EOA Annual Conference 2019

The EOA Annual Conference is the place where employee ownership meets in the UK.

The 14th annual conference, sponsored in 2019 by J Gadd Associates & Postlethwaite, is a full two-day event on November 18 and 19 at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham. More than 700 delegates will convene to share, support and celebrate business excellence in employee owned businesses.

Join us to Be involved, Be informed and Be inspired.

Be involved in networking with like-minded businesses and advisors to employee owned businesses:


Be informed via a choice of 30+ short hack sessions, seminars, workshops and strategy sessions targeted at different stages in the employee ownership business cycle:


Be inspired by our three keynote speakers as well as the stories of award winners at the UK Employee Ownership Awards:

  • Find out about the Best in Class session in which 2018 winners will ‘Tell Their EO Story’
  • Join us at the EOA Gala Dinner and presentation of the UK Employee Ownership Awards


Keynote speakers

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Sir Charlie Mayfield

Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
Sir Charlie Mayfield shares how the Employee Owned sector is a force for good

Peter Lord and David Sproxton

Founders, Aardman Animations
Peter Lord and David Sproxton will share Aardman’s ‘one-year on’ story.
Jason Parker

Jason Parker

Director, Make Architects
Jason Parker will speak on why the Founder of Make Architects, Ken Shuttleworth chose EO for the practice and 15 years on.


Day 1Monday 18 November
09.45-10.45 Registration and Exhibition Opens
10.45-12.00 Conference Welcome and Keynote: Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
12.00-13.00 Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
13.00-15.45 Breakout Session One >> Click here for further details
16.00-16.45 In Association with You - Impacts of your EOA Membership Celebrated in our AGM. Networking Hubs, informal peer to peer networking Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking >>Click here for further details 
18.15-19.15 EOA40 Drinks Reception
19.30-23.00 EOA Gala Dinner including Presentation of the UK Employee Ownership Awards 2019
Day 2Tuesday 19 November
07.00-08.45 Breakfast
08.00-09.30 Breakfast, Exhibition and Networking
9.30-9.45 Welcome from Compere Martine Croxall including a Review of ‘The Papers’
9.45-10.20 Keynote: Jason Parker, Director, Make Architects
10.20-10.50 Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking
11.00-12.15 Breakout Session Two >> Click here for further details
12.15-13.00 Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
13.15-14.15 Breakout Session Three >> Click here for further details
14.30-15.15 An interview with David Sproxton and Peter Lord, Founders of Aardman Animations
15.15-15.30 Conference Close and Highlights

Delegate package

  • Four star on-site overnight accommodation (Monday) – with full use of leisure/spa facilities
  • Drinks Reception and three-course Gala Dinner with wine (Monday)
  • Full English or continental breakfast (Tuesday)
  • Buffet lunch and refreshment breaks (both days)
  • EOA40 Drinks Reception
  • Complimentary parking (both days)



EOA members
1-4 delegates £499+ vat
5-9 delegates £424 + vat
10 + delegates £405 + vat
Non EOA members
Non members £544 + vat
Non members (Public Sector) £474 + vat

To book your delegate places at the EOA Annual Conference 2019:

Call Laura Percival: 01823 362800
Email: laura.percival@prospects.co.uk

We would like to thank the following sponsors this year