Search

Bosses of Finsbury Park company give business away – to own employees

PUBLISHED: 10:13 08 July 2014 | UPDATED: 10:13 08 July 2014

The Outlandish team with MP Jeremy Corbyn (centre) Harry Robbins (centre left) and Tamlyn Rhodes (second left)

The Outlandish team with MP Jeremy Corbyn (centre) Harry Robbins (centre left) and Tamlyn Rhodes (second left)

THOMGLEN

Bosses of a tech start-up company have bucked the trend of fat cat bonuses by giving the business to their own employees.

Outlandish, in Wells Terrace, Finsbury Park, made the generous gesture on Friday to mark UK Employee Ownership Day.

The company, which builds websites for organisations like the BBC and King’s College London, was formed in 2010 and now has an annual turnover of £1million.

Co-founder Tamlyn Rhodes, who lives in nearby Portland Rise, said: “Like most knowledge-based companies the value of Outlandish is the people that work for it not the machines that it owns.”

“If people are creating the value through their hard work and ingenuity, it’s only right that they should get to own what they create.”

Fellow founder Harry Robbins, a former pupil of Acland Burghley School in Tufnell Park, added: “Traditional business models aim to make money by underpaying workers or overcharging clients – we want to do something different.

“John Lewis was gifted to its workers because its founder also believed that the best way to make satisfied workers and clients was to make sure that the people that really understood the business – the workers – also owned company”.

“Like John Lewis we want to make a company that’s satisfying to work for and which provides a great service to its clients. We want to change the digital sector for the better and build something that will still be here 150 years from now, not the next temporary trend.”

Outlandish are now calling on the Government to make it easier for other companies to become employee owned.

Mr Robbins said the process needs to be made easier, because Whitehall currently offer “virtually no guidance”.

Speaking at Outlandish’s re-launch as an employee-owned company Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North which covers Finsbury Park, said: “I welcome and applaud this great local effort to create fulfilling jobs and provide training in Islington and hope that Outlandish’s model can be replicated in many areas.”

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 11:49

After months of delays, disruption and the dreaded rail replacement bus, commutes are finally set to get better for London Overground passengers.

Yesterday, 07:18

More than 15 per cent of Islington Clinical Commissioning Group’s cancer patients waited at least two months to start treatment following GP referral, according to NHS figures.

Yesterday, 07:10

Islington’s courts were being filled with cases of lazy people “borrowing” cars without the owner’s consent.

Tue, 17:08

Shocked commuters witnessed a huge road rage punch-up in the middle of Holloway Road this morning – during which a man was attacked with a baseball bat.

Tue, 15:33

Health chiefs say there were “few, if any” signs that could have helped them prevent Finsbury Park man Bidhya Sagar Das from killing his son with a hammer.

Tue, 14:44

The senior coroner for inner north London Mary Hassell is set to hold a public consultation into the new policy for how she should deal with deaths in the area, but has only given people a matter of days to send in written submissions.

Tue, 14:22

Whittington Hospital was turning pregnant women away as its maternity ward couldn’t cope with a north London baby boom.

Tue, 11:08

Jeremy Corbyn this morning praised his “magnificent” community as Islington marked one year since the Finsbury Park terror attack.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now