Firm cel­e­brates putting staff at cen­tre of its re­sound­ing suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

CHIL­DREN toured the site of a suc­cess­ful Bolling­ton firm as part of an event to cel­e­brate em­ployee-owned busi­nesses.

Tullis Rus­sell hosted a day of events at its Church Street plant at­tended by other key ‘EO’ busi­nesses in­clud­ing John Lewis, Par­fetts Cash and Carry and Gaeia.

Stu­dents from the Bolling­ton St John’s and Pott Shrigley Church School also toured the site to find out more about em­ployee own­er­ship.

The 205-year-old busi­ness pro­duces pa­per, car­ton­board, se­cu­rity pa­per and spe­cial­ist coat­ings and has more than 740 em­ploy­ees work­ing across its three in­ter­na­tional sites.

Fred Bow­den, chair­man of Tullis Rus­sell led the events and called for or­gan­i­sa­tions across the north west to con­sider the ben­e­fits of em­ployee own­er­ship.

He said: “By de­sign, our struc­ture places peo­ple at the heart of the op­er­a­tion and al­lows them to share in its suc­cesses. Em­ployee own­er­ship fa­cil­i­tates in­de­pen­dent de­ci­sion mak­ing, al­low­ing us to fo­cus on the long-term with­out the short-term pres­sures of­ten im­posed by ex­ter­nal share­hold­ers.

“Our com­mit­ment to this ethos was in­spired by the strong per­sonal be­lief of our then chair­man David Erdal that em­ployee own­er­ship was a health­ier, more sat­is­fy­ing com­pany struc­ture for em­ploy­ees to work in. His cham­pi­oning of the link be­tween a deeper level of em­ployee own­er­ship and greater cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion con­tin­ues to guide our strat­egy to­day.”

Iain Has­dell, from the Em­ployee Own­er­ship As­so­ci­a­tion, com­mended Tullis Rus­sell for its work.

He said: “Com­pa­nies such as Tullis Rus­sell are great ex­am­ples of the suc­cess and en­gage­ment that can be achieved in an em­ployee owned en­vi­ron­ment.

“The EOA is de­lighted to work on their be­half to cel­e­brate Em­ployee Own­er­ship Day, and make it eas­ier for other UK com­pa­nies to fol­low their lead into em­ployee own­er­ship so that we can reach our tar­get of 10 per cent of UK GDP to be gen­er­ated by em­ployee owned busi­ness by 2020.”

●● Tullis Rus­sell hosted a day of events at­tended by other key busi­nesses in­clud­ing John Lewis, Par­fetts Cash and Carry and Gaeia

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