Published: November 8, 2021
As a proud trustee member of the Employee Ownership Association, Unity Trust Bank is delighted to take part in this year’s virtual annual conference from November 16-18.
Delegates will hear from a number of key speakers who will share their insights into becoming employee owned and offer advice to companies looking to transition.
Julia Godino, Head of Underwriting at Unity Trust Bank, will be speaking at the Employee Ownership Association conference. She will talk about the options to access finance from the banking market at both the point of transaction and post transition to an EOC.
Julia said: “Access to finance can sometimes be one of the barriers to becoming employee owned and we are delighted to be able to help EOA members understand what lenders are looking for and offer guidance on all of the key requirements so that businesses can be fully prepared.”
During the three-day conference, the spotlight will also be one of Unity’s long-standing suppliers, DJS Research, which became employee owned in July.
As a bank with a social conscience, we ensure that our suppliers have values that are closely aligned to ours and Cheshire-based DJS has been carrying out Unity’s market research for more than 15 years.
Chairman, Danny Sims, established the company in 2001 and it now has an annual turnover of £6.3m and employs 100 people.
As an ethical company which believes in empowering its workforce, Danny said becoming employee owned and therefore ensuring the legacy and independence of DJS for years to come was a natural progression.
He said: “Employee ownership hit all the right notes for us. It cements everything we’ve been trying to build our values around; listening to employees, giving them a say, encouraging them to come up with ideas.
“As well as job security, employees will also have a greater share in the profitability of the company and be truly part of its future. There’s real momentum for employee ownership and the support we had from the EOA has been brilliant. I feel part of a special club and I want to tell more people how great it is to be an employee-owned company.”