The UK Employee Ownership Awards 

The UK Employee Ownership Awards celebrate businesses that through their business structure and culture empower employees to drive performance and share in the reward to the benefit of the individual, the business and the regional economy.

The awards, managed by the Employee Ownership Association, and sponsored again in 2019 by leading EOA member Baxendale, recognise the key characteristics of EO – joint purpose and reward, productivity powered by people, increased engagement, good governance and culture.

The UK Employee Ownership Awards will be presented at the EOA Gala Dinner on the first evening of the EOA Conference on Monday 18 November. Tickets for the conference are on sale now>>

Watch Baxendale’s Ewan Hall’s top tips for entering the UK Employee Ownership Awards 2019 below:

Why enter? Well why wouldn’t you?

  • Acknowledge - taking time to appraise and write about how the people who make up your business have worked together to achieve gives you a new perspective of the year’s successes. Appraising your efforts and reflecting can add value whether you win or not.
  • Credibility - being acknowledged for your people powered performance and EO excellence is a third party endorsement of your EO attributes that contribute to ‘better business’ - good governance and culture, engaged employees, improved productivity and profit with purpose.
  • Differentiate - as one of 350 businesses in the UK that is employee owned you are an early adopter at a time when the sector is really starting to take off. By demonstrating your people powered business excellence you are truly setting your business apart.
  • Recognition - rewarding what you have created together not only shows confidence by celebrating your combined efforts internally, but also helps your people powered excellence to shine externally as a good news story to share with your stakeholders.

Together we can help the sector realise its people power

  • Shortlisted winners will get a social media graphic to celebrate their shortlisting which will be promoted through the EOA’s channels.
  • The stories of winners and highly commended will be shared at the awards ceremony with an expected audience of 700 on the first evening of the EOA Conference at the EOA Gala Dinner.
  • Shortlisted and winning applicants will be showcased via the EOA’s channels on the run-up, during and after the awards.
  • Support for award winners and those highly commended to get their stories in local/regional and trade media.

The 2019 Judges:

  • Alison Reid, Chief Executive, Community Dental Services
  • Andrew Robinson, Lead, White Rose Centre
  • Andrea Haug, Partner & Director, Partner Proposition & Experience John Lewis Partnership
  • Derek Walker, Chief Executive, Wales Cooperative Centre
  • Jamie Pyper, Founder, Conscious Business People
  • John Clark, Chairman, Novograf
  • Nicola Ryan, Head of People, Rowlinson Knitwear
  • Robin Naudi, Senior manager, Baxendale
  • Simon Holman, Partner, Castlefield Partners Limited

Is there an EO star in your business who champions your business’ EO status both inside and outside of the organisation? Do they help bring EO to life and drive engagement throughout your business and support others to do the same? Read the story of last year's winner>

If you can evidence improvements in key performance areas in your early life as an employee owned business then it is time to share your story. This Award recognises the success of an organisation that has become employee owned no more than three years prior to the end July 2019. Read the story of last year's winner>

How are your empowered employees helping you soar to new heights? If your business is more than 3 years employee owned, your owners are well engaged and your profits and performance are on the up then we really want to hear about it! Read the story of last year's winner>

Has your business developed a culture to be proud of, where employees feel a substantial, personal stake in the businesses performance and understand their role in it? That’s a great story to tell Read the story of last year's winner>

If you are delivering great impact through your services and creating greater community benefit by reinvesting surpluses then this award has your name on it. This award is endorsed by The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

Read the story of last year's winner>

Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award

This award is for an individual who has in the past made, or is currently making, an outstanding contribution to the growth of employee ownership in the UK – someone who has an indisputable commitment to employee ownership and whose influence and impact within the sector is clear and widely recognised. This year a group of experience sector influencers will discuss and agree the winner of this year’s award. In 2018 the winner of the Philip Baxendale Award was awarded to innovator, entrepreneur and founder Hugh Facey OBE. Hugh invented and launched the iconic ‘Gripple’ wire joiner in 1989 and has since gone on to build a world-beating, award-winning employee owned company. Read his story>>

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