6 results for year: 2020


Deb Oxley: The best is yet to come – a decade for EO

This new decade could be the best yet for employee ownership.   The sector is well placed in terms of awareness of its benefits by business owners, there is rapidly growing capacity amongst professional advisors in their ability to support these owners and the wider business environment is now actively seeking forms of business that deliver wider value back to society.    Added to that, our new Prime Minister has made a commitment to ensuring that the whole of the UK can benefit from economic growth, expressing his ambition to ‘level up’ the investment and development of the regions with London and the SE.  All of this suits a ...

EOA launches EO Learn to support the sector to thrive

The EOA has launched EO Learn with a trio of learning programmes that support employee owned businesses to succeed. The courses are in answer to demand from hundreds of employee owners and businesses through the EOA’s member survey and via enquiries at the EOA’s Annual Conference. Key contributors from the employee owned sector have liaised with EOA members to build courses that hone the skills of leaders and employee representatives in employee owned businesses including: Leadership Succession in an Employee Owned Business by Telos Partners & JGadd Associates prepares a business not just for an employee ownership succession but ...

Speaker announced for ‘investing in employee ownership’ event

The EOA and Unity Trust Bank have confirmed their keynote speaker for an event that aims create understanding of the opportunities for finance in the employee ownership sector. On March 16th the EOA in association with Unity Trust Bank will be hosting its first finance symposium to discuss the opportunities for financiers to invest in the UK’s employee owned sector. Eric Leenders, Managing Director – Personal Finance, UK Finance will deliver the keynote address on the important role employee ownership can play in the UK economy as well as how investors and lenders can benefit from supporting businesses to make the transition to employee ...

Educating Leaders in Financial Services about Employee Ownership

Margaret Willis, CEO of Unity Trust Bank, explains why she is committed to working with the Employee Ownership Association to help boost the number of employee-owned businesses in the UK and how they are a force for good. The core purpose of Unity Trust Bank is to lend to organisations which make a positive social, economic and environmental impact and help to create a better society. It is now widely recognised that employee ownership helps to create dynamic and successful businesses which also deliver those vital outcomes. However, although the employee owned sector is already worth nearly £30 billion and is expanding, according to a recent ...

Naomi Climer – Automation, AI and Putting People First

A recent piece of research at the Institute for the Future of Work showed that voting patterns strongly correlate with the perceived risk of job automation in an area. You can read our report here. It’s clear to me that uncertainty about the impacts of automation is a top of mind issue for many people, especially in regions with industries where the likely impact of automation is very visible. AI, automation and new ways of doing things online have already transformed some industries - such as manufacturing where we’ve seen a reduction of workforce as lower skilled work is replaced by machines, and retail where we’ve seen a decline in high ...

Seetec to become one of the UK’s largest employee-owned public services companies

Seetec, a leading provider of skills, employment, justice and rehabilitation services, today becomes one of the largest employee-owned companies delivering public services in the UK and Ireland. The company has annual revenues of £150 million and will be the 9th largest employee-owned company in the UK by number of employees. A new employee council will be set up to manage and represent the interests of employees, which include frontline probation workers, employment coaches and trainers. Seetec’s founder and 80 per cent shareholder, Peter Cooper, has sold 51 per cent of the company into an Employee Ownership Trust for the sole benefit of ...