When handled well, employee ownership is as much a win for the seller as it is for the employees – and it’s a great way to keep local jobs local. Let’s make it happen.

If you are a business owner considering succession options, worried about your legacy and wanting to get a good price for your business (while protecting the future of your employees) then landing on this website is a positive step in your journey to make it happen.
Headed up by employee ownership specialists Carole Leslie and Alistair Gibb, Ownership Associates is uniquely equipped to guide you through the complexities of the employee ownership business model and help you crystallize your vision, navigate the transition and ensure it all comes to fruition. We’re in the business of making sure both selling owners and employee owners end up winners.
If you are a new employee owner concerned about how you can make this work for you and your colleagues, we are here to help you to make the most of your fantastic shared ownership opportunity.
Don’t miss out on this limited-place EO training course – running from 12 noon on 24th October through to midday on 25th October, this unique course will give you valuable insight and practical knowledge about the workings of an employee owned business. Find out more here.
For all concerned, the employee ownership journey is about vision, transition and fruition – so let’s make it happen. Click here to contact us today 
Years Experience

Meet our Principals

Carole Leslie
Employee Ownership Specialist
Alistair Gibb
Business Succession Specialist

our process


This is how, as a business owner, you can get things started.

It’s all about your vision, your options, tax benefits, understanding how an Employee Ownership Trust might work for you, discovering what’s involved in the process and fleshing it out to ensure you achieve what you want. Click to contact us


The transition phase is where everyone from sellers to employee owners make it happen.

In this section you will find specialist training, advice and the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the process. The transition period is in two parts (a) the preparation and contractual time leading up the final transaction, and (b) the first year as the business evolves from a stake-holder controlled business into an effective employee owned business. Click to make it happen.


Fruition is all about the future.

It involves training and advising the Board, Management Team and the Employee Trust on the different way of doing things in the new EO structure and how effective engagement with the employee body will help the business reach new heights. This is where new employee owners understand the ownership concept and can get advice and training to ensure the vision of successful employee ownership becomes a working reality. Contact us today.

As you move through our website you will be able to access our special Ask The Experts Forum where you will be able to get obligation-free advice pertinent to your particular circumstance.

What people say about us

Don’t just take our word for it, here are some quotes from people we have guided through the vision, transition and fruition of employee ownership.

Our Resources are regularly updated with informative videos and downloads for you to use.



We made it happen for the Priory Hotel and we can make #EmployeeOwnership happen for you too. Find out how here: https://t.co/JqXI2Mj1ih and draw on our 22 years of experience. #successionplanning #businessexit https://t.co/k5VhbPQ7Y0

Successful employee ownership is built on having an inspiring vision, the right structures and a participative working culture that unleashes the full power of employee ownership. More here: https://t.co/kVJ3miqsQi #EmployeeOwnership #successionplanning #exitstrategy https://t.co/tH96wlJHC9

Des Brown of GS Brown says, “Ownership Associates ensured our transition to employee ownership went smoothly." Thanks Des, happy to help. GS Brown, has just become the 60th company to be transitioned to #EmployeeOwnership by OAUK. Full story here: https://t.co/xI1MnxNR4S https://t.co/cX0CtV7SZK

For employees and exiting owners, the employee ownership journey is about vision, transition & fruition. Let’s make it happen, visit us at: https://t.co/kVJ3miqsQi and get our 22 years experience working for you. #EmployeeOwnership #successionplanning #exitstrategy https://t.co/P09Akb1lc3