Case study: Empowering employees to act like owners; Torchbox’s road to financial freedom

Hosted by Lisa Ballam, Head of Marketing, James Leavesley, CEO and Olly Willans, Co-founder and Creative Director of Torchbox.

When we became employee-owned in 2019, our goal was to repay our founders in five years; we managed to do it in three.

Come along to our interactive session to hear first-hand the changes that inspired us all to start thinking and acting like owners - as well as the challenges we faced and things we might have done differently!

In our talk we'll share:

  • How we evolved our management structure and devolved leadership across the company.
  • How leadership coaching across the company has helped us lead and inspire each other.
  • How we reward colleagues through both financial and non-financial benefits.
  • How we've encouraged transparency and trust at every level and work on continually developing a culture where everyone is included.

Now we are 100% financially free, we're reinvesting some of our annual profit back into the business, continuing to put people first and prioritising purpose before profits for the greater good.


About Torchbox

We are an employee owned digital agency working with amazing not-for-profit and public sector organisations in the UK and around the world.
We design and build digital products and large content-managed websites, we’re the founding developers of Wagtail CMS and we deliver record-breaking campaigns across the full digital marketing spectrum.
Our clients include: The NHS, Samaritans, Disasters Emergency Committee, Oxfam, the Department for International Trade, the University of Pennsylvania, NASA and many more.

Hosted by James Leavesley & Lisa Ballam & Olly Willans