Thanks a million for reaching out on EO Day

From cakes, food, picnics, BBQs, business events, quizzes and challenges to hi-5s and expressions of what it means to be an employee owner, EO Day was a great success at making noise about employee ownership.

In fact via Twitter your news and messages reach out to more than 1.03 million followers on twitter – that’s more than 600 tweets, with combined shares of more than 1200 shares, more than 440 photos and videos were shared using the EO Day Photo Prop Pack which received and more than 2,500 likes.

Thousands more were reached through Facebook, Linked in and media coverage. We had 57 recorded events on our EO Day map, and from those events we spotted more than 40 cakes, but we know there were many more!

There were more than 25 pieces of EO Day media coverage and we’re still counting! See the storify for a round-up of activity.

EOA CEO Deb Oxley said: “Once again our members and stakeholders have gone to great efforts to celebrate and raise awareness of employee ownership this time reaching more than 1 million across social media more than 13,000 through media coverage.

“I would like to thank all of you for making this possible and raising awareness of what is great about employee ownership at such a crucial time of opportunity to grow the sector by capitalising on a changing political and economic landscape and the increasing demand for better ways of doing business. Special thanks go to our sponsor Cambridge Weight Plan.”

On the day Cambridge Weight Plan celebrated with event where founder and inventor of the Cambridge Diet Plan Dr Alan Howard opened one the businesses new buildings name in his honour after a vote by employees and where celebrations concluded with a vote by employees to select to employee stakeholders to visit Malaysia as part of the business’ outreach work.

Chief executive of the EOA, Deb Oxley, who attended the event, said:

“The Cambridge Weight Plan event embodied all the traits of great employee owned businesses – strong employee voice, strong economic performance and commitment to the communities in which they operate.

“From speaking to some of the employee stakeholders during the event, I was struck by their sense of involvement and ownership to the business. It really was their business, their future and their opportunity to shine on EO Day.”

Cambridge Weight Plan Managing Director, Chris McDermott, said:

“It is important that as well as being profitable, our business does the best for its employee stakeholders and the community in which it operates, as well as transforming the lives of those who use or sell our products.”

The EOA released the latest industry data on EO Day as well as five case studies to celebrate: