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Company shifts to employee-led model

Woods Hardwick Limited has become an employee-owned business as part of its long term succession strategy.

Woods Hardwick have been a leading multi-disciplinary built environment practice for nearly 60 years and have moved over to a 100% Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).

This is similar to the John Lewis model of ownership where profit is distributed amongst staff rather than a select number of shareholders. The decision has been made to deliver a smooth transition to future leaders of the business and to reward staff for their invaluable contribution to the company’s growth.

Former shareholders Calum Wilson, Jason Leonard, John Freeman and Tom Francis will remain in their current director posts.

Calum Wilson, who is a director for Woods Hardwick and who has been with the business for over 30 years, said: “We’re an independent firm and our staff are our most vital asset so it’s a great opportunity to give back and reward everyone’s efforts.

“We’ve got plans to extensively grow the business across our London, Birmingham and Bedford offices and moving over to an employee-owned business will give us the chance to attract the best employees and talent across the UK.

“This marks the start of a five-year transition period where the former owners will coach and develop the next generation of directors. For our clients it still remains business and operations as usual and this decision will allow us to carry on serving the sectors we’ve worked in for nearly 60 years.”