UK Employee Ownership Awards

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THE ANNUAL UK EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP AWARDS ARE
THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER ACCOLADES FOR ALL THOSE
INVOLVED IN EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP IN THE UK

The Awards are managed by the Employee Ownership Association and are sponsored again in 2016 by leading EOA member, Baxendale an employee owned business specialising in providing support to, and raising finance for, employee owned businesses, public service mutuals and social enterprises.

With more profile than ever, the Awards celebrate and recognise excellence in employee owned businesses across the UK, provide a unique opportunity to recognise the achievements and success of individuals and teams and showcase and profile businesses across the sector and beyond.

Winners of the 2016 UK Employee Ownership Awards

 

Employee Owned Business of the Year

This Award, for well established employee owned businesses, focuses on brilliant performance in the sector. It recognises the best all round performance of an employee owned company during the year to September 2016.

Winner

Childbase Partnership Ltd

Childbase Partnership - winners of the Employee Owned Business of the Year Award

Childbase Partnership – Employee Owned Business of the Year

Childbase Partnership which runs 44 nurseries with a staff of 1625 has used its 16 years as an employee owned company to embed values and behaviours that drive excellence.
The culture is one of everyone having a voice which includes each nursery having an elected Employee Ownership Ambassador trained and empowered to represent staff on all major strategic decisions.

Childbase has delivered significant achievements in one of its best year’s ever.  This includes introducing the Living Wage 5 months ahead of Government’s deadline and extending this to all partners and not just those over the age of 25, as required, been recognised by its 5th appearance in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For and received the ‘Making the World a better workplace for 10 years’ award and being in the top 10 in the Annual Day Nursery Awards parent ratings both regionally and nationally.

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Highly Commended:

Cambridge Weight Plan
Anglican Community Enterprise (ACE) CIC

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Rising Star of the Year

Endorsed by John Lewis Partnership, this Award recognises the success of an organisation that has become employee owned no more than three years prior to September 2016. It celebrates a business that is already, in its early life, becoming an effective company with a strong culture of employee ownership.

Winner

Rise CIC Rising Star of the Year

Rise CIC Rising Star of the Year

RISE Mutual CIC

RISE CIC has developed a culture of regular employee communications and consultation, establishing working groups as well as offering financial benefits and employee development to help employees in their role or gain promotion within the company as it grows. In its first 18 months the mutual, which delivers a range of programmes designed to facilitate change in behaviour for prisoners, has seen rapid growth which looks set to continue.

Specifically RISE has seen as a 3% increase in operating profit, retained and increased its staff by 43 with 7% progressing into more senior roles, won 65% of the contracts it has bid for, and gained an 85% satisfaction rate on the programmes it runs.

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Highly commended:

Union Industries
Rowlinson Knitwear

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Employee Owner of the Year

This Award celebrates an individual, irrespective of their seniority and whether they operate on the front line of the business or not, who has done the most to promote and develop employee ownership inside an employee owned organisation.

Winner

Lucy Humphrey Employee Owner of the Year

Lucy Humphrey, of Leading Lives, Employee Owner of the Year

Lucy Humphrey, Leading Lives

Lucy has created an upward trajectory in her career at Leading Lives since it spun-out from Suffolk County Council in 2012 and used this as a platform to champion and promote employee ownership throughout the organisation and beyond.

She was voted on to the board and subsequently became its chair in 2014 contributing to the company’s success in achieving business growth in and beyond the county borders.
Lucy’s colleagues feel she lives and breathes employee ownership which she demonstrated by instigating a series of roadshows to capture member opinion and critically review how successfully a culture of employee engagement has been created across the organisation – attending each event in her own time.

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Highly commended:

Keri Grant – Wise Investment

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Commended:

Katrina Mackay – Scott & Fyfe
Sharon Crosland – MyCSP
Barry Flannaghan – InSync Technology
Ewa Smereka – Gripple
Stacey Hardy – Gripple
Simon La Fosse – La Fosse Associates

 

Innovation of the Year

This Award celebrates the most compelling example of innovation within an employee owned organisation. The innovation must be currently enhancing the services and/or products of the business and the outcomes the business achieves.

Winner

Union Industries - Innovation of the Year

Union Industries – Innovation of the Year

Union Industries

When the manufacturing company of high quality bespoke products Union Industries became employee owned in 2014, it started encouraging  staff ideas in its ‘Eureka bath’ – a tin tub positioned in the main office, with a slot to post ideas.

From this small idea came the big idea to make one of their highest selling products, the Eiger Door – already an innovative product that helps to help maintain critical temperatures in industrial freezers – more energy efficient to deliver savings and reduced carbon footprint for its customers.

The upgraded door showed an energy saving result of up to 52% and has had excellent take-up from both new and existing customers.

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Highly Commended

Houlder Ltd
Sales Agility Ltd

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Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award

This Award seeks nominations proposing a single individual who has in the past made, or is currently making, an outstanding contribution to the growth of employee ownership in the UK. The winner of this Award will be someone who has an indisputable commitment to employee ownership and whose influence and impact within the sector is clear and widely recognised.

Winner

David Erdal - Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award

David Erdal – Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award

David Erdal

After gaining his BA in Chinese from Oxford, followed by two years teaching in Mao’s China, and armed with a MBA from Harvard, David Erdal joined the family business Tullis Russell.
In 1985 he took Tullis Russell into employee ownership with the distribution of shares to the entire 1,700-strong workforce and the company became fully employee owned in 1994. Driven by David’s passion, the company fostered leaders that have subsequently gone on to found and grow other employee owned businesses.

David became a founding member of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) after meeting Robert Oakeshott.  He sat as an EOA board member through the membership of Tullis Russell and subsequently as Managing Director of Baxi Partnership (now Baxendale) and eventually replaced Robert as the EOA Executive Director when he stepped down.

It was from 2000, as Managing Director of Baxi Partnership Ltd, that David launched a capital fund that has supported the creation of over 20 employee owned companies employing in excess of 2,000 people.
David’s impact across the sector has been vast and as a result of completing his PhD  he authored  “Psychology of Sharing; an evolutionary approach”,  and then went on to write about the transition of iconic Loch Fyne Oyster Company’s to employee ownership, followed by “Beyond the Corporation: Humanity Working”  which was published in 2011.

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UK Employee Ownership Awards Highly Commended Gallery

 

Keri Grant of Wise Investment - Highly Commended Employee Owner of the Year

Keri Grant of Wise Investment – Highly Commended Employee Owner of the Year

Union Industries Highly Commended - Rising Star of the Year

Union Industries Highly Commended – Rising Star of the Year

Sales Agility Highly Commended - Innovation of the Year

Sales Agility Highly Commended – Innovation of the Year

Rowlinson Knitwear Highly Commended - Rising Star of the Year

Rowlinson Knitwear Highly Commended – Rising Star of the Year

Houlder Highly Commended - Innovation of the Year

Houlder Highly Commended – Innovation of the Year

Cambridge Weight Plan Highly commended

Cambridge Weight Plan Highly commended

ACE CIC Highly Commended

ACE CIC Highly Commended – Employee Owned Business of the Year

 

 

 

 

You can also view last year’s winners