Anderson Bell + Christie transitions to employee ownership
Glasgow-based architectural practice Anderson Bell + Christie has become the latest Scottish business to announce its transition to employee ownership.
Following the transfer of 100 per cent of the business’s shares into an Employee Ownership Trust, the 38-strong team at Anderson Bell + Christie now share ownership of the Glasgow-based firm which has earned an outstanding reputation for its innovative and inspirational community-enhancing design projects.
The firm was originally established in the early 1990s as a private partnership by Karen Anderson and David Christie who were later joined by Adam Bell, Bruce Brebner and Stephen Lamb. Following a period of planned transition, Adam and Stephen formed a new partnership in 2012.
Director Jonathan McQuillan said: “We’re delighted to have successfully made the move to employee ownership and are extremely appreciative of all the professional advice and guidance we’ve received to help us switch to this business model - in particular we would like to thank Andrew Harrison from Co-Ownership Solutions and Janice Alexander from Robb Ferguson.
“We feel this ownership model is compatible with our practice’s ethos and the values we’re committed to of promoting equality, wellbeing and innovation, so we’re excited for our future.”
There are around 110 employee-owned companies operating in Scotland, with approximately 7,500 employee-owners generating a combined turnover of around £950 million.