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Employee Ownership Annual Conference 2014

Over 500 delegates from a diverse range of businesses and public service organisations including; the John Lewis Partnership, Unipart, the Cabinet Office, Handelsbanken, and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills gathered in Nottingham earlier this week for the Employee Ownership Association's (EOA) annual conference, the UK's only annual event dedicated to employee ownership. The conference was sponsored by the Childbase Partnership and Arup. Opening the day's proceedings, Chief Executive of the EOA Iain Hasdell paid tribute to how those who worked in the ...

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The Very Best Employee Owned Companies Celebrated

The winners of the 2014 Philip Baxendale awards have been revealed, the awards are the UK's only dedicated celebration of achievement in employee ownership and are supported by the John Lewis Partnership, Cass Business school, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  The winners were announced at the Employee Ownership Association's annual conference in Nottingham. They include: Employee Ownership Champion Award, Teresa Gooch - East Coast Community Healthcare, Suffolk Employee Engagement Award, Turley, Manchester Employee ...

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Employee Ownership in Britain 2014

The initial findings from a major new piece of research by the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) and the White Rose Centre for Employee Ownership provides the first definitive assessment of employee ownership in Britain. The findings will be announced by Iain Hasdell, Chief Executive of the EOA at the annual Employee Ownership Association conference in Nottingham today. The research reveals: 
That almost half, 46%, of the companies surveyed have become employee owned since 2010 and 70% of those surveyed have seen the quality of their products and services ...

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Our Hidden Deficit

A hugely positive outcome of the 2008/9 financial crash has been the emergence of a broad consensus on one of the biggest challenge facing the UK economy and our public services. It has taken a long time. But there is now a growing understanding amongst politicians across the spectrum, business leaders, and opinion formers that we have to overcome our productivity deficit. There is an acceptance that it needs to be dramatically improved at pace. We are on average 20% behind our main industrialised competitors when it comes to private sector productivity. And in our ...

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Philip Baxendale Award – Championing the cause of employee ownership

Following over a decade of employee ownership at the company, Childbase Partnership is in the top 12 per cent of UK providers of childcare and education; one of only 108 UK companies to be rated ‘Extraordinary’ by Best Companies, and has won prestigious awards for quality and innovative training programmes. Awards are great motivators but the annual Philip Baxendale Award scheme is different because it not only recognises excellence amongst the employee-owned sector’s highest performing organisations but also celebrates the individual’s role as a major ...

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A Positive Pause

General awareness of employee ownership, particularly amongst businesses, advisors, funders and politicians has risen to unprecedented levels. Familiarity with the long termism and high productivity it delivers is also rapidly rising, buoyed by the phenomenal success of UK Employee Ownership Day 2014 last month. EO Day 2014 was the most successful single initiative ever mounted in the UK to profile the extent and benefits of employee ownership. Critically, the evidence base about employee ownership has been getting stronger throughout this year as well. The number ...

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EOA Summer Dinner 2014

Speaking at the event he said: "Employee ownership is a great business model that had played a huge role in our economic recovery" and that "the security it provided for employees and their families should be celebrated." A long -standing supporter of employee ownership, Mr Alexander said he wanted to see the business model grow "further and faster" but that "the biggest barrier was awareness". Closing his remarks he said "We all want workers across the country to have a stake in, voice in and benefit from the companies they work for." A total of 150 leaders of ...

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Modernising the UK

So let us focus instead on a different and much more positive debate about the UK establishment, in this case the business and economic establishment. The business and economic establishment, and I include here the majority of financiers, professional advisors, politicians, civil servants, policy advisors and business leaders, support or at least accept a particular paradigm. The paradigm is of an economy with a disproportionately high number of businesses that are externally owned and operate with a dominant goal of driving near term external shareholder value. An ...

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EOA publishes new data on the economic performance of employee ownership

4th July 2014 – The Employee Ownership Association (EOA), the voice of employee owned businesses in the UK, has today, UK Employee Ownership Day 2014, published compelling new data on the contribution that employee owned businesses make to the UK economy. [.lead] Compiled by Capital Strategies, The Employee Ownership Top 50 illustrates the performance of the largest 50 employee owned companies in the UK. Speaking at the launch of the report EOA Chief Executive Iain Hasdell said: “Employee ownership contributes some £30bn to UK GDP each year and is a growing ...

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Neighbourhood Midwives; The John Lewis of midwifery?

So, here were four strong-minded independent midwives who had chosen to be self-employed and who had vowed never to work for someone else again. Having to create an employing organisation that would meet all the necessary governance standards, to obtain insurance and CQC registration, but still allow us to feel and work as autonomous practitioners was a huge challenge. Midwifery has a proud tradition of autonomy; we do not need to be supervised by a medical practitioner and we have our own Code of Conduct and supervisory system. It was therefore vital to us that our ...

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