8 episodes

A series of podcasts about Employee Ownership produced by Co-operative Development Scotland in association with Scottish enterprise and Highland and Islands Scotland.

The podcasts will cover a range of issues around businesses becoming employee owned. We hear from businesses that have become employee owned and from businesses that are in the process of transitioning to employee ownership.

We will also hear from professional advisors who specialise in employee ownership.

These podcasts are intended to be a useful resource for business owners who are considering their succession planning and how they will exit their business.

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A series of podcasts about Employee Ownership produced by Co-operative Development Scotland in association with Scottish enterprise and Highland and Islands Scotland.

The podcasts will cover a range of issues around businesses becoming employee owned. We hear from businesses that have become employee owned and from businesses that are in the process of transitioning to employee ownership.

We will also hear from professional advisors who specialise in employee ownership.

These podcasts are intended to be a useful resource for business owners who are considering their succession planning and how they will exit their business.

    Case Study: STAR-Dundee

    Case Study: STAR-Dundee

    In this episode, Stuart Mills, form aerospace engineering company STAR-Dundee, talks about the company’s transition to employee ownership. Stuart talks about the journey of the business from a spin out from the University of Dundee through to employee ownership. He explains why they opted for employee ownership and what was involved in the process. He then explains the current structure and governance of the business and the positive impact on recruiting talented personnel to work for the company.

    • 11 min
    Case Studt: Aquascot

    Case Studt: Aquascot

    This episode features an interview with Niall MacDonald from Aquascot, an award-winning seafood business based in the Scottish Highlands.  Niall begins by outlining the owners decision to transition into employee ownership to ensure business longevity.  Having taken the decision, Niall then talks through the various steps in the process and the structure of the trust that was put in place at Aquascot.  He covers the mechanisms that were put in place to involve and engage with the employees.

    • 19 min
    The Role of a Solicitor in an Employee Ownership Transaction

    The Role of a Solicitor in an Employee Ownership Transaction

    This episode features Campbell Clark from Blackadders, a firm of solicitors with offices throughout Scotland that offer specialist services for businesses looking at employee ownership.  Campbell begins by outlining why there has been increased interest in employee ownership and what other options are available to business owners seeking to exit their business.  He then explains what’s involved in an employee ownership deal and defines an Employee Ownership Trust.

    • 23 min
    Case Study: Priory Hotel, Beauly

    Case Study: Priory Hotel, Beauly

    In this episode, father and son team, Stuart and Kenny Hutton talk about the rich history of the Priory Hotel in Beauly.  Stuart talks about the exit options considered for the long-established family business and how that journey took him close to a trade sale just before they became aware of employee ownership.  They decided that because of the strong ties with the local community, employee ownership was the perfect option.

    • 25 min
    Case Study: Page/Park Architects

    Case Study: Page/Park Architects

    In this episode, Karen Pickering from architectural practice, Page/Park explains how they moved from a partnership structure to an employee ownership structure.

    Karen outlines how they involved employees by setting up a ‘Transition Group’ and describes the culture change amongst employees since becoming employee owned.  She also explains how the shares are now owned and touches on what they would do differently if they were to go through the process again. 

    • 17 min
    The Role of an Employee Ownership Advisor

    The Role of an Employee Ownership Advisor

    In this episode, Andrew Harrison from Co-ownership Solutions explains the role and importance of an employee ownership adviser.

    He provides guidance on the right time to involve an employee ownership adviser in the discussions and where this adviser sits in relation to other professional advisers.  He provides some valuable information on the options to be considered when exiting a business and the advantages to the seller and the employees if you opt for employee ownership...

    • 35 min

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