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Agency in the Workplace


Sustainability Consultant Lauren Barnes tells us how employee-ownership has helped her identify the things she really cares about and opened up space for important, complex conversations.

Big Smile Tattoo

Rae, Josh and Jakob explain how they are challenging hierarchies and abuses of power in the tattoo industry through their egalitarian co-operative structure – and what that means for them as individuals.

HLM Architects

Employee rep Jill Fedyk tells us about HLM Architects' journey towards staff empowerment since the company became employee owned two years ago.


Managing Director Lisa Pogson details how the local heating and cooling company moved to being owned by its workers – and what the future holds for Airmaster.

The Canary

Writer and editor Maryam Jameela tells us how the popular online publication was taken over by its workers in 2022 – and how worker-led organisations can help people be their whole selves in their work.

Sheffield Fruit Trees

Oli Sumerling of local worker coop and social enterprise SFT talks about what the team is doing and how working cooperatively should be an "everyday, normal way of doing things".

Doncaster Skate Co-op

Emma and Lewis tell us about how their new co-op took on Twisted Skate Park in Doncaster – a hub for the city's skating community – and their experiences of control and ownership at work.


Co-founder Gareth Roberts tells us how, and why, agency and control in the workplace should be available to everyone – not just those in the cooperative movement.


Our series on worker ownership continues with Sheffield manufacturing company Gripple. Team leader Liz Lake tells us about her experiences in part-owning the company she works for.

ESP Projects

Jason Francis, Managing Director at the Sheffield IT company, tells us how worker ownership transformed his life.

Series supported by Ownership Hub logo

For this generative inquiry, we're interviewing people in employee and worker owned and controlled organisations in South Yorkshire. How are distributed power, voice and financial gains affecting people and organisations? What new potentials can we unlock to grow and deepen people's agency and control at work? What's the best thing that could happen?

Interested in learning more about employee and worker ownership? Find out more on the Ownership Hub website or come along to our free Festival of Debate events on 17 May and 23 May 2023.