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Employee Ownership Accelerator

17 - 19 September 2021   |   Selgars Mill

Employee ownership has been around for many years, with names like John Lewis and Scott Bader bringing to life their version of shared capitalism or a ‘third way’. 

The sector has seen real growth in recent years driven by a resurgence of values-led entrepreneurs. It received a boost with the introduction of the 2014 Finance Act. This removed the disincentive for owners to sell their businesses into the ‘trust’ of their employees. Recent converts have included Riverford Organic Farmers, Aardman Animation, and Richer Sounds.

The key data indicate that employee owned businesses enjoy greater success, higher employee satisfaction and retention, greater productivity and resilience, and improved customer loyalty. 

 If you’re an owner or leader of a values-driven organisation and want real clarity about how employee ownership might fit with your vision of your business, and indeed whether it is the right decision, this course will give you the information you need to plan your next steps.

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Who is it for?

  • Owners actively exploring the employee ownership option for their business.

  • Leaders of values-driven organisations who want a legacy of a sustainable business for the benefit of employees and the community.

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What to expect

  • Pre-course consultation.

  • Why choose Employee Ownership?

  • The Employee Ownership Roadmap: A comprehensive exploration of the route to becoming Employee Owned, covering key issues, activities and milestones, preparing yourself and others, realising opportunities and mitigating risks.

  • Building your activity plan and next steps.

  • Networking, 1:1 mentoring, group activities.

  • Meet special guests.

  • Fully catered residential experience.

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What I'll leave with

  • Feeling better prepared to make a decision about moving into employee ownership.

  • Greater clarity around the options and models that are right for you and your business.

  • Knowing the next steps  and resources you will need, to enable a successful transition into employee ownership.

  • An understanding of tools and resources to equip leadership and to engage, inform and inspire individuals across your organisation

  • An insight into how employee ownership can be used to underpin successful engagement and drive sustainable, ethical, organisational performance.

Special Guests

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Self-confessed veg nerd, Guy Singh-Watson has over the last 30 years taken Riverford Organic Farmers from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 50,000 customers a week. Guy is an inspirational, passionate, opinionated and admired figure in the world of organic farming, who still spends more time in the fields than in the boardroom. 

Guy has always believed that organic food should not be elitist, but accessible for everyone. He has built Riverford to give a fair deal to all – growers, staff, customers and the planet. All of this was recognised in 2015 when Riverford veg boxes were awarded Ethical Product of the Decade at the Observer Ethical Awards.

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David Sproxton CBE is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman. Together with co-founder Peter Lord, he has overseen the development of the company from a two-man partnership to one of the pre-eminent animation houses in the industry.

David Sproxton spent 3 years on the Board of the UK Film Council and is on the board of Encounters Festival (Bristol’s celebration of Short film). David’s most recent film credits are as Executive Producer on Aardman’s recent hit films Nick Park’s animated comedy adventure ‘Early Man’ and ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’.

Facilitators

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J Gadd Associates is an experienced and well-respected consultancy who successfully support owners and their organisations realise their vision to transition into employee ownership. Their support covers all aspects of planning, engaging and enabling all the stakeholders to bring to life the new structure. Based on many years working within the sector and having supported over 40 businesses to develop a version of employee ownership that fits with their values and culture. J Gadd Associates approach is underpinned by accredited academic research and wide ranging experience. Here are just a few of the organisations they have supported so far: Riverford Organics / Aardman Animations / The Rooflight Company / Community Dental Services / The Land Use Consultancy / Tapestry Compliance / LDA Design.

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Ben Watson leads the Tax & Incentives practice at law firm TLT and advises on all types of share schemes and employee equity arrangements. He has designed and delivered incentives for start-ups, unlisted and fully listed clients (including FTSE100 clients). He is a specialist in employee ownership and has acted on a number of employee ownership transactions, including the sale of Aardman Animations. He helped establish the regional network meetings of the Employee Ownership Association.

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Simon Crichton is head of relationship management at Triodos Bank. He joined the organisation in 2009,  and has experience of working with a wide range of sustainable businesses – across agriculture, green building and development, green tourism and sustainable commerce. In 2018, he worked with Guy Singh-Watson to provide financial support for Riverford Organic Farmers to transfer ownership of the company to its employees.

How to Book

Register your interest before 9 July 2021 and we’ll be in touch. The cost of the course is £2,000 (plus VAT). Terms and conditions apply.

Register your interest and tell us a bit about your plans.

30-min call with an advisor so we can assess the accelerator is right for you.

Confirm your booking with full payment and get started on pre-course preparation.

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