EOA Sponsorship Opportunities

As the leading voice for employee ownership the EOA has a mission to grow the size and the impact of the employee owned sector. As a membership organisation with a network of 420+ businesses we also support the development of employee owned businesses.

Below we showcase some of the opportunities for you to support our work or profile your businesses with the EOA.

EOA events

Through a range of sponsorship opportunities linked to our events, including full event, drinks receptions, branded gifts, event brochures and collateral, you can demonstrate your advocacy for the values of employee ownership or benefit by getting your brand next to ours and directly into the hands of our event attendees, which range in audience size from 150-700.

The list is not exhaustive and we can create a package that offers the right opportunity for your business. Talk to us about how sponsorship could benefit your organisation.


  • Robert Oakeshott Lecture

    The Robert Oakeshott Lecture is an annual event that commemorates and celebrates of the life and legacy of the EOA’s founder.

    Each year in his memory the EOA works with Robert’s family members and invites an industry leader to deliver a lecture that is topical relating to better ways of doing business, which in previous years has included CEO of Grant Thornton Sacha Romanovitch, Economist and Journalist Will Hutton, Chair of John Lewis Partnership Sir Charlie Mayfield, Dame Steve Shirley and in 2019 Economist Mariana Mazzucato.

    Regularly drawing an audience of 170-200 attendees, both members and non members, 2020’s lecture will focus on the future of work, automation and employee ownership.

    Exclusive sponsorship of the Annual Robert Oakeshott Lecture 2020  Sponsored by Postlethwaite

    More about Robert Oakeshott Lecture

  • EOA Summer Social

    The EOA Summer Social is an EOA member only event that 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.

    A Drinks Reception and three course meal are served to 150+ members who gather to network and listen to a speaker from the world of politics.

    Speakers have included Phillip Blond of ResPublica, Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted and former Waitrose MD Mark Price.

    Types of sponsorship:

    Exclusive sponsorship of the branded gift placed on each of the 150+ dinner settings

    More about EOA Summer Dinner

  • UK Employee Ownership Awards

    The UK Employee Ownership Awards celebrate the significant contribution employee owned businesses make to the UK economy at the Gala Dinner which is traditionally held on the first evening of the EOA Annual Conference.

    The awards, which recognise the productivity and excellence driven by teams and individuals in employee owned businesses, generate stories and publicity of how employee owned businesses use their structures and cultures to empower employees to drive performance.

    The sponsors brand can be used throughout the application, shortlisting and award event using the EOA’s channels and beyond.

    Types of sponsorship:

    Exclusive sponsorship of the UK EO Awards

    More about UK Employee Ownership Awards

  • EOA Conference

    In 2020 the EOA will host its 15th Annual Conference, the place where employee ownership meets and where an expected 700+ delegates will attend to be involved in networking sessions, be informed via a wide choice of learning seminars and workshops and be inspired by three keynote speakers at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

    The two-day conference has been growing in attendance by 10% each year.

    Types of sponsorship:

    Main sponsorship of The EOA Annual Conference for expected 700 delegates

    Sponsorship of the Drinks Reception ahead of the Gala Dinner and UK Employee Ownership Awards, which includes a speaking opportunity

    Sponsorship of the Conference Video which captures footage of and is played at the event close, and will feature the sponsor. A copy of the video will be sent to the sponsor for their own use.

    Sponsorship of the Conference Delegate Guide which is handed to all delegates

    Sponsorship of the Conference branded Delegate Gift which is handed to all delegates

    Sponsorship of a branded notebook and pen which is handed to all delegates

    Sponsorship of branded sustainable cup.

    Sponsorship of the conference compere who will host the plenaries and Gala Dinner

    Take an advertising page in the Conference Delegate Guide

    More about the EOA Annual Conference 

  • Trustee Dinner

    As the EOA continues to grow its impact, our Trustee Members make a unique contribution to this, through advocacy, profile and financial support.

    The EOA Annual Trustee Dinner allows Trustee Members to network, network and share insights and opinions about the big topics of the day that are relevant to the employee owned sector.

    Type of sponsorship:

    Exclusive sponsorship of the Trustee Dinner


EOA campaigns and activity

Through our campaigns and activity, we look to raise awareness, create understanding and develop insights into employee ownership.

You can support our work and raise your profile via supporting our annual campaign EO Day through sponsoring the campaign, or an event, or work with us on something more bespoke such as commissioning research or work that supports the roll-out of the latest research report the Ownership Dividend.

  • EO Day

    EO Day is a national celebration of employee ownership which sees the sector raising awareness of the positive impact employee owned businesses have on the UK economy, employees and communities.

    To help make some noise employee owned businesses and advocates for employee ownership host related events and workshops, share their business success stories with customers, suppliers, MPs, VIPs or the media or hold staff celebrations from picnics, BBQs and cake bakes to company updates or activity sessions.

    All the EO Day activity is shared via social media with pictures and videos across Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook using marketing collateral provided by the EOA.

    View our EO Day web page

    Type of sponsorship:

    Exclusive sponsorship of an annual national campaign of celebration

    Exclusive sponsorship of the EO Day signature event

  • Bespoke campaigns and research

    You can also work with us on a bespoke event, piece of research or campaign that reaches out to people about employee ownership or related topics. For example, in 2017 the EOA and Scottish Enterprise jointly commissioned the Trust Survey which resulted in media coverage, the creation of infographics and associated activity on social media.

    Also in 2018 the conclusion of the year-long Ownership Effect Inquiry concluded with the launch of the evidence report the Ownership Dividend. Evidence from more than 100+ employee owned businesses or those who advise employee owned businesses was heard by a panel of the UK’s 20 most important business organisations including the IoD, ICAEW, ScaleUp Institute, The LEP Network, FSB and Institute of Family Businesses, Supported by The eaga Trust, John Lewis Partnership and led by the EOA with academic support from Cass Business School and the Manchester Alliance Business School.

    The panel concluded that there is a significant dividend to be obtained by increasing the number of employee owned businesses in the UK and the work to roll this out with partners will continue.

    Types of sponsorship:

    Support EOA activity to roll-out of the Ownership Dividend

    Exclusive sponsor of new research and insight to support growth and awareness of employee ownership

    Sponsorship of awareness and marketing campaigns to support growth and awareness of employee ownership.

  • EO Hub

    The EO Hub is the EOA’s member online platform and app where members can network with their peers, share best practice, advice and support to help their journey to employee ownership or to grow as employee owned businesses as well as find out about EOA events and activities.

    Types of sponsorship:

    Annual main sponsorship of the EO Hub
    Advertise your brand on the EO Hub as part of a campaign for a six or twelve month period
    Use the Member Offers feature to promote a product or service for your

Talk to us about how sponsorship could benefit your organisation

Oliver Smith, Head of Membership

07964 084 671


*This list of opportunities is not exhaustive and we are happy to discuss bespoke opportunities to support the EOA in achieving its objectives and also meeting yours

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  • UK EO Awards 2018 - Sponsored by Baxendale
  • Dame Stephanie Shirley CH - Robert Oakeshott Lecture 2018
  • EO Day 2017 - Cambridge Weight Plan
  • EOA Summer Dinner 2018


  • EOA Summer Dinner 2017
  • EOA Annual Conference 2018 - Alistair Sawday and Martine Croxall
  • EOA Annual Conference 2018
  • Hugh Facey OBE - Philip Baxendale fellowship award winner 2018