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The Annual UK Employee Ownership Awards

News The Annual UK Employee Ownership Awards

The Annual UK Employee Ownership Awards celebrate the significant contribution Employee Owned businesses (EOBs) make to the UK economy.

The awards, managed by the Employee Ownership Association, and sponsored again in 2017 by leading EOA member Baxendale, recognise the productivity, innovation and excellence driven by teams and individuals in EOBs, which demonstrate how employees having a stake in the business teamed with a robust culture of transparency and employee engagement result in outstanding performance in growth and resilience.

The UK Employee Ownership Awards were presented at the EOA Gala Dinner on at EOA Annual Conference on 27 November 2017 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel Birmingham.

2017 winners

Employee Owner of the Year Award

This Award celebrates an individual, irrespective of their seniority and whether they operate on the front line of the business or not, who is as true champion of employee ownership within their organisation and has done the most to develop and promote employee ownership inside their business and beyond.

Winner: Lucy Farrow OPM Group – read her story
Highly Commended: Ali Jennings/Simon Drewett East Coast Community Health 
Highly Commended: Nicola Ryan Rowlinson Knitwear

Paul Sykes – Ten Insurance Services
Michael Hodgson – Gripple
Steve Edwards – Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Simon La Fosse – La Fosse
Paul Lyons – Community Dental Services

Employee Owned Innovation of the Year Award

This Award celebrates the most compelling example of innovation within an employee owned organisation. The innovation must be currently enhancing the services and/or products of the business and the outcomes the business achieves.

Winner: Here
Highly Commended: Cullinan Studio
Highly Commended: Care Plus Group

Employee Owned Rising star of the Year

This Award recognises the success of an organisation that has become employee owned no more than three years prior to September 2017 and is already, in its early life, becoming an effective company with a strong culture of employee ownership and commitment to engaging its workforce.

Winner: Rowlinson Knitwear
Highly commended: The Homebuild Centre (NSBRC)
Highly commended: Alfa Leisureplex Group

Employee Owned Positive Impact of the Year

This new Award for 2017 recognises and celebrates pioneering, positive or lasting impact generated by employee owned businesses, over and above their financial performance.

Winner: Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Highly Commended: East Coast Community Healthcare
Highly Commended: Smile Together Dental CIC

Employee Owned Business of the Year 

This Award, for well established employee owned businesses, focuses on brilliant performance in the sector during the year to September 2017.

Winner: Community Dental Services
Highly Commended: Provide CIC
Highly Commended: Golder Associates Ltd

Philip Baxendale Fellowship Award

This Award is for an individual who has in the past made, or is currently making, an outstanding contribution to the growth of employee ownership in the UK – someone who has an indisputable commitment to employee ownership and whose influence and impact within the sector is clear and widely recognised.

Winner: Professor Jo Pritchard MBE

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