5 results for year: 2024


Expand Your Understanding of Succession with Deep EO Research

“It is pretty hard taking over a founder, they’ve built a lot of history in the business, making sure the founders understand that problem and don’t revel in being the hero.”  Achieving great employee ownership (EO) hinges on the experience of leadership succession at the heart of any transition as the above quote illustrates.  Although employee ownership brings a myriad of positives for employees – including fairer pay; a happier, more engaged workplace; increased investment in training and skills; and greater wellbeing support – the process of a business becoming EO begins with succession.   There’s no overstating the ...

Reshaping Business Norms: Reflections on the Twelfth Annual Robert Oakeshott Lecture

This year, the annual Robert Oakeshott Lecture was sponsored by Brabners — a leading professional advisor and advocate of employee ownership and the good work agenda. The lecture was given by Matthew Taylor, who explored the relationship between employee ownership as a model of good practice and the right balance of key motivators in business. In our previous article, we discussed the relationship between employee ownership (EO) and responsible business and its subsequent positive impact on UK productivity. After considering Matthew’s lecture, we reflect on some of the key takeaways below. During his lecture, Matthew explored three key ...

Bespoke physical music and packaging agency, Key Production Group, Enhances B Corp Cert with Move to EO

Key Production Group, Europe’s largest agency for physical music and bespoke packaging manufacturing, has added employee ownership to its recent B Corp certification after setting up an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). “After just over 33 ⅓ years of being the sole Director and owner at Key Production, it’s time for me to secure the next 33 ⅓ years,” says company founder and CEO Karen Emanuel. As any vinyl fan can tell you, 33 ⅓ is a significant number. The transition comes at an exciting time for physical music, as vinyl sales grew for the sixteenth consecutive year and, in 2023, CD sales recorded their strongest year for fifteen ...

Embracing EO: Responsible Business and the Positive Impact on Productivity

This year, the annual Robert Oakeshott Lecture is kindly sponsored by Brabners, a leading professional advisor and advocate of employee ownership and the good work agenda. Below, Brabners explores the relationship between EO and responsible business, and the subsequent positive impact on UK productivity. The employee ownership sector has grown rapidly over the past decade and, at Brabners, we continue to see a growing interest from owners and boards who want to secure the future independence and protect the legacy of their business. But succession, legacy, and culture aren’t the only advantages of becoming employee owned (EO). Employee-owned ...

Specialist London recruiter Bain and Gray embraces employee ownership

Bain and Gray is putting its people in the driver’s seat with an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) to help steer the executive support recruiter’s present and future growth. According to Emily Bain, MD of the Soho-based business, Bain and Gray is “creating a seamless strategy for succession”. “Choosing to create an EOT was a no-brainer,” she says. A bedrock of trust, inclusion, and collaboration The new status builds on the business’ current collaborative culture and amplifies the trust and inclusion at the heart of Bain and Gray. Not only will the EOT provide its twenty-strong employees a stake in the company, affording them a ...