Date lodged: 14 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to expand support for employee ownership, and whether this includes promoting worker co-operative developments.
Answered by: Keith Brown 21 December 2017
Support for employee ownership is delivered by Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS), who raise awareness of the value of co-operative and employee ownership models, and provide specialist advise. CDS currently supports 92 of these businesses, with approximately 7,000 employee-owners generating a combined turnover of £930 million. The most recent expansion to support this area is the ‘Succession Expert Support’ programme, delivered by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. This is available to all Scottish businesses and is designed to assist with succession planning. Advice on employee ownership is part of this service. Other services CDS deliver to promote employee-ownership include the ‘Successful Succession’ promotion campaign and ‘Employee Ownership Day’ which aims to promote the values and benefits of employee ownership within the wider business community.
The Scottish Government supports and promotes all types of co-operatives through the work of CDS. This includes worker co-operatives where businesses are owned and managed by employees.