UK Employee Ownership Awards
The 2017 winners have been announced
The Annual UK Employee Ownership Awards celebrate the significant contribution Employee Owned businesses (EOBs) make to the UK economy.
The awards, managed by the Employee Ownership Association, and sponsored again in 2017 by leading EOA member Baxendale, 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 engagement result in outstanding performance in growth and resilience.
The UK Employee Ownership Awards were presented at the EOA Gala Dinner on at EOA Annual Conference on 27 November 2017 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel Birmingham. Read all about the EOA Conference and UK Employee Ownership Awards
Employee Owner of the Year Award
This Award celebrates an individual, irrespective of their seniority and whether they operate on the front line of the business or not, who is as true champion of employee ownership within their organisation and has done the most to develop and promote employee ownership inside their business and beyond.
Winner: Lucy Farrow OPM Group
Cited as “inspirational, supportive, positive, and passionate” Lucy has been named UK Employee Ownership Awards Employee Owner of the Year.
Lucy Farrow, a Consultation and Engagement Team Leader at OPM Group, was nominated for the award by her fellow employee owners for being a consistent, articulate and passionate advocate for employee ownership values. This was especially valued during a very challenging period for the group as it underwent significant restructuring to respond to deep budget cuts in some of its key market. Read Lucy’s full story>
Ali Jennings/Simon Drewett East Coast Community Health – Read their story>
Nicola Ryan Rowlinson Knitwear – Read her story>
Paul Sykes – Ten Insurance Services
Michael Hodgson – Gripple
Steve Edwards – Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Simon La Fosse – La Fosse
Paul Lyons – Community Dental Services
Employee Owned Innovation of the Year Award
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.
Radical changes to services to those with memory problems in Brighton and Hove has seen service provider Here win Employee Owned Innovation of the Year.
The not-for-profit business, which was established in 2008 and employs 150 people providing community care, redesigned its service after taking in a broad range of feedback that demonstrated that the organisations KPIs for its Memory Assessment Service (MAS) were not what mattered most to those that the service was caring for.
Read more of Here’s story>
Cullinan Studio – Read their story>
Care Plus Group – Read their story>
Employee Owned Rising star of the Year
This Award recognises the success of an organisation that has become employee owned no more than three years prior to September 2017 and is already, in its early life, becoming an effective company with a strong culture of employee ownership and commitment to engaging its workforce.
Since becoming employee owned two years ago Rowlinson Knitwear has driven a culture change that has ticked every box for success. After being Highly Commended in the Rising Star Category in 2016, Rowlinson has gone from great to outstanding in engaging not just its employee owners but also its customers.
Established in 1935, Rowlinson Knitwear which employs 50 people, manufactures knitwear for the schoolwear and corporate wear markets. Read more of Rowlinson Knitwear’s story>
The Homebuild Centre (NSBRC) – Read their story>
Alfa Leisureplex Group – Read their story>
Employee Owned Positive Impact of the Year
This new Award for 2017 recognises and celebrates pioneering, positive or lasting impact generated by employee owned businesses, over and above their financial performance.
Winner: Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Radical changes to services to those with memory problems in Brighton and Hove has seen service provider Here win Employee Owned Innovation of the Year. The not-for-profit business, which was established in 2008 and employs 150 people providing community care, redesigned its service after taking in a broad range of feedback that demonstrated that the organisations KPIs for its Memory Assessment Service (MAS) were not what mattered most to those that the service was caring. Read more>
Employee Owned Business of the Year
This Award, for well established employee owned businesses, focuses on brilliant performance in the sector during the year to September 2017.
Winner: Community Dental Services
Empowering employees has caused business performance to rocket for a dental service that treats some of the most vulnerable people in society. Community Dental Services (CDS), spun out of the NHS 6 years ago when more than 70% of its employees voted to become the first wholly employee-owned dental social enterprise in the UK.
Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award
This Award is for an individual who has in the past made, or is currently making, an outstanding contribution to the growth of employee ownership in the UK – someone who has an indisputable commitment to employee ownership and whose influence and impact within the sector is clear and widely recognised.
