EO Community Stories


Member News | Aldridge Trimming transfers ownership to employees.

Wolverhampton based Aldridge Trimming Ltd has become the latest company to join the rapidly growing number of companies across the UK owned by its employees. Founded in the 1930’s, Aldridge Trimming originally provided general trimming services for cars of the 1920’s and 1930’s era. Simon Aldridge took over the business in 1980 and since that time the business has developed a worldwide reputation for supplying quality British made interior trim and bespoke trimming refurbishments for classic car enthusiasts in the UK, Europe and worldwide. The company’s 37 ...

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Member News – Denny Bros Group announce plans to become employee owned

Denny Bros Group has announced exciting plans to become employee owned. The group has restructured its ownership so that a majority is now held in trust for the benefit of the employees. A new company, Denny Bros Trustee Ltd, has been formed to administer the trust while Barry and Graham Denny retain a minority shareholding. The previously family-owned group, which has its headquarters based in Bury St Edmunds, reached its 75th anniversary of trading last year and has made this move to safeguard its independent future. Denny Bros Ltd Managing Director, Graham ...

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Member News – Synergy Vision becomes an EO Company

Medical communications specialist Synergy Vision (SV) is now an employee-owned (EO) company, joining a growing movement that includes Aardman Animations, John Lewis, PwC and Riverford Organics. It is a definitive move that further empowers the team to drive long-term growth and deliver the difference for clients in an environment that boosts staff engagement, innovation and motivation and safeguards the intrinsic values of the company. Since inception, a people-focused ethos has been intrinsic to SV. This is most recently evidenced by trailblazing initiatives, such ...

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Member News – Bluesmith Technology Group Moves to Employee Ownership

Data Analytics and Software Development specialist Bluesmith Technology Group has joined the ranks of a growing number of Employee Owned businesses in the region. The founders marked Bluesmith’s ten year anniversary by moving a majority 75% shareholding into an employee ownership trust (EOT), with all staff automatically benefitting from the future success of the business. The move has been welcomed by blue chip customers including Yorkshire Water, Co-op and Oliver Wyman. The EOT model of ownership is an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional trade ...

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Member News – Utility contractor Falco transitions to employee ownership

Utilities contractor, Falco Construction Limited has announced it is now employee-owned. The London-based company, established in 2004 by Brendan Griffin, has transitioned its ownership structure to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Many of Falco’s twenty-seven full-time staff have been with the firm throughout its rapid development and the transition to employee ownership was the logical next step in its development says the company’s founder, Brendan Griffin: “The creation of an EOT enables us to preserve the legacy of the Falco brand and maintain its status ...

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EOA Member News – Gripple Crowned Manufacturer of the Year

The EOA congratulates the employee owners at EOA Member Gripple on having won big in the Make UK awards, taking home the title of "Manufacturer of the Year" recognising their success in what remains challenging and unprecedented times for UK Manufacturing. They also won the ‘Business Growth and Strategy’ and ‘Developing Future Talent’ awards, both demonstrating that putting people, innovation and world class manufacturing at the heart of the business drives their success. You can find out what Gripple have to say about winning these awards, as well as the ...

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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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