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Leading map publisher Harvey Map Services Limited has announced it is the latest business in Scotland to adopt an employee ownership model, with ten staff given the opportunity to become owners.
Harvey Maps was founded 40 years ago by Robin Harvey MBE and Susan Harvey MBE to provide a professional mapmaking service for the sport of orienteering. Based in a historical building in Doune, Perthshire, it is one of a very small number of companies in the UK to generate its own map data. It has become a market leader in maps for outdoor pursuits such as hill walking and mountain marathons.
Commenting on the decision to become employee-owned, co-founder Susan Harvey said: "In due course we will want to retire. However, having formed and developed the business into a market leading company over the past 40 years, we didnt want to sell to a competitor and see our lifes work absorbed into another company. It was also important to us to retain the jobs in Doune.
"We wanted a succession solution which gave the company, the jobs and the brand a good chance of continued independent existence following our retirement; employee ownership ticked all of our boxes."