Remploy named Rising Star of the Year at the UK Employee Ownership Awards

Leading employment placement service provider, Remploy, was celebrating last night after being awarded the Rising Star of the Year Award by the BBC’s Martine Croxall at this year’s UK Employee Ownership Awards. This award celebrates an organisation that has become employee owned no more than 3 years prior to September 2015, and is already becoming an effective company with a very strong culture of employee ownership.

Sponsored by employee ownership transition specialists Baxendale and managed by the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), the UK Employee Ownership Awards are the most prestigious accolades for employee owned organisations. Formerly the Philip Baxendale Awards, this year’s awards were presented at the Gala Dinner on the first evening of the EOA Annual Conference at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

An independent group of judges from the employee owned sector highlighted the success of the public service spinout in developing an environment where every employee is striving to improve the business, and ensure that Remploy is established as a successful commercial business delivering its social mission of transforming the lives of disabled people through sustainable employment. Judges particularly praised the detailed next steps to cement employee ownership into the culture of Remploy.

Deb Oxley, Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association, said:

“Rising Star of the Year, Remploy, is a phenomenal example of how a new employee owned business can deliver immediate benefits. Through their commitment to employee engagement and inclusive governance, Remploy has started its new co-owed life in the best possible way, and truly exemplifies this accolade.”

Campbell McDonald, Managing Director of Baxendale, said:

“It is a privilege to champion the best employee owned businesses in the UK and every EO Award winner delivered exceptional performance in the last year driven by the over-and-above commitment of their employee owners. The tremendous momentum behind mutualism in the UK made this year’s EO Awards one of the most competitive ever and our sector should be especially proud of its growing achievements.”