The Peloton are excited to announce that, as of the 24th of June 2022, we are officially employee-owned! Going forward all employees will have a say in the running of the business and share in the profits. This is a huge moment for our Founder, Mike Hutchinson, the wider team and the accountancy profession as a whole. Reflecting on the occasion, Mike noted that:
“Just over 11 years ago I set up a firm of Chartered Accountants called The Peloton. Building this company has been the most incredible, exciting, maddening, and wonderful experience. Over the last few years though I’ve been reflecting on my future. I don’t want to work forever. I want to sail around the world, write that book I’ve been meaning to write, and begin the next chapter in my life. I can’t think of a better succession plan than handing the reigns over to my amazing team. I’m petrified and excited… but that is where the magic lies.”
Oliver Twentyman, speaking as the employee trustee added:
“When I first heard about employee ownership trusts (EOTs) it sounded too good to be true. A company owned by the people who work there. When the company does well it doesn’t just benefit a few top people, it benefits everyone. A company where you can look around the office and know you’re all in it together, that your work benefits everyone and everyone else’s work benefits you.
Over time, what I’ve learned about employee ownership has only reinforced that belief. The ability to sell, for full market value, tax-free, makes this an eminently viable exit route for business owners. The tax-free bonus for employees is icing on the cake! Increasingly I’ve come to believe that employee ownership represents the future of work. A vision of employment which is more rewarding, collaborative, challenging and fun. Where everyone is on the same team and takes pride in the company they not only work for, but own.”
Employee ownership is one of the fastest-growing business succession solutions in the UK. There are now more than 1,000 employee-owned businesses, with the sector more than doubling in the past three years.
The fast pace of growth amongst businesses has taken off with the use of the employee ownership trust (EOT), introduced by the government in 2014 to encourage long-term employee ownership. One in every 20 private company sales is now to an EOT, with The Peloton joining a network of EOTs in the UK that include Richer Sounds and Go Ape.
James de le Vingne, Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), said:
“We congratulate our members The Peloton on its transition to employee ownership; securing the ethos, values and culture of the business, as well as rooting jobs in Cornwall. Businesses that give employees a stake and a say build trust and shared responsibility, uniting leaders and employees behind a common purpose, and leaving businesses in a better position to flex and adapt.”
Having been through the journey ourselves, we’re committed to helping other businesses with their own transition to employee ownership. If you’d like to learn more about EOT, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!