Make is a proud supporter of the inaugural Employee Ownership Day, taking place today, July 4th.

Founded by Ken Shuttleworth, Make has been 100 per cent employee-owned since doors first opened in 2004 and the London based studio has steadily grown in both partners and projects to become a leading practice in the UK with an international presence in Beijing and Hong Kong.

The ‘employee owned’ business model is credited with contributing to a low staff turnover and a motivated and happy workforce that has led to numerous accolades, including consecutive ranking in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work for 2012 and 2013.

Ken Shuttleworth, founding partner of Make, said: “Our employee-owned status is well received and recognised within the architecture industry despite it still being a rare business model. We have no doubt that it has played a significant role in the success of Make, most notably because it generates a positive working environment; all staff members have a shared focus and a commitment towards ensuring the success of the business. Our clients get it too. They can see the value in a model that attracts, and retains, the best and the brightest talent. That’s why they nominated us to win the Client’s Choice Award at this year’s Architects Journal 100 Awards.

“Employee Ownership Day is a great way to put the spotlight on what is a successful and viable business model.”

A bit of background from the Employee Ownership Association:

Employee Ownership Association CEO Iain Hasdell said: “Companies such as Make are great examples of the success and engagement that can be achieved in an employee owned environment. I am 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. And to have their support for our target of 10% of UK GDP to be generated by employee owned business by 2020.”

With a series of events and activities taking place across the UK and a national conference in London, this inaugural Employee Ownership Day will raise awareness of employee ownership as an economically strong and balanced business model. Benefits of employee ownership proven in EOA research include increased employee health and well-being, increased productivity and innovation, and:

  • UK employee owned companies have a turnover of around 3% of GDP (over £30 billion) pa.
  • There has been a 10% increase in the number of companies converting to employee ownership.
  • 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.


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