Employee Ownership Day 2019 is taking place on Friday 28th June and Martin Whitfield MP has shown his support for the day by visiting local employee owned business Jerba Campervans.

This year the day’s focus is on celebrating employee ownership’s impact on wellbeing and happiness at work and the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) is encouraging its members and stakeholders to ‘celebrate with a smile’ or to help with the campaign by ‘spreading a smile’ and creating publicity.

Jerba Campervans in North Berwick are a high profile employee owned business which has reaped the rewards of becoming one of the first in Scotland in January last year. The business will be celebrating the day by holding a BBQ, as well as beginning to design a raft for the annual town charity raft race that takes place at the end of August.

Mr Whitfield dropped in to visit Jerba ahead of the day to offer his support to their activity and for the numerous benefits of employee-owned businesses.

Speaking after the visit, Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Employee Ownership Day is a great opportunity to highlight the many benefits that employee ownership models can bring for staff and businesses.

“I had already visited Jerba last year to hear more about its journey to employee ownership and the rewards it has derived from the move. It was a pleasure to return to help highlight EO Day and its theme of employee ownership’s positive impact on health and wellbeing.

“I would certainly urge any businesses in East Lothian that are interested in exploring the employee ownership model to find out more about the experience of Jerba and others that have gone down this route.”

Deb Oxley, CEO for the Employee Ownership Association, said:

“Companies such as Jerba Campervans are great examples of the economic and social benefits that can be achieved in an employee owned environment. This is why we celebrate the impacts of employee ownership on the individual, the business and the communities in which they are based.

“The EOA is proud to lead the sector-wide celebrations of employee ownership on EO Day 2019, as part of our activity to raise awareness and support the growth and impact of employee ownership in the UK.”

The benefits of employee ownership have been proven in EOA-led research, and include improving employee health and wellbeing, increasing productivity and fostering creativity and innovation across an array of industry sectors. In addition:

  • UK employee owned companies contribute over £30 billion to the UK economy annually
  • Employee-owners have higher levels of job satisfaction, feel a greater sense of achievement and job security, and are more likely to recommend their workplace than employees in non-employee owned businesses
  • Employee owned businesses operate in a range of sectors including healthcare, social care, education, transport, manufacturing, retail and professional services

Find out more about employee ownership at https://employeeownership.co.uk/