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An explanation of the attributes used to define companies in the Company template.


This is the company in which employees are co-owners and is generally the top company in a group structure. The summary page for each company gives further details of the group structure, where known. Companies included in this wiki are UK-based and UK-incorporated. We are not at this stage recording employee-owned companies outside the UK. Companies may be UK subsidiaries of non-UK parent companies which are themselves employee-owned, such as SAIC Ltd


This is the free format summary page for each company, and may cover: (1) a summary of the company's business (2) further details of its ownership structure (3) further details of its group structure (4) its logo (5) any other information of likely general interest, especially relating to employee ownership.


Two different classification systems are used to identify the company's trade sector: (1) Quoted companies are classified using the ICB system developed by FTSE and Dow Jones. This corresponds to the sector-based indices used by FTSE and other index providers. It has the advantage of being internationally recognised and is used by all the world's major stock exchanges. (2) All other companies use the UK SIC (2003) system, as recorded by companies on their annual return filed with UK Companies House. It is a much more detailed classification system than ICB and is biased in its detail towards traditional manufacturing sectors.

For details of the specific codes used in the tables, please see:


The two different trade classification systems are consolidated using a cross-reference table and the resulting trade sector code is translated into a short-form description, which is used in the summary tables on the home page.


There are five categories: (1) Quoted. This means that the shares are listed on a UK stock exchange such as the main market of the London Stock Exchange, AIM or PLUS. An example is Eaga plc. (2) Private. This means that the shares are not listed on a stock exchange and the company is not a subsidiary of a non-UK parent company. An example is John Lewis Partnership plc. (3) Non-UK. This means that the company is a subsidiary of a non-UK parent company which is itself more than 50% employee-owned and the UK employees are entitled to be owners of the non-UK parent company. An example is SAIC Ltd. (4) Co-op. This means that the business is incorporated as a workers' co-operative under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act. An example is Suma. (5) Unknown.


This is the percentage of the issued ordinary share capital owned directly by, or indirectly on behalf of, employees other than main board directors. If there are multiple classes of ordinary share, the percentage represents employees' proportionate economic interest in the company rather than proportionate voting rights, which thanks to the different share classes may be different.

The summary employee ownership tables on the home page group companies together by the following five ranges of employee ownership: (1) 50% or more (2) 25% up to 50% (3) 10% up to 25% (4) 3% up to 10% (5) Less than 3%. The summary page for each company may give further details of the ownership structure (e.g. trust or individual or tax-approved scheme such as SIP), the extent of ownership (i.e. the approximate % of employees included in ownership) and, where known, the identity of other owners, such as directors and major external shareholders.


This is a unique reference number for each company based on its registered number at UK Companies House.


This is the last financial year end for which accounts have been filed at UK Companies House.


This is the last available year's annual revenue in £ millions to the nearest £0.1m, consolidated in the case of groups of companies. We are most interested in companies with revenues of £5 million or more, and only these companies are included in the summary tables on the home page. Smaller companies are recorded when discovered but are excluded from the summary tables and the summary charts. We want to start with larger employee-owned companies for four reasons: (1) They are easier to identify (2) More public domain data about them are available (3) We believe they represent the greater part of the UK employee-owned sector (4) They raise more interesting questions about governance, employee engagement, performance and ownership sustainability. In future, the wiki may be extended to include smaller employee-owned companies.


This is the average number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in the year corresponding to the revenue figure. It is usually disclosed as a note in the company's accounts.


This is the company's main web-site from which further company information can be obtained, including contact details where published.


This is the name of the parent company for which data has been recorded in cases where a more familiar trade name has been used as the company name. For example, data for Rosedale (JW) Investments Ltd is recorded under Flybe, its better known trading subsidiary.


There are two statuses: (1) Pending. This means some data is awaiting confirmation by the company. (2) Confirmed. This means all data has been confirmed by the company in the last 18 months as being accurate.

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