EOA Podcast: Episode 19 – ‘EO can be transformational for workers in low-paid sectors’

Listen below to Episode 19 of the EOA Podcast, which is all about how being employee owned can be transformational for workers at all levels of an EO business, especially those in traditionally low-paid sectors.

This episode builds on the special EO Day podcast which tied into our theme of #TheEOeffect and showcasing the impact of employee ownership, inspired by Tracey Round of Scottish employee owned fish supplier Aquascot summing up what EO means to her in just one word – “opportunity”.

Hear from Russell Brown, the Chief Executive at Shaw Healthcare, on the impact employee ownership has had at the largest employee owned care provider in the UK, which employs more than 3,000 people working in care homes, community hospitals and on care schemes.

Inspired by hearing from Russell at an EOA networking event in London, the podcast paid a visit to the Watford headquarters of employee owned commercial cleaning specialist CleanTEC, which recently became a trustee member of the EOA.

CleanTEC is the UK’s largest employee owned cleaning company, with almost 2,000 employees, many of whom are part-time cleaners. In the EOA’s press release for EO Day 2023, it stated that “EO can be transformational for workers in traditionally low-paid sectors, such as cleaning”. To expand on this quote, the podcast spoke to the following people at CleanTEC to get their perspectives:

  • Peter Rochford, Co-founder and Managing Director
  • Chris Rogers, Co-founder and Company Director
  • Pat Brennan, Independent Trustee and EOT Board Chair
  • Jackie Jameson, HR and Office Manager and EOT Board Trustee
  • Patrick McDonagh, Financial Controller and Employee Council Chair

You can hit play below to listen to the episode, or you can find it on the following streaming services: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, Overcast, Breaker, Castbox, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and Stitcher.

You can also check out the backlist of previous episodes here.