Telling your EO story is one of the most powerful things you can do to raise awareness of employee ownership while shining a light on the success of your business.

The UK Employee Ownership Awards celebrate business excellence in employee owned businesses and the contribution the employee owned sector makes to the UK economy. The awards, managed by the Employee Ownership Association, and sponsored by leading EOA member Baxendale, recognise the performance of employee owned businesses - that typically excel when it comes to productivity, innovation, employee voice and culture - driven by teams and individuals. The shortlisting of this year's entries will be in October, with the winners announced on Monday 19 November at the EOA Gala Dinner at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham.

Entries for 2018 are now closed!

There are six categories in the 2018, with two new awards:

For an individual in your business who is a true champion of employee ownership inside the business and beyond? They can be at any level in the business and anyone in the business can nominate them.

Find out about last year’s winner

For a business that is less than three years employee owned but already exhibiting an effective employee ownership culture that is enabling its employee owners to drive a strong financial performance.

Find out about last year’s winner

For an employee owned businesses that transitioned more than three years ago which can demonstrate how its employee ownership status/culture drives its excellent all-round business performance.

Find out about last year’s winner

For a business that spun out from the public sector to become employee-led mutual more than two years ago that can demonstrate how its EO status is driving great impacts within the business and the communities it serves.

What the judges are looking for

For an employee owned business that has developed an ownership culture where employees feel a substantial, personal stake in the businesses performance. The judges are looking for a business where employees understand the needs of the business and are empowered to act with clear benefits that are recognised by their customers and stakeholders.

What the judges are looking for

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 experienced sector influencers will discuss and agree the winner of this year’s award. While we are not collecting nominations if you do have any strong feelings about someone you feel should be considered then contact

2017 winner of the award: As co-founder of the UK’s first health spin out, Professor Jo Pritchard MBE ventured where no-one had before and in doing so has left a legacy of thousands more employee owners in the UK. Read her story


Judges 2018

Each award will be judged by a minimum of five judges from the panel below:
Ewan Hall Director Baxendale
Guy Tomlinson Capability & Strategy Director BMT
Simon Holman Partner Castlefield Partners Limited
Jane Burgess Partners' Counsellor John Lewis Partnership
Beth Carruthers  Non-Exec Director Remploy Ltd
Nicola Ryan Head of People Services Rowlinson Knitwear
Kate Ludlow Consultant & Trustee Saxton Bampfylde
Sarah Deas Head of Inclusive Models Scottish Enterprise
Rhian Edwards Project Manager Wales Cooperative Centre
Andrew Pendleton Project Lead White Rose Employee Ownership Centre
Guest Judge:
Jonathan Lindley Director, Mutuals Programme Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport

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