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Many employers believe that where employees have a stake in their company's success, they will be more motivated and positive about their work, and that this will in turn benefit the company. Such employers implement share plans to allow their employees to become partowners of the company, alongside any founder and external investors. Research evidence does show a positive connection between employee share ownership and company performance.
Employee Share Plans take two main forms:
In the United Kingdom, tax incentives are available for both discretionary and all-employee plans under HMRC "Approved" self certification process.
Based on HMRC statistics in July 2013 we estimate that there are currently over 12,800 companies in the UK with Tax Advantaged Employee Share Plans which offer tax benefits both for employers and the employees who participate. In addition, there are "descretionary" plans (i.e. without tax benefits) offered by both listed and non-listed companies.
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Computershare is a global leader in share registration, employee share plans, proxy solicitation and other specialised services.
Capita is the UK's largest provider of share registration services, acting as registrar to more than 50% of the listed companies in the UK.
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries.
Equiniti is the market leader in the provision of employee share plans (ESP) and share registration.
YBS Share Plans is part of Yorkshire Building Society, providing share plan services since 1980, building trusted relationships with the business community.
Barclays have been providing administration services for employee stock plans for over 25 years.