Winner: Professor Jo Pritchard MBE
As co-founder of the UK’s first health spin out, Professor Jo Pritchard MBE ventured where no-one had before and in doing so has left a legacy of thousands more employee owners in the UK.
It is her role as a pioneer, paving the way and supporting the transition of hundreds of public sector spin outs at the same time as leading CSH Surrey to grow and thrive as a social enterprise that has seen the judges award this prestigious accolade to Jo as she retires after 11 years leading the first-of-its-kind business she co-established.
Read more of Jo’s story>
Thanks to this year’s judges:
- Ewan Hall, Director, Baxendale
- Anne Segall, HR Director, BMT Group Ltd
- Simon Holman, Partner, Castlefield Partners Limited
- Anne Buckley, Head of Partnership Assurance, Waitrose
- Jean–Claude Pierre, CEO, Scott Bader
- Patrick Burns, Non-Exec Director, the eaga Trust & The EOA
- Beth Carruthers, Non-Exec Director, Remploy Ltd
- Kate Ludlow, Consultant and Trustee, Saxton Bampfylde
- Sue Rowlands, Director, Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design Ltd
- Andrew Pendleton, White Rose Employee Ownership Centre
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2016 UK EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP AWARDS WINNERS
- Employee Owned Business of the Year - Childbase
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.
Childbase with the UK Employee Owned Business of the Year Award 2016
- 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.
RISE Mutual CIC with the UK Employee Owned Rising Star of the Year Award 2016
- 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.
Lucy Humphrey with the UK Employee Owner of the Year Award 2016
- 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.
Union Industries with the UK Employee Owned Innovation of the Year Award 2016
- 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.
David Erdal with the Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award 2016
- Highly CommendedUK Employee Ownership Awards Highly Commended Gallery
2016 UK EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP AWARDS GALLERY
2015 UK EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP AWARDS WINNERS
- Employee Owned Business of the Year - GrippleThe award of the Employee Owned Business of the Year to Gripple is the culmination of a phenomenal story of success for the entire business. And as one of the most vocal champions for employee ownership, is great for the sector as a whole too.
This well regarded and well known business has quite deservedly been recognised by the sector, in what has been its most successful year to date.
Gripple with the UK Employee Owned Business of the Year Award 2015
- Rising Star of the Year - RemployRemploy, is a phenomenal example of how a new employee owned business can deliver immediate benefits. Through their commitment to employee engagement and inclusive governance, Remploy has started its new co-owed life in the best possible way, and truly exemplifies this accolade.
Remploy with the UK Employee Owned Rising Star of the Year Award 2015
- Employee Owner of the Year - Dr David Hodgkinson, QuintessaDr David Hodgkinson is a well-deserved winner of this year’s Employee Owner of the Year Award – as it recognises the commitment and engagement undertaken to bring employee ownership to life within Quintessa, and demonstrates perfectly significant benefits that employee ownership can deliver through enhanced employee engagement.
Dr David Hodgkinson (centre right) and the Quintessa team with the UK Employee Owner of the Year Award 2015
- Innovation of the Year - Green Light Healthcare LtdGreen Light Healthcare Ltd and their committed team of employee-owners are hugely deserving of this award. The ideas and actions delivered are a perfect example of how employee owned businesses use their employee engagement to drive increased innovation and business growth.
Green Light Healthcare Ltd with the UK Employee Owned Innovation of the Year Award 2015
- Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award - Patrick Burns, ProspectsPatrick is a most deserving winner of the coveted accolade, the Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award. Patrick is not only a vocal champion for the sector, but has personally influenced its development through his various roles and responsibilities, and will remain an ambassador and champion of the employee owned sector as it continues to flourish.
Patrick Burns of Prospects (left) with the Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award 2015, accompanied by Campbell McDonald (right), Managing Director of Baxendale
- Highly Commended
Employee Owned Business of the Year:
- Bristol Community Health
- Max Fordham
Rising Star of the Year
- National Self Build and Renovation Centre
- Rowlinson Knitwear
Employee Owner of the Year
- Simon Charrington, Donald Insall Associates
- Simon La Fosse, La Fosse Associates
- Alex Rae, Wise Investment
Innovation of the Year
- Care Plus Group
- Highland Home Carers / Boleskine Community Care