6 lessons from the Employee Share Schemes for SMEs conference 2017 – Vestd blog

When you enter a room that’s full of people who all share your belief in the power of ownership, you know you’re going to have a good day. At the Employee Share Schemes for SMEs conference this year, everyone there not only grasped the immense value and benefit inherent in shared ownership, but was actively trying to implement or improve it in their own business.

It was a day packed with detailed advice and interesting conversations and with so much going on it’s easy for some of the key points to get forgotten. So whether you could attend or not, here our 6 key takeaways from the event.

1. “Employees will have more interest in growing share value if they themselves have shares in the business. Shareholders have shares. Employees have share schemes. This aligns both groups interests” David Craddock

2. “Biggest threat to European businesses is poor succession planning” Stephen Woodhouse

3. EOTs (employee ownership trusts) can avoid the common pains attached with 3rd party sales when founders want to release capital.

Nigel MasonNigel Mason

4. Reasons you could not grant and EMI option.

David PettDavid Pett

5. The variety of shares schemes available and their various restrictions can become incredibly complex (Nigel Mason)

Nigel MasonNigel Mason

6. Keep it as simple as possible. EMI and Growth Shares schemes consistently came up as the most tax advantageous, simple to implement and cost effective in most situations.

There were lots of interesting businesses there who I didn’t manage to talk to, but I’ll certainly be attending next year.

If you would like to chat about how Vestd could help you simplify your share scheme, please get in touch hello@vestd.com.