand for their services – a positive commercial upturn which owners attribute in part to their transition to employee ownership.

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CSH Surrey

CSH Surrey (previously known as Central Surrey Health) was the first of its type to spin out from the public sector in 2006. It is a pre-eminent example of a ground-breaking and successful employee-owned social enterprise that continues to provide the community nursing and therapy services in mid Surrey and has also diversified into offering private care services that are delivered by employee-owners with the same dedication and commitment to high quality and compassionate care. Government ministers recognised the power of the employee-owned model in transforming public ...

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City Health Care Partnership CIC

City Health Care Partnership CIC, is a growing co-owned ‘for better profit’ business providing a wide range of health and care services across numerous geographical areas including Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire and Knowsley, Merseyside.

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Wilkin and Sons

Wilkin and Sons have been making ‘Tiptree’ preserves in the Essex village of Tiptree since 1885 and have been in transition to employee ownership since 1989. Employees have in fact held a stake in the business since 1917 when a trust was first created to help employees and former employees in hardship.

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Sunderland Home Care Associates 20/20 Ltd

SHCA was formed in 1994 as a co-op of 20 people providing home care to elderly and disabled people in and around Sunderland. SHCA now employs 470 staff, with a turnover of around £6.8 million, and operates out of an office in Sunderland and, more recently, one in South Tyneside.

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Gripple Limited

The successful launch in 1988 of a wire joining and tensioning device called a Gripple not only gave the company producing it its name, but also provided the impetus for employee ownership. The award-winning Sheffield company has since developed over 6,500 products for agricultural fencing, trellising and anchoring and more recently, hanger systems for installing mechanical and electrical services, seismic bracing and geo-synthetic turf mat anchors. Its overseas operations include facilities in New Delhi, Obernai near Strasbourg and Aurora near Chicago.

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Childbase Partnership

What began twenty years ago as a single nursery for around twenty children in the village of Sherington near Milton Keynes is today a major business. As Childbase’s chief executive officer Mike Thompson explains, his company now operates thirty-six nurseries for children across the whole of south-eastern England, employing a thousand staff and turning over around £25m a year.

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John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) is one of the UK's most successful retailers. All 91,000 permanent staff are Partners who own 42 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 10 John Lewis at home and a shop at Heathrow Terminal 2), 328 Waitrose supermarkets, catalogue business and online businesses johnlewis.com and waitrose.com, a production unit and a farm.

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