An inquiry in which FSB was on the panel has found employee ownership is a strong and viable alternative to a trade sale or management buyout, to support the successful transition of businesses from one generation of owners to the next.
Employee-owned businesses are totally, or significantly, owned by their employees. According to the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), employee ownership now delivers four per cent of UK GDP annually.
FSB was part of the independent, business-led panel for the Ownership Effect Inquiry, which launched the report The Ownership Dividend in June. The inquiry, led by the EOA and supported by the eaga Trust, John Lewis Partnership, Cass Business School and Manchester Alliance Business School, heard both oral and written evidence from more than 100 businesses.