EOA Annual Conference 2018

The EOA Annual Conference is THE flagship UK event for employee ownership where an expected 700 delegates will convene to share, support and celebrate business excellence in employee owned businesses.

The full two-day event on 19 and 20 November at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole NEC is a must for those exploring, developing and growing as an employee owned business, or just wanting to share their EO journey or EO expertise with others.


New for 2018 we have an exclusive one-day masterclass that is specifically for advisories. Employee ownership is the fastest growing succession solution for SMEs and family businesses in the UK, providing an impactful solution for future succession and growth.

Find out more information and book your place here.


The EOA Annual Conference is where employee ownership meets where attendees can:

Be involved in networking with like-minded businesses and advisors to employee owned businesses (click the below links).

Be informed through a choice of 29 seminars and workshops targeted at all 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.

Keynote speakers

Andy Street

Mayor of the West Midlands
Andy was elected as Mayor of the West Midlands in 2017, and works with council leaders and Local Enterprise Partnership chairs to deliver the region’s devolution programme. Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career at employee owned high street retailers John Lewis with a host of high-profile economic development roles in local and national government that have seen him awarded a CBE for services to the national economy

Alastair Sawday

Founder of Sawday’s and Sawday’s Canopy & Stars
Sawday’s has spent over 25 years finding, visiting and choosing brilliant places to stay - for people who love special. When Alastair was contemplating his ‘business exit’ he felt selling, in the traditional sense, was not an option. In November 2017 he changed the business to the current hybrid model - an employee owned, charitable, family company.

Chris McDermott

MD of Cambridge Weight Plan
Joining Cambridge Weight Plan in 2003 as a PR Executive, Chris progressed to Communications and Marketing Manager and overseeing the business’ international network before becoming MD. Cambridge Weight Plan makes low calorie diet food products which are sold by UK network of 3500 self-employed consultants and globally by 30 independent distributors. The business is 100% employee owned through a trust and has 225 Stakeholders working within it.


Day 1Monday 19 November
10.00 Registration and Exhibition Opens
11.00-12.15 Welcome Plenary and Keynote Speaker; Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
12.15-13.15 Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
13.15-14.15 Breakout Session One
14.15-14.45 Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking
14.45-15.45 'Best in Class' Presentations from 2017 UK Employee Ownership Award Winners
14.45-17.00 Strategy Workshops
16.00-17.00 Facilitated Networking Sessions
18.15-19.15 Drinks Reception
19.30-23.00 Gala Dinner including Presentation of the UK Employee Ownership Awards 2018
Day 2Tuesday 20 November
7.00-8.45 Breakfast
8.00-9.45 Breakfast, Exhibition and Networking
8.30-9.30 EOA Annual General Meeting
9.45-10.30 Welcome Plenary and 'An Interview with Chris McDermott', Managing Director of Cambridge Weight Plan
10.30-11.00 Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking
11.00-12.15 Breakout Session Two
12.15-13.00 Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
13.15-14.15 Breakout Session Three
14.30-15.15 'An Interview with Alastair Sawday', Founder of Sawdays
15.15-15.30 Conference Close and Highlights

Delegate package

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


The first 250 bookings will receive an early bird rate  – a reduction of £20


EOA members
1-4 delegates £484 + vat
5-9 delegates £404 + vat
10 + delegates £385 + vat
Non EOA members
Non members £524 + vat
Non members (Public Sector) £454 + vat

To book your delegate places at the EOA Annual Conference 2018:

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

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