Hatmill is celebrating being a #ProudlyEO business

The Hatmill team are delighted to be part of the UK Employee Ownership Day (EO Day), run by the eoa, on Friday 21st June 2024.

As one of the UK’s largest independent supply chain advisers, Hatmill helps clients improve their warehousing, transport, forecasting and inventory, including the latest warehouse automation technology. 

In 2021, the founder of Hatmill, Simon Dixon, transferred 100% of shares to an Employee-owned Trust (EOT) for the benefit of employees.

Since then the business has gone from strength to strength with a record-breaking 2023, with turnover reaching almost £12 million. Hatmill has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 39% over the past 10 years. In addition to working with blue-chip brands, Hatmill has also recently won a raft of new contracts with retailers, distributors, logistics providers and the public sector. 

Formed in 2009 and employing more than 60 staff, the employee-owned independent supply chain and logistics consultancy is proud to celebrate employee ownership alongside others in the sector across the UK, as Simon Dixon, Founder of Hatmill explains 

“We’re taking part in this year’s EO Day, which has the theme of #ProudlyEO, to celebrate and showcase the impact employee ownership has had in helping to grow our business, our employee owners and the economy.” 

“Being an employee-owned business is a key differentiator between Hatmill and our competitors; our clients value the difference it makes to them. It hugely influences our ability to attract and retain the very best talent in the industry.” 

“Creating a great place to work is fundamental to my business principles, and being employee owned has helped drive an increase in turnover and calibre of clients as demonstrated by our latest results.” 

To hear what being employee owned means to the Hatmill team, please click here 

James de le Vingne, Chief Executive of the eoa, said:  

“Companies such as Hatmill are great examples of the economic and social benefits that can be achieved when employees have a meaningful stake and a say in the business in which they work.   

“Since it started life 12 years ago, the reach of EO Day and the scale of the employee ownership sector has grown, with both having more than doubled in the past few years alone.  

“Now, we have the opportunity to accelerate the pace of growth and reach even wider audiences to shout about employee ownership and its impact.  

“By making as much noise as possible we can help to showcase the impact of employee ownership and shine a light on businesses that are #ProudlyEO.”  

 In addition:  

  • UK employee owned companies contribute over £30 billion to the UK economy annually 
  • The UK already boasts over 1,650 employee owned businesses who have committed to empowering their people and workplaces with employee ownership. And the sector is growing exponentially.  
  • 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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