Employees take ownership of planning and architectural consultancy

Spawforths, a Wakefield-based independent planning, masterplanning and architectural consultancy, has transitioned to become an employee-owned company.

This strategic move is intended to empower the firm’s 22 employees, allowing them to share directly in the company’s success and future growth strategy.

The business works on the full range of development projects from one off houses to new towns.

It is currently leading over £12bn worth of development projects through the planning system, including the creation of 40,000 new homes and 25 million sq ft of commercial space across the North and the Midlands.

Its new ownership model, established through an employee ownership trust (EOT), ensures each employee becomes a beneficiary of the trust.

Chairman, Dave Rolinson, said: “This transition marks a new chapter for Spawforths. By becoming an employee-owned company, we are not only investing in our team but also in our future growth.

“Our employees are at the heart of our success, and this move reinforces our commitment to shared prosperity and inclusive growth.”

Under the EOT, the current directors will continue to manage the company’s operations, supported by a board of trustees that includes three employee representatives.

This governance structure ensures employees have a voice in the strategic direction of the company while maintaining stability and continuity in its operations.

Spawforths adds its shift to employee ownership should enhance its capabilities, strengthen its reputation as a leader in the field and benefit clients, communities, and staff.

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