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See how employee ownership works - and learn from the successes of real-life examples. We've collected a few of our best employee ownership case studies here - get in touch to find out more.

Succession by sale to an employee trust rather than trade buyers or managers is increasingly common. It’s potentially more lucrative for owners, with high probability of a concrete sale and exit horizon. The advantages of share ownership and employee influence within the business ensures it performs better than average and provides real competitive advantage, as well as helping attract and retain high quality staff.

You can read about some employee ownership successes here. If you want more information, or to find out how companies in your sector can benefit from employee ownership, contact Co-operative Development Scotland.

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David Narro Associates

Civil engineering: David Narro Associates

Owner David Narro started the sale of his business to an employee trust in 2014. The business is already reaping the rewards of highly engaged employees who are now also shareholders.

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Fitwise Management team

Healthcare: Fitwise Management

Moving to employee ownership in 2014 gave the Fitwise Management fresh impetus, offered a succession solution that safeguarded the future of the company and its staff, and boosted productivity.

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IT: Network ROI

Since making the move to employee ownership in 2013, Network ROI has increased its profitability, stabilised its turnover and increased its workforce by more than a third.

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Stewart Buchanan Guages

Manufacturing: Stewart Buchanan Group

Stewart Buchanan Group owner Frank Phair wanted to retire knowing that the future of the business was secure in the local community, and avoid relocation, redundancies or closure. Now the business is on track to grow.

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Shetland Vets co-operative

Animal health: Shetland Vets

Juliet and Jim Nicolson turned to employee ownership to secure a local, independent future of Shetland Vets. Now 100% employee owned, the business is thriving on the islands. 

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