Date set for ‘investing in employee ownership’ event

A finance symposium for industry professionals to look at the opportunities and solutions to support the growth of the sector will take place on March 16.

Those attending the event, which is supported by Unity Trust Bank, will hear from the experiences of employee owned businesses and have the opportunity to share ideas on policies and action required to transform the role of finance in this sector with Baroness Sharon Bowles of Berkhamstead.

Baroness Bowles chaired the Ownership Effect Inquiry that resulted in findings and an action plan being published in the 2018 business backed report The Ownership Dividend. The inquiry revealed that awareness of EO amongst professional advisers and funders was one of the biggest barriers to seeing faster growth for the sector.

Attendees will also receive copies of a new report from think tank, Ownership at Work, and hear from its authors – industry experts Baxi Partnership and Capital 4 Colleagues – about the opportunities and challenges for finance in this rapidly growing sector.

The event will take place at Chartered Accountants Hall from 1.30pm to 5pm.

Deb Oxley OBE, Chief Executive of the EOA, said: “A key recommendation and part of the action plan from the Ownership Dividend was to better understand the finance related issues for businesses looking to transition to employee ownership and the opportunity to improve this.

“With thanks to all of our contributors, and the support from Unity Trust Bank, we hope that this event will stimulate conversations and support the development of solutions that better support the growth of the employee owned sector.”

To book, please contact Anne Richardson, External Communications & Partnerships Executive on 01482 667 122 by the 17th January 2020.