Congratulations to UK EO award winners
More excellent success stories were shared at the UK Employee Ownership Awards 2016.
The awards, delivered by the EOA, celebrate the success of the employee ownership sector, and in 2016 were sponsored for a second year by leading EOA member Baxendale.
Presented as part of the EOA Annual Conference Gala Dinner on Monday 21 November, attended by 580 people, saw the 5 winners crowned: Union Industries, Innovation of the Year; RISE CIC, Rising Star of the Year; Childbase Partnership, Employee Owned Business of the Year; Lucy Humphrey of Leading Lives, Employee Owner of the Year and the winner of the Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award, David Erdal.
A further 7 businesses were highly commended including Houlder Ltd and Sales Agility Ltd in the Innovation of the Year, Union Industries and Rowlinson Knitwear in the Rising Star of the Year category, Cambridge Weight Plan and Anglican Community Enterprise (ACE) CIC in the Employee Owned Business of the Year and Keri Grant of Wise Investment for employee Owner of the Year.
A further 6 were commended in the employee owner of the year category:
Deb Oxley, CEO of the EOA said: “I wholeheartedly congratulate our winners as well as those who were highly commended and commended.
“The stories we have heard really highlight the strengths in the employee ownership sector including excellent governance and employee engagement, a high level of creativity and innovation, a drive for excellence and productivity and the mind set to be supportive of colleagues and other employee owned businesses. The UK economy could benefit form having more businesses like these.”
Ewan Hall, Director of Legal, Baxendale, said:
“Employee ownership is at the core of what we do so we’re proud to sponsor the UK Employee Ownership Awards, for a second year and delighted to celebrate the stories of success. The awards hold a special significance as the successor to the Philip Baxendale Awards, which grew over 10 years from our internal celebration of success into a national celebration of the UK’s employee owned sector.”
Thanks to this year’s judges:
- Ewan Hall, Baxendale
- Jane Burgess, John Lewis Partnership
- Tania Heap, Mott MacDonald
- Beth Carruthers, Remploy
- Andrew Pendleton, White Rose Employee Ownership Centre
- Walter Scott, Wilkin & Sons Ltd