There are 470 employee-owned businesses across the UK, which means there are over 200,000 employee owners. Businesses range from manufacturers, to community health services, to insurance brokers. Together they deliver 4% of UK GDP annually, with this contribution growing.
They are united by an ethos that puts people first, involving the workforce in key decision-making and realising the potential and commitment of their employees. The John Lewis Partnership is the largest employee-owned business in the UK with total trading sales of over £12.3bn and a workforce of 80,000 Partners. Recently the Partnership topped the Employee Ownership Top 50 largest businesses report.
There are many benefits to being employee-owned and to explore the different models of employee ownership, their key features, governance and funding, download the Employee Ownership Association 'How to' Guide.