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The automation of activities, from banking apps to self-service checkouts, has become normalised in the name of speed and efficiency. The more cynical amongst you might argue that cost-savings and profitability are the key drivers over customer experience and satisfaction, but we’ll leave that discussion...

Every year the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) holds an annual conference aiming to bring together business owners who wish to celebrate or are considering employee ownership. It also includes businesses such as RM2 that specialise in helping them turn their vision into reality. This year’s...

A new research report has produced clear evidence that employee-owned companies really do outperform in terms of productivity, and beyond. “People-powered growth: The rapid rise of employee and worker ownership in the UK” looked at over 9% of the UK’s 1,650+ EOBs and compared results to...

If you’re running an employee share plan, especially if you’re setting up a scheme for the first time, there are some trip hazards that you may not be aware of.  These may vary depending on the share plan you’re using.  Check these points out to...

We're always writing about why we think employee ownership is such a great move for businesses.  But what do company owners say about it? As employee ownership increases in popularity and achieves wider recognition, it's easy to find support for this ownership model from high profile...

As summer holidays come to an end, business owners often start thinking about getting an employee share plan in place for a New Year launch.  With that in mind, it feels like a good time to go back to basics and think about the first...

Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs) offer a popular and flexible succession solution for private company owners.  A key advantage is that sellers pay no capital gains tax if they sell to an EOT.   The EOT model is becoming more widely accepted as a genuine commercial ownership...

If your company is owned by an Employee Ownership Trust, you can pay your employees an income tax-free bonus every year. You can pay up to £3,600 to each employee.  Often, companies wait till the sellers' debt has been paid off before they pay bonuses. ...

Government has published draft legislation to extend the time limit for notification of the grant of EMI options.  Currently, companies must notify HM Revenue & Customs of an EMI option grant within 92 days of the date of grant.  This limit will be extended for...

Okay, maybe not those ears, but the ears of HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs, at least. There are currently two real chances to provide feedback to government on how employee share ownership plans are working for your business and your employees.  Consultation on EOTs Employee Ownership...

Employee share plans are a wonderful way to attract new hires, incentivise key directors and motivate your staff.  There is plenty of choice as to what kind of scheme you can use, and it isn’t always obvious which is the best one to choose.  Before...

Contrary to popular belief, us share plan lawyers don’t really like making things complicated just for the sake of it.  So over the past couple of years, we’ve been delighted that the powers that be have taken the time to consider how tax-advantaged employee share schemes...

Companies with employee share plans in place have until Tuesday 6 July to file their annual returns with HM Revenue & Customs on their Employment Related Securities portal. If you have granted options to your employees, or given them shares, or let them buy shares –...

The Employee Ownership Top 50, originally created in 2014 by the late Nigel Mason, is a list of the largest 50 private employee-owned companies by number of employees in the UK. RM2 is proudly continuing the research as part of Nigel’s legacy, and publishing it...

Many private companies use employee share option plans, including Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) and Company Share Option Plan (CSOP), to deliver a reward to employees when the company is sold.    If you’re considering selling your company, it’s important to make sure your share plan is in...