We are now 100% employee owned

Teamwork makes the dream work: we are proud to announce our move to employee ownership

On the eve of our 20th birthday, I am delighted to announce that Salad is now employee owned. This has been facilitated through 100% of the shareholding being transferred to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) that exists for the benefit of our employees.

From our humble beginnings in 2001, people have been at the heart of Salad and I am proud that we have always enjoyed an open and democratic culture. When my co-Director, Andy Brown and I considered the long term future of the agency, we wanted to ensure both our sustainability as a business and the empowerment of our team. As we weighed our options and discovered more about employee ownership, we felt that an EOT was the perfect fit.

The EOT represents the best outcome for me, allowing me to maintain a custodian role and real connection to the business. Salad is fuelled by meaningful cultural connections and the collective power of our team; quite simply our whole is far greater than the sum of our parts.

We are in the process of setting up an Employee Council which provides a formal way for our employees to be more engaged and involved in the company decision making process. The next year will be focused on adapting to the new structure and continuing to grow into the new ownership model.

Despite the change in ownership our leadership remains the same, Andy and I are still very much in place as FD and MD respectively and I am thrilled to be part of this exciting new chapter in Salad’s journey. My passion, care and dedication to the business remains as strong as ever, and I am looking forward to the future where the whole team have a joint and vested interest in our continued success.

Having this happen in conjunction with our 20th anniversary feels extra special. Our mantra, ‘Beautifully Effective’ gives us direction and focus in the work we produce and the way the EOT structure fits our business and our culture, by aligning the team as owners, certainly feels beautifully effective to me.

Thank you,
Founder & MD

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