The EOA Conference 2022 is your ‘go to’ place for employee ownership

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This year’s EOA Conference promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with 30 sessions including keynote interviews, speed seminars, and case study seminars. Plus, a 30-stand exhibition and networking space, allowing both informal and topic-based networking, sharing of expertise and insights.

The jam-packed two-day event, sponsored by Baxendale, will be held at the impressive ACC Liverpool this year.

Bringing together employee owners with the shared goal of developing better business together, through learning, networking and celebrating employee ownership and good business practices.

On the Monday evening a drinks reception overlooking the Mersey will get the party started followed by a Celebration Dinner, sponsored by Gripple, and an EO Stories presentation.

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Who’s it for?

The EOA Conference is a great place for founders, employee owners and supporters of employee ownership to learn about the different aspects of employee ownership, as well as leveraging the benefits of being employee owned to further develop individuals and businesses.

There are three tracks of learning:

  • Explorer sessions – these are aimed at founders and owners as they look at ‘is EO for me or my business’ and how they can plan for an EO transition
  • Good EO sessions – these are aimed at employee owners to support them to bring EO to life/revitalise EO in their business
  • Better Business sessions – for businesses looking to leverage their EO culture to drive improved business impacts


A mini taste of what’s to come:

Are the employee owners ‘Richer’?

Three years into becoming employee owned after founder Julian Richer handed down control to his employees, we speak to Richer Sounds Chief Executive Officer Julie Abraham and Chairman David Robinson. Hear how giving employees a stake and a say was an extension of empowering employees to deliver a great service to customers during tough times and good.

Look to the future!

The future is not just a place we get to by weaving through time – there are pockets of the future in the here and now. These pockets are rogue, underdeveloped, and often ignored. As Futurologist for the John Lewis Partnership, it is John Vary’s job to notice these pockets of the future and help translate them into new opportunities today. Join him as he shares his thinking at the EOA Conference.



Your roadmap to net zero

Having exercised their credentials as sustainability consultants for COP26 and the G7 Summit, Arup’s sustainability team will help attendees set out steps towards a net zero plan for their organisation. Lead by Associate Director Natasha Connolly with Associate Kathryn Hall.



Gearing up your governance

An introduction into being an effective employee trustee – find out the key requirements for success in the role with an excerpt from our highly rated ‘How to be an Effective Employee Director or Employee Trustee’ course with course director Ken Lindsay. Who will also be accompanied by an experienced Employee Trustee.



Who values your EO?

To make ownership work as a key motivator for future and present colleagues we need to understand how the meaning and experience of being an employee has changed. Daniel Stanley, Director, from Cohere Partners will help delegates identify the best way to communicate the value of ownership in today’s cultural context and how this can help attract and retain the people you need.



Prepare for your transformation

Sponsors Baxendale will help you plan your employee ownership transition to understand the milestones and documentation needed and how to prepare.



Show us the money

Hear from ThinCats and Unity Trust Bank on different ways to finance your EO business transition or growth plan.



Ticket prices and booking

Tickets include the full two-day conference, food and refreshments during each day, plus the three-course dinner and accommodation on the Monday evening.

*early bird discount for members on the first 200 tickets


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