“I feel proud to work at my company and it’s a feeling I have consistently every day.”

Debbie Salvoni

Sales orders

What does EO mean to you?

For me, it’s about flexibility, and how we all look out for each other and care about each other. It makes for a much better work/life balance and it’s made a huge difference to me being able to do my duties as a single mum, and still have a career. It’s given me a far greater sense of responsibility and the knowledge that I’m creating something for the future.

What does it mean for the business?

Where I previously worked was very different. Here at Aber, I see that us as employee-owners appreciate more about how important the customer is. We seem to have the ability and willingness to naturally flex around them. I really believe that this flexibility comes from Employee Ownership. The other important thing is our openness and the fact that we are all prepared to be accountable. I see this every day, and I know that our customers value our honesty.

What difference does it make to the way the business operates and behaves?

It’s funny, compared to where I’ve worked before, we’re not a 9-5 business, and yet we seem to get more done. There’s far more flexibility and our culture is really open. For example, if you stop and talk to somebody, it’s OK – in fact it’s encouraged – it’s part of our culture.

Has Employee Ownership changed the way you think and feel about work and your own career?

Definitely, I really like working in a business where everybody is looking out for everyone else. Where everyone is prepared to pitch in… to help each other. What makes this different is that I know that if I’ve got an idea or I want to push something forward, my opinion is listened to and valued. You spend a lot of your time at work, so friendship and connections are really important. I feel proud to work at my company and it’s a feeling I have consistently every day.