2023 UK Employee Ownership Awards Winners

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the 2023 UK Employee Ownership Awards this year, supported by EOA members GLIDE.

These awards celebrate the best in great EO from organisations
and individuals across the UK. The awards recognise those who
have contributed to strengthening EO in their business and beyond, and shining a light on best practice examples that the EO community can learn from.

Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award WINNER

Congratulations to this year’s winner Steve Parfett, founder Director of Parfetts. The Fellowship Award recognises the achievements of an individual who has in the past made, or is currently making, an outstanding contribution to the growth of employee ownership in the UK.

Steve, who transitioned the business to being employee owned in 2008, is a pioneer of employee ownership, and has supported the sector through is role on the EOA board. He has supported much more widely, meeting dozens of businesses to help support their employee ownership journey as well as reach out to politicians supporting the EOA to advocate and influence to grow the scale and the impact of employee ownership in the UK.

This year’s 2023 awards winners:

Transition wise productions

WISE PRODUCTIONS WINS EO Transition of the Year

Wise Productions has been announced winner in the Employee-Owned Rising Star of the Year Award category of the UK Employee Ownership Awards.

George Foden, Managing Director, Wise Productions, said: “Open dialogue and communication from the start really helps employees to feel involved in EO and gets things working well early on. We know we will continue this momentum into our second year. It’s been a busy year and great to come back with an award. The EO community and the EOA has been incredibly generous with their time in supporting us with our transition.”

Pennard Vets

Pennard Vets wins Employee Owned Rising Star of the Year

Pennard Vets is the winner of the Employee Owned Rising Star of the Year Award in the UK Employee Ownership Awards 2023.

The EO Rising Star Award celebrates a business that is a shining example of early success in their EO journey and can already demonstrate positive impact from their
EO culture.

Claire Ross, Employee Trustee, at Pennard Vets, said: “It’s really special as our collaborative entry really sums up the journey we have been on over the last
few years.”

EOB of the year LUC

LUC has been named Employee Owned Business of the Year

LUC is delighted to be named the Employee Owned Business of the Year Award in the UK Employee Ownership Awards 2023.

Lucy Gara, LUC Trustee and Associate Planner, said: “We really are thrilled. We probably do not blow our own trumpet enough. When you look back you realise that you have made a lot of progress. To be recognised in this way is really heartening and we are so glad that we took part in the awards – you could wait for the ‘perfect moment’ but nothing is perfect and through the process you will find the evidence of your success is much more than you realised.” 

Sam Moles Employee Owner of the Year

Sam Moles Wins Employee Owner of the Year

Sam Moles of Stephens Scown is announced winner of the Employee Owned Rising Star of the Year Award, chosen because of his contribution as an EO champion both within and outside of their business.

Sam Moles, Employee Trustee and Digital Marketing Manager at Stephens Scown, said:
“We have learned that after 7 years of Stephen Scown being an employee owned business, being EO is never finished. As an employee trustee you need to always step outside of what you know. The EO journey continues, and innovation is achieved by being confident enough to try new things and work out what works for us.”