EOA Podcast: Episode 2 – Growth ambitions

The employee ownership (EO) sector has seen unprecedented growth in recent years and in Episode 2 of the EOA Podcast we explore this topic.

In June 2021, we reported there were 730 employee-owned businesses, a staggering increase of 250 over the previous 18 months and we now believe the sector to be at more than 800 EO businesses.

This month’s episode is therefore about the growth of the EO sector and how being employee-owned has helped our member businesses to grow.

As well as an announcement about the theme of this year’s EO Day, the episode will hear from a firm of architects, a financial planner and a campervan conversion company who offer their insights in this area, alongside highlighting their own ambitions and EO stories.

Guests in Episode 2 are Karen Mosley, managing director of HLM Architects, who talks about the growth of the business, a Sunday Times best company to work for, alongside her work in South Yorkshire to promote the sector through the Ownership Hub, the partnership between the EOA and Co-operatives UK which aims to grow employee and worker ownership.

This EOA Podcast episode also hears from two of our member firms currently celebrating four years since their transition to employee ownership, namely Ovation Finance and Jerba Campervans.

Director Tom Morris talks about Bristol-based financial planner Ovation’s EO story and offers tips and insights about growth, while founder Simon Poole speaks about Scottish campervan conversion company Jerba’s growth ambitions.

Each podcast episode hears the latest news and events coming up, and ends asking someone from within the sector: ‘Why do you love employee ownership?’. This month we hear from Debbie Brimicombe, the general manager of home shopping at employee-owned WCF.

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.

Listen below or view the full episode schedule here.