STB Graphic Designers empowers its staff and looks to a bright future as an Employee Ownership Trust.
We’re proud to announce our evolution into an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT), joining a fast-growing movement of UK businesses looking to maximise their potential by empowering their staff to drive the company forward.
According to the Employee Ownership Association, employee-owned businesses are more productive, more innovative, and more resilient to economic turbulence. Their people are also more engaged, more fulfilled, and less stressed. With 730 businesses in the UK currently employee owned, their economic contribution is already significant, 4 per cent of the UK’s annual GDP and rising.
But it’s not just the EOT structure that’s new for STB, our refreshed brand proposition ensures our client’s needs are at the heart of every decision we make. For us, graphic design has always had a simple purpose: to deliver commercial results. Our job is to help our clients make more money by selling more stuff – whether it’s cornflakes or cars, simple as that.
STB Graphic Designers began in 1988 as Stocks Taylor Benson. Tired of the waffle that permeates the design industry, Glenn Taylor joined forces with his colleagues Dean Stocks and John Benson to start an ideas-led studio that would produce brilliant graphic design with no bullshit.
Building the business from the ground up, we’ve worked with an enviable list of national and international brands over the years including Avon, Aldi, Next, Black & Decker, Virgin Trains, Majid Al Futtaim, Morrisons, Avanti West Coast, Baker Hughes, British Airways, Canon, Metro Bank, Centrica and Experian.
For this next stage in STB’s evolution, Glenn – currently the sole owner – is passing on a three-decade legacy by transferring 90 per cent ownership to its employees. Glenn will continue as CEO supported by the existing executive management team. The move means STB will continue to deliver the very best quality and service that it has become well known for, whilst seamlessly securing a sustainable future for the business, its employees, and its clients.
Glenn. W. Taylor MISD, FCSD, CEO and founder of STB Graphic Designers, comments:
“Over the years, I’ve been proud to work with some of the best graphic designers in the business. Our job is to help our clients make more money by selling more stuff – whether cornflakes or cars. Simple as that. It’s about solving the brief, beautifully, and putting our clients’ needs first. Becoming an Employee Ownership Trust will secure the future of STB. We are placing it in the hands of the people who have helped it grow over the last 33 years and enabling them to share in its success.”
Deb Oxley OBE, CEO of the Employee Ownership Association, comments:
“Congratulations to STB Graphic Designers on its transition to employee ownership securing the values, ethos and culture of the business for future generations. Businesses that give employees a stake and a say build trust and shared responsibility, therefore uniting leaders and employees behind a common purpose. This leaves the business in a better position to flex and adapt as the economy looks to recover and renew.”
Here’s to the next 33 years!
We are hugely excited that STB is becoming an employee-owned business. This is the perfect opportunity to come together as a team and redefine our positioning and proposition. Glenn has built this thriving business from scratch. Passing his legacy on to the team will enable us to attract top talent, to work with more of the world’s leading brands and businesses, and ultimately to accelerate growth.Greg Jolley, Executive Client Director of STB Graphic Designers