The directors of AOK Events have announced that the company has become an employee-owned business, having purchased 65% of the company’s shares from AOK Events’ shareholders through an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).
The agency, which specialises in live events, corporate hospitality and venue finding, was set up by Alex Hewitt and Jo Greenstock in 2000. This move not only secures the long-term future of the company and its employees, but underpins the ambitious growth plans the award-winning company has for the future.
“The establishment of an EOT at AOK Events will provide amazing career development opportunities for all staff. Our brilliant employees will have collective control of their futures, whilst continuing to deliver incredible events to our roster of wonderful clients,” said Hewitt.
“ Jo Greenstock, Giles Toosey and I remain 100% involved on a daily basis, and we look forward to Dan Bull, Dan Wheeler and Charlie Tanner joining us to grow the company. Our brilliant Senior Leadership Team will start to take increasingly more responsibility for the day to day running of the business”.
Earlier this year, AOK Events was named as one of the best workplaces in the country by Great Places To Work UK for the second time. The agency was the only event management firm in the UK to feature in the Top 100 (under 50 employees) and improved its ranking to 16th this year (from 36th last year).