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AJ120 #14: Stride Treglown

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93 employed architects, 23% female architects, 10th position in 2014

Shortlisted for Business Pioneer of the Year, Stride Treglown introduced employee ownership in 2014, culminating in a two-year planning process and putting in place what chairman David Hunter calls ‘a sustainable succession plan’ for the 60-year-old firm. A quarter of the practice will be owned outside the board of directors within five years with a long-term goal of 50 per cent. Hunter describes the biggest challenge for the year ahead as ‘finding people with – or without – the right skill sets. We are happy to train them up.’ Annual turnover jumped 28 per cent in 2014, while UK staff numbers grew by just 10 per cent. While education remains the firm’s mainstay, growth sectors include healthcare (fees tripled over the previous year), office projects in the regions, and high-tech research facilities.

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