EO Community Stories


EOA Member News – Agulhas becomes an Employee-Owned Trust

At the start of 2021, Agulhas became an Employee-Owned Trust. They are now owned and run by those who know Agulhas and our values best – their people. Agulhas’ principles are central to everything they do as an organisation. After almost 20 years building a company based on these values, becoming an Employee-Owned Trust will ensure that Agulhas continues to grow and be nurtured by those who embody these values, ensuring a sustainable future for the company. As an Employee-Owned Trust, employees will be invested in Agulhas Applied Knowledge for as long as ...

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EOA Member News – Interface NRM Ltd announces Employee Ownership Transition

EOA members Interface NRM Ltd have officially announced their transition to an employee ownership trust model, with founders Dr Gavin Jordan and Mike Greenland parting with 80% of their shares as the company became officially employee owned on the 6th of January. Dr Gavin Jordan and Mike Greenland established Interface NRM Ltd in 2002, they set up the company in the West Midlands as an ethically driven business, with the aim to increase the sustainability of wood being used in the UK, and to improve the environmental, social, health and safety performance of forestry, ...

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Lilliput Montessori Day Nurseries praises Unity Trust Bank support after it becomes an Employee Owned Company

A group of pre-school nurseries in Leicestershire which became an Employee Owned Company has praised the support it’s received from Unity Trust Bank. Lilliput Montessori Day Nurseries was founded by Paul and Sam Graveling in 1994 and has five centres in Anstey, Coalville, Whetstone, Glenfield and Leicester Forest East. The couple, who got into childcare when Sam couldn’t find a suitable nursery for their first son so that she could return to work, decided to transition the business as part of their future retirement plans and to support their 100-strong workfor...

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Paul Clark Accountants announces employee ownership transition

Paul Clark Accountants, which was set up by Paul Clark in 1993 and became a limited company in 2009, has been handed over to its workers by its founders and owners, with shares transferred into an employee ownership trust (EOT). Paul Clark will remain as managing director and the existing senior management structure has been bolstered with the appointment of long serving members of staff, Kevin Beale and Rhys Davies, as directors. “We took the decision to transfer ownership of the company primarily to strengthen the team and reward our employees for all their hard ...

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Tapestry Compliance becomes employee owned

A Yorkshire law firm which is a former winner of a Queen's Award for Enterprise has been sold to an employee ownership trust. Tapestry Compliance, which has offices in Sheffield and Leeds, was founded by Janet Cooper OBE and Bob Grayson. Their shares, as well as those of the other two founders Shirley Cooper and Marianne Chalcraft, have been sold to a newly-formed EOT. An agreement has been reached for the founders to be paid the purchase price out of future profits. Tapestry has worked with Aviva, HSBC Goldman Sachs and TripAdviser on employee and executive ...

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BPG Announces Move to Employee Ownership

BPG ANNOUNCES MOVE TO EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP BPG Architects and Surveyors, founded in 1988 will become Employee Owned as from 1st October 2020. Robin Goddard, Chris Bula and Roger Mahoney remain as directors but the Employee Owned business format will allow new directors to be appointed from within the practice to develop and sustain the business into the future. BPG strongly value sustainability and environmental/social responsibility as their main practice values thus the move to Employee Ownership was a natural decision. Becoming Employee Owned shows that the board ...

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Member News: Chemco International Undertake Initial £1m Investment

Despite the challenges of Covid-19 and after months of lockdown, Chemco International Ltd has embarked on a major investment programme in its hometown of Coatbridge. Phase One of this project includes the acquisition and subsequent upgrading of existing buildings; together with neighbouring property; commenced at a cost of over £1 million. It is the first major investment by Chemco since the company became 100% Employee-Owned and in the hands of new management at the beginning of last year. This announcement coincides with the company switching to 100% Renewable Energy ...

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EO Community Stories: Make’s modelshop team joins the effort to print PPE for NHS workers

Make Architects’ modelshop team is supporting NHS workers by creating headbands for much-needed personal protective equipment face shields. The modelshop team, led by Paul Miles, is printing the headbands from home using 8 of Make’s requisitioned studio Ultimakers, with 100 bands created per day. Make is contributing via #thebigprint, set up by 3DCrowd, which has delivered 65,000 facemasks to NHS frontline workers. Over 500,000 have been requested. As of April 27th, Make has created 700 bands for the project and is one of almost 8000 organisations to have ...

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EO Community Stories – City Health Care Partnership CIC: On the front-line in the battle against COVID-19

City Health Care Partnership CIC provides health and care services in Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, Knowsley, Wigan and St Helens. Community nursing and care often gets forgotten about in times of crisis, but our colleagues are right there on the front-line in the battle against Covid-19. Our district nurses are still visiting patients who can’t get out, often at great personal risk as despite our best efforts it’s not always possible to know if the patient or someone else in the household has symptoms of Coronavirus. We are working with our local hospital ...

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