2-Day Employee Ownership Learning Journey to Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire, 28-29 February 2024 

Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) is hosting a free learning journey to employee-owned companies in Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire to showcase examples of effective employee ownership in successful, growing businesses. These companies will share their learning and experience giving helpful pointers of what has worked and what hasn’t in their employee ownership journey.  

During this 2-day trip you will meet the UK’s largest guitar retailer guitarguitar,  world leading innovative coating solutions specialist Chemco International, recruitment agency Allstaff, industrial machinery manufacturer Stewart-Buchanan Gauges, foundry and forging engineering experts Clansman Dynamics, and animal feed manufacturer Galloway and MacLeod. On the evening of 28 February, CDS will host a dinner with guest speaker Dave Routledge, a senior executive who has been involved with employee-owned businesses since 1999 including eaga Partnership Gripple and WCF.

Attend this learning journey to: 

  • increase your knowledge and awareness of what successful employee ownership looks like in practice 
  • share knowledge and ideas to benefit you and your business, or clients you may be advising 
  • build relationships with others in the employee ownership sector   


Wednesday 28 February 2024

Thursday 29 February 2024

Meet and introductions at Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Employee Ownership Culture Workshop at Alona Hotel 

Travel* to Linwood to visit guitarguitar 

Travel to Kilsyth to visit Stewart-Buchanan Gauges

Travel to Coatbridge to visit Chemco International

Travel to East Kilbride to visit Clansman Dynamics

Presentation from AllStaff

Travel to Stonehouse to visit Galloway & MacLeod

Travel to Alona Hotel for Day 1 reflections and discussion

Travel to Alona Hotel for presentations from Clansman Dynamics and Galloway and MacLeod

Private Dinner in Alona Hotel with guest speaker Dave Routledge

Day 2 reflections and evaluation

Overnight stay at Alona Hotel 

Travel home

*We will provide coach travel from the Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell for participants, or you can arrange your own travel at your own cost. 

This trip is open to: 

  • Scottish business owners considering employee ownership 
  • Leaders and employee owners within Scottish employee-owned businesses 
  • Advisers including lawyers, accountants, bankers, business advisers etc. with an interest in employee ownership 
  • There will be a maximum of 30 participants.

Visit our Eventbrite page to book a place

Once you have booked your place on the learning journey, you will receive a confirmation email asking if you require coach travel, hotel accommodation etc.