The Employee Ownership Association’s Annual Conference is the most important national event for the UK employee ownership sector. Delegates from established and aspiring employee owned organisations will network at this unique event and experience the exclusive opportunity to learn from and share anecdotes and insights with over 600 employee owners and industry experts.

Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel Birmingham NEC

Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Your opportunity to hear from the UK Employee Ownership Award winners from 2015. Hear how they have reached the level of performance, engagement and innovation in their business through employee ownership that makes them one of the Best in Class.
  • Gripple Employee Owned Business of the Year
  • Remploy Rising Star of the Year
  • Greenlight Healthcare Innovation of the Year
  • Quintessa Employee Owner of the Year
“We’re delighted to be presenting at this year’s conference, to share insights as to how we became the UK EO Business of the Year 2015.”- Gripple




“The EOA Conference is a wonderful opportunity to listen to others demonstrate their expertise and share best practice.” - Jeremy Gadd
Martine Croxall

We are delighted that BBC News and BBC World News TV presenter Martine Croxall is confirmed once again as compere for the EOA Conference

We would like to thank EOA Member Turley for their generous support of Martine’s attendance.

Neil Mullarkey

We're thrilled that 'King of the key message' comedian, improviser and corporate development coach Neil Mullarkey will facilitate our Speed Networking Session

We would like to thank EOA Member Cambridge Weight Plan for their generous support of Neil’s attendance. Photo: Charlotte Knee


Online booking for the EOA Conference 2016 is now closed because of high demand and limited availability – please contact Jane Osborne Price on 01823 362806 to make an enquiry.
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 will also provide 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 600 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 will provide 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. With only 300 delegate places available at the Early Bird Rate ensure you book early.


EOA Conference
UK Employee Ownership Awards
13.00 Registration opens
13.30-14.45 "Best in Class" – the 2015 award winners
14.45-15.15 Afternoon refreshments
15.15-16.15 EO Clinics or Speed Networking facilitated by Neil Mullarkey
16.30-17.30 EOA AGM
17.00 Hotel check in opens
19.00-20.00 Drinks reception*
20.00-22.30 EOA Conference Gala Dinner and UK EO Awards*
*Black tie optional
08.00 Conference, exhibition and showcase starts
08.45 Welcome from Deb Oxley, Chief Executive, EOA and conference sponsors Capital for Colleagues
09.30 Session 1
10.30 Morning refreshments, exhibition and showcase
11.10 Session 2
12.15 Keynote Speaker - Jack Stack, Founder, CEO and President of SRC Holdings Corporation
13.00 Lunch, exhibition and showcase
13.50 Session 3
15.00 Keynote Speaker - Isobel Schofield and Andrew Lane, Union Industries
15.45 Conference Close
16.00 Finish time


For the first 300 tickets sold, an Early Bird Rate of £20 per person off the rates below will apply.
EOA members
1-4 delegates £399 + vat
5-9 delegates £309 + vat
10 + delegates £300 + vat
Non EOA members
Non members £479 + vat
Non members (Public Sector) £409 + vat


