Staff of Grimsby based Care Plus Group are delighted to be celebrating the UKs Employee Ownership Day on Friday 4 July 2014.
Formed in 2011 and employing over 800 members of staff, the employee owned care organisation are proud to celebrate employee ownership alongside other staff-led businesses across the UK as part of the UKs annual Employee Ownership Day. The day is also being used to mark the organisation’s 3rd birthday as it was established as an Employee Owned Social Enterprise on 1st July 2011 and staff will be receiving a cup cake to represent their ‘share’ of the organisation and a plaque will be unveiled.
Lance Gardner, Chief Executive, welcomed the day:
“I’m looking forward to celebrating Employee Ownership Day with our staff. Care Plus Group values being an employee owned organisation as the involvement of staff in the development of the organisation has seen some fantastic improvements and events take place. For example, the Care Plus Community Fun Day that took place in May attracted over 4000 people and was organised by a committee of staff using their initiative and very little resource.”
Employee Ownership Association CEO Iain Hasdell said: “Companies such as Care Plus Group are great examples of the success and engagement that can be achieved in an employee owned environment. The EOA is delighted to work on their behalf to celebrate Employee Ownership Day, and make it easier for other UK companies to follow their lead into employee ownership so that we can reach our target of 10% of UK GDP to be generated by employee owned business by 2020.”
With a series of events and activities taking place across the UK this is an important day for Employee Ownership as the EO Day 2014 will raise awareness of employee ownership as an economically strong and balanced business model. Benefits of employee ownership proven in EOA research include increased employee health and well-being, increased productivity and innovation, and:
• UK employee owned companies have a turnover of around 3% of GDP (over £30 billion) pa.
• Employee-owners have higher levels of job satisfaction, feel a greater sense of achievement and job security and are more likely to recommend their workplace than employees in non-employee owned businesses.
• Employee owned businesses operate in a range of sectors including healthcare, social care, education, transport, manufacturing, retail and professional services.
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