David Madge

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Market Development Officer, Wales Co-operative Centre

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Caffi Florence - employee owned worker co-operative

Employee Owned businesses ‘keep on moving’ as they celebrate 5th EO Day

Employee Owned businesses ‘keep on moving’ as they celebrate 5th EO Day Five employee owned businesses in Wales As part of our fortnight of employee ownership themed activities we are helping the Employee Ownership Association to celebrate the 5th annual Employee Ownership Day today. EO Day is the national celebration of employee ownership and a […]

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We’re still standing – employee ownership and sustainability

Employee Ownership Day is a day designed to raise awareness of the benefits the employee ownership approach can have for businesses. Every year, employee owned businesses across the UK take photos, wave flags and bake cakes to celebrate the event. This year, in Wales, we wanted to try something different. ‘Embracing Employee Ownership’ took the […]

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Employee Ownership rises up to the challenge

Employee Ownership Day is a day designed to raise awareness of the benefits the employee ownership approach can have for businesses. Every year, employee owned businesses across the UK take photos, wave flags and bake cakes to celebrate the event. This year, in Wales, we wanted to try something different. ‘Embracing Employee Ownership’ took the […]

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Embracing Employee Ownership

Employee Ownership Day is a day designed to raise awareness of the benefits the employee ownership approach can have for businesses. Every year, employee owned businesses across the UK take photos, wave flags and bake cakes to celebrate the event. This year, in Wales, we wanted to try something different. Wales has  a burgeoning employee […]

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A major survey of social businesses in Wales is about to get underway – don’t miss your chance to be part of it.

A major survey of social businesses in Wales is about to get underway. Don’t miss your chance to be part of it. In 2014, Wales Co-operative Centre commissioned a directory of social businesses in Wales and the production of a report ‘Social Businesses in Wales: The State of the Sector’. The report highlighted that social […]

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Skye Instrument’s employee ownership journey

Skye Instruments in Llandrindod Wells has been run by its founders John and Gill Wilde since the early eighties. Since the late 2000’s they have been managing a transition to employee ownership as part of a long term exit strategy. Here, Gill Wilde describes some of the decisions they have made in that time and […]

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What Employee Ownership means for the UK economy in 2016

Deb Oxley is the Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association – the leading body in the UK for businesses, whether of private sector or public service origin, that are owned by their employees. The EOA represents employee owned businesses that contribute over £30bn to UK GDP each year. In this blog she gives her […]

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Sharing the responsibilities of ownership as well as its rewards – the John Lewis Partnership

On the day that John Lewis’ annual bonuses are announced, Ian Urquhart, Business Manager at the Cardiff store discusses what it means to be a partner in Britain’s largest employee owned business. Ian has worked in John Lewis since 2009 when he joined as a Department Manager. After leading the catering and maintenance operations, he […]

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The employee ownership model has enabled us to grow at a rapid pace with the total buy in of the employees

Kevin Edwards, Managing Director of Accommodation Furniture Solutions led the team of ex-Remploy employees who chose to invest their redundancy pay-outs in setting up a fully worker owned phoenix company on the site of the old factory in Swansea. Here, he summarises his experiences and the some of the benefits of being employee owned. I […]

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Are you the shy, retiring type? Thought not.

When boxer and entrepreneur George Foreman asserted that ‘the question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income’ he summed up one of the key concerns that business owners need to address when they build their exit strategy. There are a number of choices available to business owners and employee ownership […]

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