The conference programme provides a choice of sessions for those that are new to employee ownership and those owners and employees of established employee owned businesses. Delegates are offered three separate sessions to participate in during the day from topics including:
  • Founders and owners exploring employee ownership or those employees new to employee ownership
    • 1. What is Employee Ownership? How employee ownership is supporting the UK economy What are the benefits and the risks Why a business considers EO and at what stage Models of ownership
    • 2. How to successfully transition to employee ownership? The steps to take and the pitfalls to avoid How to access finance The tax considerations Project managing the transition
    • 3. How to manage employee communications and plan for a culture of engagement? Employee engagement through transition and beyond Involving, communicating and informing the new employee owners of your business
    • 4. Effective governance in new employee owned businesses How to form and build an effective Trust Board Selecting trustees and employee directors
  • Employee owners involved in employee owned businesses that have typically existed for less than two years
    • 5. Letting go and enabling effective succession As a founder now departing how to let go How to support the future leaders and succeeding management team Dealing with leadership succession during the transition
    • 6. The strategic impact and opportunity of employee ownership (NEW) Considering if/how EO can change or reinforce the organisation's core purpose, strategy and objectives EO's impact on growth strategy and alignment of resources
    • 7. Managing the 'firsts' of moving to employee ownership (NEW) Including first AGM, dividend payment, trustee election, re-election of employee representatives, business plan, Dealing Day and director retiring by rotation
    • 8. From employment to ownership - becoming an employee owner (NEW) The obligations, rights and responsibilities of becoming an effective owner as well as an employee
    • 9. Developing the business literacy of employee ownership (NEW) Using your internal communications more effectively Communicating financial and business information to employees
    • 10. Employee benefits and sharing reward (NEW) Devising your strategy for delivering and communicating benefits and rewards as an EO business Including practical ideas of relevance to the HR team in 'for profit' and 'not for profit' organisations
    • 11. Roles and responsibilities of Trustees and elected representatives Corporate and legal responsibilities of trustees Your role in bringing EO to life as an elected representative
  • Employee owners in established employee owned businesses
    • 12. Dealing with tough times and celebrating your success (NEW) How to manage business challenges such as down sizing, redundancy, reducing sales revenues or increased costs in an EO business
    • 13. Great Game Workshop (NEW) Take part in an interactive workshop to explore the Great Game of Business methodology
    • 14. Media Communications Masterclass (NEW) How to optimise media communications and celebrate success to achieve a competitive advantage, with Martine Croxall
    • 15. How to keep the employee ownership spark alive to sustain the EO advantage Effective recruitment Refreshing the energy of employees Encouraging employee owners to continue to take responsibility Managing employee churn/lack of churn
    • 16. Using your EO brand and purpose as a competitive advantage Maximising the value of employee ownership with customers, for recruitment and with suppliers
    • 17. Maximising the business value and impact of elected representatives and Trustees (NEW) Developing the skills Supporting and enabling decision making Developing the confidence
    • 18. Aligning the roles of HR & Communications with EO (NEW) Developing appropriate strategies and approaches to people, engagement and internal communications in order to support employee ownership
    • 19. Your role as a Leader in an EO business Planning and implementing effective leadership succession Leading and managing in a co-owned environment
    • 20. Developing and sustaining Public Service based employee owned businesses Planning for growth, diversification and competition Developing resilience and sustainability The tools, the measures, the process of engagement Developing commercial skills and competencies
    • 21. Employee engagement Developing a tactical and effective toolkit
    • 22. Developing the employee ownership model Stop, look and listen – did we get it right? Changing the model of ownership for sustainability
    • 23. The impact of automation on the world of work (NEW) Thought leadership around the future of work in an EO business The changing roles of employees, the impact of technology The effect on offices and workplaces
    • 24. Growing an employee-owned business Managing and financing expansion, growth, acquisition or joint ventures
    • 25. Where 'we-centric', as opposed to 'i-centric' behaviours need to be at the heart of organisational interactions Learn how the brain works in out interactions with others and how equality and hierarchy affect the brain The role of leaders in harnessing the intellectual and creative capacity of co-owners

NEW IN 2016

  • Employee Ownership Clinics – book one to one sessions with professionals in law, accountancy, tax and engagement - to book a session, download the list of expert exhibitors and their contact details below
  • Presentation from and Q&A with the Award Winners of the 2015 UK Employee Ownership Awards
  • Exclusive Workshop sessions delivered by the Great Game, based on the model of business leadership known as Open Book Management created by Jack Stack
  • Exclusive Workshop sessions on media and communications delivered by BBC News and BBC World News TV presenter Martine Croxall
  • Speed Networking session to build your business contacts, professionally led by Neil Mullarkey
  • 14 new seminar and workshop sessions
  • Seminar and Workshops specifically for trustees, elected representatives and all employee owners

EOA Annual Conference 2016 Employee Ownership Clinics List


The full delegate package includes:
  • 4* on-site, bed & breakfast accommodation
  • 1-day Conference Pass including lunch and refreshments
  • 4-course Gala Dinner with wine
  • Pre-dinner drinks reception
  • Complimentary on-site parking
  • Complimentary transport to train station


Online booking for the EOA Conference 2016 is now closed because of high demand and limited availability – please contact Jane Osborne Price on 01823 362806 to make an enquiry.


