Staff take control of Leicester design company

STB's staff will take control
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Leicester-based STB Graphic Designers has become an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).

The new EOT structure launches alongside refreshed branding.

STB Graphic Designers began in 1988 as Stocks Taylor Benson. Glenn Taylor joined forces with his colleagues Dean Stocks and John Benson to, in their words, “start an ideas-led studio that would produce brilliant graphic design with no bullshit”.

They firm’s client list includes Avon, Aldi, Next, Black & Decker, Virgin Trains, Majid Al Futtaim, Morrisons, Avanti West Coast, Baker Hughes, British Airways, Canon, Metro Bank, Centrica and Experian.

Taylor – currently the sole owner – is transferring 90% ownership to its employees. He will continue as CEO supported by the existing executive management team.

Taylor said: “Over the years, I’ve been proud to work with some of the best graphic designers in the business. Our job is to help our clients make more money by selling more stuff – whether cornflakes or cars. Simple as that. It’s about solving the brief, beautifully, and putting our clients’ needs first. Becoming an Employee Ownership Trust will secure the future of STB. We are placing it in the hands of the people who have helped it grow over the last 33 years and enabling them to share in its success.”