The past 12 months have a been a momentous year for IPSA – both for the association, our members and Employee Share Ownership in Ireland as a whole. Below, IPSA CEO Gill Brennan, Chairman Nigel Derrick, and Vice-Chair Eleanor Cunningham talk about the achievements of 2017 – and what lies ahead in 2018. But first, here’s a quick trip through some of IPSA’s highlights this year.
Gill Brennan, CEO IPSA:
2017 has been a great year for IPSA. Our inaugural Employee Share Ownership Day and the resurrection of the IPSA Awards were the highlight of the year – celebrating everything that is positive and great about employee ownership in Ireland.
The year really took off for IPSA from that event, as our membership numbers grew by 76% and culminated in the achievement of the Key Employee Engagement Programme announcement in the Budget in October. And while the KEEP scheme is not everything we wanted it to be, we are as determined as ever, inspired by the year that has gone, to make it the best it possibly can be for Irish SMEs and Start-Ups in 2018.
The support of our members is what keeps us moving forward and growing month by month – without you we have no mandate and no voice. We are resolute in our efforts to create a sustainable and robust employee ownership culture in Ireland, and with your support and help we know we can achieve this.
So thank you for your support and confidence in our efforts during 2017. We face into 2018 invigorated and focused and excited for the year ahead.
We wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy Christmas and a Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.
Eleanor Cunningham, Vice-Chair of IPSA
On behalf of the IPSA Council and sub-committees, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members (including our most recent members) for their support in 2017.
The past 12 months has been a very busy time for the organisation, with membership growing by 76% and increased engagement with the Government on some of the key issues arising in the employee share ownership landscape.
IPSA will continue to work to improve and grow employee share ownership in Ireland, and we look forward to working with you in 2018 and beyond. Wishing you and your families a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
Nigel Derrick, Chairman of IPSA
As Chairman of IPSA, I would like to wish all of our members a Happy Christmas and New Year. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support, which has played a key role in lobbying and helping to secure change in Government policy through the KEEP initiative, and for joining us at the ESOD17 event and the IPSA Awards Dinner.
It was great to see such a huge increase in the number of delegates who attended – up 100% compared to our Annual Conference – while more than 200 industry and corporate colleagues joined us for a fantastic night at the Awards.
Working closely with companies to implement and manage their employee share schemes, I have witnessed first-hand just how much effort the corporate and individuals invest in their schemes, so the highlight of the year for me for me was presenting the many well-deserved awards recognising those who have truly made a difference for their company, employees and our industry.
I would like give a special message of thanks to Gill Brennan, Eleanor Cunningham and all my colleagues who make up the IPSA Council. Their constant support and contribution has been vital to all our successes in 2017. I’m excited by the foundation we’ve built and the opportunities that now lie ahead of us as we look to a bigger and better 2018 – and, of course, presenting more well deserved awards!