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Employee Ownership

Sutcliffe Play is the UK’s first employee-owned playground equipment manufacturer. In April 2010, employees had the opportunity to take over ownership of the business from Robin Sutcliffe, who since joining the family business had dreamt of handing the reins of the business to its employees.

Employee ownership…whilst a little unusual, the employee buyout was great news for all customers and stakeholders, as everybody you talk to in the business is now an owner and a partner, with a vested interest in delivering total quality, ensuring its success.

Employee owned companies are known to have high levels of employee engagement with a level of commitment that is unusual in privately owned companies. It gives Sutcliffe Play an intellectual advantage over its competitors and a unique strength within the marketplace, as employee owned businesses are almost always at the top end of their market and innovation. It gives us the opportunity to take risks, something which we already fully advocate at Sutcliffe Play.

Evidence shows that employee owned companies are also more sustainable with a stronger long term focus. The UK Employee Ownership Index (EOI) shows that employee-owned companies continue to outperform the FTSE All-Share by 10%.

The company culture is open and based around transparency, leading to an open, consultative culture where everyone is encouraged to have their say, take responsibility and work towards a sustainable future.

With our employees having more of a say in how the company is run, some people may question whether employee ownership might make decision making difficult, however our team is still led by the same highly experienced board, working in tandem with our professional management team.

Our team approach also extends to our wider community, with a strong ethos of corporate social responsibility.

We were delighted to win the 2011 Philip Baxendale Award in recognition of our work in employee engagement as an employee owned company. We were highly commended for excellence in mutual and employee ownership in the category of Employee Ownership Rising Star.

Company Values

One Team


One Step Ahead

Committed to Customers

Treat everyone with respect and fairness

Work smart and have fun!

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