The Employee Ownership Association’s 2015 Annual Conference, sponsored by Capital for Colleagues, was a huge success. The Conference is the most important national event for the UK employee ownership sector. Over 550 delegates from established and aspiring employee owned organisations took the opportunity to network at this unique event and experience the exclusive opportunity to learn from and share anecdotes and insights with other employee owners and industry experts.

As the UK’s largest gathering of co-owned businesses, the EOA Conference provides an unrivalled opportunity for employee owners to learn, network and share experiences. The conference is also a must for any family business or private business owner considering employee ownership at the stage of start-up, growth or succession.
It provides the essential knowledge necessary for those keen to learn more about the transition of spinning-out services from the public sector to an employee led structure. And with over 500 delegates from across every sector of the economy, the conference is relevant to delegates from academia, media, government or other forms of business keen to learn more about the benefits of developing an ownership culture.
This focused event provides a unique opportunity to find out more about employee ownership and network with those who have already made the transition, those currently making the journey, or those considering the move.

2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - Click on the speaker's image to read their Address to Conference

Walter Scott

Joint Managing Director, Wilkin & Sons Ltd

Trevor Phillips OBE

Partnership Council President, The John Lewis Partnership

Deb Oxley

Chief Executive, Employee Ownership Association

Conference Videos

A flavour of the EOA Annual Conference, the UK's largest gathering of employee owned businesses, providing an unrivalled opportunity for employee owners to learn, network and share experiences.
The judge's comments on Remploy, the eventual winner of the Rising Star of the Year at the 2015 UK Employee Ownership Awards.
The judge's comments on Dr David Hodgkinson of Quintessa, the eventual winner of the Employee Owner of the Year at the 2015 UK Employee Ownership Awards
The judge's comments on Gripple, the eventual winner of the Employee Owned Business of the Year at the 2015 UK Employee Ownership Awards.
The judge's comments on Green Light Healthcare, the eventual winner of the Innovation of the Year at the 2015 UK Employee Ownership Awards.
Turley_RGB_vectorAll of this year's 2015 Conference videos were kindly sponsored by Turley.


    The presentations from this years conference are available for download below:  
  • The basics of employee ownership
    • EO1        What is employee ownership, what benefits does it deliver, which businesses does it suit, at what stage of business can it be used and what are the different models? CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: STRIDE TREGLOWN (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD]
    • EO2        How to successfully implement employee ownership; the steps to take, the pitfalls to avoid, how to access finance, the tax considerations, pensions, project managing the transition and how to manage communications with employees. CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: PB DESIGN [DOWNLOAD] AND QUINTESSA (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD]
    • EO3        Laying the foundations of a culture of ownership; how to establish the right governance, engagement and reward mechanisms for those new to EO. CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: REMPLOY (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD]
  • Productivity, performance and growth
    • PPG1        How to lead your public service spin out to the next level; diversification, commercialisation and enhanced engagement. CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: SOCIAL ADVENTURES (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD]
    • PPG2        How can employee ownership help to deliver enhanced innovation and creativity? What techniques and approaches work best? CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: GRIPPLE [DOWNLOAD] AND CARE PLUS GROUP (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD]
    • PPG3        How to deliver a competitive advantage through an employee ownership status and brand? How to ensure your EO status is meaningful for customers, suppliers and stakeholders. (WORKSHOP)
    • PPG4        How to grow and diversify employee owned businesses; raising the energy and the funds for reinvestment, acquisition, mergers and more. CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: 3BM (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD]
  • Culture, communications and engagement
    • CCE1        How to ensure that employee ownership means more than simply trust or share ownership? Developing the strategy to build and sustain an ownership culture within your organisation. (WORKSHOP) [DOWNLOAD 9:30 SESSION] [DOWNLOAD 11:00 SESSION] 
    • CCE2        How to develop and maintain a sense of ownership in employee owned public service spin outs and in businesses when financial reward to staff is not relevant? (WORKSHOP)
    • CCE3        Developing your engagement toolkit. What are the best tools and techniques for effective engagement? Including how to manage cynics, measure success and achieve buy in. (WORKSHOP) [DOWNLOAD 9:30 SESSION]
    • CCE4        Engagement Clinic – seek and share support for your challenges and queries about engagement with other EO businesses – with experts on hand to contribute. (WORKSHOP) [DOWNLOAD 1:30 SESSION]
  • Leadership, management and governance
    • LMG1        How does leadership, management and governance differ in employee owned organisations? What are the specific challenges and opportunities? CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD]
    • LMG2        Developing the next generation of leaders. What are the challenges of recruitment, retention and development of employee owners with leadership potential? CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: TURLEY (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD]
    • LMG3        How do we keep our governance fresh and relevant we grow and develop? (WORKSHOP)
    • LMG4        What are the challenges, roles and responsibilities for employees with formal representation roles such as elected representatives, Trustees or council members? (WORKSHOP)
    • LMG5        How to manage the challenge of effective succession; how to encourage others to step up and the owners to let go. (WORKSHOP)
  • Fringe Sessions with industry presentations
    • F1        Engagement - a review of the latest thinking on the power of engagement in the UK economy from Engage of Success. CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: ENGAGE FOR SUCCESS (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD] 
    • F2        Family Business – insights into the challenges of managing succession in family businesses – and how employee ownership can support from Family Business Place. CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: FAMILY BUSINESS PLACE (SEMINAR) CONTRIBUTORS:  POSTLETHWAITE [DOWNLOAD] 
    • F3        Talent Management – hear how to attract and develop your talent and how this approach has ensured top-15 'Best Company to Work For' status for leading employee owned La Fosse Associates. CASE STUDIES PRESENTED: SIMON LA FOSSE, LA FOSSE ASSOCIATES (SEMINAR) [DOWNLOAD]
    • F4        Forecast 2020 – a view of the key evidence to support the growth of employee ownership to 2020 including insight into the recent success of the Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) model and the findings of the MoralDNA study into Employee Owned Businesses. (SEMINAR) CONTRIBUTORS: WHITE ROSE CENTRE; EAGA TRUST AND RM2 [DOWNLOAD]
    • F5        The Employee Ownership Technical Clinic – ask experts in tax, legal, Trusts, shares and funding for advice/support and share in others’ queries. (WORKSHOP)  CONTRIBUTORS: FIELDFISHER; COOWNERSHIP SOLUTIONS; BAXENDALE AND CAPITAL FOR COLLEAGUES




It's a truly unique experience in the world to see a community so willing to share their experiences to help others. - Emma Russell


Economic Value

The Employee Owned Sector Contributes £30bn GDP to the UK Economy Annually