Loch Fyne Oysters: its history and liberation into employee ownership

Local Heroes PoDThe wonders of technology have made available the inspiring story of Loch Fyne Oysters again in printed form. Originally published by Viking, then in Paperback by Penguin and electronically in Kindle, it can now be bought on Amazon in an elegant new printed edition – printed only when you order it. When I looked today the book could be ordered for next day delivery. The quality is indistinguishable from ‘normal’ books printed in quantity to be held in stock.

The book discusses the precarious founding of the business, wracked by the kind of bad luck that plagues entrepreneurs; follows the inspiration and dedication of the two very different founders through the tough early seven years, and then on into the uplands of success, including the founding and early development of ‘Loch Fyne Restaurants’.

When one of the founders died, the other helped organise the transfer of the business into employee ownership, and for nine years productivity and happiness soared at the head of the loch. Read this book to see why and how this happened.

Subsequently poor strategic decisions made by senior managers came home to roost, and the company was forced to sell out to a local salmon farm. But not before the experience of everyone being partners in the business had produced its glorious effect for business performance and for the people involved.

Isobel Dixon of the agency Blake Friedmann inspired me to write the book in the first place; her colleague Victoria Innell worked tirelessly to see this print-on-demand edition come out, and Andrew Smith followed up his spectacular Kindle cover design with the elegant simplicity of this one. I am very grateful to them all.

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