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Employee Ownership Association Awards

Alfa Leisureplex Group WIN
at the 2022 EOA Awards

We are delighted to announce that last night we were awarded the prestigious accolade ‘EO Stories 2022 President’s Pick’ award at the 2022 Employee Ownership Association (EAO) Annual Conference!


We feel privileged that ahead of 27 entries from other employee owned businesses, we where chosen as the winner of this award by EOA President Patrick Lewis, who is the great grandson of the founder of the employee-owned John Lewis Partnership. 


Mr Lewis commented on ALG’s success, “The emphasis everybody had on a shared future and working together, and the incredibly strong culture it has created is a fantastic example on what can be achieved by an employee-owned organisation.”


As a group we have been providing holidays for over 30 years, experiencing a phenomenal bounce back after the pandemic hit the tourism industry hard. We believe that our employee ownership culture has been integral to this success. With every employee owner pulling together to help the Alfa Leisureplex Group,  it not only survived, but achieved a record financial year and its highest ever employee engagement score. 

"The challenges it [ALG] has faced have been existential, and what really stood out is the way it lent on employee ownership as being the root to finding the right answers."

Patrick Lewis, EOA President

In total, six businesses were crowned as EO Stories award winners at the EOA Conference Celebration Dinner.

The accolades highlighted best practice in ways in which businesses develop an effective employee ownership culture that leverages the benefits from employees having a stake and a say in the business.


Emma Russell, Managing Director at Alfa Leisureplex Group, said: “Everyone will be delighted – we are speechless at winning this award. It has been a real team effort to get through such a difficult time for the industry.”

EO Stories 2022 competition celebrated the stories of employee-owned businesses and the impacts they are having on employees, the performance of the business, and on the economy and society.


The 28 insightful and inspiring stories submitted were put live for the public vote on EO Day, June 24, and thousands of votes were cast to establish a winner in each of the four categories – good leadership, good engagement, good governance or an outstanding EO culture.


Additionally, there were also two special prizes judged by EOA Trustee member and Celebration Dinner sponsors GLIDE and Gripple, and the President’s Pick award chosen by Mr Lewis. We are honored to win the latter.

James de le Vingne, Chief Executive of the EOA, said: “The growth of the employee-owned sector in size and impact during such turbulent social and economic times highlights its relevance as a model for the future for the benefit of employees, business and communities.

“The impact of the sector is greatly strengthened by the stories people are willing to share, which aids the learning and development of businesses looking to activate their employee ownership.


“I’d like to congratulate Alfa Leisureplex Group on its President’s Pick award and for the exceptional insight it has provided into developing an outstanding EO culture.”