Two of Swindon’s most successful employee owned organisations join forces to celebrate Employee Ownership Day

By Anita Jaynes on 1 July, 2016

Two of Swindon’s most successful employee owned organisations are joining forces to celebrate Employee Ownership Day today. (Friday July 1).

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) which is run by a team of 12 employee-owners has chosen national Employee Ownership Day to confirm it will be sponsoring the Swindon Half Marathon again this year, which is organised from within the SEQOL Community Foundation, the charitable arm of SEQOL, the area’s largest employee owned business with over 900 staff.  They hope this will encourage other companies to come forward to also support covering the costs of this community event, which benefits local charities.

The NSBRC will be providing both financial support and the provision of meeting rooms and facilities to enable the Swindon Half team to co-ordinate the many volunteer race-makers needed to make race day run smoothly.

Harvey Fremlin, NSBRC managing director said: “We are really pleased to be able to support our employee-owned neighbours’ community work by sponsoring the 2016 Half Marathon.  Not only does it offer an opportunity to support a brilliant community event, which promotes good health, volunteering and the all the benefits that running can bring, but it also allows us to continue our mutual relationship – exchanging thoughts and ideas that help both businesses continued success.”

Harvey has already registered to run the half marathon, a course he has completed several times before and many of the NSBRC team will be volunteering as race makers, helping to marshal the runners & traffic around the event.

Katie Taylor-Neale, Swindon Half Event Director added: “It’s great to have the NSBRC on board supporting this event. As a fellow employee owned business we all have a great understanding of the value that every colleague brings to the organisation, as well as the positive impact events like Swindon Half Marathon has on the local community.
“Business and community support is absolutely vital to this year’s Half Marathon, as we are dependent on sponsorship and donations so would welcome hearing from other businesses interested in getting involved.”

Employee ownership means that staff have a genuine stake in the business and the model has proven to deliver better results than more traditional business models.  Harvey said: “Since we became employee-owned, about 18 months ago now, we have seen huge growth in sales, repeat bookings and footfall to the Centre.  Perhaps most important has been the complete sea change in the working environment, which has resulted in an engaged, determined and passionate team, which is noticed by our customers who can truly feel the difference.”

Swindon Half Marathon takes place on 16 October 2016 and again this year includes a Half Marathon, a five mile multi-terrain course and a two mile fun run.

For more information on the NSBRC, visit

For more information and to sign up for one of Swindon Half Marathon’s course, visit

Pictured above: Harvey Fremlin and the NSBRC team