Employees Acquire Majority Stake in Educ8 Group

Employees Acquire Majority Stake in Educ8 Group

Educ8 Training Group has announced the successful completion of an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) scheme, which will see its staff own a majority shareholding of the business. The deal was structured and advised on by the GS Verde Group.

The staff of Caerphilly based company Educ8 Training Group have become majority shareholders of the business, collectively owning 51 percent of the business.

The scheme will create a more employee-centric structure to empower staff and benefit the company as a whole. Educ8 has a reputation for putting employees and the community at the heart of the business and is renowned for its strong values approach.

Colin Tucker, Chairman of Educ8 Training said, "Since setting up the business it has always been important to have community at the heart of Educ8. Setting up this trust in favour of our employees means we can truly say Educ8 is embedded into our local communities. It will create true value and wealth for those that have contributed to its success.

"Our board of directors, trust representatives and all employees can continue to drive the business to even greater heights and maximise the opportunities this will bring. Employee Owned Trusts form part of the Welsh Government programme and are a key driver for wealth creation in communities."

Founded in 2004 to address skills shortages in Wales, Educ8 now employs over 200 staff. In an exceptional period of growth, the company recently expanded into England with a fourth acquisition. Educ8 was named the No.1 Best Mid-Sized Company to work for in the UK in the 2021 Best Companies survey and has a proven track record in employee engagement.

Grant Santos, CEO of Educ8 Training said, "We strive to provide a great working environment and an enriching learning experience for our learners and partners. We champion world class employee engagement and are proud to recognise our staff in a meaningful and significant way.

"People are at the heart of what we do. As a company based on strong moral principles and values, this decision is a natural transition. It is our staff, the Educ8 family that has created such a great environment to work in. It is now time for all those involved to share in that success. We will drive the business to even greater heights and maximise the opportunity that the creation of the EOT brings to all involved."

The transition to an EOT scheme has been funded by BOOST&Co.

Chris Mears, Principal, BOOST&Co said: "We were hugely impressed by the quality of the Educ8 team and the opportunity to accelerate growth in response to the critical need for high quality apprenticeships and training to address the skills gap in Wales.

"We are delighted to support this transaction and look forward to seeing the Group reap the benefits of employee ownership."

Dealmaking experts GS Verde Group advised throughout the transaction.

The GS Verde Group are business focused experts in getting deals done. The group combines multiple disciplines including law, tax, finance and communications, to provide end-to-end support as a complete advisory team.

For more information on Employee Ownership Trusts, click here for our free guide.


"GS Verde Accountants have been invaluable during an important and rapid growth phase of our business."

Nick & Jon Bird, Partners, SquareBird

"There are lots of accountancy firms that we could have chosen from to work with however there was a distinct difference in the approach and service level that was offered by GS Verde Accountants."

Kevin Dunn, Director, UKMD Ltd

"They are our finance team; and they are on top of our accounts and our financial strategy. We rely on their expertise to help us drive our business forward and they meet every aspect of our needs"

Mike Stephens, Director, English County Contracts Ltd

"We know that we cannot get a better or more reliable service – we don’t even have to think about it. GS Verde Accountants go beyond the call of duty"

Jonathan Gould, Managing Director, GWorks Ltd

"Worth absolutely every single penny – this is the single best decision we have made in the last year. For every single person we have spoken to at GS Verde Accountants – nothing is too much."

Hannah Kennard, Director, AK Plant Services Limited

"I feel valued as a client. I get rapid responses to any emails or calls; and I must say the GS Verde Accountants team are brilliant. I already feel freer to concentrate on setting the strategic direction for the business"

Mark Burland, Director, First Class Comms Ltd t/a FCC