9 results for year: 2019


Aardman founders to share employee ownership journey at flagship conference

Aardman Co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton have agreed to share their journey to securing their creative legacy in the UK at the EOA Conference 2019. The duo will reflect on their employee ownership transition in 2018 and the year that has followed when they are interviewed by compere Martine Croxall at the event in Birmingham on 18 and 19 November 2019 Both the EOA and Aardman are celebrating key milestones in 2019 – Aardman which is 42 year old will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Academy Award®-winning Wallace & Gromit while the EOA celebrates 40 years of better business together. Aardman will also release its new film Shaun ...

Mariana Mazzucato to give Robert Oakeshott Lecture in EOA40 year

Professor Mariana Mazzucato PHD will give the Employee Ownership Association’s (EOA) 2019 Robert Oakeshott Lecture – a key event in the 40th year of the EOA. Mariana, a celebrated economist - named “one of the three most important thinkers on innovation” by the New Republic - advises policy makers around the world and is known for her strong challenge to rethink capitalism, through her books and articles, advisory roles and speaking engagements. The theme of the lecture, which is being held on April 4, at International Students House, One Park Crescent, Regents Park, is titled Rethinking Value and Public Purpose: a mission-oriented ...

Succeeding at succession – the employee ownership way

“Failing to plan is planning to fail”. This famous phrase, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, has significant resonance for any business owner thinking about their succession options. Far too often, an owner puts off this important decision – sometimes until it is too late. However, it’s easy to see why this is often the case. Owners of established businesses invest their lives in their business – it and they are intimately intertwined. But they are often patriarchal leaders; involved in every decision, and the person everyone turns to for the nod of agreement or the look of dissatisfaction! No wonder then that many of them find ...

Final deadline for Mutuals Support Programme applications

It’s the final week for those who are Public Service Mutuals, or aspire to be, to apply for support in the Mutuals Support 2 programme. Two EOA members Baxendale and Bates Wells Braithwaite are part of consortiums that offer professional advice and support across areas including legal, financial, business planning, marketing, HR and organisational change, bid writing and measuring social value. Members of both consortia – Go Mutuals and Mutual Ventures consortium - have been selected through a competitive procurement process, and have extensive experience of supporting new Mutuals to develop, and existing ones to thrive. The closing date ...

Member news: Tickets launched for EOA Summer Dinner 2019

Tickets for the EOA’s Summer Dinner can now be reserved.   The members-only event, which provides a unique opportunity to network with other employee owned businesses in the impressive surroundings of the Members' Dining Room at the Palace of Westminster is being held on the evening of Thursday 13th June 2019.   The dinner is the celebratory highlight of the year that hosts a speaker for the world of politics. Previous speakers include Phillip Blond ResPublica, Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted, Mark Price, former Managing Director of Waitrose, and Minister of State for Trade and Investment in April 2016, Jesse Norman MP. Chair of ...

The EOA congratulates the Rooflight Company on its EO transition plan

The EOA is delighted to see its member the Rooflight Company is on track to transition to employee ownership in March. The move will help its founders secure the future of the business as they plan their exit. Deb Oxley OBE, CEO of the Employee Ownership Association, said: “We congratulate the Rooflight Company on its planned transition to employee ownership supported by our members Postlethwaite Solicitors and J Gadd Associates. “By widening ownership of the business to its employees the Rooflight Company is securing the future of the business, including its ethos, values and employees, while rooting itself locally for the longer term ...

Help the EOA celebrate 40 years of better business together

The EOA is 40 in 2019 and the organisation will be celebrating 40 years of better business together. The association, which was established as Job Ownership Limited (JOL) by English journalist, economist and social reformer Robert Oakeshott in 1979, is urging its 350 members as well as its stakeholders to get involved in events and campaigns throughout the year. The organisation is collecting 40 voices of employee ownership and EOA facts from across 40 years for its EOA40 web page, and is urging those who feel they can contribute to this to get in touch. There is a year worth of EOA40 activities an campaigns to get involved with. There are ...

EOA congratulates Gripple on UK best employer award

The EOA is celebrating another of its members receiving a national accolade for business excellence. Gripple which as been named as the UK's Best Employer in the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) awards was the also winner of the UK Employee Owned Culture Award in 2018. Deb Oxley OBE, Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association, said: "We are noticing a trend of employee owned businesses becoming recognised for business excellence in particular linked to employee engagement and empowering employees to drive business performance. "We congratulate Gripple on its work to create excellent career options while growing its performance ...

40 years of better business – a year of opportunity

As is usual at the start of a year, I write to offer some insights into the opportunities and challenges that 2019 poses for the employee owned sector. Undoubtedly this year will be one of the UK’s most important in recent history and with the expected exit from the EU in March, possibly also one of its most transformative. To that end, I believe that this could also be one of the most important years for employee ownership, which as a social and economic enabler can offer a more sustainable and inclusive way to do business. One of the biggest opportunities for the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) is its 40th anniversary. Originally ...