February 2018

Wallingford HydroSolutions is now an employee ownership trust.

We all take huge pride in the company, its values and ethos, and the work we do. We look forward to our new future together.

When you think of companies owned by employees, familiar names with well-established reputations as significant as the John Lewis Partnership have lit the way. In our field, giants like Arup and Mott MacDonald have also shown the power of this approach.

There is good evidence that employee-owned businesses raise the quality of services offered, as well as improving employees’ wellbeing and working environment.

They are for the long term, with strong engagement and motivation meaning responsible, long-term planning over the lure of short-term gains and a strongly shared concern to provide the best for clients.

The government also recognises employee ownership as an effective way to promote the growth of SMEs such as WHS.

We are thrilled to announce that we have set up an employee ownership trust for WHS.

The trust will hold a controlling majority of the shares in the company on behalf of the employees and is administered by a board of trustees, including direct employee representation.

In terms of the day-to-day, you will see the same focus on meeting your needs with our utmost attention and skill, and the best technological solutions offered in the sector.

WHS remains a well-founded, independent and sustainable business.

We all value our independence, our purpose, and the high quality of our work as a team. Whether you know our work already, or you are meeting us for the first time, we look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder.