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EOA North West Regional Network Meeting Manchester: 20 September 2023

20 September 2023 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm


20 September 2023
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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PwC – Manchester
Manchester Hardman Sq 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB United Kingdom

Join us in the North West, as we come together for this face to face networking event. Giving you the opportunity to connect, learn and discuss the unique challenges and opportunities you face with other employee owned businesses (along with those exploring employee ownership). This event is generously sponsored by PWC, one of the world’s leading professional service organisations.

Who should attend? 

Our face to face events are designed for founders, leadership teams, HR, communications, finance and employee representatives at different stages of employee ownership to meet one another. 

What to expect 


You’ll hear first-hand experience from employee owned businesses on their approach to embedding an EO culture, through good governance, good leadership, and good communications and engagement. You’ll hear honest accounts of the highs and lows of their journey.  

Here is what to expect:
● Networking – Opportunity to network with other EO peers and businesses
● Case Study – On ‘keeping employee engagement alive in a long-standing EO business’ Karen Kelso, Head of People & Culture at WCF LTD
● Panel discussion – Discuss on Comms & Engagement and Leadership
● Sharing Insights – Facilitated table discussions with your peers in HR, MD/CEO, Employee Trustees, and other key roles
● Open Space – Discussions with PWC experts and others including topics provided by you at registration, such as:
o Valuation and Tax
o Legal (Pre EOT, Legal Gov, Post EOT)
o Independent Trustee Director
o Debt Financing
o Wealth Management
o Management Incentives

Book early to avoid disappointment as the event is limited to 80. Once the event reaches capacity, we will operate a waiting list.

Register your attendance now.

Here are some details about the Case Study
WCF have been trading since 1911 and in 1988 decided to transition to employee ownership. Over the years the business has continued to grow and diversify, the employee owners mainly being remote workers. This makes it very challenging keeping the employee owners heard and also informed. You will learn:
● How the employee voice is heard
● Being progressive and implementing the use of an app
● How such a long standing EO business manages communications and engagement

More about WCF Ltd
The WCF family is made up of decentralised businesses operating across the retail/mail order,
e-commerce fulfilment, logistics and leisure sectors. WCF has proudly been in operation for over 110 years and has a strong and rich legacy.
Each business is given significant autonomy to ensure that our customers are placed at the heart of everything we do so that they will want to order from us again and recommend us to their friends and family.
We are an employee-owned business and our vision, mission and culture have all been developed to ensure that every one of our +350 employee owners have a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference to our performance and to enjoy diverse and interesting roles. Our employees share in our success financially through an annual Employee Ownership Dividend and the distribution of free WCF shares, intended to encourage retention and long service.

About PwC LLP
PwC is a hugely diverse business, but what binds everything we do is our purpose; to build trust in society and solve important problems. We are a community of solvers combining human ingenuity, experience and technology innovation to deliver sustained outcomes and build trust. It is this focus which informs the services we provide and the decisions we make.
Our principal activity is the provision of professional services including audit, tax and legal, deal and risk advisory and consulting in the UK.
Our strategy positions us as the leading firm; the most trusted, relevant choice for our clients and their stakeholders and the leading employer for the best people in the market.

Please note, the event is only open to EOA members. Also, to allow attendance from a breadth of EOA members, places are restricted to a maximum of 2 people per organisation. 

Register your attendance via the booking form below ⬇️