Principle Cleaning announces move to employee ownership

19th of May 2023
Principle Cleaning announces move to employee ownership

Principle Cleaning Services in the UK has announced it is transferring the majority of its shares to its 2,300 employees through the creation of an Employee Ownership Trust.

The company, which was founded by Douglas Cooke in 1989, has secured its long term future, enabling it to continue building its legacy whilst creating an effective platform for growth and retaining its position as an independent business.

All its employees, whether full or part-time, are included in the transaction and will benefit from future profit sharing. The board, management team and account managers will remain unchanged.

Commenting on the move Douglas Cooke, executive chairman said: "This is a fantastic transaction, which preserves the legacy of the company I founded over 30 years ago and places the future development of Principle in the hands of our 2,300 staff who are our most important asset. Many of them have long service with Principle including some with over 25 years.

"To have been able to include our people in the ownership of the business gives me immense pride and will, I am certain, ensure its stability and prosperity for many years to come."



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