Inspiration For EO Day – 50 Days to Go! 

There are so many ways to celebrate your employee ownership pride that you might be stuck for inspiration. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to make EO Day 2024 (Friday 21 June) bigger and better than ever, with our sponsor The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, who always stage a great celebration with their employee owners. This year’s celebration will be extra special for them as they celebrate a decade of employee ownership – as well of 40 years of transforming lives. Need some ideas to make your EO Day celebration extra special too? Read on!

Image: Sponsor The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan celebrating a previous EO Day

Host an Event 

We love to showcase our EO pride by hosting a celebration with all our employee stakeholders. We’ve seen the pictures of lots of businesses putting on a full-on shindig with food, cakes, and plenty of props - including organised BBQs or ice cream vans, which, depending on the weather. It’s a brilliant way to bring folks together.  

If you don’t have the space, why not get in touch with a fellow EO business and combine your celebrations into one big bash. 

Let Colleagues Know What EO Means to You 

One of the wonderful ways businesses proclaim their EO pride is by hosting their latest Trustee elections or employee council meetings on EO Day. It allows businesses to take a step back and spend some time celebrating the benefits employee ownership has brought. 

It’s a great idea in isolation, but even better when combined with some other ideas in this blog.  

Shout About EO to Your Friends and Family 

The more people aware of EO, the better. So don’t be shy about letting friends and family know. Friends of friends, even. Whether in-person or on socials, it’s a canny step towards pushing employee ownership into the mainstream. 

We know EO is brilliant, so let’s make sure the rest of the nation know. 

Let Your MP Know 

We’re lucky to have an engaged MP in Corby who has celebrated EO day with us. Why not invite your MP down to visit your business and/or give you a shout out on social media? They’ll be able to gain a firsthand look at an employee ownership in action and ask any questions. They’ll also be more likely to support EO. 

You can find an MP letter template to use on the EO Day 2024 page. If you’re unsure of your local MP, use the UK Parliament search tool.

Tell the Media 

Whether you invite local or trade media to your event, or send a press release across, getting journalists involved is a great way to spotlight your business and employee ownership more broadly. All important steps to pushing EO into the wider consciousness. 

Feel free to use the press release templates on the EO Day 2024 page.  

Tell Customers and Suppliers 

We’re sure your customers and supplies will love to learn more about EO and join in the celebrations. You could go one step further and add a blog or news story to your website. 

Drop the eoa a line if you’re stuck for wording or adapt the template on the EO Day 2024 page

Invite Other Businesses 

Whether they’re employee owned or not, invite some local businesses down to your premises and share your love of EO. Fostering connection and building community is one of the strengths of EO, so let’s practice what we preach this EO Day. 

Here’s a template to get you started

Post on Socials 

This is an easy win to showcase your EO pride. Whatever you post, don’t forget to use #ProudlyEO and #EODay so the eoa can see and share your posts. 

Enter the UK Employee Ownership Awards 

The eoa will be launching this year’s awards on EO Day itself – we were very proud to win ‘EO Business of the Year’ in 2019! It was an amazing thing to apply, taking stock of our amazing progress as a Proudly EO business and even better to win - so keep your eyes peeled for more! 

Get Creative 

There are no right or wrong answers here. As long as we make as much noise as possible about employee ownership, it’ll help us reach even more people to help showcase the impact EO has on employees, business, the wider economy, communities, and the environment.  

Check out the resource pack on the EO Day 2024 Page for everything you need to get started, tag the eoa on socials, and email the team if you have questions or queries at all. 

We cannot wait to see what amazing things you all do,
The #ProudlyEO employee owners at The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight plan

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