K-Club Breakfast Speaker – 6th February 2020

Rob Davenport

Chief Executive - Shawston Holdings

Growing up in Knutsford and having what can only be described as a very eventful introduction to the world of work aged 16 at his local petrol station, Rob developed an early appetite for business and entrepreneurship.  After completing 12-years working for two large PLC’s at Director level, he wanted ‘out’ of corporate life and chose to risk it all; beg, borrow and steal to fund a small management buy-in of a rather scruffy, Manchester based distribution business with sales of £750k p.a. and 10 employees.  Today, 18-years on, scruffy has turned to more polished; Shawston now operate from 5 depots, sales are approaching £25 million p.a. and the business has 120 co-owner employees.

Rob attributes much of his personal and business success to an inclusive and honest approach to both relationships and decision-making.  It is a philosophy visible in his move to make Shawston a fully employee owned business, having implemented a (minority) direct share ownership model in 2015.

In recent years, and on the back of some incredibly challenging but successful cultural change within Shawston, Rob has contributed to the Government’s Dividend Report led by Baroness Sharon Bowles and has been a speaker at the Employee Ownership Association’s annual conference.

Working closely with Deb Oxley, CEO at the EOA, Rob will be showcasing some of the key benefits of employee ownership and attempting to raise the profile of employee ownership amongst the North West business community.


K-Club Breakfast Event – Thursday 6th February 2020, 7.30am-10am at the AJ Bell Stadium, 1 Stadium Way, Salford, M30 7LJ.