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EOA- Annual Conference 2014

by Lynne Campbell | Posted in Employee Ownership | 20 November 2014

This week our Business Analyst Team Manager, Simon Harbisher, headed down to Nottingham to represent CAS at the Employee Ownership Annual Conference. Simon is currently the elected Employee Benefit Trust Director.

First in the great line up of events was the Philip Baxendale Awards Gala dinner. Many thanks go to Co-operative Development Scotland, who sponsored our attendance, in particular Glen Dott and Jim Maxwell who were excellent hosts.

It was a very successful evening with, memorable speeches from people who were genuinely proud and pleased to be part of what is a growing and profitable business model and network.

Tuesday saw an impressive 500 people attend the Employee Ownership Annual Conference itself. Ian Hasdell opened with an interesting speech in which he mentioned new research on the benefits of employee ownership, which will only help the model gain further support, voice and momentum.

Mike Thompson of National Freight Corporation and Childbase delivered an inspiring talk. His skills to influence, engage and reward his highly committed and dedicated employees were obvious to all - with the key principle that “employee well-being, engagement and retention is critical to consistently high quality provision”.

The final speech of the day was given by John Lupton of Scott and Fyfe. He likened progress to a dimmer switch - it will be gradual, not overnight. He also expressed the view that employee engagement and empowerment is as important as financials, and to embrace the moments of employee ownership when they occur.

Overall it was an inspirational and eye opening event and a unique opportunity to network with like-minded companies from across numerous sectors.  As a company we are already reaping the benefits of employee ownership, and we look forward to 2015 as the second year of our journey continues.

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