News and Comment


Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year

Tuesday November 28 2017

News release Tuesday November 28 Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year Lucy Farrow of OPM Group is delighted to be announced as winner in the Employee Owner of the Year category in the UK Employee Ownership Awards. The awards run by the EOA and sponsored by Baxendale were held at… Read More

OPM Group support and services now available across the UK public sector through pan-government framework agreement

Thursday November 9 2017

OPM Group are delighted to announce that, as part of a new cross-sector collaboration, we have been awarded places on the Crown Commercial Service Framework RM3745 for Management Consultancy in Lots 5, 6, and 8. The award follows an extensive evaluation of hundreds of potential suppliers, and gives UK public sector organisations direct access to… Read More

Social Impact Bonds are not a magic bullet, but they can be useful

Wednesday July 12 2017

On 6 July 2017, we delivered a webinar on the Life Chances Fund (LCF) and Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) timed to raise awareness of the latest LCF call-out. As an independent public interest organisation, we are not in the market to “sell SIBs”. Instead, our mission is squarely on working with public services to enhance… Read More


Employee-owned mutuals: the most pressing issues

Monday February 28 2011

The Social Enterprise Coalition Right to Run event last week was an opportunity for public sector employees to get practical support around creating new social enterprises and mutuals. OPM’s chief executive Hilary Thompson led one of the workshops and writes here about the issues raised by participants. My workshop focused on the employee ownership model… Read More

Having personalisation as the norm: OPM, LGID, In Control and Action for Children report

Friday February 25 2011

One of the biggest strategic challenges for UK government at all levels is to renegotiate the relationships between public services (whoever is providing them) and service users and the public. Personalisation and individual budgets through which we can establish co-production and sometimes copayment relationships provide the answer, particularly now that we know that we can… Read More

Mutual support?

Monday February 21 2011

The mutual model for organisations delivering public services is getting a lot of publicity, but is there a missing piece to this jigsaw? Patrick Lewis, partners’ counsellor at John Lewis, and great-nephew of the original John Lewis who founded the best known employee-owned company certainly thinks so. His view is that time, care and commitment… Read More