Jack Stack

Founder, CEO and President of SRC Holdings Corporation
Jack Stack is a pioneer of the business leadership model known as Open Book Management and is the author of two books on the subject, The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome. 100% employee owned, SRC has grown revenues profitably from a $16M to $600M in the last thirty years, receiving international recognition because of its success.

Isobel Schofield and Andrew Lane

Founder and Chair of the Company Board of Directors, Union Industries; Managing Director, Union Industries
Established in 1972 as a tarpaulin manufacturing and repair business in Leeds, today Union Industries has become a leader in the manufacture of high speed industrial roller doors for factories, cold stores, warehouses and distribution centres. The former owner, Isobel Schofield and the current Managing Director Andrew Lane will tell the inspiring story of Union’s move to employee ownership in November 2014 and the success achieved since.

Deb Oxley

Chief Executive, Employee Ownership Association
Deb is the Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association – the leading body in the UK for businesses, whether of private sector or public service origin, that are owned by their employees. The EOA represents employee owned businesses that contribute over £30bn to UK GDP each year.

EOA Annual Conference 2016 Brochure


The Hilton Birmingham Metropole is located at the NEC, Birmingham. The conference, dinner and accommodation are housed within the venue and those attending will benefit from the great central location, easy access and 4 star facilities (including Spa, health club and indoor swimming pool).


Sponsored by
J Gadd Associates

The EOA Annual Conference Delegate Guide sponsored by leading EOA member J Gadd Associates, will be handed to every delegate to provide a comprehensive detail to Day Two and the UK Employee Ownership Award winners for 2016.


The EOA Annual General Meeting will be held at 16.30 on Monday 21 November. All EOA members are invited to attend, and encouraged to book a place on confirming their conference booking.


Sponsored by

A drinks reception sponsored by leading EOA member Postlethwaite, will be hosted on the evening of Monday 21st November ahead of the EOA Conference Gala Dinner and presentation of the UK Employee Ownership Awards


Sponsored by

Presentation of the UK Employee Ownership Awards, sponsored by leading EOA member Baxendale will take place on the evening of Monday 21 November during the EOA Conference Gala Dinner.

The UK Employee Ownership Awards provide every employee owned business with an opportunity to celebrate their success and to attract recognition for their achievements.

For details of how to apply for these industry awards, visit: employeeownership.co.uk

Non-conference delegates wishing to attend the EOA Conference Gala Dinner can do so (price on request).


Online booking for the EOA Conference 2016 is now closed because of high demand and limited availability – please contact Jane Osborne Price on 01823 362806 to make an enquiry.
EXHIBIT An exclusive opportunity for EOA members to get their organisation in front of key decision makers within employee owned and transitioning organisations. The Exhibition will be an integral part of the Conference and a limited number of businesses will be able to take up this opportunity which includes one full delegate place. Cost £995 + vat
PRODUCT SHOWCASE EOA members who manufacture or produce a product will be offered the great opportunity to display their products and promotional literature on a pre designed display area. This area will not be manned and will act as a display space only.
SPONSOR A fantastic range of sponsorship opportunities are available throughout the event including bespoke packages to fulfil your objectives. Please contact Oliver Smith to discuss the possibilities on 01482 667122.
UK EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP AWARDS The UK Employee Ownership Awards provide every employee owned business with an opportunity to celebrate their success and to attract recognition for their acheivements. For details of how to apply for these industry awards, visit: UK Employee Ownership Awards