EOA Podcast: Episode 15 – Putting your people first in an EO business

Episode 15 of the EOA Podcast explores the link between employee ownership and putting people front and centre of your business strategy and purpose.

We find out how becoming employee owned supported three of our member businesses to focus on their people. We also look at how, for some companies, transitioning to employee ownership is a natural fit because of the people-centric culture already embedded in the business.

Evidence shows that employee owned businesses engage their employees in a more meaningful way.

At the EOA, we believe that businesses that give employees a stake and a say build trust and shared responsibility – uniting leaders and employees behind a common purpose, leading to better business outcomes and happier, more satisfied employees.

To explore this further, this episode hears three case studies from the 700 businesses that make up the EOA membership.

Episode interviews

Mark Jones (Pennine Healthcare) is the Head of People and Culture at the Derby-based medical device manufacturer and distributor, which employs 170 people and transitioned to EO in March 2021.

Nikki Thomson (Richmond & Towers) is the CEO of the London-based communications agency that specialises in brand engagement, mainly in the food and drinks sector. The agency employs 30 people and became 100% EO following its sale to an employee ownership trust in 2019.

Joan McCoy (White Ink Architects) is one of the founding directors of the Belfast-based architectural firm, which became the first wholly Northern Ireland-based consultancy to make the move to employee ownership when it transitioned in 2021, in what was its 20th year since being formed. Joan is pictured left.

Meanwhile, Episode 15 of the EOA Podcast also hears from a member of the EO community on why they love employee ownership.

You can use the links below to listen to the episode, or you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, Overcast, Breaker, Castbox, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and Stitcher.

You can also view the full episode schedule here.