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December 2016

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Conference edition

After a busy conference, followed by an even busier few weeks with the media linked to the Corporate Governance Reform Green Paper, we'd like to share the conference highlights with you.

We hoped you enjoyed the learning, sharing and networking as well as our keynote speakers.

We’d like to congratulate winners of the UK Employee Ownership Awards and the EOA Investment Award.


CEO viewpoint: I vote for the power of people

Having returned to my desk after our Annual Conference, on the day of what we now know is to be the last Autumn Statement, I was struck by the stark contrast in the two events. More>

You can also view Deb's conference speech

EO sector news

Corporate Governance Reform
The EOA welcomes the publication of the Government's Corporate Governance Reform Green Paper and is discussing its response to the consultation. More>

Millennials research
We also welcome research that shows there is a good match between millennial attitudes and the ethos of employee ownership. More>

More opportunities to experience Great Game
Following on from Jack Stack’s key note speech and Great Game Workshops at the EOA Conference, the team at Great Game UK is running a series of workshops this month and throughout 2017. More>

EOA Conference in numbers

Hear from our main conference sponsor Capital for Colleagues in our conference round up release. More>




seminars and workshops
UK EO Award winners

EOA Investment Award winner

Congratulations to UK EO Award winners

More excellent success stories were shared at the UK Employee Ownership Awards 2016.

The awards, delivered by the EOA, celebrate the success of the employee ownership sector, and in 2016 were sponsored for a second year by leading EOA member Baxendale. More>

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Investment Award brings joy for bakery

Baker to the stars and quality caterer Konditor & Cook has had its mission to explore a transition to employee ownership boosted by winning the 2016 EOA Investment Award. Presented at the EOA Conference 2016, the £10,000 Award was sponsored by the John Lewis Partnership... More>

Conference spotlight: Riverford Organics

Riverford Organics founder Guy Watson started his business as one man and a wheelbarrow and has grown it to an award-winning organic delivery company. More>

Conference spotlight: Savant

Savant is this year celebrating 15 years as an employee owned company and is a great example of successful business succession. More>

Top tips working with the media by Martine Croxall

We were delighted that our Conference compere, the BBC’s Martine Croxall also contributed to two conference seminars where she sought to provide tips for delegates about working with the media. More>

Welcome to our new
EOA members

We’d like to welcome our new members from over the past two months our affiliate member and Investment Award winner Konditor & Cooke, partner members employee owned businesses Trust Inheritance and Laser Scanning, and supporter members Buzzacott, Santander and Rickett Mitchell. More>

EOA Network Focus:
South West

Garry Davies has worked as the network coordinator for the South West EOA Regional Network since the beginning of 2016. In seeking to derive maximum value for those attending the regional meetings he is able to reflect on his considerable experience of employee ownership... More>

Dates for your diary 2017

EOA Regional Networks – Quarter 1

South East – RSM, London, February 28
Midlands – Birketts, Cambridge, March 1
North – John Lewis, Leeds, March 2
South West – Bristol Community Health, Bristol, March
Scotland – location TBC, February/March

Robert Oakeshott Lecture
ICAEW Chartered Accountants Hall, April 6
EOA Summer Dinner
Palace of Westminster, June 8
EO Day
Nationwide, June 30
EOA Annual Conference
Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel 27/28 November
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