EOA Podcast: Episode 16 – Embedding an EO culture globally

Episode 16 of the EOA Podcast focuses on how to embed an employee ownership culture globally when a UK business has international operations.

As more EO businesses think about future growth and the possibility of expanding their operations globally, this episode showcases how businesses of different sizes, and with different employee ownership models, go about embedding their employee ownership overseas in a practical and operational context.

This episode features three of our member businesses to hear first-hand some of the lessons learnt, challenges faced and tips they have for ensuring EO is embraced and fully understood among employees based in overseas sites.

Episode interviews

  • Michael Hodgson is Chair of the Glide board, which represents all the employees who work in its partner companies of Sheffield-based Gripple, Loadhog and Go Tools. The group has operations in France, Poland, Germany, Italy, USA, India, Japan, and partnerships in Australia.
  • Emma Thomas is HR Leader at Aberystwyth-based biotech company Aber Instruments, which set up its Aber Inc US subsidiary in Washington DC in 2017, six years after becoming 100% employee owned.
  • Sam Boustred is Global Members’ Board Chair at Northamptonshire-headquartered Scott Bader, which manufactures advanced composites, structural adhesives and functional polymers. It has operations in France, Spain, UAE, Ireland, Canada, USA, Germany, China, South Africa, Sweden, Croatia, Czech Republic, Japan, Australia, Italy, and India.

Meanwhile, Episode 16 also hears from two members of the EO community from Ecctis 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.

Also, you can check out a ‘Big Read blog’ from the EOA on 10 things to consider when embedding your employee ownership culture globally