Celebrating Employee Ownership with Richer Sounds

 

 

 

Richer Sounds has recently become a high-profile addition to the growing number of UK employee-owned companies.  Julian Richer the founder owner has transferred 60% of the company shares to an employee ownership trust, handing control of the company to his employees. It felt like the ‘right thing to do’ for this unorthodox ethical capitalist.

Julian founded the company in 1978 and believes having reached the age of 60, although not ready to retire yet, it was time to consider the future of the firm.

David Robinson, chairman of Richer Sounds, said: “It’s incredibly exciting times and allows our colleagues to feel even more connected to the company. They have a real stake in the success of the business and can take pride in knowing that they are shareholders, building for the future.”

www.richersounds.com

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Celebrating Employee Ownership with Woodford Heating & Energy

 

 

 

Woodford Heating and Energy provides mechanical and electrical building services for the London construction market.

Owned by an employee ownership trust since February 2019 it has approximately 150 employees and works with a further 100 or so self-employed sub-contractors.

Woodford’s key clients includes Bouygues, Redrow and Crest Nicholson and recent projects include the installation of central heating, hot water and all related infrastructure in 406 apartments comprising a new development in White City.

www.woodfordheating.com

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Celebrating Employee Ownership with West Beer

 

 

 

West an independent Glasgow based brewery became the first employee-owned beer maker in the UK earlier this year.

Petra Wetzel who founded the brewery 13 years ago plans to make the company fully employee-owned over the next 25 years by drip-feeding the shares of the company into a SIP for her employees, starting with 10% this year.

It’s refreshing that a brewery founder has chosen to help her team benefit from their joint endeavours, where many brewery founders sell out to the big boys to enable them to retire on their wealth.

I want to share what we’ve achieved over the last 13 years with the people who have helped make it happen’  Petra Wetzel

 

www.westbeer.com

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Celebrating Employee Ownership with Wallingford Hydrosolutions

Founded in 2004 Wallingford HydroSolutions is a provider of environmental solutions facilitating the sustainable development and management of the UK’s infrastructure.

They are well known throughout the UK as the developer of hydrological tools and techniques used as industry standard.

It was with huge pride the company announced they had became employee owned in February 2018 saying this was part of responsible long term planning aimed at strong engagement and motivation

We value our independence, our purpose, and the high quality of our work as a team.’ 

www.hydrosolutions.co.uk

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Celebrating Employee Ownership with Make Architects

Make is an award-winning international architectural practice known for challenging convention and pursuing design excellence.  In 15 years it has grown to more than 150 employees across studios in London, Hong Kong and Sydney.

Make has always been 100% employee-owned. When setting out to form a new practice in 2004, Make founder Ken Shuttleworth wanted to do something different.

“For us, employee ownership creates a wonderful sense of belonging, of all working towards a shared goal. It’s a big part of what makes Make the great workplace it is today and will continue to help us stand out in a competitive market as we grow.” – Ken Shuttleworth, founder

Bolton Eco House (U.K.)

www.makearchitects.com

 

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