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Usually, employee ownership is something employees weren’t expecting. It’s not easy to change the ’employee mindset’ after years of being one, but for employee ownership to work, everyone must think, feel and act like an owner.

This doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes skill to make a success of owning a business – people have to understand how the business works, how decisions are made and how their voice can be heard.

This skill is not intuitive, it must be learned. Education through Ownership Associates is the key that will unlock the true potential of your employee-owned firm.


These learning events bring together employee owners from across the UK. It’s an opportunity to share experiences, learn more about the roles and responsibilities involved in employee ownership and learn or sharpen generic business skills. We explore how ownership is structured, how to assess business performance, what makes for an effective governance system, and what constitutes a productive partnership culture.

Although primarily aimed at employees with elected employee positions (trustee, director, council member) they are open to all employees within employee-owned businesses who want to gain a better understanding of how employee ownership works.


Fun, interactive sessions to reinvigorate employee ownership within the business and engage employees in working together to achieve the company’s goals. These workshops last 90 minutes and look at how the company is owned, what employee ownership means, examines the balance of rights and responsibilities and how employees can contribute to making their company more effective.

Elected employee induction

It can be rather daunting to find yourself elected to a position on the company’s board or trust. We can also deliver a half day induction session for newly elected employees. We will talk through what the legal responsibilities are, how best to approach the role, work through some theoretical scenarios all designed to ensure the individual is well equipped to perform the role.


This is an excellent refresher on how to function as an effective board and leadership team.
We examine the statutory responsibilities of directors, the necessary business skills, strategy setting, and also look at how to achieve that perfect balance of cohesion and challenge that leads to sound decision making.

Management Learning

Managers are fundamental in making the company successful, yet they are often overlooked when it comes to their important role within the business.
We look at the range of management functions such as strategy, communications, people, operations, marketing and finance, all set in the context of an employee owned environment.


OAUK can input to and provide content for your inhouse training strategy.

What They 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.